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past weekend, my notoriously sassy 7-year-old turned to me and said “Uh- excuse
me, Poppy ‑ your partner just asked you a question.”


I looked up from my I-phone in time to see her roll her eyes at her 6-year-old
sister and then burst into laughter. Her Dad and I laughed too, but then I
stopped short.  I felt a little cheated.  Why didn’t she call him my
husband? Todd and I use that term enough around the kids. But then again, we
also sometimes refer to each other as partners.


April 17 2012 12:07 PM

On Tax Day, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese is reminded of the attacks that LGBT feel on their dignity as American taxpayers.

April 17 2012 4:00 AM

As a federal deputy elected
by the state of Rio de Janeiro, but also as a homosexual male and human rights
activist, I am presenting to the National Congress of Brazil a proposal for a constitutional
amendment that will guarantee civil marriage equality rights to all people,
regardless of their sexual orientation. What this means is equal rights with
equal names, because, as our Federal Constitution states: all people are equal
by law and should not be victims of discrimination (arts. 3 e 5).

April 13 2012 6:00 AM

An attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center shares his own story of surviving conversion therapy and exposes its dangers during a series of community meetings.

April 13 2012 5:00 AM

Unsurprisingly most
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, including Log Cabin
Republicans, are glad to see Senator Rick Santorum exit the race for the White
House. What may surprise some people is that most straight Republicans are also
breathing a sigh of relief while some Democrats are mourning his loss.

April 12 2012 4:00 AM

Question: Over the years I've gotten a number of tattoos, and they’ve really become a part of my identity. Most of them are not visible when I’m in work garb, but some of them are, especially when I roll up my sleeves. My boyfriend says I should cover them up when I start job interviews next month. I say an employer shouldn't care about my body art. What do you suggest I do?

Answer: Do what your boyfriend says and cover them up. That’s my short answer, but I also have a more nuanced take.

April 11 2012 4:00 AM

Marriage for same-sex couples can be a divisive issue – not
just for straight people, but among LGBT communities as well. While many LGBT
people were thrilled when Maryland and Washington joined the growing list of
states affirming marriage equality, others continue to question the logic of
spending so much time and money on the marriage effort when other issues, like
health care access and economic inequality, are more pressing for many of us.

April 10 2012 4:00 AM

In 2009, my life went into chaos. I had just come off of one of the biggest highs of my career — I had the number one show on Logo, Sordid Lives: The Series. Having spent four years developing and putting together the financing for the show, I had turned down many lucrative television opportunities because of my passion for my own sordid Texas tale. I had wanted my own show, and hard work and perseverance finally paid off! I had a series on the air with Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Olivia Newton-John, and many of my favorite actors from the film and my stage work.

But I chose the wrong producing partner. My gut warned me, but I took the advice of my agents at the time who also represented the producer. After the series hit, that producer decided to not pay the actors and myself our residuals. We had worked so hard for a fraction of our fees, knowing the show would run on a loop on Logo and banking on our residuals to make up the difference. Logo had already ordered a second season at this point, but when the guilds stepped in, attempting to collect our residuals, the legal problems sent the series into limbo.

A two-year battle ensued, and we won every arbitration. The producer was ordered to pay myself and the actors more than $2.3 million dollars. His response? To file bankruptcy. We got nothing and Sordid Lives: The Series was over.

I lost my home, was close to bankruptcy myself — and became very, very depressed.

Jason Dottley, my soon-to-be-ex-husband and one of the stars of the series, then suggested that I write a one-man show based on all the stories I told around our dinner table. “Are you kidding me? I’m not Leslie Jordan, Kathy Griffin, Caroline Rhea, or Margaret Cho. I’m Del Shores, the writer-director, the storyteller.” “Exactly!” was his response.

So, reluctantly, I wrote a show called Del Shores: The Storyteller which quickly was rechristened Del Shores: My Sordid Life. Hey, if you have a brand, milk it, right?

At first the show was just a series of my stories. I would have a board on an easel on stage and would give each story a name. “Aunt Sissy’s five marriages,” “Cousin Dwaine shoots a policeman,” “Mama compares her gay son to a paraplegic,” “Family funerals”… you get the picture. I would check each story off as I told it and go down the list. I would dish on celebrities, call out the assholes I’d worked with, tell about Rosemary Alexander (“Dr. Eve”) not wearing panties in the final stage show of Sordid Lives, playing the best trick ever on Leslie Jordan. I would even preach — performing a missing monologue from my play Southern Baptist Sissies.

April 09 2012 1:22 AM

Several weeks ago, the free hotline at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network rang as it has done every day for nearly 20 years. Before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT), we could bet that on the other end would be a service member facing the fear — or the very real possibility — of being discharged simply for who he or she was, a gay or lesbian patriot wanting nothing more than to serve the country they loved.

April 06 2012 11:32 AM

Six million Jews died in the Holocaust. Six million Jews
live in Israel today, where the threat of another Holocaust grows greater by
the day. But the world tells them to wait and trust.

April 05 2012 4:00 AM