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Boycott called over anti-gay comments by Italian pasta-making scion Guido Barilla

Controversy continues to mount as comments by Barilla pasta maker Guido Barilla went viral on Wednesday after an interview with Italian radio station, La Zanzara (The Mosquito). During a live broadcast, an heir to the pasta making giant was asked if he would ever feature a gay family in one of his commercials. He said: […]

HIV impact on gay and bisexual men: the fourth decade

From the Office of National AIDS Policy: Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), an observance that reminds us that HIV continues to take a heavy toll on gay and bisexual men across the United States. Even after more than 30 years of AIDS, this community remains at the center of the U.S. […]

Many same-sex couples eligible for big tax refunds

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Married same-sex couples who paid extra tax because the federal government didn’t recognize their marriage are now eligible to get some of that money back. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defined marriage as between a man and a woman, which meant married same-sex couples had to file their taxes individually. But […]

Bygones and buycotts

A new direction for the Catholic Church? Pope Francis has shocked his flock and the world with his recent comments concerning “gays,” abortion and contraception. The pope, in an interview with the Jesuit religious magazine America, stated that the church has become obsessed with moral issues to the detriment of the great good that could […]

After Dark, September 26, 2013

Who will be the best beaus or belles of the ball?

Halloween is here! And nobody likes to party in costume more than the LGBT community. For decades we have donned the looks of Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga – you name it – and we do it better than everyone else (I should know; I was Madonna circa Blonde Ambition one year, cone-bra and everything)! Tell […]

Hillcrest Business Association in election kerfuffle

There are two classes of members in the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA): those who may pay dues, vote and run for office in the organization vs. those who may only pay dues and vote in the organization’s annual elections of officers and directors. The latter group may not run for office. Mat Wahlstrom, general manager […]

Joys of air travel – not

Recently, flying back here from Iowa and traveling east to go west, I spent several hours viewing the parade of the great unwashed in Chicago before boarding for the final leg. I found my seat quickly and was enduring the usual filling-up hubbub when suddenly a hush fell over the plane. All froze in place. […]

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