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See Allstate’s Pride Month Ad Campaign: Everyone Should Be Able To Be ‘Out Holding Hands’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:09 AM June 14, 2014
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Allstate has rolled out a Pride Month ad campaign that features the new original song “Safe In My Hands” by gay singer Eli Lieb. Give it a listen.

Celebrities

World Wresting Entertainment Legend Pat Patterson Comes Out – At Age 73

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:19 PM June 13, 2014
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“For once in my life I’m going to be me now.” – Pat Patterson, the WWE legend who came out after more than fifty years in the closet.

Elections

Republicans Elect Their First Ever Transgender Candidate In Party Primary

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:00 AM June 13, 2014
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Lauren Scott, who is running for Nevada State Assembly, became the first transgender candidate to be elected by Republicans when she won her primary election this week.

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California Lawmakers Pressure San Francisco Archbishop To End Ties With NOM

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:05 PM June 12, 2014
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Eighty notables have signed a letter asking San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone not to attend NOM’s protest rally in Washington next week.

Families

Hallmark Offers Its First Father’s Day Card For Two Dads

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:08 PM June 12, 2014
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Hallmark has finally made its first ever Fathers Day card meant for two dad families.

Celebrities

Granddaughter And Great-Grandson of Westboro Founder Pose For NoH8 Campaign

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:13 PM June 12, 2014
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Libby Phelps, the granddaughter of Fred Phelps posed for a NOH8 Campaign photo – and so did Fred’s newborn great-grandson, Paxton.

Hate Groups

Justice Department Revives Domestic Terrorism Group As KKK Begins Combat Training

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:26 AM June 11, 2014
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The Justice Department has announced it will revive its Domestic Terrorism Group, just as the KKK begins a recruitment drive and combat training.

Bigotry Watch

Honolulu Civil Beat Complains Anti-Gay State Lawmaker Is ‘Obsessed With Anuses’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:48 PM June 10, 2014
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“Any talk of anal sex is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children. Additionally, calling the anus a genital is just plain medically wrong,” – Rep. McDermott

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Judge Rules Conversion Therapists Can Be Sued For Consumer Fraud

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:10 AM June 10, 2014
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New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. has refused to dismiss a first of its kind lawsuit seeking damages against the conversion therapists of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, (JONAH).

Farce

The Duck Dynasty Dudes Write A New Improved Version Of The Bible

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:53 PM June 9, 2014
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Coming this October, just in time for Christmas gift giving, a new and improved Bible, written by Duck Dynasty Commander Phil Robertson and his son Al.

Analysis

On Our Radar – Bowe Bergdahl – Our Imperfect American Son

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:13 PM June 8, 2014
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If a soldier becomes disillusioned and eats his gun, we’re full of sympathy, but if he walks away we disown him? Today, Bowe Bergdahl, our imperfect American son, is On Our Radar.

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Internal Affairs To Investigate Officer Who Refused To Serve At Pride Parade

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:48 PM June 7, 2014
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An officer who has refused an traffic control assignment at Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade has been placed on administrative leave.

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Another First! The U.S. Army Will Supply A Color Guard For Today’s D.C. Pride Parade

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:40 AM June 7, 2014
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Today, for the first time in history, a U.S. military color guard will march in a Gay Pride parade.

Equality Forum

13 Happy Photos From Wisconsin’s First Day Of Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:16 AM June 7, 2014
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At least 128 couples married yesterday in Wisconsin. Have a look at some of the celebration.