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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lot to say about the historic day on September 20th when the 17 year old law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was finally repealed.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

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

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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Musings on summer pt. 2

Musings on summer pt. 2

This summer has brought its many amusements.   Besides the usual bachelorette parties  puking out the back of Boystown bound buses, drag costume changes at Hollywood Beach and dance floor make-outs at Madonnarama, there have been two notable new haunts added to our humble homo strip, Taverna 750 and Elixir.  In part two of my…

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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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Musings on summer pt. 1

Musings on summer pt. 1

I just looked at the calendar and refuse to admit it to myself.  Summer is nearly over.  Whether that means the end of warmer weather is up to Mother Nature (come on Indian summer).  But as Labor Day nears, gradually my fears are turning from dying alone to dying frozen AND alone bundled in an…

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Congrats! Out Illinois lawmaker weds in Iowa

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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Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

A lawyer representing Catholic Charities in Illinois has now said they will appeal a circuit judge’s recent decision saying that the state was not required to continue contracting adoption and foster services with the religious organization in four different dioceses: Peter Breen said the group will ask for a stay of Sangamon County, Ill., Circuit…

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Lakeview neighbors: victims of fire need more than just a cup of sugar

Lakeview neighbors: victims of fire need more than just a cup of sugar

Saturday afternoon’s fire hit close to home for me. And I mean that both literally and figuratively – the blaze took place two buildings down from my apartment. After an afternoon jaunt in Wicker Park with a friend, I returned home Saturday to find my block completely shut off from traffic, dozens of fire trucks…

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