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Breaking News: PGH Councilman Gilman Introduces Measure Supports Re-Evaluating FDA Ban

Breaking News: PGH Councilman Gilman Introduces Measure Supports Re-Evaluating FDA Ban

April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Outdated policy turns away gay and bisexual men from being a full part of the donor pool. Lifting even just the blood donation ban could increase the blood supply to 219,000 pints of blood.

Chelsea Manning and the meaning of Pride.

Chelsea Manning and the meaning of Pride.

April 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm 0 comments

Today few members of the LGBTQ community make that struggle for Justice and Equality so visible. Recognizing Chelsea Manning as Grand Marshall links us to our past and reminds us of how far we’ve come as well as how far we have to go.

The GOP advantage for 2014 could be the end of real democracy.

The GOP advantage for 2014 could be the end of real democracy.

March 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm 0 comments

No one, and I mean no one, is telling progressive voters that we need to ding in hard and start fighting and don’t stop fighting until the 2016 election is over. We need to see progressive wins in 2014 and a again in 2016, or we may just count our democracy as dead.

What if the GOP wins big in 2014?

What if the GOP wins big in 2014?

March 25, 2014 at 7:03 am 1 comment

LGBTQ Advocates need to stop celebrating judicial wins for Marriage Equality, and remember that same-sex marriage is just one of a number of agendas we need to see action upon. As a group, we fail to see the whole LGBTQ Rights when we are too focused on Marriage alone.

Two Battles for Marriage Equality: Why Michigan Matters.

Two Battles for Marriage Equality: Why Michigan Matters.

March 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

Like the Creationists, those who reject Marriage Equality because they believe “traditional marriage” is better for raising healthy children are being forced further and further into the fringe and their ideas seen as fallacious. This is essential so that a final legal/judicial ruling to grant Marriage Equality across the whole of the United States happens based on sound Science and a firm standing in the Constitution. Both will be needed for Marriage Equality to be permanent.

Thoughts on the dying Fred Phelps

Thoughts on the dying Fred Phelps

March 17, 2014 at 11:29 am 0 comments

But Phelp’s death wasn’t the really interesting element of the story, even though most have focused on that. Nate Phelps claims his Father was excommunicated from WBC, and in a vague statement addressing questions today, the Church is only saying that membership issues are private.

A Gay Man Sees An Iliad

A Gay Man Sees An Iliad

March 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm 0 comments

to ask if Achilles and Patroclus were gay is to ask the wrong question. from the earliest of times, brave men who have loved other men have been accepted and heralded as heroes, champions and leaders, why not now? Do not miss this riveting piece of theater at Pittsburgh Public Theater running until April 6th.

Pennsylvania, Marriage Equality, and Special Rights for the Religious.

Pennsylvania, Marriage Equality, and Special Rights for the Religious.

March 13, 2014 at 6:30 am 2 comments

In other words, those who oppose same-sex marriage better try and trick marriage equality proponents into thinking this is a win/win and get what they can now, because later they will most likely get less.

Preaching as Hate Speech

Preaching as Hate Speech

March 10, 2014 at 10:10 am 0 comments

This pastor doesn’t intend to be so hateful (even as he is). Rather, his intention is to identify gays and lesbians as “accepting a lifestyle” in a very very Old Testament type of way. He is perpetuating a myth that isn’t based in any reality. That doesn’t keep it from being hate speech or harmful.

Language and the Transgender Community

Language and the Transgender Community

March 10, 2014 at 5:59 am 0 comments

Language for trans persons is not only a challenge to those who strive to maintain heteronormativity and the status quo. Even the medical profession is complicit. Opening up to a greater selection of terms for trans persons is also a challenge to the gay and lesbian community which has for the longest time, wanted to see things in another dichotomy.