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Rugby Player Risks Career To Protest Anti-Gay Slur

Australian rugby star David Pocock risked his chances of becoming captain of his team during a recent match when he argued with a referee about …

Autism Group Urges Parents To Vaccinate Children: 'Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism'

<i>Updated on February 9, 2015; 3:18 p.m. EST.</i><p>A leading autism advocacy group is advising parents to vaccinate their children, as a movement by caretakers who oppose the common practice continues to stir up controversy nationwide.<p>In a statement posted to Autism Speaks' website, the nonprofit's chief …

Autism

I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles

Vaccines don’t cause autism. But even if they did, is being like me really a fate worse than death?<p>The autistic brain is not particularly good at …

When Children With Autism Grow Up

I was 23 and needed a summer job; he was 21 and needed full-time support. He's one of an estimated half million people diagnosed with autism who are soon becoming adults — and who society is entirely unprepared for.

Repairing the brain: Why we're living in an age of neuroscience

One of the most extraordinary stories in Norman Doidge's new book, The Brain's Way of Healing, is that of the Broadway singer, Ron Husmann. Husmann …

The Brain

Army general says he is planning to come out: 'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

A married Army general has said he is planning to come out as gay to highlight what he claims is continuing widespread homophobic discrimination in …

LGBTQI

The Imitation Game 's Alan Turing -- A Gay Man for All Seasons

For all of the distinctly drawn period piece-ness of <i>The Imitation Game</i>, with its English rain, tweeds, tea and understated heroism and humor, the film holds bracingly modern themes that make it both mainstream and groundbreaking in its portrayal of the life of one gay man.<p>This story of British …

LGBTQI

Michelle Duggar’s Big Secret? Anti-LGBT Reality Star Has Openly Gay Sister

Michelle Duggar has made it no secret that she is firmly anti-LGBT, coming out staunchly against gay marriage, and making headlines as she recorded a …

The Year in Gay Pop Culture, and What We Learned from It

Depending on where and how you were looking, it was a terrific year for gay pop culture... or a rotten one. While representations of gay folk in …

LGBTQI

This Was TV's Most Diverse Year, But There's Still Progress To Be Made

When television historians (and future listicle makers) look back on 2014, one thing will seem crystal clear: this past year was one of the most diverse in the history of the small screen, a transformative revolution that showcased a wide array of identities, bodies and sexualities. For the first …

Tampa reverses decision, will help fund gay pride parade

— After initially denying an application, city of Tampa leaders have agreed to co-sponsor an upcoming Tampa Pride festival that celebrates the LGBT …

LGBTQI

Leelah Alcorn's Transgender Suicide Prompts Response From Laverne Cox, Andreja Pejic, Janet Mock

Transgender celebrities like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Andreja Pejic took to social media Tuesday after trans teen Leelah Alcorn took her own life. …

First same-sex weddings take place in Scotland

<b>Scotland's first same-sex weddings have taken place.</b><p>Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown tied the knot at a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, while Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott married in private in the city.<p>The new law on gay marriage came into effect in Scotland earlier this month and …

LGBTQI

Southern grocery chain offering same-sex health benefits

More gay and lesbian married couples living in conservative Southern states can get health benefits -- so long as they work for Publix.<p>The grocery chain is one of the largest in the south, with stores in three states that ban same-sex marriage: Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.<p>Starting in January, …

2014: A review of a remarkable year for marriage equality

And how could they not be? They <i>were</i> based on animus. Some judges seemed to take particular delight in pointing out this fact. Any judge with two …

LGBT TV Characters Are Whiter, Male-er, And Richer Than Real Queer People

LGBT characters on broadcast television in 2014 weren't as diverse as real queer people in the U.S.<p>I mean, duh.<p>Granted, lots of TV characters skew rich. But images of rich straight people aren't reinforcing a stereotype (namely, that a rich gay urban white man is the "typical" LGBT person).<p>Note: …

Transgender teen: 'My death needs to mean something'

<i>Editor's note: Leelah's suicide and the conversation her note inspired has rocked families in the Ohio region, becoming part of a national conversation. Here, we share the facts and report what happened.</i><p>In life, Leelah Alcorn felt alone. Born male, she feared she would never be the woman she felt …

What are the best books series for younger children?

What can a boy who has devoured the Beast Quest series (and is a bit too young for Harry Potter) read next? The Book Doctor prescribes How to Train Your Dragon and Horrible Histories for starters<p>My son is six but a very advanced reader for his age. He’s been a keen book lover since before starting …

This Is What The 'Steel Magnolias' Premieres Looked Like In 1989

"I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years," Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine) hollers in "Steel Magnolias," a movie that has put us in a weepy mood for more than two decades. We've loved every tear. Directed by Herbert Ross ("Funny Lady," "Footloose") and based on a play …

How Erudite Are You? Take the Test.

Book Two of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros.<p>This is the second column from that second book. The saga of our heroic efforts to educate the masses continues. Enjoy!<p>Follow Larry Paros @<p>insomanywords.net<p>Take words with Larry …

Language

R.A. Montgomery, Author And Publisher Of Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Dead At 78

R.A. Montgomery, the author and publisher who founded the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, died Nov. 9 while at his home in Vermont. He was 78.<p>Montgomery's popular Choose Your Own Adventure series allowed readers to select different actions at different points in the plot, leading to …

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Being Adapted for HBO by Jonathan Nolan

News broke today that Jonathan Nolan, brother of acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, is planning to adapt Asimov’s classic <i>Foundation</i> series for …

Science Fiction

Amazon and Hachette End Dispute

The contract negotiation that spawned 1,000 think pieces ended today as Hachette and Amazon came to terms. Basically no details have been confirmed …

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

<b>This</b> is the second year that the National Book Awards have announced a long list of ten nominees before narrowing to five finalists. Because the …

Books

Sometimes Being Wrong Can Be More Valuable Than Being Right

Alexandre Dumas is thought to be the first person who said, “nothing succeeds like success.” Yet hard to know who really said it first. It’s one of those aphorisms that seems so obviously true and it’s been repeated so often, by so many, that it’s become almost an integral part of the …