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The time my boss outed me

Embarrassed, humiliated, shocked and even shamed. Those are some of the emotions I felt when my jackass of a boss outed me many years ago.

I'm proud to say that I've been out of the closet for several years now, and feel no shame, but it was a long and sometimes painful road.

Back then there weren't many public figures that were out, and I feared if anyone found out about by sexuality, it could ruin my career in broadcasting.

The bitter truth behind Thailand's gay-friendly image

In Bangkok's lively Silom district, customers pile into a small, noisy gay bar on a busy Saturday night. Chakgai Jermkwan and his partner Sean L'Estrange co-own the popular venue, which is located on a narrow soi lined with gay bars.

The couple have been together for eight years and were legally married three years ago in Boston, Massachusetts.

"We are a married couple in the U.S. but here in Thailand, we are just two friends in the eye of the law," Chakgai says. "If something bad happened to him tomorrow, I wouldn't have a say in anything," Sean adds. "I would be nothing."

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Irene Monroe: Historic black LGBT intergenerational discussion on “Selma”

If Bayard Rustin were alive today, he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film “Selma.”

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition convened “an honest and open dialogue” between a generations of LGBTQ activists. Folks who were active during 1960s civil rights era and today’s LGBTQ “Black Lives Matter” activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Irene Monroe: Martin Luther King Jr.'s expansive dream

Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday is Jan. 15, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay's film "Selma."

Letter to the community: Ally troubled by death of Leelah Alcorn

(Editor's note: Linda Miles is an ally of the LGBT community from San Diego, California. She is the board treasurer of St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation, which is based in San Diego. This letter to the community is a reaction to SDGLN Editor in Chief Ken Williams' essay titled "The tragic death of Leelah Alcorn: How her mother is my mother, and maybe yours.")

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Op ed: Your God and my dignity: Religious liberty, bigotry and gays

I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:

A threat to your religious liberty.

I don’t mean me alone. I mean me and my evidently menacing kind: men who have romantic relationships with other men and maybe want to marry them, and women in analogous situations. According to many of the Americans who still cast judgment on us, our “I do” somehow tramples you, not merely running counter to your creed but running roughshod over it.

Which of these Catholic voices represents the Church’s stance on gay couples?

Hours after same-sex couples began legally marrying across the state of Florida, two very contrasting messages emerged from Roman Catholic Church leaders in the Sunshine State.

In a letter from the Archdiocese of Miami, Archbishop Thomas Wenski suggests that any and all employees risk termination for sharing opinions on social media that are “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church," including support for marriage equality.

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Op ed: You count at Diversionary

(Editor's note: This was sent out to Diversionary Theatre supporters and SDGLN.)

San Diego's weather isn't the only thing that's warm and inviting. Since joining the Diversionary Family last month, I’ve experienced an incredibly kind welcome. For years I’ve been inspired from afar by the company’s legacy as one of our nation’s oldest LGBT theatres. Five weeks in, it’s clear to me what makes Diversionary so special: it’s our dynamic and dedicated community.

COMMENTARY: Where has West Hollywood's gayborhood gone?

Where goes the gayborhood?

If you are gay or lesbian or transgendered, odds are you have looked for the “gayborhood” in many cities where you traveled. The gayborhood was the place where people like us found each other and celebrated our LGBT culture. It was a cozy place where we knew we were among our own, a place we could feel truly accepted.

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Irene Monroe: Finding "home" for the holidays

The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me.

I am always bothered by our culture's egregious forms of commercialism -- and its either lack of or its anemic recognition of other forms for religious holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season.