The Bloody Path to LGBT VictoryWayne Besen

Commentary by Wayne Besen

I'm not sure whether to celebrate or cry. It is the best of times, and the worst of times, for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

On the plus side, the Florida Department of Children and Families said that it won't appeal a September appeals court ruling that declared the state's law banning adoption by gay people was unconstitutional.

A DCF spokesperson said that it chose not to fight the decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Miami involving Martin Gill and his long-time partner's adoption of two brothers. The law hearkened back to the Anita Bryant era, when the disgraced orange juice queen overturned a Miami law banning discrimination against gay people with a hate-mongering campaign that pledged to "Save the Children".

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In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!Priase of HIV- Gay Men

By Mark S. King

In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well.


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Injunction Orders End to Don't Ask, Don't TellAlexander Nicholson

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has followed up on her Sept. 23, 2010 decision that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gays in the military was unconstitutional, issuing a worldwide injunction stopping enforcement of the 17-year-old ban.

Her original decision was released following a two week, non-jury trial that was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans in 2004 to stop the ban’s enforcement.

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GLBT History Month Starts Today!Eric Alva

Starting today, October 1, and continuing every day in October, an Icon representing an important individual in the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights or a historical person who was LGBT, openly or not, will be featured on the Web site

Each icon will be highlighted with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images, and other educational resources - all free of charge.

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Another American: Asking and TellingMarc Wolf

DADT One-man Show a Hit in NYC
by Chris Narloch

Here's hoping that Marc Wolf brings his potent one-man show about DADT and the U.S. military's gay ban back to the West Coast, and soon. In the meantime, any Outword readers who find themselves in NYC before Oct. 4th will want to see this powerful show there, where it was extended by popular demand.

Another American: Asking and Telling, which has had successful runs around the country, including at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, is a living, breathing theatrical document of various views on DADT, most of them from people inside the military, or who used to be in the military, both gay and straight.

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