Mr. President, Washington and Franklin thank you

by Mark Segal

When President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he might have felt the ghosts of Founding Fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin smiling over his shoulder. They might have even whispered in his ear, “It’s about time.”

History clearly recalls that the Revolutionary Army was a rag-tag band of men with little to no military training. We fumbled through the beginning of the war of independence with lack of training, conduct and organization. Washington knew that, without help, the Colonies would lose. Since Washington himself was the best this nation had, he looked to Europe for someone who could bring order to the troops. To that end, Washington wrote the Colonies’ representative in Paris at the time, Franklin, to see what he could find.

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Exciting Developments On Prop 8 Appeal

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

The U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals has just released two very interesting documents on the appeal of a lower court’s decision that overturned California’s Proposition 8.

In one document it ruled that Imperial County lacks legal standing to appeal the lower court decision. That seems to leave only the people who put the proposition on the ballot (called the proponents) as the only significant remaining appellants in the case.

Read more: Exciting Developments On Prop 8 Appeal


NYC anti-HIV Ad Causes Controversy

by Sean Strub

The New York City Department of Health's It's Never Just HIV advertising campaign, targeted to encourage HIV negative gay and bisexual men to use condoms, has prompted a conversation that is profoundly important and speaks directly to the heart of the problems with HIV prevention.

The ad features doleful, frightened or ashamed young men who are so attractive they look like characters from the television program Lost, set against a sound track appropriate for a horror film.  The ad's message is that HIV doesn't exist in isolation; it also brings other serious health problems.

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Three High-Risk Populations Targeted for National Suicide Prevention Efforts

Task Forces Focus on LGBT Youth, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Military/Veterans

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2010

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has added three new task forces to address suicide prevention efforts within high-risk populations:  American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN); youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT); and military service members and veterans.

This brings to six the number of task forces formed by the Action Alliance, the public-private partnership forged in September to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)

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Falsely Convicted Texas Lesbians May Finally Get Justice

The four women, all friends, didn’t stand a chance. It was 1994 in Texas. They were young, poor, mostly Latina — and gay. It was easy to accuse them of raping little girls. It was barely harder to convict them.

However, an in-depth feature article in the San Antonio Express News documenting serious flaws in the trial and convictions of the four lesbians accused of sexually abusing children is offering new hope.

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