Darian Aaron: Activism 2.0; Out front, out loud, online

“We all have a voice, it’s just up to us individually whether or not we choose to utilize it.” I’ll never forget that advice or the person who gave it to me. It’s not by accident that the first time my thoug...
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[Video] ‘When did it become hateful to support marriage?’

Anna Maria Hoffman

Video blogger Anna Maria Hoffman wants to know “when it became hateful to support marriage.”

Hoffman, a contributor to conservative website Counter Cultured, tries her best Sarah Palin impersonation while breaking down the current climate around marriage in a recent video posted to YouTube. Hoffman is not a fan of the gays.

She begins the video by calling marriage equality “cool” and opposing same-sex marriage rights “uncool.” Well, at least she's got that part right.

“I thought the popularity contest of who's cool and who's not cool ended right when we left high school,” she says in the video.

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Queer B.O.I.S. founders share stories, style and more

Queer BOIS

One year ago, Latania McKenzie sat down at her computer and with a few clicks started putting into action a dream she’d had for years — a blog that caters to masculine-identified women as well as to transgender men.

Named Queer B.O.I.S., the blog espouses the values McKenzie, 30, and her partner and blog co-founder, Taliba, aspire to in their professional and personal lives. While B.O.I.S. is meant to quickly identify its target audience, the letters also have meaning: Business, Opulence, Investment and Style.

McKenzie, 30, moved to Atlanta 12 years ago from Belgium. She likes to shop in the men’s department and has a deep affection for pocket squares and bow ties. She said the blog is meant to bring visibility to a community that is often overlooked in the media. And while her first name is Latania, she prefers to just be called McKenzie.

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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

Presidential debate

A number of LGBT bloggers expressed dismay Tuesday night that no question about same-sex marriage was posed during the first two presidential debates or in the only vice presidential debate.

But at a most unexpected moment during the Oct. 16 debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumbled into an awkward riff about the importance of two parents being married before having children.

That set off a flurry of reaction among various LGBT bloggers who were posting their reactions to the debate live on Twitter.