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By Lem Satterfield and Special to b | June 16, 2011
S ome might consider former University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor brave for choosing the sort of activism he has elected to champion.  But don’t tell Taylor that he’s “manning up,” because that’s the type of language that has defined “masculine gender scripts” and prevented closeted athletes from admitting publicly that they are gay, according to Taylor. As the founder of the not-for-profit organization Athlete Ally, Taylor travels around the country speaking out in defense of the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered people to be exactly who they are wherever they are.  “I think that I can have a huge impact,” said the 24-year-old Taylor, who will marry his fiancee, Lia Alexandra Mandagli, on Sept.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 9, 2013
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. " - attributed to Mohandas Gandhi As Dan Savage tells it, it began years ago when he'd go on CNN or MSNBC to discuss LGBT issues opposite the likes of Tony Perkins. Mr. Perkins heads the Family Research Council, a leading purveyor of the fiction that homophobia and Christianity are synonymous and inextricable. "And invariably, after I would have an argument with Tony Perkins," says Mr. Savage, "I would get emails from Christians and calls reassuring me that, in these exact words, 'We're not all like that.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
The editors of the Associated Press Stylebook discourage the use of the word homophobia , and this is their explanation: "Phobia means irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. In terms like homophobia, it's often speculation. The reasons for anti-gay feelings or actions may not be apparent. Specifics are better than vague characterizations of a person's general feelings about something. " Their ruling on this point in reasoned, principled, and wrong-headed.  An article at Slate   quotes George Weinberg, the psychologist who popularized the word in 1972, as why he used the term phobia : He identified people displaying an strongly vehement dislike of gay people.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of State is committing to fighting homophobia and is looking for new ways it can protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in countries around the world, including within the United States, Secretary John Kerry said during a "Pride at State" event held Wednesday. Kerry also said his agency is actively preparing for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
As a journalist, I'm a big believer in free speech, but also in the idea that bigotry and wrongdoing are fair game for scrutiny. Regardless of your political leanings, it's fair to say that publicly ridiculing others in a confrontational and unconstructive way deserves calling out. Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a campaign to confront bigotry as it exists across the globe. According to its 2012 annual report, the campaign launched in 2004 and chose May 17 "to commemorate the World Health Organization's decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | October 11, 2010
In the 1986 movie "Stand By Me," an adult protagonist — played by Richard Dreyfuss — looks back wistfully on the friendships he formed in his youth. "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve," he muses. "Does anyone?" For most American men, the sad answer is "no. " In surveys, men report that they rarely sustain intimate, long-standing friendships with other males after childhood. And the reason might surprise you: According to a large body of research, they're afraid of being seen as gay. I thought of this research as I read about the death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after a roommate secretly filmed Mr. Clementi's sexual encounter with another man and posted the clip online.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of State is committing to fighting homophobia and is looking for new ways it can protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in countries around the world, including within the United States, Secretary John Kerry said during a "Pride at State" event held Wednesday. Kerry also said his agency is actively preparing for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
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By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,Special to the Sun | October 28, 2001
In recent years, America's culture wars have pivoted significantly on queers. Sept. 11 found Rev. Jerry Falwell, and his compatriot Rev. Pat Robertson, leader of the Christian Coalition, lamenting on the nationally televised 700 Club that God's wrath over lesbians and gays and their "alternative lifestyle" had brought about the attacks. Gay men and lesbians may be here and queer, but it's clear from the rise in hate crimes and rush to pass legislation outlawing queer marriages, adoptions and induction into the military, that most Americans simply can't get used to it. A spate of recent books examine the roots of homophobia, explore the queer civil rights movement and elucidate just how much U.S. popular culture has a decidedly queer edge.
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By Cynthia Tucker | June 20, 2005
ATLANTA - Black Americans represent only 12 percent of the population, but we account for more than half of all new cases of HIV/AIDS. That frightening fact was one of the headline statistics to emerge from a conference in Atlanta last week held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highest rate of infection in the country occurs among bisexual black men. And that has implications for black women, who are 19 times more likely to be infected than white women. That's because so many black men have unprotected sex with other men but then conceal that fact and have unprotected sex with women, too. Yet there has been little activity that would suggest a crisis, especially among those activists who can usually be counted on to draw attention to the suffering of black Americans.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1999
Francis Scott Key High School has a minority enrollment of less than 3 percent and no racial diversity among its staff, but Carroll's smallest high school is working to teach its students to practice tolerance toward all.Its Multicultural Club has tackled topical issues and sponsored field trips and arts programs. Last week, its members organized a symposium that encouraged schoolmates to speak openly on racism, sexism and homophobia.Teachers stayed in the background as students led candid discussions.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Jason Collins' coming out received large media fanfare. Brittney Griner's was met with something close to a yawn. The debate over what caused the difference has been pretty public, with some pointing to sexism , others to the way heterosexual men react to gay men and one commentator noting that society doesn't perceive lesbian athletes to be playing against type in the same way it views gay male athletes. Addressed in all three perspectives is the widespread perception that lesbian athletes have an easier time being open about their sexuality on the court and in the locker room.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
As a journalist, I'm a big believer in free speech, but also in the idea that bigotry and wrongdoing are fair game for scrutiny. Regardless of your political leanings, it's fair to say that publicly ridiculing others in a confrontational and unconstructive way deserves calling out. Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a campaign to confront bigotry as it exists across the globe. According to its 2012 annual report, the campaign launched in 2004 and chose May 17 "to commemorate the World Health Organization's decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.
