Living: February 2014

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Tea Party Leader: Brewer Veto Means Penis Cakes, Porn

Filed by John M. Becker | February 28, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Judson Phillips, the deranged founder of the Tea Party Nation, says that bakers will be forced to make penis-shaped pastries for gays unless fundamentalists are given a special right to discriminate against LGBTs.Read More

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ACLU Asks Judge to Block WI Marriage Ban During Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | February 28, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge yesterday to block Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.Read More

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Now This Is Motivation

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

There are two things I love in life - hot guys and cats. Obviously, this matchup is inspired by the Gods.Read More


Thomas, Davis, & "Sensitivity" About Race, Part 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The only thug at that Jacksonville gas station the night Jordan Davis was murdered was Michael Dunn -- armed, empowered by right-wing subcultures, and nurtured on deadly brand of racial "sensitivity."Read More

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Uganda Round-Up: Visas, Scientific Distortions, Aid Cuts

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Swimming in a sea of Uganda-related LGBT news? Here are four important stories you may have missed.Read More

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DC Mayor Unveils Comprehensive Trans Health Coverage

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

This morning, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced new rules requiring that all public and private health insurance plans that fall under the city's regulatory purview cover trans-related healthcare expenses, including gender reassignment surgery.Read More

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Clarence Thomas, Jordan Davis, & "Sensitivity" About Race

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The murder of Jordan Davis, and a jury's failure to convict his killer, speaks volumes about the true state of America's racial sensitivity, and indifference to the lives of young black men.Read More


Remembering Marvin Burrows, Love Warrior

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Marvin showed up at every rally, did interviews, lobbied politicians, and traveled around the state so that never again would an LGBT widow/er face homelessness, lose health insurance, or be told by a funeral home director that they are "not family."Read More

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Report: NFL Explores Moving Super Bowl Out of AZ

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 6:45 PM | comments

The National Football League has begun to actively explore taking the 2015 Super Bowl away from Glendale, Arizona in the event that Governor Brewer approves an anti-LGBT discrimination law, Sports Illustrated reports.Read More


BREAKING: U.S. Judge Strikes Down TEXAS Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 2:40 PM | comments

A federal judge in Texas has just ruled that state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More

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With Trans Ban, U.S. Lags Behind in Military Inclusion

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The U.S. placed a disappointing 40th in the first-ever global ranking of countries by LGBT military inclusion, largely because of the ridiculous prohibition on open trans service.Read More

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'Researcher' Paul Cameron 'Open To' Gay Death Penalty

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Crackpot doctor Paul Cameron went on the David Pakman Show today to endorse Uganda's new Anti-Homosexuality Law. He said he was "open to" putting LGBT people to death.Read More


Anti-Gay Witch Hunt Resumes in Uganda; One Already Dead

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A Ugandan newspaper published a list of the country's "'200 top homos." One of them has already been killed, according to local reports.Read More

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The Next Frontier for Marriage Equality? The South.

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week, the nationwide marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry launched a million-dollar campaign to build support for marriage equality in the region of the country where hostility towards it is perhaps strongest: the South.Read More

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Regnerus Taking the Stand Against Marriage in Michigan

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

In a federal court trial this week in Detroit, discredited researcher Mark Regnerus is scheduled to testify as an "expert witness" about the inferiority of same-sex parents.Read More

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Human Rights Report Highlights LGBT Issues Worldwide

Filed by Michael Knaapen | February 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Watch "World Report 2014," which covers events of 2013, "summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide". The report includes explicit mention of LGBT issues.Read More

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A Quick Aside to Alec Baldwin

Filed by Bil Browning | February 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you're going to spend so much ink on bemoaning how not-homophobic you are and blaming everyone around you for causing all your problems, it's probably best not to start your piece with a transphobic slur.Read More

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Why Grindr Mattered in Ryan Uhre's Death

Filed by Norm Kent | February 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

If there is a predator out there, cruising a social app like Grindr, it's better we find out before there are more victims. You don't sacrifice someone's life to protect someone else's sexual identity.Read More

