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Ambassador Susan E. Rice reviews U.S. stance on LGBT rights

Editor's note: These are the remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice made Friday, June 24, at the LGBT Pride Month Reception held by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), at the State Department.

Thank you. It’s great to be with you here today. And I want to thank my IO colleague Chris Deutsch for that warm introduction and Jon Tollefson for everything he does to lead GLIFAA.

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COMMENTARY: Sticks and stones may break my bones … but your words may hurt me

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Who hasn’t heard that American idiom? Who hasn’t had its message – that people cannot hurt you with the bad things they say or write about you – drilled into memory?

The idea is ideal, but it doesn’t always ring true.

COMMENTARY: Making a case why Provincetown is unsafe for black lesbians

At the tip of Cape Cod is the LGBTQ-friendly haven Provincetown, Mass., fondly called P-town, and known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast.

Of late, more LGBTQ people of color (POC) have not only begun vacationing in P-town, but we have also begun holding POC events.

For the past several years now, the "Women of Color Weekend" brings hundreds of us LBT sisters of color to P-town from all across the country.

And it is the one time of the year many of us make the journey to P-town, anticipating that we will feel safe enough, for a few days, to let down our guard.

Letter to the Editor: Southwest flight attendants angered by pilot's slurs

Editor's note: Southwest Airlines has disciplined a pilot whose profanity-laden rant about flight attendants was heard by air traffic controllers and other airplane crews. The pilot, who was on a March 25 flight from Austin, Texas, to San Diego, made offensive insults about gays, grannies and overweight people, among others. The two-minute rant was caught on an open mic.

COMMENTARY: There’s trouble in River City, the gay and lesbian version

“Music Man” is playing on a local stage here in San Diego, and there’s a line in the Meredith Willson musical that comes to my mind this week:

“Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.”

In this case, there’s trouble in the gay and lesbian version of River City.

Look at the headlines lately:

Gay group chief under pressure over AT&T issues

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COMMENTARY: Why fatherhood?

What a juxtaposition! As Fathers’ Day approached last week, the Pew Research Center released a report on fatherhood that indicated mixed grades for the U.S. rendition — or, more aptly, renditions — of the oft neglected, negated, nullified institution of fatherhood.

Hate group Family Research Council reposts discredited anti-gay "science"

For a while there, it seemed like the religious right group Family Research Council (FRC) was making some attempt to clean its website of bogus “research” that defamed gays. Material that peddled a series of falsehoods — in particular, the articles “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” “The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality,” and “Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk” — went missing from the website.

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COMMENTARY: What we learned from UN’s High Level Meeting on AIDS

NEW YORK -- More than 3,000 people and 30 heads of state came together recently at the United Nations in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS.

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COMMENTARY: Learning the many ways the world is wack

“Hey, dude, that’s wack!”

I learned that handy little colloquialism during my first semester at Cal State San Marcos. “Wack,” according to the fellow who uttered it (a comely young man who was conscripted into a women’s studies class), is an adjective indicating that something is not right. After doing a little etymological digging, I found that “wack” is a variant of “whack,” which means “crazy” and is commonly used in conjunction with “job,” as in:

“That guy is a wha—.”

“What guy?”

“That guy over there by the thing. He’s a—.”

“Where’s there? What thing? What guy?”

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COMMENTARY: Ignorance is no “choice” for Tracy Morgan, Rick Santorum and Archbishop Nienstedt

The equal rights movement must be on a bullet train these days because the blowback from the opposition is stinking up the joint this week.

The Christian Right has been vigorously spreading a propaganda campaign globally to demonize LGBT people, finding great success in Africa, and now they are ramping up the lies and the distortions across the United States.

This week, three people who have zero connections to one another, have made headlines for their anti-gay comments. All three believe that being gay is a “choice.” To that I say, ignorance is not a choice.

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