What Do You Do When Your Teen Breaks the Law?

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By Carol Rood There are those people who value some laws above others.  People who think it is okay to break some laws, but not others.  And if we really get down to bras tacks, I speed pretty often, so I myself break the law on occasion.  But I am 48 years old and pay […]

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“I Don’t Have a Birthmark Because I Don’t Have a Dad”

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By Brandy Black “Do you and Mom have birthmarks? “Yes, we both do!” “Do my brother or sister have one?” “No, I don’t think any of you have one actually.” “I know why, because we don’t have a dad.”, my six-year-old daughter says calmly, “all my friends with dads have birthmarks.” “That’s not actually how […]

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An Open Letter Of Lament On Age And Fashion

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By Amber Leventry Dear Confidently Open Queer Female Sales Clerks at the Mall, I see the way you look at me. Not with the confusion of a less aware straight sales clerk, but with a look of pity. With my baseball cap on, short hair sticking out around my ears, you do not think I […]

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Proud of Pride

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By: K. Pearson Brown The 2014 PRIDE LA Music & Arts Festival held June 6-9 in West Hollywood Park delivered on the promise of its promoters, Christopher Street West, that the event would feature “something for everyone.”  A centerpiece of the festival was Thunderground, an outdoor rollerskating rink complete with a light show and mirror […]

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How Honest Are We On Social Media?

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By Carol Rood I am blessed with a few very good friends.  I also have lots of friends I interact with every day thanks to Social Media.  Of course, just like everyone else, I interact with some more than others. I think Facebook is interesting.  Everyone always wants to brag about their kids’ accomplishments, and […]

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New Children’s Book Depicts Two Gay Princes Marrying

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A new children’s book featuring same-sex marriage has been written by business professor Jeffrey Miles at the University of the Pacific. The Princess and the Treasure is a story of two princes out to save a princess, but end up falling in love with each other. They get married and live happily ever after. “With the […]

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Surviving the Struggle: A Personal Perspective on LGBT Youth Suicide

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By Stephen & Adam Podowitz-Thomas Though Stephen and I have addressed serious topics here before, we’ve avoided confronting an issue that is not something I talk about often and it’s a bit dark – so this is your forewarning. Like a lot of gay individuals, my teenage years were tough. Coming out at thirteen didn’t go well. […]

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Autism Awareness Part 2–Joni and Maria

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  This is part 2 of the interview we ran yesterday with mom Joni Hill who talks about finding out that her twins are autistic.  If you missed Part one, you can read it here.  TNF: You once wrote that many people have a cocktail party understanding of autism, that struck me, tell me about […]

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Challah and Ham: Planning an Interfaith Family

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By Stephen and Adam Podowitz-Thomas As the Easter and Passover seasons are wrapping up in the Podowitz-Thomas household, we’ve been thinking more and more about how we’re going to share our religious traditions with our children.  As an interfaith couple, we’ve had to navigate recognition and appreciation of one another’s beliefs throughout our relationship, but […]

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