HUD announces new guidelines regarding sexual orientation, gender identity in homeless shelters

By John Mack Freeman Secretary Julian Castro announced new rules this week for homeless shelters that receive money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The rules specify that these facilities must provide access to everyone on an equal basis regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It also makes explicit that […]

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Queer Quest: A New Column for Interesting Times

By Ashley R. Lierman These are interesting times to be a part of American geek culture as a member of any minority group. I mean that both in the genuine, positive sense, and in the sense of how that’s supposedly a curse. For better or for worse, women geeks, geeks of color, and gay, lesbian, […]

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New D&D Rules More Gender-Inclusive

On Tuesday, July 8th, Wizards of the Coast released the free basic rules for the fifth edition of the long-running RPG Dungeons and Dragons. For the first time, the rule set contained a section on sex. Here is the full text on that section (Images via GayGamer.net).  While the language is admittedly clunky and won’t enter the […]

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This Week in Marriage Equality: Another Week, Another Lawsuit

And then there was one. This week, couples in both Montana and South Dakota filed lawsuits in state courts challenging those states bans on marriage equality. With these filings, North Dakota is the only state in the union with a ban on same sex marriage that has not been overturned or that is not currently being […]

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Mississippi Businesses Band Together To Reject “Religious Freedom” Law

While Mississippi may have signed a “religious freedom” bill into law last week, that doesn’t mean that all Mississippi businesses are taking the news lying down. The law allows businesses to refuse service to any person based on the sincerely held religious belief of the person providing the service. Although targeted towards the LGBT community, […]

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Honey Maid Responds to Critics With Heartwarming Video

Honey Maid’s new campaign features the tagline “This is Wholesome.” It launched with a commercial that highlighted varieties of different families spending time together. One of the couples families featured in the ad had same sex parents. This caused an unfortunate but not unexpected freak out from the conservative corners of the country. Instead of […]

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Queer Icon Divine Subject of New Documentary

A new documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz has been released about the life and legacy of Divine. The queer icon rose to prominence in the 1970’s and 1980’s through the films of John Waters. Her life was tragically cut short by an enlarged heart when she was 42. You can find the trailer for the documentary […]

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Media of Note February 18, 2014: YA Diversity, Bechdel, and Anti-Bullying

Authors Relaunch YA Diversity Website YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo have relaunched their Tumblr website Diversity in YA that was founded in 2011 as a website and book tour. The site states: “We celebrate young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Our […]

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Kansas Changes Position on Denying Internet to Communities

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 Last week, GLBT News published a story about the state of Kansas trying to block the growth of the internet in all their communities. Communication on the internet about the state’s actions may have embarrassed legislators enough that they withdrew their idea. Because that’s exactly what they did when they postponed hearings set for last […]

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Interview With Dan Savage

On Friday, June 24, 2011,  my first day upon arriving in New Orleans for our annual conference,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Savage by phone, who was also in New Orleans to deliver the conference’s keynote speech. ~~*~~ Tracy Nectoux: Thank you for agreeing to interview with me. Dan Savage: Well, of course. Nectoux: When you were […]

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