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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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Senate Committee Holds Hearings on Repealing Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.

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Archbishop of New York Compares Marriage Equality Law to China’s One-Child Policy and Other “Communiques”

I am always struck by how those who seek and work actively to limit the rights and freedoms of groups of people based on race, class, sex, gender or sexual orientation somehow always see themselves as the victims. 

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“It Gets Better?” I Sure Hope So, Because Right Now It’s Pretty Bad

Research came out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating that GLBTQ young people are shockingly underserved, and facing health risks on every front. Will we continue to allow malevolent neglect to rule these young people’s lives?

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One Millennial’s Take on New Research on Young People, LGBT rights, and Abortion

A new survey finds that young people are pro-choice, but that LGBT equality—most notably the right to equal marriage—resonates much more strongly with youth than does the abortion rights movement. Why?

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The Invisible “Pink Homophobia”

Despite significant progress in gay rights and economic power in some quarters, middle and lower class LGBT individuals can be more vulnerable to institutional homophobia and to violence in public spaces, and may suffer from a dual discrimination.

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When the Politics of Hate Comes Home: A Lesbian Couple Grapples with How Politics Affects Their Critically-Ill Child

Simon, Laura and author Jaime on their wedding day.

Jaime and Laura are a lesbian couple in California whose son suffers from a serious heart condition.  Without legal protections, their family would have suffered far more hardship than they did. Jaime addresses supporters of Prop 8 in a letter. 

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Roundup: Trump Believes in Right to Privacy, But Doesn’t See How it Relates to Abortion

An empty women’s shelter built by the U.S. military in Kyrgyzstan; three-parent IVF is a possibility; Boehner hires a DOMA attorney; and Donald Trump doesn’t see the relationship between a right to privacy and abortion.

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