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When I’m not writing about LGBT issues, I’m writing about prehistoric worlds and the people and creatures that filled them. Although two seemingly different topics of interest, I find myself comparing bits and pieces of both subjects more often than one would imagine. I think part of the reason that I’m interested in issues of equality is because I’m interested in past and how environments, creatures and ideas change over time. How some things grow and change, and how others are left in the dust.

How has the treatment of women evolved?

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The slippery slope logic of modern reasoning has provided ample cud for conservatives and the religious to chew on for decades. Marriage equality defenders have argued vehemently against the suggestion that obtaining marriage equality is the first step in the inevitable downfall of our countries moral fiber, but for some reason this “logic” always seems to come back up. The logic is as follows: The legalization of “gay marriage” destroys the “definition of marriage” as a union between one man and one woman, kicking open the door to allow the legalization of pedophilia, bestiality and polygamy.

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This week marked an historic moment for civil rights in Illinois, and another step closer to legal equality for the LGBT community in the United States. On Wednesday, June 1, civil unions for partners of the same sex became legal in Illinois (including the option for couples of the opposite sex, as well). It became legal for couples to apply for their licenses on Wednesday, and after a 24-hour waiting period, were able to have their civil union ceremonies.

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So now that the ‘Fuck Ruben Diaz’ writing contest has gotten the attention of the senator himself, a few things should be made perfectly clear.

Civil Rights, Ideas, The Adventures of the Boi Wonder »

I have lived in Maryland for most of my life; I go to college in this state and am registered to vote here. Admittedly, I have a kind of hate/tolerate-and-kind-of-like relationship with the state, but it seems like anytime I find something semi-decent or cool here, something arises to reminds me why I have spent most of my time here despising it.

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In earlier times I think the attitude of “you’re in or you’re out” 100% gay identity made more sense. The dangers were more grave and there was not much place to be “gay AND ________” whether the blank was “father,” “lawyer,” or “football fan.” But I think the very core of my perceptions about my own homosexuality (and incidentally the core of the attitudes on this blog) is that it’s just another part of me. I am not gay first. I’m not a contant political agitator or a Fire Island circuit boy. I’m gay but I’m also an American, a man, a New Yorker, a writer. I don’t feel that being one of these these precludes me from seeking happiness by being others as well.

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I recently attended a town hall meeting hosted by a group who is working to reduce violent crime against DC’s LGBT community. According to statistics quoted by representatives of the group, DC has the highest rate of anti-queer hate crimes in the country. This group, Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), was reformed in recent years after a notable increase in crimes agains the community, many of which were reported on and otherwise covered on this site. While I applaud this group’s current initiatives to increase dialog with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and work for better prosecution of crimes against the community, the meeting left me with cold.

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Last night, the Office for the Victims of Crime held its annual National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this year featuring Attorney General Eric Holder and keynote speaker Judy Shepard.

Civil Rights, DisOrienting Encounters »

In solidarity with International Womens Day and in conjunction with Feminist Coming Out Day, there are many reasons to celebrate women and feminism. Feminist transformations have changed many people’s lives across the globe in perhaps the most revealing yet most mundane ways. It can be as revolutionary as realizing one’s position and place in society while on the other hand, it can be as simple as realizing one is different from another.

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Last week the conservative and homophobic leaders in Texas were at it again – as if we haven’t experienced enough of Texas craziness. A high school student in Corpus Christi tried to organize a gay-straight alliance and the school board responded by not only rejecting her proposal, but by shutting down all extra-curricular activities at the school. Really? That is some serious homophobia. The scam here is that by banning all clubs that are not academic (or curricular) from campus, they are following a previously ignored rule. This way, that GSA isn’t being blocked because it’s a GSA, its being blocked because it’s not “curricular.” This is the sort of language and double talk that ends up in state and federal governments as well. The area Superintendent Julie Carbajal, has said that there is no chance that district will approve the purposed Gay-Straight Alliance.