Wear Purple to Remember LGBT Youth

Spirit Day, created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, now counts millions of Americans committed on Facebook to wearing the color purple on Wednesday, October 20, to support LGBT youth and remembering those lost teens who have taken their own lives as a result of bullying.


In addition to wearing the color purple, GLAAD is also asking Americans to turn their Facebook and Twitter photos purple until Wednesday and to share messages of support for LGBT youth. For more information on the free application and suggested messages, please visit http://www.glaad.org/SpiritDay.

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Eat, Drink and be Mary! Right?food

Well, what better way to be merry than picking up the new issue of Outword Magazine? This time around we celebrate some of our very favorite things - watch the snarky comments - with our annual Food, Beverage and Nightlife issue!

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The Bloody Path to LGBT VictoryWayne Besen

Commentary by Wayne Besen

I'm not sure whether to celebrate or cry. It is the best of times, and the worst of times, for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

On the plus side, the Florida Department of Children and Families said that it won't appeal a September appeals court ruling that declared the state's law banning adoption by gay people was unconstitutional.

A DCF spokesperson said that it chose not to fight the decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Miami involving Martin Gill and his long-time partner's adoption of two brothers. The law hearkened back to the Anita Bryant era, when the disgraced orange juice queen overturned a Miami law banning discrimination against gay people with a hate-mongering campaign that pledged to "Save the Children".

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In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!Priase of HIV- Gay Men

By Mark S. King

In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well.


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Injunction Orders End to Don't Ask, Don't TellAlexander Nicholson

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has followed up on her Sept. 23, 2010 decision that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gays in the military was unconstitutional, issuing a worldwide injunction stopping enforcement of the 17-year-old ban.

Her original decision was released following a two week, non-jury trial that was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans in 2004 to stop the ban’s enforcement.

Read more: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Injunction


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