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A Thought for Food & Friends

A relationship can give you a new family, whether bound by blood or benevolence

Roughly 12 years ago, I was toiling on the floor of a pal's dining room, constructing a banner. I'd just begun dating the man I'd eventually marry, and was keeping myself occupied during our first stretch apart since meeting. He was off riding his bike to raise money for Food & Friends, as I slapped together a ''welcome home'' banner with which to greet him on the National Mall. I've never volunteered for Food & Friends myself, but I've certainly ... [Read]

The ''Sore Winners'' Fallacy

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition

Several prominent gay writers deplored the furor that brought down Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla Corp. last week for supporting California's anti-gay Proposition 8. Andrew Sullivan blogged against ''a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else.'' Jonathan Rauch tweeted, ''I agree with @RameshPonnuru: trying to punish dissenters like Brendan Eich is no way to advance civil rights.'' Frank Bruni wrote in the Grey Lady, ''Such vilification won't accelerate the timetable of victory, which is certain. And it ... [Read]

Twin Birthdays

April 4 should be a date that lives in humanity's aspirations

Celebrating my husband's birthday last week, there were a couple unintentional themes at play. I'd taken him to Puerto Rico for a long weekend, a place where it's impossible for me as a Washingtonian not to feel some kinship in an ''American, but not United States'' kind of way. A second theme was 9/11. I know, I know -- we're party people. {One World Trade Center (Photo by Joe Woolhead / Courtesy Silverstein Properties)} The husbear's bestie, Jenny, down from ... [Read]

The Universe in Us

We are surrounded by social and physical frontiers we can explore, or not

Carl Sagan, host of the original 1980 Cosmos series, said we are made of star stuff, because our atoms were created billions of years ago inside a star. Sagan's words are echoed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium who hosts the new Cosmos. Tyson's enthusiasm for science is infectious. And he holds his ground. When creationists demanded equal time on Cosmos, he said, ''You don't talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say ... [Read]

RIP, Fred Phelps

Your Legacy Is Not What You May Think

While many people will be celebrating the death of Fred Phelps, whose name is synonymous with irrational hate and vitriol, I think that today the world lost someone who did a whole lot more for the LGBT community that we realize or understand. I know because I have had to deal with the Phelps clan for over 15 years as an activist and countless times have talked with the media about the merits and faults of giving him and his ... [Read]

Washington as the Globe's Gay Capital

If the world has an LGBT capital, there's plenty of argument to be made for D.C.

Earlier this month, I shared a post on my Facebook wall regarding Dmitry Kiselyov. The post was critical of the anti-Western, anti-LGBT Kiselyov, taking what appeared to be a family holiday in Amsterdam. I found Kiselyov's Amsterdam outing of interest in that some have called for the Magnitsky Act to be applied to those Russian politicians behind the country's vague 2013 law banning ''propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,'' blocking their access to Western fun and funds. Since Kiselyov's visit, the ... [Read]

The Right To Be Wrong

Separation of church and state works both ways

I have been fighting the Catholic Church since I first argued with a nun at St. Catherine Labouré Elementary School in 1962. I don't recall being smacked with a ruler, but Sister Mary Margaret gave intimidating glares. I remembered her, and the scorn of the parish's Monsignor W. Joyce Russell toward liberal priests during 1968's uproar over the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, when I helped win D.C. marriage equality over objections by the Archdiocese of Washington several decades later. The ... [Read]

A Wish for Ukraine

As tensions simmer in Crimea, one gay activist calls for calm -- and human-rights monitors

The Crimean Peninsula is an autonomous republic within Ukraine, and the home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, in Sevastopol, in accordance with a bilateral Ukrainian-Russian agreement. And for LGBT people from all over the former Soviet Union, Crimea is important because of Simeiz, the first and only gay resort anywhere in the former USSR. It's a small town at the southern tip of eastern coast of Crimea. The first nude beach was founded here in 1950s, and the gay ... [Read]

Finding Hope in Uganda

Gay American shares his perspective on the homeland he fled

Not long ago, things were calm and somber in Uganda. But bigoted evangelical Christians from the U.S. seeking to promote a homophobic agenda led to the drafting of the so-called ''kill the gays bill.'' The bill no longer includes the death penalty, nor is it still a bill -- it is law. Now that President Museveni has signed it, what lies ahead for Uganda's LGBTQ community? What are the new challenges to the well-being of Ugandan LGBTQ people's survival in ... [Read]

Twice as Good

America is at a cultural, social crossroads demanding a re-examination of privilege

Feb. 5 would have been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday. Jordan Davis would have turned 19 on Feb. 16. There are too many other cases like theirs, and they are not restricted to Florida. To be young and black in America is to be the target of an astonishing degree of savage, unearned hostility. Unlike George Zimmerman, who was acquitted after killing Martin, Michael Dunn at least was convicted for shooting up an SUV full of black teens. But saying he ... [Read]

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