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Irene Monroe: What’s in a greeting?

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words: Happy holidays!

For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday.

Russia: Impunity for anti-LGBT violence

(Moscow) – Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence. Growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the federal anti-LGBT “propaganda” law in June 2013. The law effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second-class citizens.

LETTER: Update on 100 Center families and seniors

Dear Friend of The Center,

Just before Thanksgiving, I asked for your support for more than 100 families and seniors in our Center community who are struggling right now. With the generous contributions we received from Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, the Imperial Court de San Diego and #CenterSupporters like you, we were able to provide more than 50 grocery cards -- and even some turkeys. Thank you!

If you want to make sense of Obamacare, go to San Diego

Will San Diego have America’s finest Obamacare?

Yes, it’s way too early for any verdicts about the Affordable Care Act and its implementation, even in California, which has embraced this messy mash-up of a law more rapidly and firmly than almost any other state. It may be that we’ll never be able to evaluate Obamacare coherently — it’s simply too complex and contradictory, a wave slowly remaking one-fifth of the economy via regulatory jargon and codes that test the limits of human understanding.

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Human Rights Day: Fight back against homophobia, transphobia

Wednesday, Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day. In celebration, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is launching Speak OUT: 5 ways to fight back against homophobia and transphobia. Watch and share the video linked below with your friends and family.

Unchecked prejudice often leads directly to discrimination, violence and the denial of basic human rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. We want you to help us change this.

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HRC: Addressing hate crimes

WASHINGTON DC - Yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its annual Hate Crime Statistics for 2013, including for the first time statistics for hate crimes reported based on gender identity.

AHF: Kaiser Permanente PrEP study reports 45% increase in condom-less sex

LOS ANGELES, California -- A Kaiser Permanente study on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by gay men and men who have sex with multiple men to prevent possible HIV transmission has reported an “eye-popping statistic” — a 45% increase in condom-less sex among certain study participants.

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Irene Monroe: World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day!

President Barack Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease.

“We’re closer than we’ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation,” Obama told the GWU audience. “But we’ve got to keep fighting, all of us. Governments, businesses, foundations, community groups, and individuals like you.”

In 2012, the United Nations stated that it’s possible to eradicate the disease by 2015 — in part, of course, by preventing new infections.

Amazon's support of LGBT equality clashes with its charity

Amazon.com is among the most progressive companies when it comes to sexual-orientation equality, offering benefits to same-sex partners of its employees and covering transgender surgical procedures.

At the same time, though, Amazon also gives money to groups seeking to undermine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.

It’s a paradox the company created when it debuted AmazonSmile a year ago. That’s the online retailer’s philanthropic program that donates 0.5 percent of every purchase through the program to the charity of a shopper’s choice.

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Irene Monroe: Remembering Two-Spirits this Thanksgiving

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - historical and familial.

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