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Just say no to Uncle Sam
October 12 2005 12:00 AM ET

Just say no to Uncle Sam

Charles Karel Bouley II

No, it is not progress when the military turns a blind eye in order to send openly gay soldiers to die in Iraq. Quite the opposite. In fact, maybe all gays and lesbians should boycott serving our country until our country serves us

Coming out: A domino game
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Coming out: A domino game Editors

Polls show that the biggest supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights are those who know LGBT people. So do your part on this National Coming Out Day.

Melissa rocks the R Family cruise
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Melissa rocks the R Family cruise

Anne Stockwell

In these outtakes from her cover interview with The Advocate, Melissa Etheridge tells how she and Rosie O’Donnell punked their fellow passengers for an unexpected treat

'Fag' in my classroom
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

"Fag" in my classroom

Lisa Pupo

Commentary 949 2005-10-25 2005-10-10 "Fag" in my classroom By Lisa Pupo “You can’t help what color you are, but if you choose to be a fag, I have the right to h

What women want
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

What women want Editors

Commentary 949 2005-10-25 2005-10-10 What women want By Laura Weinstock What’s the secret of female sexual arousal? A couple of scientists took a stab at answering this age-old que

Queering the Democrats
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Queering the democrats

Fred Kuhr

The Stonewall Democrats group is repositioning itself in red states. Can it rally straight party loyalists to the side of equality?

Q&A: Neil Giuliano
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Neil Giuliano Editors

As the new president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Neil Giuliano must quickly provide a pro-gay counterbalance to the powerful conservative media. The 48-year-old is well-versed in politics, having served as the mayor of Tempe, Ariz., from 1994 to 2004. He is known as a progressive Republican who also gained vital experience in administrative positions at Arizona State University.

Howdy, partners
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Howdy, partners

Christopher Lisotta

You can’t go it alone. Gay activists in Texas, Maine, and elsewhere are partnering with straight leaders and civil rights groups as they fight antigay ballot initiatives this year and next

Outspoken: Brian Samuels
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET


Brian Samuels

Commentary 949 2005-10-25 2005-10-10 Outspoken By Brian Samuels Samuels is now 21 and attending Emerson College in Boston. I thought it was over. Our

Never going back
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Never going back Editors

Commentary 949 2005-10-25 2005-10-10 Never going back By Bruce C. Steele Is Melissa Etheridge the karmic center of gay and lesbian America? She came out in 1993 during inaugural festivities for

Gay-volution theory
October 10 2005 12:00 AM ET

Gay-volution theory

Kate Clinton

Commentary 949 2005-10-25 2005-10-10 Gay-volution theory By Kate Clinton Great news, everyone! I’ve figured out how to deep-six that detestable, untestable, pseudoscie

The long road ahead
October 08 2005 12:00 AM ET

The long road ahead Editors

Fifty years after Brown v. the Board of Education, people forget that most victories in the fight for racial equality came after that court decision outlawing segregation. For gays and lesbians, it’s time to steel ourselves for the decades of work we still have to do to achieve equality.

Harvard versus the military
October 07 2005 12:00 AM ET

Harvard versus the military Editors

Harvard University receives a sizable chunk of its annual budget from the federal government. As a result, the law school is overlooking its own antidiscrimination policies and allowing military recruiters on campus. How sad.