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Here's where you'll find what you need to know about queer politics, gay and lesbian activism, gay rights and issues of concern to the same-sex community.

What are gay rights?
What are gay rights? What are the issues gays and lesbians care about and are fighting for?

Where Do Most Gays and Lesbians Live?
Where do the most gays and lesbians live? In what cities do the most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people live?

What is Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
What is Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?

Lesbian in the Military
Dr. Mary Ann Humphrey-Keever, who was discharged from the military in 1987 offers her thoughts on the ending of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

What Countries Allow Gays to Serve Openly in the Military?
These countries allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Soldier
Stories of gay men and lesbians who have served in the United States military.

How Many Gays, Lesbians & Bisexuals are in the US Military?
Gays in the Military - How Many Gays, Lesbians & Bisexuals are in the US Military?

What is Question 1 in Maine?
Question 1 in Maine will determine the fate of same-sex marriage in that state.

What is Referendum 71 in Washington?
Referendum 71 in Washington will either approve or do away with the state of Washington's domestic partnership law.

Make Your Organization or Business More Gay/Lesbian/Trans Friendly
How to make your organization or company gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-friendly.

Heterosexism
Heterosexism, the definition of heterosexism.

Homeless Youth Pridewalk 2009
Two women are walking across America to raise awareness about the issues of LGBTQ homeless youth. Here is more about their adventure.

Can a non-American Lesbian Marry a Gay Man to Stay in the United States?
Currently same-sex couples cannot not sponsor their partners for immigration into the United States. Can a lesbian from another country just marry a gay man to stay in the United States?

What is the Uniting American Families Act?
For gay and lesbian couples wishing to sponsor their partners to live in the United States, the Uniting American Families Act may be the solution. This article explains the issues with gay and lesbians wishing to immigrate to the United States and how the Uniting American Families Act can help.

Barack Obama's inauguration: One Lesbian's Experience
Cheril N. Clarke made the trip to Washington, DC to see the inauguration of Barack Obama. Cheril reflects on this important day and what it means to our nation.

Top Lesbian Events of 2008 - LGBT News Stories in 2008
We saw a lot of progress in 2008 for the LGBT community.

Prop 8 Protests USA
Rallies and protests of

Psychological Impact of Anti-Gay Ballot Measures on LGBT Community
I was depressed after an anti-gay ballot measure was passed in my state, and many states across the country. Turns out depression is a common effect of witnessing your rights being voted upon.

Which countries put gay and lesbian people to death for same-sex actions?
Which countries put gay and lesbian people to death for same-sex actions?

What is Act 1 in Arkansas?
Arkansas Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban (Act 1)

What is Amendment 2 in Florida?
What is Amendment 2 in Florida? What does it do? What impact will it have on gay and lesbian Americans?

Who is Matthew Shepard?
Matthew Shepard was a gay college student from Laramie, WY who was murdered in a hate crime because he was gay.

What is Proposition 8?
What is Prop 8, California's proposed amendment to outlaw same sex marriage? What impact will Proposition 8 have if it passes?

Sarah Palin - Vice Presidential Candidage Sarah Palin on GLBT Rights
John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Where does Sarah Palin stand on issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans voters?

Joe Biden 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate
Joe Biden has been selected by Barack Obama as running mate for vice president in 2008. What is Joe Biden's stand on gay and lesbian issues? Does he support gay marriage or civil unions? What should gay and lesbian voters know about Joe Biden and his run for United States Vice President and GLBT isses?

Barack Obama Versus John McCain on Lesbian and Gay Issues
2008 is an important year in politics. A new president will be elected in the United States. There are many important issues this election cycle, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans issues. This article compares John McCain and Barack Obama on gay and lesbian issues.

Virginia Child Custody Case Good News for Gay and Lesbian Parents
A child custody case in Virginia is good news for one lesbian mom and may help other same-sex parents in child custody disputes.

Is the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in Sight?
A federal court has ruled the military cannot discharge someone just because they are gay. Does that mean "Don't Ask, Don't Tells" days are numbered?

Bill Richardson on Gay and Lesbian Issues
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is running for president in 2008. Where does Bill Richardson stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community?

