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Facing the Backlash from Religious Addicts

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We're now in the throes of a backlash against equal rights for LGBT people that's in full swing while many think the fight is over. Its ferocity and meanness has been predicted not only in this column but elsewhere, with numerous warnings for us to prepare for this moment.

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Power Is the Issue, but It's Nervous

Senator Ted Cruz R-TxSenator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) One of the more bizarre elected right-wing politicians, Senator Cruz has cemeted Texas' reputation for being out-of-touch with just about every American's view of current mainstream topics. (Photo courtesy of Senator Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate)Minor Details—Bob Minor

Constantly we must remind ourselves that the right-wing dominating the Republican Party has “logic” of its own. We have to stop asking questions like: “Don't they understand?” “Don't they see that this doesn't make any sense?” “Why do so many vote against their self-interest?”

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Pam Bondi: Ditz of the Decade

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The seemingly impossible has happened; Florida just became the 36th state to allow marriage equality—no thanks to the incredible stupidity of Pam Bondi, Florida’s Attorney General and the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association inability to understand one word: Unconstitutional.

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We Have Miles to Go to End Bullying

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RoninRonin Shimizu of Folsom, Ca. was bullied for being a cheerleader.2014 ends with another child's suicide in the news. This time, it's a twelve-year-old boy who couldn't take the bullying anymore.

Yes, it was in California, where all the right laws and policies are in place. Still, death seemed better to Ronin Shimizu than enduring his community.

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Come On, Stop Thinking of That Elephant.

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elephant-v-crocAccording to University of California, Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, if the Democrats were to properly frame their concepts to the American people, the ridiculous concepts of the GOP would fall by the wayside.Ten years ago, my “Minor Details” column raved about the best book to come out of any political season before or since:

“Stop whatever you’re doing. Drop whatever you’re reading – even if it’s one of my books. The most important political book of the year is out and it’s a $10 paperback of only 124 pages. (So, you know Bill Clinton didn’t write it.)

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The Pride Manifesto of an “In-Betweener”

A-11Stephanie Donald—Publisher, LGBT-Today

First, I must apologize for my prolonged absence and neglect of the magazine. I’ve been very sick for the past few months and although I feel much better, the medical community is somewhat at a loss as to what happened or why. Try living on Medicare sometime and you’ll find out that you’d definitely feel more secure if Moe, Larry and Curly were your doctors (nyuk, nyuk, myuk!)!Although “Pride” season isn’t quite over yet, the bigger cities have already held theirs and after seeing pictures, watching the video footage and reading the media accounts, all I can say for comment is: “Yawn.”

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Why So Much American Anger?

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The recent episodes of now routine American gun violence have sparked discussions of the role of white male anger in it all. This is hardly a brand new strand of analysis.

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