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Ryan Lee: A queer take on gun control

I try to promote joy and peace in my gift giving, which is why most of the holiday presents I pass out are THC-based. I had an odd, unfamiliar feeling last week as I licked and sealed an envelope and prepared t...

Is Ben Carson softening his message on gay rights?

The Republican presidential field’s current frontrunner Ben Carson said Wednesday night he is not a homophobe and believes “our constitution protects everybody regardless of their sexual orientation.”Carson...

National Gay Blood Drive comes to Atlanta July 11

The issue of the 31-year-old ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood for life has gotten more and more attention in recent years, and activists hope to take it to another level with the National...
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White House puts full-court pressure on Congress to pass ENDA

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is featured in a video released tonight discussing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act being considered in the Senate.

President Barack Obama has come out in full support of the passage of ENDA that would prohibit discrimination of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Monday, the Senate voted to advance the bill that has languished in Congress for more than a decade and a floor debate is expected this week.

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Obama delivers annual LGBT Pride Month speech


President Barack Obama yesterday delivered his annual address at the White House LGBT Pride reception.

The president recounted progress made since he first took office in 2009, like the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and the White House policy of refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court challenges because it believes it unconstitutional.

Yesterday's address also had a heavy emphasis on the president's HIV intiatives.

Gay Atlantans who were among the invited guests for the reception included Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan; Jen Christensen, president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association; and her partner, Holly Crenshaw, who is director of communications for Emory University libraries. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) also attended.

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Ga. Rep. Simone Bell named a ‘Harvey Milk Champion of Change’


Ga. Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) will be honored this week by the White House as one of 10 openly gay elected or appointed officials named as "Harvey Milk Champions of Change."

The event takes place Wednesday, May 22, at 3 p.m. ET. Watch it live at this link: www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The ceremony takes place on Harvey Milk's birthday and honors the LGBT officials for "their commitment to equality and public service."