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Shane Bitney Crone: Tap, Tap, Tap: A Secret Love No Longer

As a young gay man, growing up in a small, conservative town in Montana wasn't easy. I knew I was different from my peers well before I understood what the word "gay" even meant. As a closeted teen, I experienced a significant amount of bullying everywhere I went: in the halls of my school, at high school football games and even in the church youth group.

The Huffington Post
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April 18, 2013
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Imam Daayiee Abdullah welcomes gay Muslims to worship, marry

Imam Daayiee Abdullah arrives by bus, sweaty and lugging a green bag stuffed with a Koran, two books of poetry by Persian mystic Rumi and three Islamic prayer rugs. Tonight, he’s speaking to a room full of young, gay activists and progressives after a screening of the documentary “I Am Gay and Muslim” at the Human Rights Campaign’s bright white Equality Center in downtown Washington.

The Washington Post
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April 18, 2013

Marriage Equality is a Christian Concern

I probably err too much on the side of grace in most of my writing, but I believe some things necessitate taking a firm stand. Marriage equality is important for any number of civil reasons. I think it's critical for preserving the essence of Christianity. Many have told the Church, on this issue, it's standing on the wrong side of history. I believe it's standing on the wrong side of theology. I say this more as a person of faith than as a gay man: I don't believe one can truly claim to be a Christian and oppose marriage equality.

The Huffington Post
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April 18, 2013

Gay Christian Battles Tensions in Faith Community

Devoutly religious, Allen shared his coming out story with Facebook friends through an essay on Pastor in Process, a Tumblr about his personal religious journey. Allen's sexuality was a huge component in his understanding of God. Rather than forcing him to turn away from God, he says it brought them closer together.

Last month’s Facebook post became a lightning rod for discussion among Allen’s melange of Christian, conservative and gay friends, populations that complement each other as often as they clash.

WBEZ
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April 18, 2013

Candidate Disparages Gay People in Paraguay, Stirring Dispute

Horacio Cartes, the tobacco magnate and front-runner for months in Paraguay’s presidential election on Sunday, has set off a fierce controversy here after publicly comparing gay people to “monkeys” and likening the support of same-sex marriage to believing in “the end of the world.”

The New York Times
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April 18, 2013

4 Accused of Anti-Gay Attack in France

France's Interior Ministry says four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Lille gay bar, amid nationwide tensions over a bill legalizing gay marriage.

Associated Press
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April 18, 2013
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GLAAD Launches PSA Campaign Created by Brett Ratner asking for Allies to 'Come Out for Equality'

GLAAD today officially launched a new public service announcement campaign helmed by director Brett Ratner. The GLAAD 'Coming Out for Equality' PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes "coming out of the closet" as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out. Visit glaad.org/ally to join the #AllyNetwork and take action for LGBT equality and watch featured PSAs and resources to help make your community a safe and supportive space.

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