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Generational change in the new GOP?

Guest Commentary

President Obama created a stir last month when he reiterated that while he doesn’t support gay marriage, he still struggles with the issue. He said his views are “constantly evolving.” In the Republican Party, the fracture over issues concerning homosexual individuals revealed itself more clearly in the vote for repeal of the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, …

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A call for reason, not blind faith

Guest Commentary

After reading Dr. Michael Brown’s guest commentary, “Setting the record straight” (Dec. 25, 2010), it is not surprising he still clings to the notions of “lifestyles” when espousing his convictions and judgments against the LGBT. He does deny comparing homosexuality to pedophiles, but goes on to justify this comparison. Just as I wouldn’t compare someone who uses fire to cook or heat with an arsonist, we shouldn’t compare homosexuals to pedophiles. Using an extreme to enable criticism of a group is not only being unfairly judgmental, but denies fundamental facts of humanity that show Dr. Brown’s doctorate is definitely not in biology.

Setting the record straight

Guest Commentary

In a recent editorial, Matt Comer says I supposedly compare “homosexuality to child rape” and that I “paint gay people in the same light as child rapists.” Is this true? God forbid! Dr. Michael Brown responds to Comer’s “A Prayer for Michael Brown.”

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‘Gay disease’ or not, HIV is our responsibility

Feature commentary

The statistics are scary. In places like Washington, D.C., and 19 of the largest U.S. cities, the facts and figures take on new meaning, as more and more people contract HIV and are left to live with the disease, the cultural and institutional stigma and health disparities.

Does Charlotte’s DNC 2012 bid rely on sending the gays to Vegas?

Guest Commentary

by Mark Wisniewski, Charlotte, N.C. [Ed. Note — An edited version of this commentary was printed in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 15. The longer, unabridged version was also submitted to qnotes and is reprinted below. Since the piece’s submission, the Visit Charlotte website has corrected some of the mistakes addresssed by this writer.] I’ve …

Solis: Interpreting families

Guest Commentary

by Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor It’s been 17 years since Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — groundbreaking legislation that allows parents to take unpaid time off from work to care for their children. Since then, thanks in large measure to technology, work has changed. And, as a result, …

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Special convention a step toward schism

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Four of the five anti-gay resolutions presented at the Special Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina were easily passed by the clergy and lay delegates on Oct. 23. The fifth resolution, a condescending bit of triteness, resolved “not to condone prejudice or deny the dignity of any person, including but not limited to, …

Why I’m going to the big gay march in Washington

Guest Commentary

by Beth Sherouse, Columbia, S.C. Since movement veteran Cleve Jones announced plans for a national gay rights march on Washington following the passage of California’s Prop. 8 last November, reactions from the LGBT community have been mixed. Supporters of October’s National Equality March are adopting a grassroots lobbying strategy, demanding “Equal protection in all matters …

S.C. House: Some teens are more equal than others

Guest Commentary

We are all equal, but some of us are more equal than others. That’s the fundamental assertion of inequality at the heart of that classic novel “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell. “All animals are equal,” the pigs declare, “but some animals are more equal than others.” So the pigs, who control the government, proclaim the …

Have we become too gay?

Guest Commentary

by Matthew L. Adams, Greenville, N.C Have we become too gay? Almost every gay male role in the movies and on television is portrayed as stereotypically feminine. When did men who like to sleep with other men be so feminine? Everyone’s personality is different and that’s what makes our world such an interesting place; but …