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WATCH: Jason Collins Plays in L.A., Makes History

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last night, during a face-off between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Jason Collins made history by becoming the first openly gay basketball player to take to the court in the NBA.Read More


Jason Collins Signs With Brooklyn Nets

Filed by John M. Becker | February 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in a major American team sport, has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.Read More

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Strangers Give Coats, Gloves to Shivering Boy

Filed by John M. Becker | February 23, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

An 11-year-old actor was put in a bus shelter without a coat or gloves. He shivered in the cold, and hidden cameras across the street captured people's reactions. Most gave him their coats and gloves.Read More

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Sexy & Silly on Stage With Lucky Charming [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 22, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'd love to be someone who could do drag, boylesque, or stand up, but I just can't let go in the way I'd need to to do a performance like the ones featured at Amuse Bouche Burlesque.Read More

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The Yan Daudu & Nigeria's Queer Cleansing Law

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Since January, Nigeria's "yan daudu" population, a group that was surprisingly driven underground, is now being unearthed and actively pursued for punishment and persecution by murderous marauding gangs of their fellow Muslim brothers.Read More

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Lively, LaBarbera Launch New International Hate Group

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera, two of America's most infamous equality opponents, announced the formation of a new international anti-LGBT hate group in Washington today.Read More

Illinois Marriages Start Now, Federal Judge Rules

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A federal judge ruled today that same-sex marriages can begin immediately in Cook County, Illinois.Read More

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The History of Marriage: A Video Primer

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The next time you hear the tired "marriage has existed in the same form for thousands of years" trope, send your misinformed conversation partner a link to this video.Read More

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Arizona, the Senate, and People Who Don't 'Get' Jesus

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

I cannot imagine getting down on my knees to pray and asking God to judge others as less than me. That's not Christian. That's just egocentric bullshit.Read More

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Dear Abby Smacks Down Homophobic Reader

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Gay people don't choose to be gay; they are born that way."Read More

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AZ Pizzeria to Legislators: Discrimination Goes Both Ways

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Arizona wants anti-LGBT legislators to know that if they're going to legalize discrimination, they'd better be prepared for a taste of their own medicine.Read More


How Can We Support LGBT Ugandans? Like This.

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

What actions can we take that will be helpful, rather than harmful, for LGBT Ugandans who will soon have to live under this appalling law? Ugandan LGBT activists have some ideas.Read More

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Casting Call: Trans Folks Who Want to Kiss on Camera

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

URGENT: are you trans? Are you comfortable kissing on camera? Would you like to help send a message of support to Russia's LGBT community? Then your help is needed - today!Read More

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Anne Rice Obliterates Homophobes on Facebook

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Bestselling author Anne Rice delivered smackdown after epic smackdown to Christian homophobes on Facebook on Saturday. Read More

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Idaho Couples Ask Judge to Strike Down Idaho Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, Idaho became the latest state with an active marriage equality lawsuit, thanks to four courageous couples and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.Read More

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Regnerus: Marriage Equality = More Heteros Doing Anal

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Mark Regnerus, the discredited "researcher" who thinks same-sex couples make inferior parents, also thinks marriage equality will result in straight people PUTTING THINGS UP THEIR BUTTS... for fun!Read More


The (Religious) Empire Strikes Back

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | February 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The writing is on the wall: we're going to get marriage equality. War's over, right? Not by a long shot -- this is where we start getting our asses handed to us.Read More

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Louisville Group Places 'Ex-Gay' Billboard in Gay Neighborhood

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new billboard advertising the "pray away the gay" myth has cropped up in one of Louisville, Kentucky's most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, causing a great deal of controversy.Read More

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Catholic Priest Refused to Give Me Last Rites, Says Gay Man

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

A D.C. man who was recently hospitalized for a heart attack says the hospital chaplain refused to anoint him when the priest found out that he's a gay man.Read More

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Anti-Gay Horrors Continue in Nigeria

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Angry mobs are terrorizing gay men in Nigeria, hauling them out of their homes in the middle of the night and savagely beating them in public.Read More

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The Fog of a Thousand Years

Filed by Mark S. King | February 18, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

