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The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” recently signed into law in Indiana has been correctly called out as a nasty piece of anti-gay legislation. Social media responded loudly and proudly with the #BoycottIndiana hashtag, enjoining companies and consumers alike to take their business out of Hoosierland in protest against a state government that would discriminate in the name of religion. Among those who got the ball rolling was George Takei, the former Star Trek cast member who has been a forceful and charismatic presence at the intersection of social media activism and LGBT advocacy for years. In his new book, To the Stars: Autobiography of George Takei, he tells his remarkable story.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

On June 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that calls for standards of "intellectual diversity" to be enforced on college campuses in the Sunshine State. But the Miami Herald''s editorial board, in a scathing editorial published on June 24, emphasizes that the law isn't about promoting free thought at colleges and universities but rather, is an effort to bully and intimidate political viewpoints that DeSantis and his Republican allies in the Florida Legislature disagree with.

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