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Michele Bachmann and the Media July 21st, 2011
Michele Bachmann and the Media

Representing Minnesota’s 6th congressional district since 2006, Michele Bachmann has only recently become a regular in the news media. From concerns over her reportedly “incapacitating” migraines to her sometimes-confusing stance on the debt debate, Bachmann is all over the Internet and television (or so I hear; I don’t watch TV). The most stirring coverage of Bachmann, however, deals with her controversial views on sexuality and the “Christian counseling” clinic she co-owns with her husband. The clinic offers a wide variety of mental health and marriage counseling, but attention has focused on its use “reparative therapy,” often referred to as “pray the gay away” treatment. The American Psychological Association denounced sexual orientation conversion therapy over a decade ago, and most psychologists, in fact, believe that attempts at conversion (often through suppression) can be damaging to the individual’s health. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, has denied that such therapy occurs at the clinic. When asked about footage showing recent use of this therapy at her clinic, Bachmann refused to acknowledge the question. A devout Christian, Congresswoman Bachmann states on her website that she is “a member of the bi-partisan Congressional Prayer Caucus and believehe immediate consequence if gay marriage goes through is that K-12 little ...

“Gay Girl in Damascus” Was Actually…a Married Man? June 13th, 2011
“Gay Girl in Damascus” Was Actually…a Married Man?

The identity of the Syrian lesbian blogger that went by the anonymous "Gay Girl in Damascus" title has been revealed. The young writer who was apparently kidnapped in Syria last week is, it turns out, not a lesbian feminist after all, but Tom MacMaster, a middle aged scholar and Middle East activist living in Scotland. His wife confirmed his identity in a email to the British paper the Guardian: This story says a lot about how easily one can invent a completely different persona in today's media age. For all you know, I could be a Texas housewife! Of course, the  story begets the more important matter of how this revelation impacts the blog's message. Is it really that big a deal that MacMaster lied about his identity? Does his message about queer awareness still come across? Let us know what you think!

‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family’ Win Big at GLAAD Media Awards April 11th, 2011
‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family’ Win Big at GLAAD Media Awards

On Sunday, April 10, the GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles, following March's New York ceremony. TV's biggest two comedies, Glee and Modern Family, tied for Best TV Comedy Series Award. Both shows feature positive and diverse portrayals of members of the LGBT community. Kristin Chenoweth, who herself has guest starred on Glee, won the Vanguard Award for LGBT Visibility. A devout Christian, Chenoweth offered the following inspirational words to the crowd: "I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me. Even if you don't believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love -- not just tolerance, but acceptance. I'm lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, 'You will love everyone the same'" Watch the video of her speech below.