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Are We Getting Closer to Repealing the Ban on Gay Blood Donors?

Many GOOD community members pointed out that they couldn’t give blood even if they wanted to, because they're gay.

After the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, GOOD’s Andrew Price wrote an article suggesting that one meaningful response to the tragedy is to donate blood. The idea resonated with several people in the GOOD community and prompted an important conversation. Many commenters pointed out that they couldn’t give blood even if they wanted to, because they're gay.

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For Straight Kids Who Don't Act Straight, It Gets Worse

Straight kids are persecuted in childhood, too—when they're perceived to be gay. Sometimes, the abuse is coming from their own parents.


Efforts to tell children It Gets Better often focus on the gay, lesbian, and bisexual kids who are bullied at recess and at the dinner table. But a new study shows that straight kids are persecuted in childhood, too—when they're perceived to be gay. And sometimes, the abuse comes from their own parents.

The study, published in Pediatrics, charts the "clothing choice, activities, mannerisms, and interests" of over 16,000 young adults between the ages of 19 and 27, then compares their childhood habits to their self-reported histories of physical and sexual abuse. To find out how closely the study participants acted like archetypical girls and boys, they were asked to detail stuff like the "media characters" they "imitated or admired" as kids, the preferred "roles taken in pretend play," their "favorite toys and games," and their "feelings of femininity or masculinity." Then, they were asked to report the frequency with which adults in their families pushed, grabbed, shoved, spanked, kicked, punched, bruised, threatened, or sexually abused them.

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Dealbreaker: He's Dated Men

I could date a “formerly gay man.” That would be a cinch. Right?


In our Dealbreakers series, exes report on the habit, belief, or boxer brief that ended the affair.

I knew all along. I’m talking about the entire time we dated. From starting e-mail to final phone call, I was beyond certain that he was gay. Or at the very least, gay-adjacent. Women in similar situations will always say that they knew as a backhanded attempt to cover the tracks of embarrassment. Me? I knew.

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Good News: America Is Now Majority Gay-Friendly

On this issue, at least, we're headed in the right direction.

Nate Silver has worked his statistical wizardry (known in technical circles as regression smoothing) to produce this graph of public opinion on same-sex marriage since 1988. The upshot: America is now majority gay friendly. So that's great news.

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Irish Big Wigs Denounce New York's Gay-Unfriendly Parade

New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade excludes LGBT groups, and (some) Irish leaders aren't having it.


The organizers of the big Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City prohibit any LGBT groups from marching under their own banner. The parade is organized by a private nonprofit group (it's called the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade; it's a registered nonprofit organization) so the policy is apparently legal, but it's clearly discriminatory.

And Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore isn't having it:

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Barney Frank Makes a Great Point About Showering with Gay People

Barney Frank demolishes the argument that repealing "don't ask, don't tell" will make for chaos in the showers of America's armed forces.

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You've probably heard: Today, President Obama signed a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. One thing about the repeal that has people at CNS News worried is that it means openly gay soldiers would be showering alongside straight soldiers. Won't gay soldiers be awkwardly turned on? Won't straight soldiers feel awkwardly exposed?

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