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Barb Hamp Weicksel

COMMENTARY: Another "Christian" myth - the “war on Christmas”

Real religious liberty means that religious freedom must exist for every single American, not just for the sect of conservative Christians who are trying their best to influence our government and have their beliefs be the law of the land.

COMMENTARY: The Supreme Court, Prop 8, DOMA and the gun-toting "Christians"

The danger to the gay community is not going to end simply because of a Supreme Court ruling. No matter how they rule – folks will be keeping their weapons locked and loaded and ready to defend what they believe is their America. As sad as it is in the year 2012 – the gay community still has much to fear.

COMMENTARY: I knew I wasn’t straight when …

For as long as I can remember – that’s how long I knew I wasn’t straight. Now – if you were to ask me when did I finally admit it and start living openly as a lesbian? Well now – that would be the age of 50 – ten years ago.

COMMENTARY: Here come the holidays

Celebrate in your own way – honor your past and make memories for your future.

COMMENTARY: The myth of the tolerant Republican

So, you can tell me that you are tolerant, and you love me and you support me, and that you want smaller government, and you’re fiscally responsible, etc. – all I will see is that you identify yourself with a group of people who are hateful, intolerant, judgmental, racist, homophobic and xenophobic.

COMMENTARY: The face of “modern slavery” looks a lot like us

Human trafficking, another word for modern slavery, is a growing problem in the U.S., and also affects the LGBT community where hundreds of thousands of youth are banished from their homes for being gay.