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Michigan mechanic will turn LGBTQ customers away, and it's perfectly legal.

A Michigan car repair shop owner said he will refuse to serve openly gay customers -- and, yes, that is legal.

Brian Klawiter is the owner of Dieseltec in Grandville, Michigan. On Tuesday, he took to Facebook to announce in a verbose post that he has no problem refusing to serve gay customers on the basis of religious freedom. (Guns, however, are allowed and customers who bring in their firearms are eligible for a discount.)

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Religious Right screaming in a panic over gay marriage

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up four gay marriage cases this month, the Religious Right has become downright hysterical apparently in anticipation of marriage equality becoming the law of the land in June.

Manchester's Gay Village "as vibrant as ever" but bars need to "up their game to survive"

Vibrancy was a running theme during discussions with Manchester’s LGBT community with regards to Canal Street.

For Misty Chance, a Manchester-based drag artist, it has provided an opportunity to branch out. For the first time since she moved to the city, Misty was invited to host a night in the Northern Quarter back in February.

A (grim) glimpse of the Seoul gay scene

My most recent trip took me to South Korea where I met some amazing people and got a first hand look at gay life in Seoul. South Korea is a conservative country!

I didn’t fully understand this at first, but think of the prejudice and stigma of the Reagan years in which many HIV+ gay men were ignored until they died, and you’ll get an idea of how it is there now.

Until very recently, being LGBT in Seoul meant not existing, as the government and society in general opted to simply ignore and pretend LGBT people didn’t exist.

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Irene Monroe: Easter is about seeing those at the margins

For many Christians, Easter is a high holy holiday — it’s the religious bedrock that not only anchors them in their faith, but it also shapes and governs their view of the world.

I’m one of them.

My passion for Easter is like that of author and Christian C.S. Lewis. In his 1945 essay “Is Theology Poetry?” Lewis expressed his passion for the whole of Christianity thusly: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else"

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Irene Monroe: The love that dare not speak its name

With “The Year We Thought About Love,” Cantabrigian filmmaker Ellen Brodsky has made what some might call a dangerous documentary about youth in love, and what others would call a welcoming one.

“There’s power in being true to yourself,” Brodsky states. While that may be true, Brodsky also knows that the varied expressions of love are not always safe or accepted. Queries always accompany love expressed outside of familial, racial, cultural and religious norms.

Video spoofs dramatize unintended consequences of "religious freedom" bills

CHICAGO – Truth Wins Out announced the release today of the second video in its “Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom” campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion. In our new video, we show how such laws can open a can of worms and backfire on the “Christian” sponsors of such bills. The video was released on the day the

Irene Monroe: Pope's transparent views on transgenders

Pope Francis is a complicated, if not confusing, pontiff to the LGBTQ community — especially so to the transgender community.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to all of our community. Just last week, the Pope had lunch with gay and transgender inmates. And in January, a transgender man reported he met the Pope.

Death threats won't stop Jamaican LGBT advocate

(Editor's note: Maurice Tomlinson is one of the best-known LGBT rights advocates from Jamaica. His activism over the years have brought him death threats, so he now lives in Toronto with his Canadian husband. He continues to fight for LGBT rights in the Caribbean, and last week was in court challenging the ban on gays entering the nations of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago.

Love thy neighbor? For Archbishop Cordileone and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, not so much

In response to the use of water sprinklers by the Archdiocese of San Francisco to deter homeless people from seeking refuge in entrance portals of St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, issued the following statement from Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Director of Latino/a and Catholic Initiatives for HRC Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program: