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So Long, Farewell: Today We Close Pam’s House Blend – A Look Back. It’s been real.

By: Monday July 1, 2013 6:00 am

The Blend has been a virtual coffeehouse where vigorous (but polite) political expression was encouraged on myriad topics including LGBT issues, race relations, the religious right, and gender issues. This outlet for commentary and original reporting had a great run that has been gratifying to produce and hopefully enlightening for readers. As we close the [...]

We’re at a very strange moment in civil rights history, thanks to SCOTUS

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Thanks to SCOTUS over the last two days: 1) If you’re a same-sex couple and live in CA, you can marry. 2) If you live in NC (or any other state with a “marriage protection amendment”) and were legally married elsewhere (in my case, Canada), your marriage is not recognized in terms of filing joint state [...]

SCOTUS guts the Voting Rights Act — in a way that keeps its hands clean

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Today SCOTUS handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, and essentially punted to Congress the matter of re-addressing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It struck down Section 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion (PDF) in the 5-to-4 decision; siding with Roberts were Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence (Uncle) [...]

Pam’s House Blend segment on Melissa Harris-Perry is up…

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 5:17 pm

Wow – now this is really a “we’re not worthy” moment. Received a call from the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on Friday. She is going to do a feature on the close of Pam’s House Blend at the end of the show on Sunday. (Of course with my luck some breaking news will explode [...]

Here’s a milestone – Disney Channel to feature two-mom family on kid series

By: Friday June 21, 2013 1:05 pm

Disney’s already been boycotted (unsuccessfully) by the professional anti-LGBT crowd, so The Mouse House is likely ready for the explosion from the fringe any moment now as the channel plans to feature its first two-mom family on its children’s show Good Luck Charlie. (Via Mombian): TV Guide reports that the episode involves a secondary storyline where the [...]

Police use Taser on unarmed, nude child with autism wandering on highway

By: Friday June 21, 2013 12:48 pm

This is madness. I haven’t posted a Taser piece in a while, but this abuse of the “non-lethal” shock device is outrageous. Since when is an unarmed, naked child on the side of the road a threat to a law enforcement officer? This occurred in Ashland, Oregon, where motorist Adam Bednar saw her wandering at [...]

Steven Thrasher: ‘Master Bedroom, Extra Closet – The Truth About Gay Marriage’

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 12:00 pm

Ace scribe Steven Thrasher — who was named Journalist of the Year in 2012 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association — knows how to get a rise out of readers with his stellar work that often explores race, class, and LGBT issues. Blend readers may recall his epic piece at the Village Voice, “White [...]

Will there be a black vs gay Prop. 8 meme redux, or will the work building stronger coalitions prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 2:53 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, [...]

Pray-away-the-gay group Exodus International is shutting down

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 1:12 am

The organization that came to symbolize the toxic, dangerous “pray-away-the-gay”/reparative therapy movement is biting the dust, according to its head, Alan Chambers.  He (finally) admitted that he still has same-sex attraction urges and recently apologized for the harm his work has caused the LGBT community (though he still personally believes in the need to suppress [...]

A chat with Michelangelo Signorile about the end of the Blend

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 1:04 am

On Tuesday I went on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio to talk about the upcoming close of the coffeehouse on July 1. I am honored to call Mike — a legendary LGBT activist and journalist — a dear friend and he’s been a big booster of the Blend over the years. [...]

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