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Bipolar on Broadway

Bipolar on Broadway

Broadway is a bit schizophrenic. I’m not just talking about when I leave LVAC off my medication.  Take for example the corner of Buckingham and Broadway, between the gawking one-size fits all underwear on the sidewalk at Cram, the glorified temple shrine to Madonna, Borderline Music and the tragic Mr. Taco with its 1982 garage…

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Queer the Census: Visibility Matters

Queer the Census: Visibility Matters

I recently posted about a comprehensive new study on LGBT families and the impact that discriminatory laws have on the children of same-sex couples. One of the solutions that the study came up with to combat this impact was increased visibility and expanded research & reporting on LGBT people. A campaign by the National Gay…

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Comprehensive new study on LGBT families: All Children Matter

Comprehensive new study on LGBT families: All Children Matter

A comprehensive and important new study has just been released about LGBT families. All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families brings together a coalition of LGBT leaders, policy experts and child advocates that includes the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, the Center for American Progress, the National Association of…

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Equality is good business. Literally.

Equality is good business. Literally.

Two new studies show that the equal treatment of LGBT employees, including strong anti-discrimination policies and same-sex partner benefits, are more than just the right thing to do. They’re also good for business. Studies from the Williams Institute and Center for American Progress of both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses have shown that pro-equality…

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Wear Purple on October 20 for Spirit Day: Help combat bullying

Wear Purple on October 20 for Spirit Day: Help combat bullying

October 20th, Spirit Day, gives all of us a unique chance to make a statement in support of LGBT youth and against bullying & harassment: Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was…

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The legacy of Matthew Shepard: 13 years later

The legacy of Matthew Shepard: 13 years later

October is LGBT History Month. It’s also the month that we remember the life and tragic death of a young man that brought hate crimes into sharp focus for a nation that at the time didn’t want to talk about the subject. Thirteen years ago, on October 12th, 21 year old Matthew Shepard died after…

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Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny Dies

Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny Dies

Frank Kameny, one of the earliest and most outspoken activists for gay rights in America, has died at the age of 86. Kameny, an astronomer with a PhD from Harvard, was the founder of the Mattachine Society of Washington and a longtime advocate for equality. He coined the early gay rights phrase “Gay is Good“,…

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National Coming Out Day: My Story

National Coming Out Day: My Story

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed day for visibility and discussion about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people and their issues, specifically about being open about who they are. You can see my take on the importance of visibility and the impact it can have on LGBT rights in my essay that…

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Guardian Angels considering Boystown for new headquarters

Guardian Angels considering Boystown for new headquarters

The Guardian Angels may land in Boystown as early as next spring.  The unarmed, all-volunteer crime fighters are carefully considering the neighborhood for the location of the Chicago chapter’s headquarters. The Chicago chapter—which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month—has been without a central office for almost a decade, according to Miguel Fuentes, 40, chapter leader…

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