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COMMENTARY: Why can't Bert and Ernie marry? Time for "Sesame Street" to come out of the closet!

"Sesame Street’s" most famous duo Bert and Ernie first appeared in 1969, the same year as the Stonewall Riots, which to the nation’s surprise catapulted the LGBTQ Liberation Movement. And at that time, the idea of partnering these two lovable striped-sweater-wearing puppets as gay was as inconceivable as the idea of legalized same-sex marriage.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Courage Campaign asks for truth in dialogue about SB 48

Editors note: The Courage Campaign sent this letter to Paulo Sibaja of the "Stop SB 48" campaign earlier this week in response to a series of inaccurate information being sent out about the FAIR Education Act, which was signed into California law on July 14.

Mr. Paulo Sibaja
Stop SB 48, Proponent
660 J Street, Ste. 250
Sacramento, CA 95814

August 22, 2011

Dear Mr. Sibaja:

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COMMENTARY: Important lessons learned from a night of equality

A couple weekends ago, I experienced a great night for equality at Equality California’s 2011 Los Angeles Equality Awards. I’ve served on EQCA’s board for several years, and this year, had the privilege of co-chairing the gala with the charming Jeannette Yazedjian.

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COMMENTARY: What would the pope do?

We were on a quest for the perfect loveseat, my daughter and I. Clean enough that you don’t mind touching skin to upholstery and just enough wear so a little spilled tea won’t break your heart. Kate and I were clear on our priorities, and, as luck would have it — or was it something more intentional? — we found a treasure at our favorite Fallbrook thrift store, a nice church-sponsored place that seeks charity and justice, values we share. Well, minus the dogma. And the misogyny. We’re also passionately opposed to that celibacy thing.

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COMMENTARY: The media's relentless outing of Queen Latifah

If you are "champing at the bit” for down-to-earth Jersey girl Dana Owens aka reigning hip-hop’s Queen Latifah to come out of her open closet, don't hold your breath.

If, however, you've derived pleasure from Queen Latifah's unintended "Gotcha!" moments of being outed -- and there are many -- so, too, have the media.

But the media's cat-and-mouse game of chase with the Queen leads us to another "Gotcha!" moment that's not.

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COMMENTARY: Rick Perry shows his bias at mega prayerfest

More than 30, 000 people packed Houston’s Reliant Stadium to attend Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mega prayerfest named "The Response," a clarion call to all Christian Americans for a national day of prayer for our troubled nation.

But LGBTQ Americans ― Christians and non-Christians ― were not invited.

And you wouldn’t have known it from Perry’s remarks:

"I’m so humbled to be in the midst of men and women who have answered the call to prayer and fast for our nation. ... Like all of you, I love this country deeply, thank you all for being here."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stonewall Citizens Patrol expresses sympathy to SDPD

Editor's note: The Stonewall Citizens Patrol sent the following letter to San Diego Police Chief William Landsownse to express their sympathies to the department after Officer Jeremy Henwood died after being shot while sitting in his patrol car. Funeral services are being held today.

Dear Chief Lansdowne:

Dismissal of lesbian from jury pool could end up advancing gay rights

When Daniel Osazuwa, a gay Nigerian immigrant, was put on trial for assault in Southern California, the prosecutor used one of his peremptory challenges to remove a woman from the jury pool. The fact that the prospective juror was a lesbian is the subject of a potentially momentous federal court case. An appeals court is now considering whether removing a juror for being gay violates the Constitution. If the court says it does, it could strike an important blow for the rights of gay people.

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COMMENTARY: NPR sounds like Fox with story on ex-gay rhetoric

If it were Fox News I wouldn’t have flinched. But it was National Public Radio.

To my surprise, I didn’t know -- especially in 2011 -- my sexual orientation was still up for debate. But on Aug. 1 on the "Morning Edition" of National Public Radio (NPR), it was. And the topic on the show that morning was "Can Therapy Help Change Sexual Orientation?"

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Mike Huckabee, you are such a hypocrite!

Right wing darling Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister and former governor of Arkansas, says Americans need a good Christian education because “greed caused the collapse not only of our economic system but of our ethical system.”

He may be right ... about greed.

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