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CeCe McDonald, a homeless trans teen in Minneapolis, was charged with murder for defending herself. Then she became a folk hero.

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Coming out in a country where that can get you killed.

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How activists are using science to show that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.

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The behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.

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The coordinated government attack on queer Russia.

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How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

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He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.

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Memories of a lovely afternoon with a serial killer.

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Meet Alan Chambers, former leader of Exodus International–a “pray the gay away” ministry.

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The benefits of getting sick in New York.

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On the lesbian separatists of the 1970s, who “created a shadow society devoted to living in an alternate, penisless reality.”

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The brief life and complicated death of Tommy Lasorda’s gay son.

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The author visits Franklin County, Mississippi, where, according to census data, there are zero same-sex couples.

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“He was, it must be said, a pig. And my heart grew fonder.”

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On the gay community’s political progress.

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Sex and status disclosure in the age of Grindr and undetectable HIV-levels.

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Erwynn Umali, Will Behrens, and the first gay wedding on a military base.

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The rise and fall of the “most far-flung, most organized, and most brazen example of homosexual extortion in the nation’s history.”

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Confronting homophobia in Uganda.

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I am gay. I am Mormon. I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have a wonderful sex life. And I’ve been married for ten years, and plan to be married for decades more to come to the woman of my dreams.
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Ostensibly straight black men who have sex with other men.

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A young man’s personal account of undergoing “ex-gay treatment.”

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A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.

Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
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What really happened between the plaintiffs in Lawrence vs. Texas, the case that ended anti-sodomy laws?

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On House Xtravaganza and the life and death of its house mother Angie Xtravaganza, one of the stars of the documentary Paris is Burning, which brought vogueing and New York City’s transgendered ball culture into the spotlight.

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In Michele Bachmann’s home district evangelicals have pushed anti-gay policies to the school board. After a rash of suicides, teens are fighting back.

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How a rugby legend came out and made history.

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I’ve read stories from people who say they always knew they were attracted to the same sex, or that they figured it out at a young age. I’m not one of them.
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As “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” comes to an end, a conversation with gay servicemen past and present.

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How is Canada’s “post-AIDS” generation coping? Not that well.

[I]n some ways we are still hopelessly lost. A generation of men who could have been our mentors was decimated. The only thing we learned from observing them was to ruthlessly identify “AIDS face,” that skeletal appearance the early HIV drugs wrought on patients by wasting away their bodily tissues. But those faces grow more rare each day.
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Over the last several weeks, dozens of lawmakers, strategists and advocates described the closed-door meetings and tactical decisions that led to approval of same-sex marriage in New York, about two years after it was rejected by the Legislature. This account is based on those interviews, most of which were granted on the condition of anonymity to describe conversations that were intended to be confidential.
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On the genesis of the It Gets Better Project.

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On gay life in Saudi Arabia.

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Why Darwin’s theory of sexual selection is wrong and “gayness is a necessary side effect of getting along.”

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Kids are identifying as gay at younger ages, sometimes only 10 or 11. Their communities and parents are scrambling to adapt.

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The rise and fall of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), from its 1970s founding as a splinter group within the gay rights movement to its current incarnation as the most reviled organization in America.

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In 1920, Harvard University officials suspected that some students were gay. So they kicked them all out.

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A weekend at a Christian gay-to-straight sexual reorientation retreat.

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“As a middle-aged queer, I could not break cover. And, as a middle-aged black man, I was embarrassed that these white boys from this melodrama mattered to me anyway.”