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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration Equality sues over DOMA

I have exciting news.

Earlier this morning, Immigration Equality filed a lawsuit, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), on behalf of 5 couples who are fighting – on behalf of us all – to end the discrimination our families face every day. This is an historic moment in our advocacy campaign on behalf of LGBT immigrant families, and I wanted you to be among the first to know about it.

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COMMENTARY: Women don't need hoodies to be victimized

In Sanford, Fla., in the hopeful days heralding the Ides of March, in possession of convenience store treats, adorned in his teenage hoodie, African-American student Trayvon Martin was murdered.

Women don’t need hoodies to be murdered.

Women don’t need dark skin, broad noses or kinky hair in a blond-haired, blue-eyed culture to be battered.

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COMMENTARY: NOM lets others do their dirty work

About the worst thing said about gay men, an allegation that is regularly dragged out by certain religious-right organizations, is that they molest children at rates vastly higher than their heterosexual counterparts. It is as devastating a charge as one can make in a country where jailed pedophiles, known in prison parlance as “short eyes,” are frequently murdered by self-righteous fellow inmates.

LETTER TO COMMUNITY: National Black Justice Coalition condemns NOM's racially divisive anti-gay tactics

After the release of internal strategy memos of the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which call for the use of race as a means of stripping the freedom to marry from loving and committed same-sex couples, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and others to condemn the organization's wedge-strategy.

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COMMENTARY: Fred Karger says Maggie Gallagher bites the hand that feeds her

(Editor's note: Fred Karger is the first-ever openly gay Republican running for President. You may not know a lot about Karger or his campaign, since he has been denied participation in all the Republican presidential debates.

We are now certain based on much evidence that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) in 2008 to qualify and pass California’s Proposition 8.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A PFLAG mom takes on self-righteous people

All those self-righteous people who think that pointing fingers at other people who are not like them and chastising them is what their religion calls them to do (and they do it well!) are missing the boat!

They all say “we don't hate gay people,” “I have a gay uncle/aunt/cousin/friend,” “but we don't think they should be allowed to get married” and “marriage is biblical or only between man and woman.”

COMMENTARY: A vastly vapid conspiracy

UPDATE 03/25/12, 11:57 a.m.: Someone claiming to be Matt Weaver sent the following email Sunday morning, with the subject “ceaste,” followed by a second one with essentially the same request:

Please *fix your statements. I am not, nor ever have been the editor of the koala. Thank you

COMMENTARY: Gay-cruise arrest in Dominica should be wake-up call for LGBT community | VIDEO

The arrest of a Palm Springs, Calif., couple on a gay cruise ship docked in Dominica is a crucial lesson for our times and a dire warning against complacency.

COMMENTARY: In Chile, gay rights ruling is a leap forward

NEW YORK – The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling that sexual orientation cannot be used to deny custody rights is a landmark case for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people throughout the Americas, Human Rights Watch said today. The judgment, in Atala Riffo and Daughters v Chile, was issued on February 24, 2012, and made public on March 21.

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COMMENTARY: Bayard Rustin remains one of the tallest trees in our forest

This month around the country LGBTQ communities will be celebrating Bayard Rustin’s 100th birthday anniversary.

Next month, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts will have their annual Bayard Rustin Breakfast.

And, last month, "State of the Re:Union," a nationally aired radio show distributed by NPR and PRX was awarded first place in the Excellence in Radio category from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for the Black History Month special they did on Bayard Rustin, titled "Bayard Rustin – Who Is This Man?"