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DNC's LGBT Delegates Determined to Pass Equality Act, Defeat Trump

There is a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender delegates at this year's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. And while they come from a variety of different states and backgrounds, most seem to have at least two things in common: their support for the Equality Act and their contempt for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

LGBT delegates make up 11.5 percent of all delegates at the DNC this year, and this record number is not a coincidence - it's by design. In order to increase the number of delegates from underrepresented communities, veteran LGBT here to read more.

Personal Safety, Criminal Justice Pressing Issues for LGBTQ People of Color

LGBTQ people of color took center stage at a panel discussion in Philadelphia on Thursday, the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

While the LGBTQ community has made significant strides over the past several years, for the black and Latino people on the "What's Next for LGBTQ People of Color?" panel and in the audience, personal safety and the criminal justice system are pressing here to read more.

Some Gay Voters Say It's 'Dangerous' to Come Out for Trump

Following Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has voiced - and tweeted - his support for the LGBTQ community. And some in the community have expressed their support for Trump.

"He's the most pro-gay nominee that the party has ever had for president," according to Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for LGBTQ people and straight allies who support the here to read more.

The 5 Most Controversial Developments Brewing In NYC

Developing new buildings ain’t easy in this town. Securing proper financing, permits and crews can all boost costs and cause delays.

Even worse — when buildings displace locals or replace landmarks, tempers can rise and controversies ensue. Here are snapshots of five contested real estate projects city-wide.

1. Graffiti vs. gentrification

This past summer, demolition began at the famed 5Pointz here to read more.

My Friend, Dan Choi

I don’t really know Lt. Dan Choi, the Arabic linguist discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" and modern gay civil rights hero. I just know my friend Dan.

I first met my friend Dan in the spring of 2010, when I called to thank him for a favor he’d done for me. A gay Iraq war veteran myself, I had just begun to get some attention for my writing and I’d been courted to lecture at colleges and universities about my own serving and coming out as here to read more.

Why Are We So Afraid Of Gay Republicans?

The average gay Republican is a self-hating, traitorous troll with acceptance issues who would sell out his or her own people to curry favor with a party that is actively working to deny them equal rights. Well, at least that's the picture that is painted of them by most of the LGBT-rights movement on the left, but is it really true, or is there something else at play here that makes so many gay liberals so deeply uncomfortable with their gay brethren who are choosing to make their home on the right? here to read more.

Black and Brown and Discharged All Over

For all intents and purposes, the study had the makings of a bombshell. Servicemembers United, the nation’s first organization devoted to gay and lesbian troops, had pored over years of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharge data and issued a press release indicating the startling facts: minority gay and lesbian service members were being discharged at a rate disproportionately higher than their white counterparts.

According to the data, in 2008 45 percent of troops discharged under DADT were minorities, while they made up 30 percent of the service here to read more.

Jason Collins - Black and Gay Like Me

I’d never heard of Jason Collins when I saw a friend’s Facebook status earlier today announcing the news that he was gay. (I prefer college basketball over the NBA.) As I googled his name to find out more, one thought kept running through my mind: “Please be black.”

I wanted Jason Collins to be black, because I knew what it would mean to black gay youth in this country. I wanted him to be black because I’m hyper-aware that the list of influential LGBT celebrities like Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper and Neil Patrick Harris is very here to read more.

They Fought The Gays And The Gays Won: How The Duck Dynasty Stars' Homophobia Destroyed Their Brand

Before December of 2013, Duck Dynasty was a network’s dream: an inoffensive, semi-scripted reality program that received little attention outside of its core audience but still attracted millions of viewers. By any standard, Duck Dynasty was a smash. The season 4 premiere drew 11.7 million viewers. Even for a buzzed about scripted drama like Scandal, those numbers would be big. For a cable network, they were enormous.

The Duck Dynasty stars and A&E also cashed in on merchandising and branding, with their likenesses being found on anything from sweatshirts to coffee mugs and even a Chia here to read more.

Five Ways To Combat White Bias In The Gay Media

#GayMediaSoWhite has been blowing up Twitter as a reaction to lack of inclusion of men of color in media and everyone’s got an opinion about it, including yours truly. We’ve seen this discussion play out in some capacity multiple times over the past decade, and while we have seen change, it’s a bit more incremental than we’d like.

Therefore, we decided to put together a few tips for those out there involved in the discussion as well as those who have the power to make change behind the here to read more.

What The Death Of Trayvon Martin Says About Being A Black Man

In some ways, I suppose it could be considered a good thing that I wasn’t racially profiled until my sophomore year of college. For some young black men, it happens even sooner. My personal style has always leaned more towards Carlton Banks than 50 Cent, and I’ve never really been a fan of baggy jeans or fitted caps. That night however, I’d taken it upon myself to throw on a hooded sweatshirt as it started to rain. It was early evening and I found myself leaving class and walking in a parking lot behind an older white woman who was heading to her car after what was presumably a long day at here to read more.