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COMMENTARY: Transphobia be damned, Chaz Bono comes out dancing

As the only child of world renowned pop duo Sonny and Cher Bono, many of us remember Chaz as their cherub-faced daughter Chastity, blowing kisses to the audience of her parents top-rated variety TV show "Sonny & Cher."

In 1995, Chaz was outed as a lesbian.

But this time Chaz is in control, and on his own volition has announced that he’s legally a man, and will now appear on the 13th season of "Dancing With The Stars" (DWTS), premiering Sept. 19 on ABC.

But not everyone is cheering, and ABC is catching some of the fallout.

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COMMENTARY: Is Michele Bachmann a "girl scout with a switchblade knife"?

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R–Minn.) might not be able to sustain her Tea Party-fueled lead among the perfidy of presidential wannabes, but while she remains in the race, admit it: She makes for good entertainment — in a morbidly fascinating sort of way.

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COMMENTARY: Sarah Palin’s wink, Michele Bachmann’s blink shame women

Friday, Aug. 26, was Women’s Equality Day. Sadly, it’s a bit of a misnomer. Besides, how many people actually know what it is that the day celebrates? It surely is not equality. Women don’t have equality. Even I don’t have equality, and I am no pantywaist — but the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities as men? Oh my goodness, no. Women, as a class, have not yet achieved any of that.

COMMENTARY: Mourning the passing of a community friend

Today we honor the passing of a friend.

Wednesday night we lost a long-time supporter of our community, one of our dedicated Center board members, and a personal friend, John Laird. Today we offer our love, thoughts, prayers and support to his husband and life partner of 28 years, Aaron Borovoy.

For almost two weeks John has been in my thoughts. When I learned of his illness, the complications and his struggle, I was filled with sadness at the impending loss for all of us.

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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.