COMMENTARY: Some "highlights" of International Day Against Homophobia

There is a reason I wrote "highlights" that way. Because there was far too much going on and because it's far too early to even attempt to catalogue or even report in any real way on everything that happened Tuesday, May 17, the sixth International Day Against Homophobia.

Except this.

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COMMENTARY: A condom in a pill jar? What the HPTN 052 study means for gay men

Editor’s note: Stephen Fallon is the president of Skills4, a healthcare consulting firm that provides services to CDC and HRSA funded providers, primarily gay- or minority-based agencies and clinics.

Big news lit up the Internet this past week: HIV treatments seem to block the virus from spreading during sex.

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COMMENTARY: Andrew Shirvell, who hounded gay student, now claims victim status

If Andrew Shirvell represents the vanguard in the crusade against the “homosexual activist agenda,” it’s no contest. The agenda has won.

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Taking issue with Nicole Murray-Ramirez

Editor's note: Vicky Kerley sent this "Open Letter: the LGBT Weekly and the LGBT Community of San Diego" to SDGLN and other media.

I am confused and appalled by the Opinion piece written by Nicole Murray-Ramirez that appeared in the LGBT Weekly this past Thursday.

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COMMENTARY: All about Chaz

The long-awaited film "Becoming Chaz," a documentary about Chaz Bono’s female-to-male (FTM) gender reassignment aired this week on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. And it captures not only the arduous trek of coming out as transgender, but it also captures the universal experience we all face of coming out as our true selves.

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

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COMMENTARY: The quiet genocide – a call for religious conscience and action

Editor’s note: The San Diego-based St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation is having a fundraiser at Diversionary Theatre on Saturday, May 14, to help support the international fight for HIV prevention and care as well as global human rights. The evening begins with a cupcake and champagne reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a performance of the world premiere of “Dooley” at 8 p.m. Call (619) 220-0097 or visit HERE.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Marriage equality film comes to Harlem

African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities have always existed in Harlem, residing here since this former Dutch enclave became America’s Black Mecca in the 1920s.

The visibility of Harlem’s LGBTQ communities for the most part was forced to be on the "down low." But gay Harlem, nonetheless, showcased its inimitable style with rent parties, speakeasies, sex circuses, and buffet flats as places to engage in protected same-gender milieux.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: “Homophobia is the solution?”

Editor’s note: Egypt is a dangerous place to be gay, thus many LGBT blogger go by a nickname. This blog was brought to SDGLN’s attention by GayMiddleEast.com.

CAIRO, Egypt -- Not too long ago, the ex vice-president, Omar Suleiman, used Muslim Brotherhood as an Islamophobic straw-man in all his interviews during the Jan25 Revolution to scare the whole world of what would happen if Mubarak left.

Today, Muslim Brotherhood are using homophobia and xenophobia to attract people's votes like they did before during the constitutional referendum and influenced people to vote "yes"!

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COMMENTARY: Which America do you want to live in?

Day by day, two Americas are emerging.

One is split by the vast middle. Most residents of the West Coast and the Northeast share similar values in support of equality and fairness. Then there is Middle America, where hate, discrimination and bigotry are being practiced daily and voted into law, thus creating two separate and unequal societies.

Just as slavery once divided the nation, so is gay civil rights.

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COMMENTARY: Picked on the playground, lessons from Lakers' Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant made national news on April 12 when he called a referee as a “faggot” during a basketball game. He apologized, was fined $100,000 by the NBA, yet now pledges to appeal that fine.

My reaction to the incident came in waves.

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