We select the bits and pieces to remember, and the truth fades. It becomes lost in the fog of a thousand years.Read More


Que(e)rying Michael Sam's Coming-Out

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 18, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

If no team signs Michael Sam, the NFL will be sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in football.Read More

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Pussy Riot Members Arrested in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Two members of the internationally famous punk rock band Pussy Riot were arrested today in Sochi as they walked down the street.Read More

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New Olympic Pride Flag Tells Russia: The World is Watching

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Check out a new pride flag from the Gettysburg Flag Words that's designed to send a message to Vladimir Putin about his anti-LGBT crackdown in Russia: the world is watching.Read More

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Luxuria Detained Again, Will Be Escorted Out of Russia

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Italian trans activist and former politican Vladimir Luxuria was detained again today in Sochi for protesting Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown. Russian authorities will escort her to the airport tomorrow.Read More

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Chelsea Clinton: LGBT Equality is the 'Unfinished Business' of 21st Century

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Chelsea Clinton delivered the closing address at an HRC-sponsored LGBT youth conference this weekend and called LGBT equality the "unfinished business of the 21st century."Read More


New Study: Homophobia Kills. Literally.

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A new 20-year study from Columbia University finds that LGB people living in high-prejudice communities die an average of 12 years earlier than those in more accepting communities.Read More


WA Converting Domestic Partnerships to Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

On June 30, the state of Washington will automatically convert all remaining same-sex domestic partnerships to marriages.Read More

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Update: Trans Former Italian MP Released in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 8:45 PM | comments

Vladimir Luxuria, a former member of the Italian Parliament and the first openly trans parliamentarian in Europe who was arrested for protesting Russia's anti-LGBT laws in Sochi, has been released from custody, according to new reports.Read More

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Update: Gay UK Art Student Will Lose Virginity in April

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Clayton Pettet, the 19-year-old U.K. student who plans to lose his virginity in public as part of a performance art piece, has set a new date for the event: April 2.Read More

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Trans Former Italian MP Reportedly Arrested in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

Vladimir Luxuria, a former member of the Italian Parliament and the first openly trans parliamentarian in Europe, has reportedly been arrested by Russian authorities for protesting in Sochi.Read More

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Knocking on History's Closet

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Scholars and the LGBT community have been speculating about the sexual orientation or gender identity of great historical figures for a long time.Read More

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Stop & Snap the Flowers [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 15, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Most of us scoff at cliches, and "stop and smell the flowers" surely has to be considered one of the most trite.Read More

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Homophobic Note on Birthday Invite a Hoax, Radio Hosts Say

Filed by John M. Becker | February 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The story of a Long Island mom who replied to a small child's birthday invitation with an ugly homophobic rant is a hoax, two New York radio hosts now say.Read More

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Watch Hot Boxers Make Out in 'The Weigh In'

Filed by John M. Becker | February 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just in time to battle discrimination at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Perez Bros present their new short film entitled, The Weigh In (2014).Read More

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Actress Ellen Page Comes Out

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Actress Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Juno, came out last night at an HRC event in Las Vegas.Read More


Did Pope Francis Laugh at Marriage Equality?

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik of Lublin, Poland says he did.Read More

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Valentine's Day: Good Idea or Bad Idea? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Valentine's Day: a wonderful excuse to do something sweet for the person you love, craven commercialism, or a not-so-nice day that marginalizes people who don't happen to be in relationships?Read More

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Sexual Orientation Influenced by Genes, New Study Says

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A new study of gay men in the United States has found new evidence that sexual orientation is influenced by genes.Read More

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WATCH: Bilerico's John Becker Talks Johnny Weir on CNN

Filed by Michael Knaapen | February 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Bilerico's John Becker said on CNN today that if Johnny Weir doesn't speak out publicly against Russia's anti-LGBT laws in Sochi, he's not doing enough. What do you think? Watch and let us know.Read More

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When Irish Eyes Are Homophobic

Filed by Michael Knaapen | February 14, 2014 | 11:15 AM | comments

Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, is being lauded as a great ally to LGBT people because he accepts that it's wrong to beat, spit on, and kill us. Read More


