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COMMENTARY: Black LGBTQ community doesn’t support its own

Just last month, Gay Black Men News folded. It was a unique online eZine because it brought a perspective of the news as it related specifically to gay men of African descent.

And its circulation was global.

"We are blessed with a large following of avant garde, artistic people. While most of our site visitors are in the USA, we have a good following around the globe. This we believe is largely due to our global prospective and the fact that the global people of color community are a priority with us," said Ralph Emerson, publisher and founder of GBMNews.

COMMENTARY with VIDEO: ‘Tis the season of giving, right?

(Editor's note: Last week's SDGLN Poll asked the question: Do you give to Salvation Army despite its anti-gay beliefs? The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 37% of readers say that they give to Salvation Army, while 63% say they don't give to Salvation Army because of its policy on homosexuality.

COMMENTARY: The messology of Bishop Eddie Long continues without punishment

Bishop Eddie Long, one of the Black Church’s prominent pastors of "prosperity gospel" and bling-bling theology in the Southeast, is flashing neither his gold nor silver these days.

The embattled pastor had hoped that settling a sex scandal lawsuit for an undisclosed amount against allegations that he used influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce young males into sexual relations would close the lid on the matter.

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COMMENTARY: "Pinkwashing" is a whitewashing of the facts regarding Israel

Sarah Schulman suggests that Israel, in its diabolically cunning way (now where have we heard that before about the Jews?), started a cynical campaign in 2005 to improve its image, and that campaign included an appeal to progressives who support LGBT rights.

Yet the fact is that LGBT rights in Israel go back long before 2005.

COMMENTARY: After 30 years of AIDS, what can we say?

(Editor's note: Tom McSorley wrote this commentary on behalf of and with the support of the 4 Friends but takes personal responsibility for the opinions expressed within. The 4 Friends Collaboration includes Being Alive, Townspeople, Stepping Stone and Special Delivery -- four organizations with a common mission, to help meet the unmet needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.)

Speaking as the 4 Friends, a collaboration of San Diego’s AIDS Service Organizations, after 30 years of fighting this fight, we should have something to say.

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COMMENTARY: Time for next generation of LGBT leaders to step forward

Rep. Barney Frank’s unexpected decision to retire from the House of Representatives, coupled with Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s bid to win the Senate seat from Wisconsin, suddenly leaves the door wide open for the next generation of LGBT leaders in Congress.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) are expected to assume a leadership role on LGBT issues as the only other out members in Congress. Polis -- who along with his partner Marlon Reis are new parents to son Caspian Julius – has been a consistent voice for gay rights along with Frank and Baldwin.

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COMMENTARY: The power, and abuse, of Social Media

Four years ago, I largely ignored the trendy use of Social Media on the Internet. But after a social experiment of my own, I discovered the incredible power of Social Media to reconnect with people and make new friends or connections around the globe.

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COMMENTARY: Avoid scams and con artists this holiday season

Giving to a charity each year is easy for most of us. We find ourselves drawn to a cause, a particular group, mission, etc. When you have that personal tie to an organization giving your hard-earned dollars is simple.

However, what happens when you don't have a charity and you are new to donating? Or maybe you want to support a cause aligned with a new interest you have.

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COMMENTARY: Remembering the Two-Spirits people this Thanksgiving

(Editor's note: Every year, the Rev. Irene Monroe submits this piece for Thanksgiving, because it captures, in her humble opinion, the best way she can express her outrage of the genocide of Native Americans that is summarily glossed over with a national celebration and an annual holiday of its occupiers.)

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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COMMENTARY: The horror of black homophobic horror flicks

Gays on television today is nothing new.

And we can thank Ellen DeGeneres’s watershed moment in April 1997 when she came out on her sitcom "Ellen."

Today’s openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) television personalities are Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Rachel Maddow, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few.

And these personalities have helped pave the way in terms of our acceptance in society and in terms of our civil rights issues.