Lesbian Year in Review 2007 - Top Lesbian/Bisexual Stories of 2007
2007 was actually a great year for lesbian visibility. We had a few celebrities come out, lesbians made some great strides politically and some of our lesbians in the limelight had stellar accomplishments.

Mike Huckabee - Presidential Candidate 2008
Mike Huckabee is running for president in 2008. What is Mike Huckabee's stand on gay and lesbian issues? Does he support gay marriage or civil unions? What should gay and lesbian voters know about Mike Huckabee and his run for United States President?

Which States Have Employment Protection Laws for Gays and Lesbians?
Which states have laws that protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) from discrimination? These states have Employment Nondiscrimination Laws (ENDA) that protect LGBT people.

Ron Paul - 2012 Presidential Candidate
Ron Paul is running for president 2012 in the Republican party. Where does Ron Paul stand on issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community?

Where is Gay Sex Illegal?
There are more than 80 countries where a person can be punished for having consensual gay sex. Here is a list of places where sex is illegal for gays and lesbians.

Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson on Gay and Lesbian Issues
Where does Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community? Issues like same sex marriage, don't ask, don't tell, gays in the military, employment non-discrimination, gay marriage and GLBT immigration rights?

Anti-Gay Violence -What to do if you're a victim of Anti-gay Violence
If you're the victim of a hate crime or anti-gay violence, what should you do? Do you report your hate crime or anti-gay violence to the police? Is there a national gay organization that will assist you?

Lesbians in Iran
What is life like for lesbians in Iran? Do Iranian lesbians really face torture and death of they come out?

Presidential Candidate Sam Brownback on Gay and Lesbian Issues
Where does 2008 presidential candidate Sam Brownback stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community like employment non-discrimination laws, don't ask, don't tell, gay marriage and civil unions?

John McCain - 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate
Where does presidential candidate John McCain stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community? This article takes a look at John McCain and issues in the GLBT community.

Rudy Giuliani - 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate
Rudy Giuliani is a Republican candidate for president in 2008. What is Rudy Giuliani's stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community?

My trip to the Feminist Hullaballoo: Santa Fe New Mexico
Retts Scauzillo traveled to the Feminist Hullaballoo in Sante Fe, NM and gives this report back to Lesbian Life.

Best Lesbian Blogs
These lesbian and gay blogs make my list for top lesbian blogs.

Lesbianism in the Koala Bear
Homosexuality does exist in the animal kingdom and a group of lesbian koalas from Australia are the latest to come out.

Jerry Falwell's legacy with the Gay Community
Jerry Falwell and the Gays - Jerry Falwell's legacy with the Gay Community

Oregon Passes Two Gay Rights Bills
Oregon House of Representatives voted to allow Domestic Partnerships (Civil Unions) and to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Wisconsin Gay Rights The Fight for Gay Rights in Wisconsin
Wisconsin already bans gay marriage. What other restrictions is Wisconsin trying to pass against gays and lesbians?

Hillary Rodham Clinton 2008 Presidential Candidate
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for United States president in 2008. What is Hillary Clinton's stand on gay and lesbian issues? Does she support gay marriage or civil unions? What should gay and lesbian voters know about Hillary Clinton and her run for United States President?

Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Candidate
Barack Obama is running for president in 2008. What is Barack Obama's stand on gay and lesbian issues? Does he support gay marriage or civil unions? What should gay and lesbian voters know about Barack Obama and his run for United States President?

Mitt Romney - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage, so does that mean he is supportive of gay and lesbian issues? This article explores where Mitt Romney stands on gay and lesbian issues.

Gays in the Military: Military Service Members okay with Gay Soldiers
A new poll shows that most military service members know gay or lesbian soldiers and it just doesn't matter to them. So, why is "Don't ask, Don't Tell" still in place? Here's more about the acceptance of gays in the military.

What is a hate crimes act and how will it help gays and lesbians?
What is a hate crimes bill and what does it do for gays and lesbians? Are hate crimes really committed against gays and lesbians based on sexual orientation? How will a hate crimes bill help?