The First Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Soon Be Kicked Out

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Pascal Tessier is one of the first, if not the first, openly gay scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. But when he turns 18 in August, the same policy that allowed him in will kick him out.Read More

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#CheersToSochi Sends Valentine to Persecuted LGBTs

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

The latest video from the #CheersToSochi team is a musical Valentine to our persecuted LGBT siblings in Russia, Nigeria, Uganda, India, and all around the world.Read More


Russian TV Anchor Implies That Iwo Jima Memorial Depicts Gay Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Dmitry Kiselev, a prominent Russian news personality and homophobe, insinuated on a recent newscast that the U.S.'s Iwo Jima Memorial resembles a big gay orgy.Read More

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10-Year-Old Writes About Equality. Nails It.

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Aidan, a 10-year-old elementary schooler in Wisconsin, was asked by his teacher to write about something he wanted to change. Instead of toys or football, he wrote about equality.Read More


BREAKING: Facebook Adds Dozens of New Gender Options

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 1:05 PM | comments

Social media giant Facebook has just announced that users will now be able to select from about 50 gender designations, rather than forcing them to identify as male or female.Read More

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NY Mom Writes Anti-Gay Tirade on 7-Year-Old's Birthday Invite [UPDATED]

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A mom in Baldwin, New York RSVP'ed to a little girl's birthday party invitation with a vile anti-gay screed. The child's "crime"? Having two dads.Read More

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Russian Orthodox Extremist to ABC News: Stone the Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In an ABC News report that aired last night about Moscow's besieged LGBT community, the head of the extremist Russian Orthodox group "God's Will" said the country should stone gays to death.Read More

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In Russia, Gay-Bashing Is an Olympic Sport

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

In this anti-homophobia video protest, gay-bashing is depicted as an Olympic sport.Read More

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Dallas Sportscaster Slams Homophobes, Defends Sam

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Well-known Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen delivered an epic takedown of homophobia in sports and the hypocrisy of those who claim a gay man like Michael Sam wouldn't be welcome in the NFL.Read More

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WATCH: Trailer For New Documentary on Russian Anti-LGBT Hate

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Lucas Entertainment has released the trailer for "Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda," a forthcoming documentary about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia.Read More

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Croatian Lesbian Choir Sings to Russian LGBTs

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Le Zbor, which bills itself as the first lesbian and feminist choir in southeastern Europe, decided to create a rousing piece of "gay propaganda" in solidarity with Russian LGBTs.Read More

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Texas: No Marriage Ruling Today

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

There was no ruling issued from the bench today in a federal same-sex marriage court case in San Antonio.Read More

BREAKING: KY Judge Partially Strikes Down State Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge in Kentucky has just ruled that the state must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.Read More

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Sam's 'Old-School' Dad Struggles to Accept Gay Son

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

In an illuminating story published by the New York Times, gay football star Michael Sam reveals that the adversity he endured growing up was more challenging than his recent decision to come out.Read More

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Check Out This Pun-Filled Coming-Out Cake

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

I wish my coming-out had been half as clever!Read More

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NY Advocates Push to Give Stonewall Inn Landmark Status

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Did you know that the Stonewall Inn, perhaps the most singularly consequential place in the history of the modern LGBT civil rights movement, isn't formally recognized by NYC as a historic landmark?Read More

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Numerous NFL Teams Would Welcome a Gay Player

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Great news for newly out NFL hopeful Michael Sam: at least ten NFL teams have now publicly said they will welcome a gay player.Read More

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U.S. Luger Pissed About Canadian Gay Olympics Ad

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

American luger Christian Niccum is not amused with a now-viral Canadian ad depicting luge as a gay sport. He also thinks homosexuality is a "lifestyle."Read More

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Charlotte School Crowns Trans Student Homecoming King

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

On Friday, 17-year-old high school senior Blake Brockington made history when he became North Carolina's first trans homecoming king.Read More

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Olympic Hunger Games: Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The #CheersToSochi campaign just released another video slamming Russia's anti-LGBT human rights record called "Olympic Hunger Games: Sochi."Read More