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By Meghan Daum | March 23, 2013
The other day, I stumbled across a conversation about homosexuality on a local Christian radio station. There were three people talking, and after the predictable hemming and hawing about loving the sinner and hating the sin (though in this case, the sin and sinner seemed so inextricably linked when it comes to sexual activity that the distinction was largely irrelevant), one of them homed in on a grand observation. "Notice how you don't see many images of older people in gay literature and media.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
The editors of the Associated Press Stylebook discourage the use of the word homophobia , and this is their explanation: "Phobia means irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. In terms like homophobia, it's often speculation. The reasons for anti-gay feelings or actions may not be apparent. Specifics are better than vague characterizations of a person's general feelings about something. " Their ruling on this point in reasoned, principled, and wrong-headed.  An article at Slate   quotes George Weinberg, the psychologist who popularized the word in 1972, as why he used the term phobia : He identified people displaying an strongly vehement dislike of gay people.
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By Brandon Weigel, Special To The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
When Baltimore rapper DDm began writing the songs for his new mixtape, he looked to Omar Little, the ruthless-yet-honorable stickup man from "The Wire," for inspiration. Omar, like DDm, was raw, aggressive — and gay. DDm saw enough in common with Omar that he named his mixtape, which drops next month, "The Omar Tape. " "Omar was, of course, homosexual — but was respected and feared in a lot of cases, and I feel such a correlation in terms of that," said DDm, who performs on the main stage at the Baltimore Pride Block Party on Saturday.
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By Lem Satterfield and Special to b | June 16, 2011
S ome might consider former University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor brave for choosing the sort of activism he has elected to champion.  But don’t tell Taylor that he’s “manning up,” because that’s the type of language that has defined “masculine gender scripts” and prevented closeted athletes from admitting publicly that they are gay, according to Taylor. As the founder of the not-for-profit organization Athlete Ally, Taylor travels around the country speaking out in defense of the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered people to be exactly who they are wherever they are.  “I think that I can have a huge impact,” said the 24-year-old Taylor, who will marry his fiancee, Lia Alexandra Mandagli, on Sept.
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By Cynthia Tucker | June 7, 2004
ATLANTA -- Though President Bush rarely mentions it -- too many conservatives in Congress are uncomfortable with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions -- conservative preachers and right-wing activists can't let go of gay marriage. They're still using its "threat" to traditional families to rally their parishioners, lest they forget to be judgmental and slip into love and mercy. Nowhere are the front lines in the battle against gay marriage tended with more care than in conservative black churches, where ministers regularly denounce homosexuality as an abomination.
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By Susan Reimer | June 8, 1999
IN A PRESTIGIOUS New England prep school long known for its liberal social conscience, a pair of senior boys cornered an underclassman and carved the word "HOMO" on his back, from shoulder to shoulder, using a pen knife.The victim had made the mistake of saying he liked the British rock band Queen, whose lead singer died of AIDS. He waited two days before coming forward to report the assault, which took place in late May.One of the two boys accused in the incident had been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, which last week rescinded its offer.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 31, 2010
In June of 1963, after a tumultuous spring of demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala., John F. Kennedy said an odd thing. In a meeting at the White House, the president told civil rights leaders they ought not be too hard on Bull Connor. Connor, he said with a grin, "Has done as much for civil rights as Abraham Lincoln. " Theophilus Eugene Connor, of course, was commissioner of public safety in Birmingham. When you see archival footage of children being menaced by police dogs or bowled over by water from fire hoses, you are seeing his handiwork.
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | October 11, 2010
In the 1986 movie "Stand By Me," an adult protagonist — played by Richard Dreyfuss — looks back wistfully on the friendships he formed in his youth. "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve," he muses. "Does anyone?" For most American men, the sad answer is "no. " In surveys, men report that they rarely sustain intimate, long-standing friendships with other males after childhood. And the reason might surprise you: According to a large body of research, they're afraid of being seen as gay. I thought of this research as I read about the death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after a roommate secretly filmed Mr. Clementi's sexual encounter with another man and posted the clip online.
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