Biden Launches “As You Are” LGBTQ Youth Campaign

The Biden Foundation understands the power of storytelling to promote change. That’s the essence of their new program, an LGBTQ awareness campaign called #AsYouAre. The campaign is an advocacy effort to collect...
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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.

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New CDC ad campaign takes aim at HIV prevention

Let's Stop HIV TogetherThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the launch of a new national HIV awareness program called “Let's Stop HIV Together.” The initiative will combat two critical obstacles to prevention, the CDC says – stigma associated with the disease and complacency about the epidemic.

“Let's Stop HIV Together” will utilize national television, print and radio ads featuring HIV-positive Americans – including “The Voice” star Jamar Rogers, POZ magazine editor Regan Hoffman and HIV advocate Hydeia Broadbent.

Ads will be marketed in 27 cities across the country, the CDC says. The first round of ads began airing in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Washington, D.C., this week.

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State Rep. Rashad Taylor alleges homophobic tactics in campaign

Rashad Taylor and Pat Gerdner

State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), the only openly gay man in the Georgia legislature, is alleging homophobic tactics are being used by his opponents, including distributing what he calls an anti-gay flyer in black neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

The flyer, provided to GA Voice via email, states: "The Real Rashad" with a photo of Taylor. Below the photo the flyer states: "The only openly gay male in the Georgia General Assembly [AJC 5/27/11]; Accused of using his position in the Legislature to solicit sexual relationships [AJC, 5/27/11]; Former roommates with Khaatim El [APN, 1/20/11]; Possibly lived with a male lover on Moreland Ave [APN, 6/11/12]."

Taylor is set to hold a press conference on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Street side of the State Capitol to discuss the issue. He denied living with a male lover on Moreland and said he lived with El when he was 22 and a Morehouse College student.