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LGBT Authors Rate Their Top 5 Queer Books July 6th, 2011
LGBT Authors Rate Their Top 5 Queer Books

When I look back on my life, some of my most important moments of identity formation took place while I was reading books for English class. I had no concept of what it meant to be "gay" - let alone what the word itself meant. I fed on the subtle and more overt undertones of gay relationships found in books such as A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. These books were assigned to the class for their literary merit - there was rarely a discussion in the class of the queer themes that I thought were so blatantly obvious. I saw myself reflected in these pages, their emotions, their confusion and struggle. As a frightened young boy, I can tell you there is nothing more magical than knowing you are not alone. I had no idea where to find books by queer authors - too afraid to go to the local library and search. How would I even know which ones I would enjoy and want to read over and over again? Once I entered college, my boyfriend told me about Christopher Rice, the gay son and author of Ann Rice (that woman we have to ...

One-day Boycott of Chick-fil-A May 6th, 2011
One-day Boycott of Chick-fil-A

GetEqual has been busy lately, planning multiple rallies and protests for today. If you can't make it to Newark to help protest the deportation hearings of a gay bi-national couple,  help out GetEqual and the LGBTQ community by boycotting Chick-fil-A today. For those of you who don't know, Chick-fil-A has directly been funding and associating with major anti-equality advocacy groups, such as Focus on the Family and National Organization for Marriage. For a full list, check here. Colleges around the country have been responding to this - Indiana University South Bend is actually closer than ever to removing the franchise from their campus and NYU will be investigating the issue over the summer. Reason GetEqual has picked today of all days? Simple. Chick-Fil-A will be holding a seminar in Atlanta at the World Congress Center called “LeaderCast” (link here). From GetEqual's Press Release: The event will be broadcast live to venues across the United Sates, and GetEQUAL is supporting local protests at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country to draw attention to the fast food chain’s record of anti-LGBT financial giving. Of course, the law gives Chick-Fil-A the right to give to any group they’d like — but the law does not prevent making anti-LGBT giving a ...

ScandaList: Dan Gordon April 6th, 2011
ScandaList: Dan Gordon

We have a new addition to the ScandaList: Rhode Island Rep. Dan Gordon. I just recently stumbled across Gordon’s statements about the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at one of the public schools in his district, Tiverton High. This Republican (why am I not surprised?) publicly condemned the GSA and threatened to defund the school in order to shut the GSA down – a club that he so intelligently called a “sexual meet-up group” where students go to get “sexed up.” Because, clearly, that’s what a GSA is all about – providing a place for students to have sex on school property. It has nothing to do with creating a safe space for marginalized students who experience bullying. No, of course not. That’s just crazy talk. Besides, if bullying is SUCH a big issue in our education system (it’s not like Obama had a massive Anti-Bullying Summit at the White House on March 10th or anything), Gordon’s got an easy solution to solve a problem that there have been countless individuals working on. Gordon’s solution: “Perhaps if they weren’t flaunting their sexuality or advertising it, there might be less of that bullying," No, Gordy. There would be less bullying if "taboo" topics such as ...