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The persecution complex: The Religious Right’s deceptive rallying cry

The tales of horror keep pouring in: Two middle school girls are forced into a lesbian kiss as part of an anti-bullying program; an Air Force sergeant is fired because he opposes same-sex marriage; a high school track team is disqualified from a meet after an athlete thanks God for the team’s victory;

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COMMENTARY: Keep Pride colorful

You think of Gay Pride weekend, you think of sun. Rainbow flags. Rainbow everything. Glitter. Body parts on display. Abs built over the last three months on a rigorous diet of protein shakes, red bull, and the occasional splurged skittle. You think of bulging packages barely contained in ultra sheer bikini briefs, bouncing to thumping EDM atop a feather-clad parade float. You think of heavy drinking. The kind of shots you forgot you took until you notice the distinctly neon hue of your pee the next morning.

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Have gay groups set their own trap with a religious exemption in ENDA?

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, and while the White House is still drafting an executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, a lot of people are wondering if LGBT groups and members of Congress set a trap for themselves and the rest of us by backing a broad religious exemption in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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Commentary: We must be inclusive to LGBT seniors

As we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community this month in San Diego, I thought it was appropriate to bring attention to a demographic that is often left behind . . . the LGBT senior.

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Irene Monroe: It's not yet Independence Day for women, even in 2014

On Friday we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the "Star Spangled Banner" or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776; or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air." All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale to show us, and the world, our mettle since 9/11. All this as our American troops continue to soldier on.

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Irene Monroe: Presbyterian Church crawling toward marriage equality

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon their 221st General Assembly, when Presbyterians voted to amend its constitution's (The Book of Order) definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people. It’s the only way their vote affirming and blessing the loving coupling for its same-sex worshippers could have happened.

Letter to the editor: Benjamin Nicholls on HBA controversy

Dear Editor,

I write to set the record straight with facts about the recent transition in staff management at the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). It is unfortunate that a disgruntled former staff member has joined with two long-time detractors of the association to actively seek to undermine an organization that is doing such positive work on behalf of Hillcrest.

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Boston’s LGBTQ people of color take Pride in health

The New York Times last December came out with a front-page article on HIV/AIDS among African-American and Latino “men who have sex with men.”

And its opening words were both shocking and unsparing: “The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.”

OPEN LETTER: Going twice as far to support The Center

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Chris Shaw and his Mo’s Universe team, we have a great opportunity -- and we need your help.

To strengthen and support the vital work of The Center, Chris and his team have given us the chance to earn a $20,000 matching grant during June. Quite simply, they’ve committed to match every contribution we receive, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000.

Right now we are very close to achieving this goal. With that in mind, can you help with a #CenterSupporter donation today?

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Commentary: Us dykes march to a different beat

Pride parades will take place all over the country this month and beyond, and Boston’s was this weekend.

Race, unfortunately, continues to be one of the fault lines in many of our Pride festivals across the country. As is gender identity.

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