COMMENTARY: Reinstatement of ban on federal funding for syringe exchange is shameful

AIDS United is outraged and disappointed at Congress' reinstatement of the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange programs, which was lifted in 2009. The ban is included in the Labor Health and Human Services appropriations bill included in the final FY 2012 appropriations package.

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COMMENTARY: It's time to repeal Prop 8 in 2012

(Editor's note: Love Honor Cherish has been cleared by the state to begin gathering signatures for its initiative to repeal Proposition 8. The group has until May 14, 2012, to qualify for the Nov. 6, 2012, presidential ballot.)

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COMMENTARY: How the gay media helped sink merger of AT&T and T-Mobile

There are many stories to be told about the collapse of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. One of them underscores, once again, the vitality of an advocacy press and bloggers who ask questions and hammer away at the truth in a way that much of the media simply does not. And while there were many involved in that effort, LGBT bloggers and gay media in particular were critical.

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COMMENTARY: Meet Dr. Keith Ablow, Misinformer Of The Year on LGBT issues

In 2011 Fox News' Dr. Keith Ablow brought a toxic mix of homophobia and pseudoscientific anti-LGBT talking points to new lows. The "Fox News Medical A-Team" member has been a prolific source of anti-LGBT misinformation, disguising his animosity toward gay, lesbian and transgender people as expert commentary on human sexuality. His bigoted rants against J. Crew, Dancing with the Stars, and the Girl Scouts have earned widespread criticism and mockery, eventually causing him to resign from the American Psychiatric Association.

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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.