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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Donald Trump and Mark Rubio’s War of Penises

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Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate male physique and anatomy. That would define the “gay” part of being a “gay dad.”

I have a healthy appreciation. I don’t particularly like when male genitals are referred to as “junk”. I consider them anything but, and quite frankly, I find that label homophobic.

As I was growing up, I was told that penises were no big deal — that “every guy has one” and “they...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Oklahoma’s Torture LGBT Teens Bill

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The state of Oklahoma is considering a new bill to protect the practice of “reparative therapy”, pseudo-counseling that has the objective to make its clients not gay or lesbian. New Jersey and California have outlawed the practice for minors. It currently is quite legal to administer such practices in Oklahoma, and for that matter, most other states today.

Oklahoma is trying to...

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A Gay Dad Letter to Matthew Shepard

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Yesterday Matthew Shepard, had he lived, would have been 39 years old. Instead, he forever will be remembered as a gentle looking young 21-year old who left for dead on a cold Wyoming plain, crucified for being gay.

I spoke recently to his friend Michele Jouse. Michele attended boarding school with Matthew when they were teens. Now, years later, after almost two decades of rage and grief, she...

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What a Transphobic Texas Teacher Needs to Learn from an Amazing 5-Year Old Transgender Girl

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In Texas, the latest punch in the “religious freedom” strategy has been thrown. Previously, the anti-gay movement enlisted cake bakers, florists and a hapless county clerk, Kim Davis (you’ve heard of her, right?). The latest to step up to the victim mouthpiece is a teacher named Madeline Kirksey. Kirksey claims that her “religious freedom” has been violated because she has been asked to refer to...

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Gay Dad Tells Off the Mormon Church: Leave Our Kids Alone

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It is not news that LGBT folks have suffered abuse and atrocities at the hands of organized religion. From independent Christian Churches who have literally threatened to kill or exile us, to the Catholic Church who for years declared us “intrinsically disordered”, we thought we had heard it all.

That was before the Mormon Church decided to go after our kids.

They have added this to...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off About the Kansas Teacher Who is Getting Fired for Fighting Homophobia

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Tom Leahy, who teaches social studies at the Conway Springs Middle School in Kansas admits he made some mistakes. He showed teens a film depicting suicide. He showed teens a film that specifically called out the Catholic Church for criticism. He did not give them warning, a chance to opt out, and he did not have their parents’ permission to show the film.

He made some mistakes...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on the “Purity” Parents Who Want to Keep LGBT Info Out of Sex Education

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When did your local schools last revise their sex education program? Let me cut to the chase. Omaha Public Schools has not revised its sex education and related health classes for 30 years.

30 years.

Bad enough that it fails to address modern issues such as “sexting” and bullying over sexual orientation and gender identity, the curriculum goes back to a time where no sitting...

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A Gay Dad’s Note to the Pope: You Snubbed Us for Kim Davis? Really?

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Last week, I invited the pope to join my family for dinner. It was largely a symbolic gesture, although, I had a house cleaning action plan and menu picked out should he have accepted.

It was not that I wanted him to meet my family specifically, but to actually sit face to face with a family like mine. My two sons were adopted out of foster care and situations that were life threatening and dire....

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on the Way Mike Huckabee is Choking on a Mixed Bag of Chips

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My sons love Doritos. Jesse is a Nachos Doritos guy, and Jason, always his own man, loves the Ranch flavored.

I love the It Gets Better Project. They have provided inspiration and tangible help for teens at risk for suicide. It is a cause that no one in their right mind could be against. Yes, Mike Huckabee, you can take that for all it’s worth — you’re an idiot.

The recent campaign in which...

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A Gay Dad Invites Pope Francis to Friday Dinner to Hang Out With His Family

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In March of 2013, I was writing a column about the pope. When I started writing it, I did not know exactly WHICH pope I was addressing. One pope had just left the post and the Vatican was in the throws of electing another. As I finished the piece, the announcement came. A former cardinal from Argentina was to be the new pope. Pope Francis.

My article, which enjoyed wide readership,...

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Rob Watson Does a Virtual Interview With Homophobe Joshua Feuerstein

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Rob Watson does a virtual interview with homophobe Joshua Feuerstein highlighting ways in which they disagree.

The post Rob Watson Does a Virtual Interview With Homophobe Joshua Feuerstein appeared first on The Next Family.

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Kim Davis and the New American Martyrs

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Kim Davis is on her way to martyrdom. Sent to jail, in jail, out of jail. She and her supporters have cast her as “Rosa Parks” along with other analogies designed to paint her as the oppressed.

Kim is one of two Clerks in Kentucky, both named Davis, that are the latest in a string of botched martyrs. As it continues to play out, we will all be very aware of it. The big Hate PR Media...

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