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Waymon Hudson

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Waymon Hudson is a writer, vocal LGBT activist, and all around political troublemaker. He is president and co-founder of the national nonprofit LGBT rights organization Fight OUT Loud, a blogger at various national political & civil rights websites, and a political consultant specializing in new media & youth outreach. He currently lives in Boystown with his husband of 9 years. Whether marching in the streets, organizing online, or playing politics, his goal remain the same: to challenge the forces of bigotry, hate and ignorance.

Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church losing another round. Circuit Judge John Schmidt, who ruled earlier that the state does not have to renew…

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Boystown gets shout-out on 'The Good Wife'

Boystown gets shout-out on ‘The Good Wife’

The hit CBS show The Good Wife gave a nod to two gay Boystown staples in the Season 3 premiere this week. Popular bars Scarlet and Sidetrack both got mentioned in the show, which is set in Chicago. Competing investigators and occasional lovers Kalinda and Sophia (played by Archie Panjabi and Kelli Giddish, respectively) name-dropped…

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GOP debate: Audience boos active-duty gay soldier asking about DADT

In what is becoming a regular occurrence in the Republican 2012 presidential debates, the audience’s cringe-inducing reactions are becoming the big headline. At Thursday night’s Fox News/​Google debate, the GOP crowd booed a question from a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. This follows jaw-dropping moments in previous GOP debates in which the audience cheered…

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Obama calls for gay rights at the United Nations

A major moment for human rights occurred yesterday when for the first time a sitting American President called for support for international LGBT rights in front of the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama’s morning address included a public call for renewed focus on the lives and rights of gays and lesbians to the collected…

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In their own words: DADT repeal videos

In their own words: DADT repeal videos

There is a lot to say about the historic day on September 20th when the 17 year old law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was finally repealed. But rather than just write about the discriminatory policy that kept the estimated 70,000 gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel who are currently serving their country from being open…

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Marriage equality comes to Archie Comics' Riverdale

In a move that only proves the growing acceptance and inevitability of full marriage rights for gay people, Archie Comics is getting ready to ring some gay wedding bells in Riverdale. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics that was introduced about a year ago, is getting married. In the year since…

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Trans Rights: Social Security ends "gender no-match" letters for employees

In a big move forward for transgender Americans, the Social Security Administration has said it will end the policy of allowing employers to match the gender markers of employees with the Social Security Number Verification System: The Social Security Administration (SSA) has confirmed that it has ended the practice of allowing gender to be matched in its Social Security Number…

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DADT Repeal Update: Roadblocks & Celebrations

DADT Repeal Update: Roadblocks & Celebrations

Ding dong, DADT is almost dead! The discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that keeps gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving their country openly in the military is finally in its last days. The 17 year old law is set to end on Sept 20th, 2011. This is following the long road of passage…

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HHS moves forward on LGBT hospital rights

HHS moves forward on LGBT hospital rights

New hospital visitation and representations rights for LGBT couples have been finalized by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid released new guidelines solidifying the memorandum President Obama released earlier in the year stating that all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds allow patients to designate their own…

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Congrats! Out Illinois lawmaker weds in Iowa

Illinois State Representative Deborah Mell married Christin Baker, her partner of 7 years, in Iowa over the weekend, making her the first high-profile elected official in the state to publicly enter into a same-sex marriage: “Our relationship deserves marriage,” said a beaming Mell, her newly wedding-banded hand resting on Baker’s shoulder Tuesday. “That’s how I…

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