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Public slurs can keep gay and lesbian youths in the closet.
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Rachel Maddow Is Not An 'Angry Young Man' — And Neither Am I

It seems like a million years ago that I was an introverted, closeted lesbian, forced to spend every day in a suffocating classroom, in a rural farm community. Looking at me now, you would probably never know that I came from a primarily white, protestant, homophobic town in Southeast Michigan. Now, I confidently wear a James Dean-esque haircut and boxer briefs, but, just six years ago, I was struggling to come out in a high school where it was commonplace for prominent gay figures to be slandered.

Ban "Gay-Repair" Therapy
Let's hope California starts a precedent for other states to ban "gay-repair" therapy.
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It's Time For All States To Ban "Gay-Repair" Therapy

This week I'd like to send a huge congrats out to California for becoming the first state to ban "therapy" that aims to change sexual orientation of minors. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown bans mental health practitioners from performing "reparative therapy," which is believed to cause harm.

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Thousands of supporters turned out Wednesday for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
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'I'm Gay And I Work At Chick-fil-A'

A gay employee, writing anonymously over fears she'd be fired for speaking out, says she hopes her customers don't choke on their nuggets—but one day will swallow their words.

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We envision a future with many more lesbian wedding cake toppers.
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13 Key Moments In The History Of Gay Rights

The struggle for the gay community to be allowed the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts has been an uphill battle for hundreds of years. Although once upon a time in some corners of the world, homosexuality was viewed as normal behavior, it eventually evolved into something that society decided was evil, and those who were gay were denied basic human rights.

10 Proud Gay & Lesbian Couples Throughout History
The first recorded gay couple were manicurists to Egypt's royalty.
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10 Proud Gay & Lesbian Couples Throughout History

In honor of June being Gay Pride Month, we're celebrating not just our favorite gay and lesbian couples since the dawn of time, but also their love for each other even when homosexuality was deemed worthy of incarceration.

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A look at a year of milestones in gay marriage rights.
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Ciao, DOMA: 20 Moments From The Past Year's Gay Rights Struggles

From Pres. Barack Obama expressing his support for gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America, to the struggle to repeal Proposition 8 in California, to the misleadingly-named Defense of Marriage Act being ruled unconstitutional, it's been a game-changing year in gay marriage rights.

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Tweeting about DOMA: @catphrodite Woot!! Down with bigotry! Up with love!
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Defense Of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional: 5 Best Tweets

A monumental ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston today declared the Defense of Marriage Act, the national law that declared marriage as a union "between one man and one woman," unconstitutional. The ruling sets the stage for DOMA to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which could lead to federal approval of same-sex marriages.

Will Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Views Sway Gay Republicans?
President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage on May 9.
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Will Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Views Sway Gay Republicans?

When President Obama publicly announced his support of gay marriage on May 9, there seemed to be little question: Obama has the gay vote locked down. Though, of course, not all gays care about gay marriage, nor will all gays be voting Democrat come November. Yes, gay Republicans do exist. Even in the blue states.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer: "It's hard to believe we're having this conversation in 2012."
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Why Are Republicans Attacking The Violence Against Women Act?

Senate Democrats appear to be setting up a fight with the GOP over extending the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans wary about being branded anti-woman object to the inclusion of gays and illegals, and say the Dems are trying to score political points.

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What Do You Wear To A Gay Wedding?

Choosing the perfect wedding attire is quite a daunting task for about almost everybody invited to a nuptial, so here are some tips from The Gloss to guarantee a fashion ensemble that will have you turning heads, but of course, not outshining the brides and grooms.

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Freedom To Marry Brings New Pressures To Gay Community

Honey Davenport was in character, performing his usual set at a Manhattan drag bar. Clad in a rainbow leotard and platform heels, he took a swig of his drink and ripped off his wig—sweaty and exhausted from the hourlong performance. Suddenly cheers erupted: New York's state legislature had legalized same-sex marriage, and on the eve of gay-pride weekend. Davenport's boyfriend made his way to the stage and got down on one knee. "Will you marry me?" he asked.

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New York State Approves Gay Marriage

New York State has officially passed a same-sex marriage bill, 33 to 29, becoming the sixth and largest state to make gay marriage legal in the United States. This vote is particularly historic as Republicans have a majority in the NY state legislature, making it the first GOP-led body to pass a same-sex marriage amendment.