Is it legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians?
Is it legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians? Can someone be fired for being gay? Can you be kicked out of a restaurant or denied housing because you're gay or lesbian? The answer may surprise you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gay Pride
Why do gays and lesbians celebrate pride anyway? Why is it in June? What started this whole thing? Get the answers to these and more questions about gay and lesbian pride month.

Top National Lesbian Organizations
These organizations advocate and offer support for lesbians, bisexual women, and in some cases, gay men and trans individuals. Here are the top national organizations for lesbians.

How to Fight Racism in the LGBT Community
Just because we're queer, doesn't mean we don't have the same prejudices and stereotypes of the larger world. If you want to be part of the solution, here are some tips on how to fight racism in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community.

Lesbian Avengers - Lesbian Activist Organization
The Lesbian Avengers are a lesbian activist group, fighting for lesbian rights.

What can we Learn from Arizona's defeat of a gay-marriage ban?
Why was Arizona the only state to defeat a gay marriage ban? What can we learn from Arizona's Gay Rights victory on November 7th, 2006 in the mid-term elections. Why was Arizona the only state to defeat a gay marriage ban?

Colorado Gay Marriage - Colorado Civil Unions
Colorado is in a unique position this election year. Voters will have a change to vote both for and against gay rights. Voters will have the chance to outlaw gay marriage, while at the same time, vote for a law to allow civil unions. Amendment 43, if passed, will prohibit gay marriage, and Referendum I, if passed will grant domestic partners...

Gay Marriage Arizona - the Fight for Gay Marriage in Arizona

MICHIGAN WOMYN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL AND TRANS WOMEN
Does the Michigan Womyn's Music festival now allow transsexual and trans identified women to attend the festival? For years Michigan has had a womyn-born women only policy. Some people are saying the festival changed its policy and admitted trans women. What's the real story?

Top Colleges for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Students
The Advocate College Guide ranks the best colleges for LGBT students in the United States. What are the top schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans college students? How does your college rank for LGBT issues?

History of Gay Pride
What is the history of gay pride?

Supreme Court: What Can Gays and Lesbians Do?
What can gays and lesbians do to influence the nominations to the Supreme Court. How will the Supreme Court nominations impact the gay and lesbian (GLBT) community?

Mid-Term Election Results for Gays and Lesbians 2006
Although Democrats appear to be taking back control of the country, gay marriage ballots have not fared well with voters. Anti-Gay marriage ballots have passed in most states

Gays in the Military 2004
Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been in effect for 10 years now. How has the military policy on gay and lesbian soldiers affected national security? Gays in the Military Expert, Mary Ann Humphrey Keever, author of My Country, My Right to Serve shares her thoughts.

Gay Rights Fight in Idaho
Idaho already bans gay marriage. What other restrictions is Idaho trying to pass against gays and lesbians.

What to Expect at Your First Gay Pride Event
If you've never been to gay pride, you are probably a little anxious about what to expect. What can you expect at your first gay pride? This article will help you get ready for your first gay pride event.

Is there a difference in the terms "queer" and "gay/lesbian"?
What does the word queer mean? Is it okay to use queer instead of saying gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender?

Alpha Chi Upsilon Sorority: Lesbian Sorority
Lesbians are everywhere. Even in the sorority house. As a matter of fact, these lesbians have formed their own soroity: Alpha Chi Upsilon.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Lesbian's Point of View
What did Martin Luther King, Jr. mean to gays and lesbians? This essay from guest writer Gina Daggett tells what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to her.

San Francisco Dyke March - From an Organizers Perspective
Retts Scauzillo is on the committee of the San Francisco Dyke March. Here she offers her thoughts and feelings about what it means to organize the largest event for dykes in the world.

Portland Gay Pride Parade 2005 Picture Gallery
Here's some photos of gays, lesbians and bisexuals from the Portland, Oregon Gay Pride Parade 2005.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Gays in the Military
The United States military has a policy for gay and lesbian service men that is commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." What exactly is "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and how is it enforced?

Election Results for Gays and Lesbians 2004
Here's how ballot measures and gay and lesbian candidates fared in the 2004 election.

President Bush on Gay Marriage
The President of the United States has come out against gay and lesbian marriage and has endorsed an Constitutional Amendment declaring marriage as between a man and a woman only.

