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Beautiful story for Valentine’s weekend – Love amidst bigotry.

February 11, 2011

Larry and KC met at an ex-gay camp. Together, they broke free from the camp and today are happily married. The entire beautiful, true love story can be found at Dallasvoice:

Hotel Owners Sued After Denying Gay Couple Room

December 10, 2010

Thoughts? I’m sure someone out there will decry the suit as an offense on the business rights of the hotel managers, and their religious expression (they’re devout Christians and run their hotel as such). Frankly, though, I’m more concerned with the rights of the gay couple that was denied a damn room at the lodge […]

Potential HIV Breakthrough

November 23, 2010

A new drug, Truvada, has been shown in clinical tests from the New England Journal of Medicine to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by 40%. Of course, condoms have a better rate than that, but the point is that any drug which halts HIV might lead to drugs which can cure it. “The research […]

I am fascinated by Ken Mehlman’s coming out.

August 30, 2010

So, as I’m sure you heard, a key advisor to former president Bush Jr. came out. The question of where he was during all the anti-gay initiatives undertaken by the GOP during Bush’s reign is a good one, but I’m uncertain of how relevant it would be to hold his feet over the fire for […]

Mexican Supreme Court orders states to recognize Mexico City’s gay marriages

August 11, 2010

It did not order the other states to start marrying gays, but it ordered them to recognize the benefits of gay couples wedded in Mexico City. That’s a hell of an important step. It also makes me want to raise an important point: This is becoming outright embarrassing for America. We have always touted ourselves […]

Federal Judge in Boston rules Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Unconstitutional

July 8, 2010

U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro ruled in favor of gay couples’ rights in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, a 1996 law that the Obama administration has argued for repealing. The rulings apply to Massachusetts but could have broader implications if they’re upheld on appeal. One of the key […]

Supreme Court pwns a bunch of anti-gay Christian n00bs

June 29, 2010

From the Huffington Post: An ideologically split Supreme Court ruled Monday that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won’t let gays join, with one justice saying that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate or support the group’s “discriminatory practices.” The court turned away […]

Obama Speaks at LGBT Pride Month Reception

June 22, 2010

While, like the typical politician, he plays up the level of “pushing” that he has actually done for certain pieces of pro-LGBT legislation we’d like written, passed, and enacted, I really don’t see any reason to doubt his sincerity. There is a lot to deal with right now, and it’s always encouraging to see we’re […]

Also: Obama throws another crumb to the gay rights movement.

June 3, 2010

He signed a memorandum extending partnership benefits to the same-sex partners of people in the executive branch of the federal government. It seems redundant in the face of the memorandum he signed awhile back extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, but what the hey. Here’s a CNN article about it:

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell headed for repeal…kind of…

May 29, 2010

Okay, so this is rather complicated. Bear with me. There is a Defense Authorization Bill making its way through congress right now. Attached to this bill is an amendment to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy keeping gays from serving openly in the military. Also happening right now, the Pentagon is reviewing the policy […]