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Congrats, Saeed, on today’s publication of PRELUDE TO BRUISE. You are a force, and I am so privileged to know and work with you.

Congrats, Saeed, on today’s publication of PRELUDE TO BRUISE. You are a force, and I am so privileged to know and work with you.

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Indiana, Wisconsin Lawyers Get Tough Questions Over States’ Marriage Bans:

CHICAGO — Lawyers for Indiana and Wisconsin on Tuesday tried, with little success, to explain to three judges why their laws banning same-sex couples from marrying were constitutional. 
In the most lopsided arguments over marriage bans at a federal appeals court this year, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges clearly were ready to strike down the bans — with the only real question being what reasoning they will use to do so.

Read more at BuzzFeed.

Indiana, Wisconsin Lawyers Get Tough Questions Over States’ Marriage Bans:

CHICAGO — Lawyers for Indiana and Wisconsin on Tuesday tried, with little success, to explain to three judges why their laws banning same-sex couples from marrying were constitutional. 

In the most lopsided arguments over marriage bans at a federal appeals court this year, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges clearly were ready to strike down the bans — with the only real question being what reasoning they will use to do so.

Read more at BuzzFeed.

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In accepting the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Journalist of the Year Award on Saturday night, with video care of Windy City Times, here’s a bit of what I said:

Thank you so much to NLGJA for recognizing my work, for recognizing the stories that I’ve had the privilege to tell over the past year, and, really, letting me join this community over the past five years. There are so many people in this room who have been covering these issues for decades … and I really came about at the perfect time to do what it is that I have the ability to do. And I am so grateful every day that that timing came together. And I think that all of us who are here today need to really stop and recognize the privileged time that we get to be doing this work. We are in a time that nobody reporting on these sorts of issues was ever in before. There are two main reasons.

Obviously, the LGBT community has had more successes at advancing equal rights than ever before in history. There have been incredible advances that have made it easier to do our jobs. We had Jason Collins earlier today talking about the importance of authenticity. When we’re able to be ourselves as journalists, we’re able to do a better job. … There are still difficulties. There are still areas of the country, of the world, where it is very difficult to be out — as a gay journalist, as a lesbian journalist, as a bisexual journalist, and certainly as a trans journalist. And those are things that we need to keep working on.

We’re also really lucky that we get to do these jobs now. We have so much more out there to tell stories. We have so many more media forms to be able to tell stories. … That also has major difficulties — and difficulties that the journalism industry is facing. But, the more that we look at those as opportunities to tell better stories, the more we’re going to be able to do. I am at my best as a journalist when I am telling someone else’s story, when I am able to get a story out there that people aren’t going to hear otherwise. That’s something that’s easier to do now than ever before, and I think if you just watched over the past two weeks, watched what happened in Ferguson, you can see.

The final part is that, there’s also the fact that I am a white man, and I do have that added advantage of being able to get out and tell stories more easily. If you look at the people who have succeeded in this new environment, so many of them have still been white men. And even within the LGBT world, so many have been gay, white men. … We have work to do. The thing that I’m really grateful to the fact that I’m at BuzzFeed is that there has been intentionality. It takes intentionality in order to get any diverse newsroom that’s going to reflect the stories that still need to be told. If you do not do it intentionally, it’s not going to happen. It does take work, it does take time, it does take energy, and you’re going to fuck up. But you need to try. You need to try.

I am so grateful every day to get to do the work that I do. … I am so grateful to accept this award, and so thankful to NLGJA for all that you do to help us tell our stories. Thank you very much.

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Virginia Attorney General Walks Thin Line On Stopping Same-Sex Marriages This Week
WASHINGTON — The likelihood is that the Supreme Court will, in the next 24 hours, stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry on Thursday.
At the same time, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hoping to successfully complete his tightrope walk of opposing the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex couples’ marriages while also seeking a ruling that would stop same-sex couples from being able to marry this week.

Virginia Attorney General Walks Thin Line On Stopping Same-Sex Marriages This Week

WASHINGTON — The likelihood is that the Supreme Court will, in the next 24 hours, stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry on Thursday.

At the same time, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hoping to successfully complete his tightrope walk of opposing the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex couples’ marriages while also seeking a ruling that would stop same-sex couples from being able to marry this week.

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No tear gas tonight, officials said; there was tear gas. No curfew, they said; CNN’s crew was forced off the air before midnight. #Ferguson

No tear gas tonight, officials said; there was tear gas. No curfew, they said; CNN’s crew was forced off the air before midnight. #Ferguson

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Expect Many, Many Lawsuits From Ferguson
WASHINGTON — It’s been nine days since Michael Brown was shot, unarmed, in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, but civil rights and civil liberties legal advocates say the legal fallout from the shooting and its tumultuous aftermath are just beginning.  
“There will be lawsuits up the kazoo,” said Barbara Arnwine, the longtime president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in an interview Sunday evening. “I think you’re going to see ripple after ripple of legal matters here in response to this outrageous situation.”

Expect Many, Many Lawsuits From Ferguson

WASHINGTON — It’s been nine days since Michael Brown was shot, unarmed, in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, but civil rights and civil liberties legal advocates say the legal fallout from the shooting and its tumultuous aftermath are just beginning.  

“There will be lawsuits up the kazoo,” said Barbara Arnwine, the longtime president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in an interview Sunday evening. “I think you’re going to see ripple after ripple of legal matters here in response to this outrageous situation.”

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Last night, I found that I still had this candle from my favorite candle shop in Columbus, Ohio — so it’s at least 5 years old. Lighting it made me smile and breathe deeply with appreciation for all that has happened in my life since I bought it — which filled me with gratefulness.

Last night, I found that I still had this candle from my favorite candle shop in Columbus, Ohio — so it’s at least 5 years old. Lighting it made me smile and breathe deeply with appreciation for all that has happened in my life since I bought it — which filled me with gratefulness.