Foo Fighters Serenade Westboro Baptist Church

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By: Shannon Ralph On August 30, 2011, the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, known for its chants of “God Hates Fags”, picketed a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City. The church claims that the Foo Fighters’ song “Keep It Clean (Hot Buns)” encourages “fornication” and “fags”. In response to the picketing, the band held a surprise […]

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Gay Soldier Booed at Republican Presidential Debate

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By: Shannon Ralph In a televised Republican presidential candidate debate on Thursday, a gay soldier was booed by the crowd after asking a question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). In a response that is both incredibly sad and a telling testament to their character, not one candidate on the stage came to the soldier’s […]

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British Statistics Show Gay People Less Likely to Divorce

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By: Shannon Ralph Recent statistics out of Britain suggest that same-sex civil partners are less likely to divorce than straight married people. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that after five years, 5.5 percent of marriages had ended in divorce and 2.5 percent of civil partnerships had been dissolved. Since civil partnerships were […]

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New Travel Website Provides Novel Way to Plan Vacation

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By: Shannon Ralph World Travel Holdings (WTH) recently announced the debut of a new website offering a fresh take on planning the perfect vacation. VillaRental.com provides a new and novel way for the traveler to search for and create a customized trip based on their travel style and their specific reasons for traveling. Unlike other […]

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Survey Shows Young People Not Offended by Anti-Gay, Racist, and Sexist Slurs Online

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By: Shannon Ralph There is an old quote by George Orwell: But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. I thought of this quote as I was reading a recent news story about young people and the use of crude language in social media. According to an Associated Press-MTV survey of 1,355 people […]

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“OutServe Magazine” Highlights 101 LGBT Military Servicemembers

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By: Shannon Ralph OutServe, the association of actively-serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender military personnel, today released the latest edition of OutServe Magazine. The edition features 101 actively-serving military members identified by name, rank, and duty station. Their photos are highlighted in the magazine. “We could not be more proud of this magazine and the […]

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GLSEN Announces Respect Awards Honorees

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By: Shannon Ralph GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network has announced the honorees for its seventh annual Respect Awards. Held annually in Los Angeles and New York, The Respect Awards honor the work of corporations, individuals, students, and educators who have made a significant impact in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and safe […]

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Gay and Straight Couples More Monogamous Than in the Past

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By: Shannon Ralph A recent study published in the journal Family Process finds that couples in heterosexual, gay, and lesbian relationships are more monogamous today than they have been in the past. The study of more than 6,800 men and women in 1975 and 2000 finds that there is dramatically less extra-relational sexual behavior in […]

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Harvard Appoints Director of LGBT Life

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By: Shannon Ralph Harvard University has appointed a Director of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Life. Lisa “Lee” Forrest, currently the head of the GLBT and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, will start her new position at Harvard in November. The Harvard Crimson reports that the new position was created after […]

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