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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

The real activist judges
May 24 2005 12:00 AM ET

The real activist judges

Kevin Cathcart

The Bush administration has worked diligently to nominate right-wing ideologues to the federal bench. The battle has reached a boiling point and and there’s too much at stake for gay men and lesbians not to fight

We’ll Always Have Paris
May 23 2005 12:00 AM ET

We’ll Always Have Paris

Charles Karel Bouley II

On Pride day in Los Angeles, the Grand Marshal will be heralded down the street and it’s…Paris Hilton?

Finding inspiration for gay rights
May 19 2005 12:00 AM ET

Finding inspiration for gay rights

Julie Dorf

South Africa’s unprecedented constitutional protections serve as an object lesson for LGBT advocates here in the United States.

Articles of Faith Biblical values for American families
May 17 2005 12:00 AM ET

Articles of faith: Biblical values for American families Editors

If we have any intention of preserving marriage or protecting families, we must base our support on values that are unchangeable: faith, hope, and love. The greatest among these—whether the couple is same-sex or heterosexual—is love