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Gay Relationships: Stages Of Dating To Mating

It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves. What’s the rush? I think dating is easier for straight couples. For one thing, if your straight everyone wants to fix you up with someone they know. But gay guys are really at a disadvantage when it comes to language about dating.And language often affects how we see and interpret reality. Think about it. There is no gay equivalent of words like “fiancé” or “engaged” that...

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Wisconsin Shooting: Three People Dead, President Obama Responds

Seven people were shot, and three were killed by a gunman at a spa and hair salon in Brookfield, Wisconsin, today, according to CNN: “Police are searching for Radcliffe Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. The shooting is being investigated as...

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Donald Trump Threatens To Release ‘Very Big News’ About Obama This Week

Donald Trump is claiming he has “very big news” about President Obama and says he will probably release it on Wednesday. Trump, the former fake GOP presidential wannabe and Romney surrogate, spoke with “Fox And Friends” this morning. Stay tuned for my big Obama announcement— probably on Wednesday. — Donald J. ...

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Todd Akin: Senator Claire McCaskill Is Like A Dog

Congressman Todd Akin has now compared Senator Claire McCaskill to a dog. Akin, infamous for claiming women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate” rape, because their bodies have ways of “shutting down that sort of thing,” continued his misogynistic attacks. “She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs...

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UN: ‘A Romney Administration Would Significantly Increase The Threat Levels To Americans’

A United Nations (UN) special investigator speaking about torture and terrorism stated the “re-introduction of torture under a Romney administration would significantly increase the threat levels to (Americans) at home and abroad.” Mitt Romney has promised to use torture methods, like water boarding, in his administration. “Speaking out on the issue for the first time, Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, took ...

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Republican Kelly Clarkson Will Vote for Obama Because of Policies on Gays, Women

Kelly, 30, closes her tour at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday ahead of releasing her Greatest Hits – Chapter 1 album next month. But she can’t wait to get back to the States to move into her new home and catch up on the looming US presidental election. Kelly added: “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though...

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Prop 8 Play Shines in Sacramento

We spent a memorable evening last night in downtown Sacramento. Dustin Lance Black’s powerful, lifted-from-the-transcripts play “8″, detailing the trial that overturned Prop 8 in California, finally made it to town. We’ve seen the play before, but this staging was our favorite to-date. Kate Sullivan Gibbens, who was the researcher for the play, sifting ...

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Ireland: Gilmore Clarifies that Marriage Equality Endorsement is Party’s Stand, Not Government’s

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore’s backing for gay marriage is Labour’s way, not the Government’s way, he has claimed. Mr Gilmore has confirmed he is speaking for the Labour Party, and not the Coalition, when he says the gay marriage is an issue “whose time is come”. ...

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New York, USA: Farm Turns Away Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Ceremony

In a situation that has tensions rising on both sides of the marriage equality issue, a lesbian couple in New York State was turned away by a farm owner who refused to book their wedding because of their sexuality. Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy inquired about holding their summer 2013 nuptials at Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, NY, but say the owners refused to host their ceremony ...

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Eliminating Disconnectedness in the Gay Community

This week, The Vancouver Sun is running a series on how, in our age of social media and supposed connectedness, so many of us feel disconnected from each other, like we don't belong. The problem is apparently worse in large cities, where you'd think, because of the proximity of so many people...

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Hope

To this day, it stays with me.In the early '90s, I was walking down Harwood Street in Vancouver's West End, between Cardero and Burrard, a distance of about eight long blocks. It was a sunny and warm late spring morning–the birds chirping and the blossoms on the ornamental cherry trees in full bloom–and I was on my way to ...

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Twentieth Anniversary Rings

In early March, Chris and I bought twentieth anniversary rings, even though we wouldn't reach that milestone in our relationship until June 13, the day we met in 1992.For those of you who've followed my blog, at least since December 2009, you'll know I've been without Chris's ring on my finger, representing my love for and commitment to him, since then. I still believe I lost it somewhere around the house, but, as yet, it hasn't turned...

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Thought for the Day, #47 (Pride)

Vancouver Sun columnist Shelley Fralic had the following to say–which I couldn't agree with more wholeheartedly–in "Get those dangling bits, boobs and bums under wraps," in the Tuesday, August 7, 2012 edition, about the display of nudity at the Vancouver Pride parade this past weekend: We get the girls and boys just want to have fun, ...

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It Is What It Is (Make It Better or Worse, Depending on Your Attitude)

Long before I retired from my job with one of Canada's major financial institutions in mid-2007, I was unhappy. Actually, I was miserable. Ownership of the company had changed, a new Vice President had been appointed, and expectations reached an all-time high. So many on the leadership team felt as I did. We'd mutter amongst ourselves...

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Exploring Search Keywords

Ever since Stats were made available to bloggers at Blogger.com, including Search Keywords, I've checked them out from time to time. Search Keywords are particularly interesting to me. They are those few words people typed into search engines, such as Google, which led them, for example, to this blog. What I've discovered over time is some of the same Search Keywords turn up over ...

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No Limits

At the end of last June, the above four signs appeared on the street side of a building on a local high school property. (Originally, the school was intended to be a vocational facility; however, because of the number of families that moved to the area–and other high schools in the community near capacity–it became a traditional academic facility as well.)It's difficult to see ...

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