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Why Is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Important? Can’t LGBT People Just Hide Their Identities?

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies.

The thing to focus on as we consider and debate the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with lawmakers, family, and friends is whether or not people should be fired just for being who they are.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Mississippi Sex-Ed Deadline Looms and Survey Finds LGBT Teens Are Less Happy

Sexual Health Roundup: A Mississippi mandate for sexuality education means that school districts have to choose between and abstinence-only or an abstinence-based approach by the end of the month; a survey by the Human Rights Campaign finds that LGBT teens are less happy than their straight peers; and a new condom company promises that for every condom sold it will donate one condom to women in regions with high HIV rates. 

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An Open Letter To My Mother

So, Mom, the reason why we may feel this anxiety, this pressure prior to revealing ourselves, is due to the fact that we were born into a social culture that does not approve of the ways in which we are different.

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The Hegemony of ‘LGBT’

Photo: Guillaume Paumier

The mainstream Western LGBT movement has become a commercialized monolith in the years since 1960s “gay liberation,” and its impact is in no way limited to the US and Europe.

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Stoking Fire: Far Right Opposition to Hate Crimes Laws

Assurances that federal workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people will exempt religious bodies from oversight should mollify conservatives, but they don’t.

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Sexual Rights and Wrongs: Policing the Gendered Order

The absence of penal laws and widespread violence against homosexuals and transgender persons does not make the Philippines totally “gay friendly” or even “pro-trans.”

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Brüno Walks the Line

Is Brüno a punch in the face to American homophobia or does it perpetuate homophobic stereotypes in the name of satirizing them?

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House Health Care Reform Bill Mandates LGBT Data Collection

In a major breakthrough for LGBT Americans, the tri-committee health care reform bill released yesterday by the House mandates collection of health care data on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Get Real! If I’m Bisexual, Why Don’t I Feel the Same About Men and Women?

There are bisexual people in the world who find that they have fairly equal levels of attraction to people of all genders, but I’d say it’s more common to find that we have differences in how we experience different genders and different relationships.

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Proposed Same-Sex Marriage Bill Surprises Michigan Dems

Michigan Democrats were surprised when State Rep. Pam Byrnes announced she would offer legislation aimed at reversing the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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