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Jesse’s Journal: Election Day Blues (Opinion)

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According to a poll taken by the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of Americans polled said that the presidential election is a “significant source of stress” in their lives.

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HB2 scars North Carolina

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Charlotte has a population just short of one million, but astonishingly, because of Dan Bishop’s [N.C. representative from District 104 currently running for state Senate, District 39, both in Mecklenburg County] handiwork on HB2, it is now illegal for the city to make laws to protect its citizens from discrimination.

Conversion therapy lies

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“But I’m a Cheerleader” was my introduction to conversion therapy. It’s a ridiculous comedy that satirizes the movement to “cure” people with same-sex attractions. I thought it was an extreme exaggeration, and it left me believing conversion therapy is a joke.

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In response to Orlando…a call for unity, love and healing

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I was in Orlando at Gay Days the weekend before the shooting at Pulse. There, I met Eddie Sotomayor who was one of the sweetest, brightest souls I met all weekend. Waking up to the news of the slaughter on June 12, and later learning of Eddie’s death, absolutely devastated me.

HB2 and North Carolina’s disgraceful slumber

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In 1819, American author Washington Irving published a short story about a man named Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep under a tree and woke up 20 years later with a long beard in a completely different world. After its release, the story became wildly famous and has since been regarded as an acclaimed part of the United States’ literary history.

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Jesse’s Journal: North Carolina Broke My Heart

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North Carolina was one of my favorite states. Though I never lived there, my partner Michael Greenspan is a proud Tar Heel who was born in Asheville, N.C., grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. (then as now a center of progressive politics).

Going back to Egypt

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We come together for a multi-faith service. We all come from different faiths and some of us come from no formal religious faith at all. I can understand. Sometimes having faith is hard, especially in recent weeks living in North Carolina.

Between the lines of House Bill 2

Guest Commentary

As a bisexual man, and a committed Christian, I have significant concerns with House Bill 2. I am deeply concerned when people are discriminated against who have been granted ever-broadening legal and constitutional rights.