When The Laughter Dies Down

The Death of Robin Williams

By Tanya Dodd-Hise As many people around the globe, I am still reeling from the shocking news of actor Robin Williams’ death, apparently by his own hand. I hear of celebrities passing, and it rarely has the impact that this one has had on me. Perhaps it was my beloved memories of his films throughout […]

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On Adoption: Then and Now

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By Jillian Lauren       We spent a remarkable weekend with T’s “first friends.” Unprompted by me, he calls them his brothers and sisters. The first picture is of the kids when they were still living in a care center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The second one is of the same kids now (in […]

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End Blood Donation Ban for Gay, Bisexual Men

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Seattle City Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday requesting an end to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.  The Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray and the American Medical Association have each made similar requests. An excerpt from the letter reads, “Denying […]

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Spotlight Series: Christopher and Anthony

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? CHRISTOPHER: Yes we are. We got married last year on May 3rd. It was funny because we were planning on our baby arriving in May and realized how we wanted to get married before the baby showed up, so it was like a gay shotgun wedding! TNF: How […]

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Lesbian Couple Denied Accommodations in Hawaii

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Lambda Legal and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Monday urged the Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawaii to reject a new argument that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores allows a commercial business operating a bed and breakfast to refuse accommodation to a lesbian couple, and thereby violate […]

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6 Things I Want My Children To Learn

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By Brandy Black We spent time with my parents, or more commonly the grandparents recently and our children have gotten the Black family fever for good old-fashioned board games, card games, things that don’t require a screen, a speaker or a joystick. We taught them how to play slap-jack and surprisingly our two-year-old twins even […]

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Human Rights First: Obama Missed Chance to Discuss Human Rights at Meetings with African Leaders

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As African heads of state gather Wednesday at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Human Rights First expressed disappointment that human rights principles and civil society leaders are not fully incorporated into a meeting focused on investment opportunities in Africa.  The organization believes that human rights protections are fundamental principles for a secure and stable environment necessary for successful economic development and investment. […]

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3 Ways Parents Make The World Horrible For Other Parents (And How To Stop)

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By Halina Newberry-Grant Being a parent is hard work.Seriously. I expected to be constantly tired when I started having kids, but I was not prepared to be in a constant state of doubt and worry, battling my own imagination, trying to keep thoughts of the worst thing that can possibly happen at any given moment […]

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