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How Marriage Equality Made Me an American

  ON THE MORNING that my husband Joe and I got married, the sun shone warmly on our chilly necks, absorbing the bite of the low, steady breeze floating across the pond behind our condo. Two swans drifted on the surface of the water as we took our positions on the dock with Mary, the […]

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Fun Down There  

  The defeat of North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last November ran against the general tide of the election, and his loss was clearly due to his support for the infamous HB2 or “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. The law triggered a boycott of North Carolina […]

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Schock and Audit

  When first we reported on Aaron Schock, he was a newly minted U.S. Congressman, an Illinois Republican who was noteworthy for his great looks, workout regimes, photo shoots for men’s fitness magazines, and anti-gay votes in Congress. Also for the fact that he was totally not gay, incriminating photos be damned. We next encountered […]

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Healing Stigma and Reducing Hate Crime in Post-Election America

  Middle school students chanting, “Build that wall!” in their school’s cafeteria.  A college student whose hijab was so forcibly pulled from her head by a stranger that she almost choked.  A gay man being told, “We got a new President you f***ing f****ts!” before being brutally assaulted.  These are just three incidents of hate […]

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Discrimination Plagues Health Care in Kenya

  According to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the LGBT community in Kenya often face discrimination and stigma when seeking medical health care services in public hospitals. Most health care providers in public hospitals are known for breaching their privacy and confidentiality by exposing the sexual orientation of their patients to other colleagues […]

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Shock and Horror

  “SURREAL” is a descriptor that expresses the peculiar sensory experience of the 2016 presidential election. Consider the contrived chaos akin to a “reality show,” the cartoonish quality of much of the discourse, and the shrill rhetorical attacks on various constituencies—though seemingly not the LGBT community. Truly historic was the failure of prognosticators to call […]

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Follow-up on the Zombie News  

  The current BTW reported on an anti-gay group calling itself the “Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumer’s [sic] Association” infiltrating Toronto’s annual Pride parade wearing ridiculous outfits that they thought would bring discredit to the GLBT community; and we laughed at their naïve stunt. What we didn’t know was that the Zombies were handing out pamphlets filled […]

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Take It, P! 

  Okay, it didn’t last long, but there for a few brief shining moments—before Facebook madness forced the campaign to pull it—the newly minted Trump-Pence logo offered a penetrating take on the letters T and P. Descriptions of what the two letters were up to ranged from the vulgar to the polite, but there was […]

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Was the Orlando Massacre a Hate Crime or an Act of Terror?

THE JUNE 12TH MASSACRE at the LGBT club Pulse in Orlando illustrates the commonalities between hate crimes and terrorism. Hate crimes tend to be more targeted against a particular demographic group, in this case, the LGBT community. Terrorism is usually indiscriminate. The only quality victims share is being in the wrong place at the wrong […]

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Little Big Man

  Marco Rubio is long gone as a presidential contender. In the end, the Florida senator’s run may best be remembered for his bizarre exchange with Donald Trump over th relative size of each man’s penis. It was when Trump started calling Rubio “little Marco” that the latter struck back: “I’ll admit he’s taller than […]

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