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New York Boy Scouts Hire Nation's First Openly Gay Leader

Friday, April 03, 2015

The move stands as a direct challenge to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.

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The Longest Shortest Time

How to Be a Pregnant Butch

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When graphic novel artist A.K. Summers got pregnant, she started to feel uncomfortably feminine. A.K. chronicled her "nine months spent in drag" in her graphic memoir Pregnant Butch.

The Takeaway

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Director and Actor Adam Goldman

Saturday, October 19, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally, while others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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The Takeaway

Boy Scouts Survey Members on Homosexuality

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America made headlines earlier in January when they said they'd consider lifting the ban on homosexual scouts and leaders. They made good on their word this month when they sent out 1.1 million surveys to Boy Scout staff and leaders.

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The Takeaway

Vito: The Activist and the Film

Thursday, July 19, 2012

When he was a young man in the 1960s, Vito Russo wasn’t that different from a lot of young gay men in America, but there was one difference: While many gay Americans still lived in the closet, Vito was out, proud, and loud. The new documentary "Vito" takes a closer look at his life.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Gay Marriage Position Mobilizes Latino Supporters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Not surprisingly, President Obama’s announcement last week in support of same-sex marriage appeared to mobilize his gay supporters. But, contrary to what some might expect, it also appeared to mobilize his Latino supporters, regardless of their sexual orientation.

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WNYC News

New York's Only Gay Square Dance Group Dances On

Monday, October 10, 2011

For 27 years, a New York square dancing group has been kicking up its heels. It's weathered the various cultural changes in the city, but age may finally be catching up with the group.

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The Takeaway

The End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the discriminatory 1993 law that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military so long as they kept their sexual orientation a secret is history. After months of preparation by the Pentagon, DADT was officially repealed on Tuesday at midnight. President Obama signed the repeal in December 2010. The Pentagon said that 97 percent of the military has undergone training for accepting the law. The military has been accepting applications from openly gay people for weeks, and investigations into the sexual orientations of current military personal have been halted.

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The Takeaway

The 'Gay Girl in Damascus' Hoax, and Why So Many Fell For It

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American man living in Scotland admitted that he was behind the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, which, for the past six years provided thousands of persecuted gay people with hope – particularly in the Middle East. The blog was supposedly written by a woman Amina Arraf, who, according to the blog, was kidnapped last week. In response, the international media went on high alert. But within days, it became clear that Amina Arraf, was in fact, not a lesbian, not Syrian, and not even a woman. How did MacMaster manage to dupe so many?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dan Savage on It Gets Better

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dan Savage, author of the syndicated sex-advice column "Savage Love," discusses his "It Gets Better" campaign, which gathers videos of encouragement for LGBT youths.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dan Savage on It Gets Better

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dan Savage, author of the syndicated sex-advice column "Savage Love," discusses his "It Gets Better" campaign, which gathers videos of encouragement for LGBT youths.  

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The Takeaway

Gay, Straight, and the Reasons Why

Friday, October 22, 2010

What tendencies are we born with? What is a choice? And does it make you feel better or worse to know that certain things – ranging from weight to our intelligence — are one or the other?

Think, for example of sexual orientation. A lot of people have a lot invested in whether we’re born gay or whether it’s a choice. Is it one or the other? Does it even matter?

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The Takeaway

The NAACP Reaches out to LGBT Community

Friday, September 24, 2010

This week, the NAACP’s president, Benjamin Jealous, did something previously unheard of for the organization: He encouraged members of New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to work with him and specifically, to attend the NAACP march for jobs and justice in Washington next month. 

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The Takeaway

The Kids Are All Right...Aren't They?

Friday, July 09, 2010

Today, a new movie called "The Kids are All Right" hits theaters, and for A.O. Scott, film critic from The New York Times, it inspired him to ask: “are the kids REALLY all right?”

In a new article called “They Grow Up So Quickly, Don’t They?”, he looks at this summer’s new releases that speak to the state of childhood and adolescence and family today.

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The Takeaway

Gay and Gray in America: Getting Older as a Gay Man or Woman

Monday, June 28, 2010

What is it like getting older when you’re part of the first generation of gay people to live fully out of the closet? And who cares for you as you exit the world? We explore these issues with Laurie Young, aging policy analyst at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Brenda Austin, a retiree in her late sixties, who lives in New York and has been out of the closet since the 1950s.

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The Takeaway

Annise Parker, First Openly Gay Big City Mayor

Monday, December 14, 2009

On Saturday, Houston, Texas became the largest American city to elect an openly gay mayor. Mayor-elect Annise Parker joins us to discuss her campaign, her opposition and the country's political and cultural landscape.

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