John Kerry on GLBT Issues
Where does presidential candidate John Kerry stand on issues such as gay marriage and employment non-discrimination? Read this profile to find out.

Do Lesbians have their own Pride March?
Lesbians have a gay pride parade of their own called the Dyke March.

Can Straights Go to Gay Pride?
Gay Pride is not just for homosexuals. Friends, families and supporters also go to watch and march in the Gay Pride parade.

Why is there no straight pride?
If gays and lesbians have a pride parade, why is there no straight pride march?

Why are Gays so Flamboyant?
I don't care who you sleep with, but why do you have to flaunt it? This is a question gays and lesbians often hear. Here's one answer to that question.

Why do Gays Need a Pride Day?
Why do Gays and lesbians celebrate Gay Pride?

Howard Dean on LGBT Issues
Where does presidential candidate Howard Dean stand on GLBT issues such as same-sex marriage and gays in the military?

Al Sharpton on LGBT Issues
Presidential Candidate Al Sharpton shares his views on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Richard Gephardt on GLBT Issues
Democratic Presidental Candidate Richard Gephardt has a lesbian daughter. Where does he stand on issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities?

Joseph Lieberman on Gay/Lesbian/Trans Issues
Joesph Lieberman is running for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Where does he stand on LGBT issues?

Dennis Kucinich on GLBT Issues
Dennis Kucinich has established himself as the anti-war candidate. Where does this candidate stand on issues of importance to the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community?

John Edwards on GLBT Issues
Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards shares his stand on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.

General Wesley Clark on Gay/Lesbian Issues
Madonna has endorsed Wesley Clark. So where does he stand on issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community?

President Bush on Gay and Lesbian Marriage
President Bush is against same-sex marriage. Read more about his opinion here.

Best Companies for Lesbians
Girlfriends magazine and Human Rights Campaign each rank the best companies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and lesbians to work for.

Lesbian Immigration Struggles
Guest writer Gina Daggett takes a look at US Immigration Law and one lesbian couple's struggle to stay together.

Lesbian Rights in South Africa
Lesbian Rights and Corrective Rape in South Africa

A Soldier Speaks Out About Don't Ask, Don't Tell
A lesbian soldier risks her career to speak out about her experience and living with Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Is there a lesbian symbol?
Is there a lesbian symbol? What is the lesbian symbol?

Best for LGBT in 2010 - The Best of 2010 for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and...

2010 was a year of ups and downs for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their supporters. Here we take a look at some of the best moments in 2010 for the LGBT community.

The Worst for LGBT in 2010

2010 was a year of ups and downs for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their supporters. Here we take a look at some of the worst moments and events in 2010 for the LGBT community.

What relationship rights do same-sex couples have in Illinois?
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Illinois, but civil unions are. What are civil unions and what rights come with them?

What is a Domestic Partnership?
What is a Domestic Partnership?

Lesbians Travel Around the World for Gay Rights
Out and Around: Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang are setting out for a journey around the world in search of LGBT activists.

What do you think of the word "Queer?"
Is the word queer offensive? What do you think of the word queer?

Rick Santorum on LGBT Issues
Where does republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stand on issues important to the LGBT community?

What do you think of the word "Dyke?"
What do you think of the word "Dyke?" Is it offensive? Does it describe a certain kind of lesbian or is it an inclusive word for all lesbians?

Top LGBT-Friendly Colleges for 2012
Here is the list of the Top LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities for 2012.

The Return of a Soldier: Stacy Vasquez
Stacy Vasquez was discharged from the military under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She spoke with Lesbian Life about her journey and her plans to return to military service now that the ban is lifted.

What States Can You Be Fired for Being Gay?
Where can you be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans? Which states do not protect gay workers from discrimination?

Rick Perry on Gay and Lesbian Issues
Rick Perry is a Republican Candidate for President in 2012. Where does Rick Perry stand on gay and lesbian issues?

What Does the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Mean?
Now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed. What will life be like for gays and lesbians in military service? What rights will they gain and which ones won't they?

Republican Presidental Candidates on LGBT Issues
As the 2012 race for the White House amps up, learn where different candidates stand on LGBT issues.

