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Why homophobic Harlem church building should become LGBT homeless youth shelter

Gentrification of neighborhoods always disrupts existing communities within them.

In the past several years, Harlem’s empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprung up luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, hotels, B&Bs, and unimaginable improved services in an area the city had long forgotten.

And the resentment of this shift has targeted both Harlem's recent and life-long LGBTQ communities.

"Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man” a towering sign hung for months outside of ATLAH World Missionary Church on West 123rd and Lenox.

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“Pope-’splaining" Catholic Church’s homophobia

Italy is one of the major European countries that don’t recognize marriage equality for its LGBTQ denizens in spite of the fact that the majority of Italians do according to a 2014 poll.

In January 2015 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy was in violation of human rights by not recognizing neither civil partnership nor same-sex marriage.

This week, to the cheers and adulation of supporters of LGBTQ civil rights, a debate will be presented in the senate pushing finally for its legalization.

Bathroom laws policing our genitals

Conservatives have always been a demographic group obsessed with policing this nation’s genitals.

They feel comfortable with ordinances that mandate, what they do, how we use them, what body orifices they enter, and—now with transgender bathroom bills up for debate across the country—where we take them to go relieve ourselves.

Trump's 'Jam' is pure obsequious entertainment for everyone

In what is sure to be parodied on “The Family Guy” or “Saturday Night Live” in the very near future, Donald Trump’s Jam, a song performed by three little ladies known as the “Freedom Girls” at his Pensacola campaign rally on Wednesday, might go down as one of the oddest efforts at patriotism ever produced.

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Where would MLK have stood on marriage equality?

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

Martin Luther King’s civil rights activism began in the unwelcoming “Heart of Dixie” in 1955 when on a cold December evening Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, birthing the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

We were turned away on what should have been our happiest day because we're a same-sex couple

"Planning a wedding is an exciting time. After Jen proposed to me, we immediately began talking about how we wanted to celebrate the big step we were taking together.

We spent a lot of time searching for venues and debating their merits, but that all changed when we came across Liberty Ridge Farm's website. There was no debate. There was no uncertainty. We fell in love instantly. We knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding and were so excited to take the next steps.

And then we called them.

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World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

December 1, is World AIDS Day!

And international theme for 2015 is “Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is “The time to act is now."

In 2012, the United Nations stated that it’s possible to eradicate the disease by 2015 — in part, of course, by preventing new infections. However, within African American communities across the country unfortunately that has not been the case.

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The refugees who came for Thanksgiving

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 - present and historical.

Presently, I hope over this holiday season there will be a change of heart with many U. S. governors now closing their doors to Syrian refugees since the recent terrorist attacks in France.

Contact four key votes on City Council and urge opposition to water rate hike

The case against the massive San Diego water rate increase could not be stronger! San Diego residents did the right thing and saved water, but now they are being punished for saving water with a massive rate hike. It gets worse.

The Mayor and City Council have refused to implement a variety of cost saving reforms to prevent this massive rate hike. In fact, just three weeks ago, the Mayor and City Council approved a huge salary and benefit package increase for water department employees. This rate hike will go to pay for that giveaway!

Where’s Log Cabin Republican activism this campaign season?

With four GOP debates now aired where all the presidential hopefuls are clearly either conservative or ultra-conservative on social issues, one has to wonder—where are the Log Cabin Republicans in pushing forth LGBTQ concerns this campaign season?