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A Father's Reaction to His Very Young Gay Son

I don't see how a father, or any parent, can look at their son, the one they've loved since before the child was even born, and upon hearing him say, "Dad, I'm gay," turn their back on him. The comments from men much older than me telling stories just like that break my heart. My wife always wants to adopt the teenage kids who write to her; I want to adopt the 60-year-old men who cry when they read that I tell my son how awesome he is. I don't care if they are as old as my father; they deserve love just as much as anyone else.

Huffington Post
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March 30, 2012
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PA Swim Club Will Now Allow Discounts to Gay Families

Weeks after saying it wouldn’t recognize gay families for a family rate, Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club reversed its policy Thursday night.

A Manchester Township same-sex couple previously called the business’ policy - which allowed the rate for unmarried couples - discrimination.

The business in West Manchester Township announced the change on its Facebook page Thursday evening. It stated that it reflected on its policy and was persuaded by the point that it was inconsistent.

York Daily Record
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March 30, 2012

White House: Golinski Spouse May Get Health-Care Coverage

The Obama administration has directed a health insurance company to cover the wife of a federal employee.

Advocates say they believe this is the first time such coverage has been allowed.

A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. Cunninghis, in her family health benefits plan.”

Washington Post
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March 27, 2012
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Gay Family Denied Family Discount at PA Swimming Pool

When Michelle Gladfelter of Manchester Township applied for membership at a local sports club, she envisioned her family splashing around one of the three pools or sunning themselves on the 15 tree-lined acres.

And she hoped to get a break on the membership fees. Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club in West Manchester Township offers a discount to families.

But, Gladfelter learned, not her family.

York Daily Record
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March 26, 2012
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NHL Stars Use PSA to Combat Homophobia

Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke recently created the "You Can Play" project, which aims to combat homophobia in sports. Several NHL players participated in a public service announcement that aired during Sunday's broadcast of a match between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

Associated Press
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March 5, 2012
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