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Some Conservatives More Equal Than Others? Think Again

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In the recent brouhaha over the gay group GOProud being included in the "participating organizations" for CPAC, and the resulting boycott by some social conservative groups and politicians, the idea that "conservatives don't *do* identity politics in this way" just can't be counted as a legitimate reason. I understand the wish to make it not so, but the "we don't do identity politics" ship sailed a long time ago.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Gays & Lesbians in Iraq

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There are no exact figures on the number of gays and lesbians who have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, though a 2009 Human Rights Watch report puts the number “in the hundreds.” On today’s Underreported segment, freelance journalist Michael Luongo discusses what life is like for gays and lesbians there, from underground clubs in Baghdad and hiding in safe houses, to the constant threat of violent attacks from militia members. His four-part series on gay life in Iraq appears in the Gay City News.


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The Mix: Voices From The Week of October 11th

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

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Gail Collins on Yet Another Weird Day With Paladino

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We have gotten to so many points in this particular campaign that I thought would never hear in a major election. You don’t say somebody is not a good father unless they’ve been arrested or something. You just don’t do this stuff.

-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.



Judge Rules Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gay rights groups are celebrating a California judge's ruling against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. As The Associated Press Reports, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who has already ruled the ban unconstitutional, has now issued a worldwide injunction against enforcing it.



Residents Hopeful That Pair of Anti-Gay Attacks Not a Pattern

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Residents and police say that despite two recent attacks on gay men in Manhattan, anti-gay violence doesn't appear to be part of a larger trend.



Gay Pride Parades through New York City

Monday, June 28, 2010


Pride parade revelers scream, cry, and weigh-in on Civil Rights. Then they scream some more.



Activists Push for Comprehensive Gay Rights

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

While President Obama will expand leave-rights for gay workers this week, advocates criticise the piecemeal approach to reforms.


The Takeaway

Gay Service Members on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 on Thursday evening to allow the Pentagon to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law that forbids gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemen and women from serving openly.



NY Court Grants Same-Sex Parents Rights

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

New York’s highest court has granted same-sex parents more of the visitation and custody rights enjoyed by straight couples in the event of divorce or death.



Medical Rights Expand for Same-Sex Partners

Friday, April 16, 2010

Many patients will now be able to say who can visit them at crucial moments.



NJ Gay Marriage Advocates File Court Papers

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey will file court papers today arguing the state's existing civil unions law does not give same sex couples the same legal protections as heterosexual couples.



"I Need to Make a Gay Show Soon"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Young Jean Lee

I’m thinking I need to make a gay show soon. The double-whammy of Prop 8 and Rick Warren is starting to give me a really bad feeling. Obama’s defense of his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation sounds as reasonable as everything else he says, but I’m not buying it. His whole “agree to disagree” stance sounds okay on the surface, but if we follow that logic to its conclusion, then where does that leave us?


Studio 360

Queer Eye for the TV Guide

Saturday, February 19, 2005

This Sunday on The Simpsons, Marge’s sister Patty falls in love and marries a pro golfer. One twist — her new spouse is a woman. This latest pop culture take on the highly charged issue of gay rights comes hot on the heels of the recent controversies over Spongebob Squarepants’ ...