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God Is Gender Non-Conforming by Alison Amyx

I grew up learning about a God who was a “He.” Sporting a white beard and positively owning that throne in the sky, this was a God who threw lightning bolts when you strayed from the path of righteousness.

When I got to college, I took a necessary break from believing in God…

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Woohoo! Last night, federal judge Robert L. Hinkle declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional!

Though he also issued a stay on the ruling, meaning same-sex marriages will not begin in Florida immediately, Hinkle’s ruling joins more than the 20 legal decisions made in favor of marriage equality since DOMA last year.

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Two men dancing, Harlem, 1920s.
According to George Chauncey’s eponymous Gay New York, the Harlem Renaissance of the ’20s provided an opportunity for gay men to create their own social and cultural spaces within the burgeoning nightlife in the neighborhood. 

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Two men dancing, Harlem, 1920s.

According to George Chauncey’s eponymous Gay New York, the Harlem Renaissance of the ’20s provided an opportunity for gay men to create their own social and cultural spaces within the burgeoning nightlife in the neighborhood. 

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Our hearts are saddened by this sad news out of Michigan. We send our prayers out to our trans community and their allies. 

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Statewide LGBT Anti-Violence and Advocacy Organizations Urges LGBT People to Be Extra Cautious in Palmer Park Area

DETROIT – Detroit Police are investigating three possibly related violent crimes near Palmer Park, located along Woodward Avenue between 6 and 7 Mile in Detroit.  At least two of the victims are transgender women, and one victim, whose gender identity is not yet public, was killed in Palmer Park last Friday. In that case, it is believed the victim may have been killer’s partner, and that after the murder took place, the perpetrator drove off, crashed into another car and ran away on foot, but a gun was left behind. The shooting on Sunday and another last week were not fatal, but the victims were transgender. No one is in custody but police say they have a person of interest.

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Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride rally, 1972

Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride rally, 1972

Being Gay In A Post-Matthew Shepard Wyoming by Ness Cleary

We as human beings are constantly seeking our life story while sometimes comparing ours to others.

This is my story…

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Photo Source: Vicki Ashton

“Little did I know that when I came here, right in the center of the protest march, would be Black LGBTQ people leading the way.”

Our friends at Reconciling Ministries Network are participating and bearing witness to the protests happening in Ferguson, Missouri. As Rev. Melissa Bennett puts it, “We are fighting the fight not only for young Black males, but…for all minorities. We’re fighting for human rights.”