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Mourning Mike Vogt

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Mike Vogt, a longtime Bilerico reader and commenter from Indiana, died suddenly over the weekend. The cause of death is still unknown.Read More

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Green Bay Packers Coach: Our Team Welcomes All Players

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and members of his staff made absolutely clear yesterday that the team welcomes any pro-level player, regardless of sexual orientation.Read More


Meet LGBT Pioneer Irene Benedetti

Filed by Mark Segal | February 10, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Philadelphia's Irene Benedetti was - and is - an LGBT pioneer. There are many like her, and it's important to know their stories since they are our history.Read More

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NYT: Nigeria Trying to 'Sanitize' Itself of Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

In a chilling report published last weekend, the New York Times says that Nigeria is trying to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality.Read More

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First Lady, Vice President Tweet Support to Michael Sam

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gay Missouri football star Michael Sam, who came out last night, has some high-profile new fans today.Read More

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Sochi LGBT Roundup: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Are you turning off the Sochi Games because of Russia's draconian anti-LGBT crackdown? Get all caught up on LGBT-related Olympic news here.Read More

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Anonymous NFL Exec: 'Man's-Man' Game is Not Ready for Gay Player

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

In a disgusting, innuendo-laden Sports Illustrated article, eight NFL executives and coaches -- too cowardly to give their names -- called Michael Sam's historic coming-out a bad move.Read More

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College Football Star Comes Out; May Be First Gay NFLer

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2014 | 8:30 PM | comments

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri star defensive lineman and an expected NFL draft pick this spring, has come out as gay. He may become the first openly gay NFL player in history.Read More

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I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

My column for this week's South Florida Gay News was about some of the hypocrisy surrounding all of the recent outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws.Read More

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For 40 Years: No 'Freaks' or 'Faggots' Allowed

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

You know the old joke about the "perfect" progressive activist? She's a black lesbian mother without a job who uses a wheelchair to get around.Read More

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Dancing With Fire [Picture Tells a Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 08, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

I was thinking about fire performers as I boarded a tiny commuter jet at my home airport in Portland, Maine.Read More

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Kept an LGBTQ Presence in Film

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 07, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Hoffman played gay characters long before "Capote," and long before there was any real significant sea change in attitude and acceptance of LGBTQ people as full citizens.Read More

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Help a Same-Sex Couple Have a Big Illegal Gay Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Check out "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding" - a contest bringing five same-sex couples from non-marriage states to New York to get married - and meet one of the couples competing for the prize!Read More

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WATCH: Hunting Gays in Russia

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

"Dispatches: Hunted," a U.K.-produced documentary chronicling the vicious gay- and trans-bashing exploits of Russian youth gangs, is up on YouTube. Watch it now before it's pulled.Read More

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Heritage Foundation Isn't Following Nazis (Now)

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Heritage Foundation, a religious right "think tank," and the Cato Institute, founded by one of the Koch brothers, were following the American Nazi Party on Twitter until yesterday.Read More

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Sochi: A Total Clusterf**k

Filed by John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 | 4:45 PM | comments

The entire world is fixing its eyes on the subtropical Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia, and what do they see? A total clusterf**k, that's what. The place is just not ready.Read More

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Ex-Bully Views Gay Former Classmate's Proposal Video, Apologizes

Filed by John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

When Lucas and David's marriage proposal video went viral, a man who used to bully Lucas in high school saw it and contacted him to congratulate him and apologize.Read More

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Nigerian Mob Forces Allegedly Gay Men to Have Public Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A Nigerian mob hauled a suspected gay couple out of their home and forced them to masturbate each other and have anal sex in front of a large crowd.Read More

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Putin Critic Finds 200-Pound Penis Strapped To His Car

Filed by John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Welcome to Russia, where if you criticize the Kremlin they just might chain a giant dick to your car.Read More

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USOC Sponsors DeVry, Chobani Condemn Russian Homophobia

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today, DeVry University and yogurt maker Chobani became the latest U.S. Olympic Committee sponsors to denounce Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown.Read More