Herman Cain on LGBT Issues
Where does Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain stand on LGBT issues?

Michele Bachmann on LGBT Issues
Where does Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stand on issues of importance to the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans) communities?

Newt Gingrich on LGBT Issues
Where does Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stand on issues like gay and lesbian rights?

What is the Federal Law about Hospital Visitation?
What is the Federal Law about Hospital Visitation for Same-Sex Couples? President Obama passed a hospital visitation law for same-sex couples. What does it do?

Inger and Philippa's story
Inger and Phillipa are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, discriminatory immigration laws prevent them from doing so. This is their story.

Barack Obama Versus Mitt Romney on Lesbian and Gay Issues
Barack Obama is being challenged by Mitt Romney for President of the United States 2012. Let's compare Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on LGBT rights and issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community 2012.

Zach Wahls Interview
Zach Wahls became an overnight sensation when his YouTube video before the Iowa legislature went viral. Zach Wahls is now an author of a book about growing up with two moms and an activist for marriage equality and opening up the Boy Scouts to all regardless of sexual orientation.

What is Question 6 in Maryland?
Maryland voters will decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriage in their state. Here's what you need to know about Question 6 and the Maryland ballot measure in November 2012.

What is the Gay Marriage amendment in Minnesota?
There is a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to ban same-sex marriage in that state. Voters will decide in November 2012 whether or not to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Learn more about the background of the issue and how to vote.

Best of 2012 for LGBT Rights
2012 was a stellar year for LGBT rights. Here's a recap and rundown of the best events of 2012 for the LGBT community.

Where do the Least Amount of Gays and Lesbians Live?
Where do the least amount of gay people live in the United States? These places have the smallest population percentage of LGBT people in the US.

What is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007?
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 will make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Ten Things NOT to Say to a Lesbian
These are things a lesbian never wants to hear again.

Married Couple is Stunned to be Denied Access to US
After their wedding, Jocelyn and Shawn went on a honey moon to Mexico. But when they tried to return to the US, customs denied Jocelyn, who is a Mexican citizen, entry into the US. The two are now fighting to stay together.

Supreme Court and Gay Marriage: What’s at Stake?
The United States Supreme Court will rule in 2013 on two important gay rights decisions. The first involves California's Prop 8. The other involves the Defense of Marriage (DOMA) act. What's at stake?

Marriage Equality Rally in Portland, March 26, 2013
Information about the marriage equality rally in Portland, OR and the latest on same-sex marriage.

Jocelyn & Shawn: An Update
Jocelyn and Shawn were married in Washington in December 2012. After their honeymoon in Mexico, Jocelyn was not allowed to come back into the US because she is a Mexican citizen. This is an update to their story.

Is Gay Marriage Legal in Washington State?
Washington passed a gay marriage bill that was signed by the Governor. Does that mean gay marriage is now legal in Washington State?

Employment Non-Discrimination Act 2003
If passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 2003 will protect gay and lesbian workers. Read about what ENDA will and will not do.

Gay Marriage Updates May 2013
May 2013 has been a stellar month for the rights of gay and lesbian Americans. So many states are legalizing same-sex marriage it seems like they're hardly getting any media attention anymore.

What Does the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA mean?
What does the US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage mean for gay and lesbian couples?

Reactions to Prop 8 and DOMA Supreme Court Rulings
What were some reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA and the Defense of Marriage Act and declare Prop 8 in California unconstitutional? Here are some reactions from activists, celebrities and gay and lesbian citizens.

Russian Gay Rights and the 2014 Olympics
Why are some people calling for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Russia? What is going on with gay rights in Russia?

Federal Taxes for Married Same-Sex Couples
What gay and lesbian couples need to know about filing federal taxes.

GLAAD Wear Purple Day
October 17, 2013 is GLAAD wear Purple Day

All About WorldPride 2014 in Toronto

Why Gay Rights Supporters Shouldn't Donate to Salvation Army
The Salvation Army does not support gays or LGBT rights. The Salvation Army is anti-gay.

Nelson Mandela and the Legacy of LGBT Rights in South Africa

The Lesbian Year in Review: 2013
Gay marriage victories for 2013 in the US and beyond.

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