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"Princess of Africa" comes out for LGBT equality

"Princess of Africa" and South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka knows we are all equal.

She joins the United Nations' Free & Equal campaign to promote LGBT equality on a global scale.

The latest in the UN Human Rights series of activists and celebrities speaking out for a Free & Equal world, Yvonne Chaka Chaka speaks about how love shouldn't be criminalized.

Her video can be viewed below.

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Irene Monroe: LGBT communities divided on Israeli-Palestine conflict

As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to the Middle East in an attempt to broker an Israeli-Palestine cease-fire, the tensions of this conflict have also divided our Boston LGBT communities.

In a recent protest rally — of the many that have been on the streets of Boston I've seen, watched and read about — members in our community go at each other’s throat, demonstrating not only how we're not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, but also how LGBT Americans are inextricably tied to world events.

Anna Paquin of "True Blood" fame discusses the normalization of LGBT identity

"True Blood" star Anna Paquin stopped by HuffPost Live this week and discussed being bisexual, as well as what she sees as the future for public perception surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.

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The persecution complex: The Religious Right’s deceptive rallying cry

The tales of horror keep pouring in: Two middle school girls are forced into a lesbian kiss as part of an anti-bullying program; an Air Force sergeant is fired because he opposes same-sex marriage; a high school track team is disqualified from a meet after an athlete thanks God for the team’s victory;

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COMMENTARY: Keep Pride colorful

You think of Gay Pride weekend, you think of sun. Rainbow flags. Rainbow everything. Glitter. Body parts on display. Abs built over the last three months on a rigorous diet of protein shakes, red bull, and the occasional splurged skittle. You think of bulging packages barely contained in ultra sheer bikini briefs, bouncing to thumping EDM atop a feather-clad parade float. You think of heavy drinking. The kind of shots you forgot you took until you notice the distinctly neon hue of your pee the next morning.

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Have gay groups set their own trap with a religious exemption in ENDA?

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, and while the White House is still drafting an executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, a lot of people are wondering if LGBT groups and members of Congress set a trap for themselves and the rest of us by backing a broad religious exemption in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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Commentary: We must be inclusive to LGBT seniors

As we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community this month in San Diego, I thought it was appropriate to bring attention to a demographic that is often left behind . . . the LGBT senior.

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Irene Monroe: It's not yet Independence Day for women, even in 2014

On Friday we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the "Star Spangled Banner" or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776; or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air." All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale to show us, and the world, our mettle since 9/11. All this as our American troops continue to soldier on.

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Irene Monroe: Presbyterian Church crawling toward marriage equality

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon their 221st General Assembly, when Presbyterians voted to amend its constitution's (The Book of Order) definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people. It’s the only way their vote affirming and blessing the loving coupling for its same-sex worshippers could have happened.

Letter to the editor: Benjamin Nicholls on HBA controversy

Dear Editor,

I write to set the record straight with facts about the recent transition in staff management at the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). It is unfortunate that a disgruntled former staff member has joined with two long-time detractors of the association to actively seek to undermine an organization that is doing such positive work on behalf of Hillcrest.

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