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Growing the grass roots
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

Growing the grass roots

Greg Hernandez

Coming back from a slump in the 1990s, the 32-year-old National Gay and Lesbian Task Force aims to take the lead in aiding local organizing. In a time of “terrible trouble,” NGLTF is in it for the long haul

A tale of two Zachs
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

A tale of two Zachs Editors

Commentary 943 2005-07-19 2005-07-05 A tale of two Zachs By Bruce C. Steele It always comes down to the children. The forces opposed to fair treatment of gay and lesbian families l

The prime of Ms. Jean
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

The prime of Ms. Jean

Fred Kuhr

Late activist Jean O’Leary got gays their first White House meeting and cofounded National Coming Out Day

Love is not violence
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

Love is not violence Editors

Commentary 943 2005-07-19 2005-07-05 Love is not violence By Laura J. Weinstock Amid the multitude of information written about the reign of the late pope, one item lodged itself i

Outspoken: Amanda Jessen
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

Amanda Jessen


Commentary 943 2005-07-19 2005-07-05 Amanda Jessen Before last summer, I professed to know the meaning of life. It consisted of school, friends, and that fragile reality we call &#x

In my so-called life
July 05 2005 12:00 AM ET

In my so-called life

Savannah Dooley

Commentary 943 2005-07-19 2005-07-05 In my so-called life By Savannah Dooley When my mother, Winnie Holzman, was receiving critical acclaim for writing about gay teenagers, I had n

Colliding Epidemics
July 04 2005 12:00 AM ET

Colliding Epidemics

Chad Graham

The number of Americans infected with HIV has surpassed 1 million, boosted by skyrocketing crystal use among sexually active gay men—and by decreasing mortality from AIDS.

Court opening leaves equality in question
July 01 2005 12:00 AM ET

Court opening leaves equality in question Editors

Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement is a loud wake-up call. The antigay right is going to try to replace her with a justice who believes the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause doesn’t apply to gay and lesbian Americans.

The joy of ambiguity
June 29 2005 12:00 AM ET

The joy of ambiguity Editors

Let them think what they will: Straight Americans brave enough to appear more ambiguous can learn much about the daily experiences of their GLBT brothers and sisters—and advance the cause of equality

The Truth about The Truth About Hillary
June 27 2005 12:00 AM ET

The truth about The Truth About Hillary

David Brock

In an open letter, Media Matters for America president and CEO David Brock denounces the Penguin Group for publishing Edward Klein’s mean-spirited and wildly inaccurate anti-Hillary tome

Was the mayor entrapped?
June 23 2005 12:00 AM ET

Was the mayor entrapped?

Jim Sands

An editor from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, which revealed formerly closeted mayor Jim West’s online cruising, responds to an commentary, arguing that what the paper did was just good journalism

Jim West as a role model
June 16 2005 12:00 AM ET

Jim West as a role model


The antigay, long-closeted, recently outed Spokane, Wash., mayor is one big bad apple, but he’s still one of us. We should condemn his hypocrisy, sure, but let’s also try to learn from his actions

Beyond marriage
June 15 2005 12:00 AM ET

Beyond marriage Editors

Two vital lessons, 14 months after marriage equality came to Massachusetts: First, the courts are only one of many battlegrounds. Second, every other issue—job and HIV discrimination, for instance—still needs our attention