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Utah Filmmaker Hopes to Tell Story of Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Utah filmmaker D'Arcy Benincosa hopes to tell the story of America's embrace of marriage equality by telling the love stories of same-sex couples across the country.Read More

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Skater Ashley Wagner Proudly Breaks Russian Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner proudly defies Russia's ban on "gay propaganda," telling reporters in Sochi: "I believe in equality for all." Read More


Billie Jean King Drops Out of Sochi Delegation

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Tennis legend and equality advocate Billie Jean King has pulled out of the Presidential Delegation to the Olympic opening ceremonies in Sochi because her mother is in poor health.Read More

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Catholic Priest Denies Lesbian Communion at Mother's Funeral

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A Catholic woman in Missouri recently revealed that she and her partner were denied Communion at her mother's funeral because they are non-celibate lesbians.Read More

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Janet Mock: Piers Morgan 'Sensationalized' Me

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A problematic CNN interview with Piers Morgan and trans advocate Janet Mock has turned into a fierce and bitter flame war.Read More

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Think LGBT Soldiers Are Equal Post-DADT? Think Again!

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

DADT may be over and dead, but we must remain vigilant in the fight against LGBT inequality in the military, because our soldiers and veterans are still at risk.Read More

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U.S. Olympic Sponsor AT&T Denounces Russian Homophobia

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Telecom giant AT&T, a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, denounced Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown today in a post on its blog.Read More

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LA Gay Men's Chorus to Russian LGBTs: We Shall Overcome

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles released a video containing a powerful musical message of hope for Russia's persecuted LGBT community: We Shall Overcome.Read More

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U.S. College Baseball Player, Finnish Swimmer Come Out

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Two more athletes - a college baseball player from Washington State and a swimmer from Finland - came out of the closet recently. Welcome out, guys!Read More

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HORRIBLE: Russian Gay Men Brutalized on Camera

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new video report from the international watchdog group Human Rights Watch contains disturbing footage of brutal anti-LGBT attacks in Russia.Read More

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Mormon Video: Help Your Friends Fight the 'Great War' on Masturbation

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A dark new video from Mormon-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho warns students that they're fighting a great war against a powerful and ruthless foe: masturbation.Read More

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Record Turnout at Mumbai Pride After Recriminalization

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

LGBT Indians and allies in Mumbai, India's largest city, responded to the recent recriminalization of gay sex by holding their biggest pride festival ever.Read More

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Sochi Killing Stray Dogs to Prepare for Olympics

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

According to ABC News, the city of Sochi is trying to kill as many of its stray dogs as possible before the Olympics.Read More

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BREAKING: ACLU Sues to Overturn WI Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Finally, a lawsuit has been filed in Wisconsin by the ACLU challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Is That a Smartphone in Your Pocket or...

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

You won't be able to keep your hands off this smartphone app that does something or other. It's gonna be huge soon. I can't wait to get my hands on it.Read More

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Irish Drag Queen Delivers Powerful Anti-Homophobia Speech

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

"People who have never experienced homophobia in their lives... have told me that unless I am being thrown into prison or herded onto a cattle truck then it is not homophobia. And that feels oppressive."Read More

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Surprise Birthday Party Becomes Marriage Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | February 02, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Your daily dose of "awwww!" comes from Lucas, a West Hollywood gay man who arranged a fake surprise birthday party for his boyfriend David so he could ask him to marry him.Read More

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Remembering the Little Picture [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 01, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm working to build better mental and behavioral patterns for my daily life. Part of that process is stepping back from the vastness of the connected world and being mindful of the physical world I also inhabit. Read More

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Help Matt Peterson Take Miley Cyrus to Prom

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Matt Peterson is a huge Miley Cyrus fan. He met her years ago and got a little nutty. Now Matt's older, cuter, and even nuttier; he wants to take Miley to prom.Read More

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VA Same-Sex Marriage Case Becomes Class Action Suit

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 01, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The plaintiffs in one Virginia's marriage lawsuits have been certified to represent all same-sex couples who have been barred from marrying in Virginia. Read More