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Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in United Methodist Church

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Father and son had always been close, from the moment Tim Schaefer was born, six weeks premature, with blood poisoning, a weak heart and lungs, and a doctor who thought he would not make it through the night.

His father, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister, thought of his eldest son as a miracle child, saved by some combination of medicine and prayer, saved for something special.

“We couldn’t even touch him; he was in an incubator, and we had to reach in with latex gloves through those holes in the sides,” Mr. Schaefer said. “I begged God to please save his life.”

Their bond was such that, years later, facing a choice between upholding his church’s teaching and affirming his son’s sexual orientation, Frank chose to endanger his own career by officiating at his so...

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Ohio Lesbian Couple Challenges City’s Definition of Family

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Ohio lesbian couple is hoping to turn an instance of possible discrimination into an opportunity to update the city’s policies to be more inclusive of all families.

Galion, Ohio, residents Melody Mohn and Hela Young have four young children, who make a summer habit of going to the local public pool, which is operated by the YMCA at Galion’s Heise Park. Mohn usually buys a summer-long pass so she can appease her children’s wishes of going to the pool “almost every day,” she tells Columbus’s WCMH TV.

But this year Mohn wanted to include Young, her same-sex partner, on the family pool pass, which offers a discounted rate. Without the pass, Mohn would be spending $16 each day to take her kids to the pool, reports WCMH…

Continue at the Advocate.

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Free Lily Allen

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Free Lily Allen by Chris Azzopardi

‘Sheezus’ talks ‘fag hag’ epiphany, doing Beyoncé drag and haters

Rebellious and fearless, Lily Allen has slayed some egos in her time. But with Allen’s recently released third album, Sheezus, the tabloid target is experiencing the contentment of marriage and motherhood.

Don’t think the Londoner’s gone soft, however.

Allen doesn’t hold back when telling you that UK journalists are lowbrow, why the music business is a mess, and how “I’m here for the people who like me, not for the people who don’t.” When she talks to you about her vagina, it’s like she’s promoting a new horror movie. And though she won’t plainly hate on her pop peers, she will drop a comment caustic enough to suggest that Lily Allen, for all her attempts at curbing her bitterness, still has no problem being a bad b*tch.

What differences do you notice between talking to U.S. and UK journalists?
Uhh, it’s actually more pleasurable here (in the U.S.). I find that it’s slightly more intellectual in the line of questioning. In England it’s very … it’s very obvious what they’re trying to do.

Trying to get you to say something controversial?
Yeah, yeah.

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How A University Used A Religious Exemption To Discriminate Against A Transgender Oregon Student

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In the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision, LGBT organizations have been rethinking whether they can support a religious exemption in employment protection policies, and it seems they have good reason to be concerned. A Christian university in Oregon just used a religious exemption in a 40-year-old law to justify discriminating against a transgender Oregon student.

PQ Monthly reports that George Fox University has successfully obtained a religious exemption from the Department of Education (DOE) to deny a transgender student named Jayce a place in the campus’ single-sex residence halls...

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

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A recent Chevrolet ad made its LGBT-friendly message clear: Against a montage of different families, including single and same-sex parents, a voice-over intones, “While what it means to be family hasn’t changed, what a family looks like has.”

Of course, it’s not entirely new for mainstream brands to participate in gay pride parades or advertise in LGBT media. But as Gay Pride Month comes to an end, ads like this drive home the fact the last year has seen a sharp uptick in gay representation in mainstream ad campaigns. And these new ads, like Chevy’s “The New Us,” don’t rely on the coded messages of earlier gay-oriented ads.

The history of gay people in advertising isn’t that long...

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Ask Lambda Legal – Medicare and Sex Reassignment Surgeries

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Ask Lambda Legal – Medicare and Sex Reassignment Surgeries by Karen Loewy, Senior Attorney and Seniors Program Strategist, Lambda Legal

Q: I am transgender woman in my late 60’s. I only recently came out and I’m not sure what type of transition-related medical care I need yet. What is covered by my Medicare plan for people like me?

A: Congratulations on coming out! There have been some recent changes in coverage for transgender people who have Medicare, and thankfully the changes are headed in the right direction.

On May 30, 2014, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) review board ruled that transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries. Before this, Medicare, the federal government’s health insurance program for people over the age of 65 and people living with long-term disabilities, uniformly banned coverage of sex reassignment surgeries (SRS) for its nearly 50 million beneficiaries.  Now, Medicare recipients can seek coverage for all medically necessary transition-related health care, including routine preventive care, hormone therapy, and surgeries.

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How To Have A Healthy Cookout

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How To Have A Healthy Cookout by Davey Wavey

While enjoying the summertime weather, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make your cookout significantly healthier. And you’ll be one step closer to looking like Zac Efron. Yum.

Here are my suggestions:

Use whole wheat buns and rolls. We all know that whole wheat bread products have several nutritional advantages over white bread and other refined grains. But did you know that hamburger buns and hot dog rolls are also available in whole wheat varieties? But don’t be fooled; “wheat” isn’t the same as “whole wheat” and multigrain doesn’t necessarily mean healthier. Read the ingredients carefully.

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Judge Rules Clerk Can Continue Issuing Colorado Gay Marriage Licenses

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A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado’s gay-marriage ban can continue, a judge ruled Thursday.

Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman decided county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that states cannot set gender requirements for marriage.

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Iowa AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38M Grant

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An Iowa AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday.

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What’s Blooming at Broad View Seed Garden

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See what is blooming at Broad View Seed Garden, an LGBT owned and operated business located northeast of Brooklyn, Iowa. Broad View Seed and Garden  is an agriculture production and packaging business of one employee; developed to offer and preserve prairie wildflower seed.   The Garden is open only a few times a year to the public and can be reserved for private LGBT events.

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