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Proudly Out: Myth Busters..Are Lesbians and Gays that Poor?

A recent study by the Williams Institute out of the UCLA Law School has also given us one more item for our list of great equalizers—lesbians and gay are also poor. The myth that all gays and lesbians are affluent with lots of disposable income is just that--a myth. 

Proudly Out: Obama's Gay Cabinet?

While some of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still holding our breath and, perhaps, even stomping our feet about the lack of an out cabinet member in Barack Obama's administration, the number of openly LGBT appointees, while scarcely two dozen, is actually scores more than we've ever seen before.

Proudly Out: LGBT People Helping Right Back

Despite the stereotype that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, gay men in particular, have more disposable income, we've all been impacted by the economic downturn. Despite all the hardship, we have the opportunity to set the example just like we did during the early days of the AIDS crisis. Today, we face an economic crisis--one that knows no race, religion, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Proudly Out: 'God Hates Fags' and Hate as a Brand

Their basic message is "God Hates Fags. 'Their brand -- it's just hate.Who am I talking about? A guy named Fred Phelps and his merry band of rabid homophobes from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS, who even protested this weekend Oscars' ceremony over the inclusion of Milk.

Proudly Out: Homophobia's Idiocy and Duplicity

I don't know which one is worse -- the idiocy of homophobia or the duplicity of it. Oklahoman homophobes -- who are also, sadly, congressmen -- objected to gay Rev. Scott Jones invocation of openly gay representative Al McAffrey. And Sally Kern puts her conservative two cents in.

Sex and Politics�A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen

Just ask Sam Adams, Portland, Oregon’s openly gay mayor. His election was heralded by progressives everywhere after winning a 12-way primary last May with 58 percent of the vote. But in the last few weeks, new evidence has surfaced and Adams was forced to admit to a relationship with a much younger intern. 

Proudly Out: The Political Week that Was

Last week certainly was a political week for the record books. Barack Obama is now our president. Kirsten Gillibrand is now New York's junior Senator, filling Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's Seat. And, Joe Bruno? He's on his way to becoming a footnote in New York's political history.

Proudly Out: Obama, the End of Sound Bite Politics

Listening to the media after President Barack Obama -- it's so good to say that, no more president-elect-anyway --  gave his inaugural speech there was disappointment because there was no one easy catchphrase, no one easy quote to take away. Perhaps the era of sound bite politics is over.

Supporting Israel -- It's the Gay Thing to Do

As a progressive, I've always hoped for a peaceful settlement forged by diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians. I do think it's possible even though the United States has squandered eight years of opportunity. As a lesbian, I've always worried about the ultra-Orthodox community trying to undermine the rights Israel's secular government has given to its LGBT citizens.

Proudly Out: Branding Politics

Mitchell Gold, openly gay owner of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is selling more than sofas. He's a model for LGBT activism using his money and influence to speak out about bigotry.

Proudly Out: Rick Warren

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender blogs and listservs have lit up brighter than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and all the Chanukah Menorahs in Brooklyn. It’s all because President-Elect Barack Obama invited evangelical preacher Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Proudly Out: Mainlining for Political Junkies

The last week or so has been just great for political junkies like writer Libby Post. There’s so much going on it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what to write about, so she starts with Rod Blagojevich, Nancy Sutley and Caroline Kennedy.

Proudly Out: Identity Politics for Democrats

When I was young and perhaps a little naïve, I thought then when someone said they were a Democrat it meant they were pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-worker, pro-access to health care . . . you know for all the things that meant being socially progressive.

Proudly Out: Not Just Another Thanksgiving

For the last eight years, families -- all kind of families -- across the country have gathered together for food, fun, love and perhaps a little dysfunction on Thanksgiving. Political Editor Libby Post pauses to give thanks.

Proudly Out: Competence Over Cronyism

It feels so good to know that competence will once again take its rightful place over cronyism in our federal government. The presidential appointments of the last eight years have been nothing more than a parade of George W. Bush’s political pals. Competence was never really a factor.

Proudly Out: Wouldn't It Be Lovely

The Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on wardrobe, hair and makeup for VP pick Sarah Palin, which brings us back to lipstick, pigs, hockey moms and, oh right, the recession.

Proudly Out: Reveling in the Crumbs

The 'we’ll take whatever crumbs you’ll leave for us' mentality of the Log Cabin Republicans has always bewildered me. For the uninitiated, Log Cabin Republicans are the oxymoronic assemblage of Gay Republicans throughout our fair country.

Proudly Out: Paying for 'No'

If you had asked me last week or even a month ago if the initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California would pass, I would have said no. Well, it seems I can’t say that anymore. Recent polling has shown that there is movement in California and it’s going the wrong way. This is definitely not good news.