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COMMENTARY: "Asians in the Library" episode is wake-up call to LGBT community

This March, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace shot to viral Internet infamy with her offensive "Asians in the Library" video.

In three short minutes posted onto YouTube, Alexandra bemoans the “hordes” of Asian students accepted at UCLA. She urges them to adopt "American manners." She complains about Asians making mobile phone calls in the library to family impacted by the recent tsunami in Japan. And to top it all off, she offers a mocking interpretation of Asian languages, complete with “ching chong ling long ting tong.”

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OMG! “Gay” is out and "sodomy" is in ... for Religious Right, anyway

Language is such an important tool in media communication. America's conservatives play the game better than anybody. What is up ... is suddenly down. An innocent sounding catchphrase is actually sinister.

Look what America's Taliban is up to.

It didn’t take long for the Religious Right to leap for joy, praise Jesus and speak in tongues after UCLA's Williams Institute published a new study last week that contends there are only 9 million LGBT Americans.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Why we are better than they

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.Southern colloquialisms are so darn charming — with those well-honed nasty edges!

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COMMENTARY: What? Only 9 million LGBT Americans? Who are you kidding?

A new study by the Williams Institute suggests that 9 million Americans are LGBT. That’s larger than the number of residents in the populous state of New Jersey.

The study draws information from four recent national and two state-level population surveys to estimate the size of the LGBT community in the U.S.

The figures, however, are raising eyebrows in the LGBT community as being very low.

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COMMENTARY: Malcolm X was "gay-for-pay"

Before any of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) communities laud Malcolm X as our new gay icon or castigate him for being a black heterosexist nationalist on the "down low," we might need to closely examine the recent revelation that for a period in his life Malcolm X engaged in same-sex relationships.

Also, before any of us in the African-American community flatly dismiss these assertions as part and parcel of a racist conspiratorial propaganda machine that is out to discredit our brother Malcolm, we need, at least, to hear these nagging claims.

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COMMENTARY: Shocker! Meet the bisexual Gandhi none of us knew

It has been not quite a century since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948 at the age of 78 in New Delhi, India, and the bevy of hagiographies on him are now being replaced with truth-telling biographies on the Gandhi nobody knew.

The most recent one is titled "GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India” by Joseph Lelyveld.

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COMMENTARY: Homophobia and haters coming to Harvard

Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but it is getting bloodied in the world of public opinion for hosting an anti-gay conference.

The Social Transformation Conference, which will be presented April 1-2 at Harvard Northwest Science Building on the campus in Cambridge, Mass., is nothing more than a bunch of homophobic religious fanatics from the Far Right fringe who spread hate and lies about the LGBT community.

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COMMENTARY: Take action today because Medical Marijuana Map is misleading

In advance of a vote on an ordinance that would severely restrict access to medical cannabis in the city, the San Diego City Council published a map as part of its legislative packet which shows areas where a collective could be located in San Diego under the ordinance as written.

Unfortunately the map is inaccurate and conceals the severity of the restrictions being considered.

COMMENTARY: Gay marriage supporters shift debate from rights to love and commitment

Editor’s note: This was cross-posted from the Baltimore Sun.

"What do we want? EQUAL RIGHTS! When do we want them? NOW!"

Catchy — but it doesn't sound much like a wedding vow.

When couples make that lifetime commitment to each other in front of friends and family on one of the biggest days of their lives, few of them cite the 1,138 federal rights they will gain by making the promise of marriage. And the words "tax benefits" rarely come up in the best man's toast.

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COMMENTARY: Agitating against hatemongers

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.

Last Thursday, I visited a professor in her temporary office. She was perched at an oddly placed desk amid unpacked boxes, all under a light patina of dust and the discomfort of passing disorder.

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