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"I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." — Socrates
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Some Republicans are trying to brush it off as the kind of debate you have in you freshman dorm at 2 a.m. Not so for us gays. The objection raised by Rand Paul, the GOP Senate nominee from Kentucky, to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Meet the new scapegoats for social conservatives in this country: In its perversion of the professed conservative desire for checks on government intrusion, the [new Arizona immigration] law evokes the McCarthy era's war on so-called sex deviants. That reign of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace after spending tens of thousands on prostitutes, on whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is gay or not: “I did not go out with her, but other guys did. I... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Perhaps one silver lining from the horrible tragedy that is Brian Betts' murder will be a review by the Washington Post of its antiquated policy of when to report a story subject's sexual orientation. We've seen the issue arise in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Very encouraging news out of my former home Buenos Aires: A judge in Buenos Aires today upheld the validity of the first civil marriage between two women, rejecting the decision of another judge, Martha Gomez Alsina, who had set aside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Call it the Ron Paul wing of the Tea Party movement, but a sizable portion of the colorful, spelling-challenged protesters are at least consistent about wanting the government out of our pocketbooks and out of our bedrooms: In general, those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Here are the five biggest stories from Gay News Watch over the last week: Obama orders hospital visitation rights for gays: QUICK LOOK: President Barack Obama has told the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Though I wouldn't put it anywhere near the top of the Gay Agenda, the movement to "Queer the Census" to make sure single gay folks are counted makes good sense. After all, the Census is designed to get an accurate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Fresh off news that a church in Gainesville, Fla., is preaching politics with a "No Homo Mayor" campaign against openly gay candidate Craig Lowe, a prominent Republican in Kansas City, Mo., is going after a lesbian state senator for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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It seems us old fogeys weren't the only ones impressed by the courage it took Constance McMillen to force her Mississippi high school to let her bring her girlfriend to prom. (Constance won her legal battle and although the school... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Speaking of effective activism, the kind that gets your attention and produces results, the Gill Action Fund folks behind Fight Back NY are back with another viral video, fresh off their lopsided defeat of ousted state Sen. Hiram Montserrate. Last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Following up on my post yesterday about the stark contrast between the "elegant activism" of Joe Solmonese and the direct action activism of Dan Choi, a reader pointed me to some recent data about the salary on which Solmonese affords... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Joe Solmonese favors Dolce & Gabbana. Dan Choi favors your equality. The two images could not contrast more completely: On the one hand, there's West Point graduate Dan Choi in uniform, handcuffed to the White House fence in the form... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Here are the five biggest stories from Gay News Watch over the last week: Dutch reject faulting gay soldiers for Bosnia genocide: QUICK LOOK: Dutch officials have reacted with anger and bemusement to the claim by a retired American general... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Mar 15, 2010
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Stop me if you've heard this before. Once again, Democrats in Congress are blaming President Obama for putting the brakes on Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, as if the White House introduces legislation that the House and Senate can then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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The abrupt resignation of New York Congressman Eric Massa seemed ideal for a SNL send-up, replete with stories of naked shower chats with Rahm Emanuel, tickle fights with his all-bachelor flatmates, self-described "Caligula orgies" naval initiations, and -- of course... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Citizen Crain
Here are the five biggest stories from Gay News Watch over the last week: Gay couples begin to wed in Mexico City: QUICK LOOK: Five same-sex couples wed in Mexico Thursday as Mexico City became the first Latin American city... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Give Senegal's Prime Minister Souleymane Ndiaye some credit. The usual pattern we see in "blame the homo" is to explain some natural disasters or social decline -- or the threatened destruction of human civilization -- by pointing the finger at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Citizen Crain
"We tried the carrot. Now it's time for the stick." That's the message from Cynthia Nixon, Miranda of "Sex and the City" fame, in a simple yet powerful new PSA for the fledgling group Fight Back NY, which exists for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Last week was one for the history books in the movement for gay civil rights worldwide. As of last week, same-sex couples are marrying in the capitals of four of the five most populous countries in the Americas, and each... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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Brace yourself. Many of us were already disgusted that Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C., chose to axe health coverage for all spouses rather than include same-sex spouses, who as of this week can enter into civil marriage in the nation's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Citizen Crain
Here are the five biggest stories from Gay News Watch over the last week: Day One dawns on gay marriage in U.S. capital: QUICK LOOK: D.C. Superior Court officials are expecting scores of same-sex couples to pack the courthouse Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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I launched this blog way back in October 2006, just weeks after leaving the Washington Blade and moving to Brazil, as the Mark Foley scandal was breaking. Having overseen years of coverage about Foley, a longtime GOP closet case, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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The Washington Post editorial page had it right yesterday when they wrote, "the tide of history is moving … toward a recognition that gays and lesbians, no less than heterosexuals, are entitled to sanctify their love in marriage, and that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Citizen Crain
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