Living: March 2014

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Half of Mozilla's Board Resigns; Pressure Mounts on CEO

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Half of Mozilla's board resigned last week after the company promoted Brendan Eich, a Proposition 8 donor, to CEO. Now pressure is mounting on Eich to step aside himself.Read More


Terminally Ill Indiana Woman & Wife Seek Immediate Marriage Recognition

Filed by Andrew Markle | March 31, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal announced this afternoon that they are seeking emergency marriage recognition in Indiana for a terminally ill woman and her wife.Read More

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Trans Activist Launches New Global Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Fashion model and trans activist Geena Rocero is launching Gender Proud, a new global campaign to make it easier for trans people to obtain accurate identity documents.Read More

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College Footballer Comes Out at NOM Chair's Christian School

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Mitch Eby, a college football player at a Christian school, came out to his teammates before spring break. He is the first active college football player to publicly come out as gay.Read More


Robertson: Jews Don't Mow Their Lawns Because They're Making Money

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Today was a day full of anti-Semitic stereotypes on the "700 Club," where host Pat Robertson said that Jews make money because they're "polishing diamonds, not fixing cars."Read More

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Teens Watch as Gay Man is Beaten, Set on Fire

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A 21-year-old gay South African man was brutally tortured, beaten, and set on fire earlier this month. A group of teens invited to witness the murder watched and said nothing.Read More

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Dozens of Activists Demand Stoning at Harlem Hate Church

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

This weekend, more than 50 LGBT activists protested a Harlem church that publicly called for the stoning of gays, daring the pastor to make good on his promise.Read More


Got Health Care? Today's The Day to Get Covered

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

If you're uninsured, be sure to sign up for health coverage by the end of the day so you avoid the penalty - and more importantly, so you get covered!Read More

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Mozilla Finally Declares Support for Marriage Equality

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

Responding to widespread backlash over its promotion of a Prop 8 donor to the CEO slot, Mozilla made clear this weekend that it fully supports LGBT rights, including marriage equality.Read More

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American Apparel's Skeeziest Move Yet

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

I really don't know what to say about this. It'll blow you away.Read More

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Zimbabwe President: Homosexuality is 'Inhuman'

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

Robert Mugabe, who previously called gays and lesbians "dogs and pigs," said this week: "[Gays] have human rights - human rights for doing an inhuman thing."Read More

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Sorry, Folks: That Russian Newscaster Wasn't Laughing at Fred Phelps

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

Remember that video circulating around the Internet claiming to show a Russian newscaster laughing about Fred Phelps's death? Yeah, that's not actually what she was laughing at.Read More

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Once the Guns Are Silent [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 29, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

At some point soon we are going to have to start asking questions about who we are as a people rather than as a movement. Read More

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White Gay Men Are Not the Only Culprits

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 29, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the past five years, Harlem's empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprouted luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, and improved services in an area the city had long forgotten. The resentment of this shift has targeted Harlem's LGBTQ communities. Read More

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Ford Spoofs Cadillac's American Exceptionalism Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Remember Cadillac's ode to American exceptionalism, greed, and worker exploitation? Ford is hitting back with their own version of the commercial.Read More

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Religious Right Lunacy: The Girl Scout Cookie-Cott

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The one place you'd hope the abortion battle would not be waged is with the Girl Scouts of the USA. Read More


BREAKING: World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Married Gay Christians

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

World Vision, a billion-dollar Christian charity that made waves when it announced that it would hire married gay Christians, has caved to the bigots and reversed course.Read More


Help Equality Supporters Flip Anti-Marriage Hashtag

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

NOM wants to make marriage discrimination trend on Twitter today, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court taking the Proposition 8 case. Help foil their plans!Read More

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UPDATED: Mozilla in Damage-Control Mode After Hiring Anti-Gay CEO

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Mozilla, the company behind the popular web browser Firefox, is in damage-control mode today after its announcement Monday that it's promoting Prop 8 donor Brendan Eich to CEO.Read More

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Drilling Into America's (Lack of) Dental Coverage

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Perhaps it's time for an "Affordable Dental Care Act."Read More

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As Equal Marriage Comes to UK, LGBT Choir Sings Blessings

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Same-gender marriages begin in England and Wales this Saturday. To celebrate the blessing of married same-gender love, a London-based LGBT choir sings a Rumi poem, "This Marriage."Read More

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Franklin Graham: Gays Recruit & Exploit Kids

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Franklin Graham, son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham, claimed in an interview yesterday that gays and lesbians "recruit" and "exploit" children.Read More

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Christian School Tells 8-Year-Old Girl She's Too Butch

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

A Christian school in Virginia told the family of an eight-year-old girl that her look wasn't feminine enough and that if she didn't bring it into line with "biblical standards," they'd kick her out.Read More

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Russian Thugs Think St. Patrick's Day Revelers Are Gay, Attack Them

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last week in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, students participating in a St. Patrick's Day flashmob were mistaken for LGBT activists and beaten up by a gang of violent Russian thugs.Read More

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To Franklin Graham, Regarding Homosexuality [Open Letter]

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

You don't have to look all the way to Russia and Vladimir Putin to find homophobes worth admiring, Frank. There are many right here in the U. S. of A.Read More

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This Westboro Baptist Counter-Protest is Beautiful

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

When Westboro Baptist Church staged its first protest since Fred Phelps's death, they were met by counter-protesters bearing a surprising message: condolences.Read More

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Cameroon Lawyer Alice Nkom Honored for LGBT Rights Work

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Alice Nkom, the foremost legal advocate for the LGBT community in the west-central African nation of Cameroon, was honored by Amnesty International for working for LGBT rights despite repeated threats of death and imprisonment.Read More

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Instagramers Put Cocks in Socks for Cancer Awareness

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

In the latest social media craze to catch fire in the UK and US, guys are taking nude selfies with socks over their junk to raise awareness of testicular cancer.Read More

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Unsure About PrEP? Watch This Video

Filed by John M. Becker | March 23, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Curious about PrEP? Want to learn more about it? Not even sure what it is? Watch this video and learn about an important HIV prevention strategy.Read More

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Musings on Michigan's Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 22, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

It is no secret that marriage has never been on the top of my to-do list for LGBT equality. But when Judge Friedman's marriage equality ruling came, so did the tears.Read More

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Distraction & Dedication [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The strain of so many conflicting priorities means that I all too often wind up watching old documentaries on YouTube, rather than try to decide which subject to give my attention to at any one time. Read More

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4 Michigan Counties Issuing Marriage Licenses Today

Filed by John M. Becker | March 22, 2014 | 1:00 AM | comments

If you're a same-sex couple, at least one of you lives in Ingham, Oakland, Muskegon, or Washtenaw County, Michigan, and you're ready to get married, allow me to humbly suggest that you go TODAY to your county clerk's office and apply for a license.Read More

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WATCH: Lesbian Dares Anti-Gay Church to Stone Her

Filed by John M. Becker | March 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

When an extremist church in New York advocated for Christians to stone LGBT people, a local lesbian dared them to put their money where their mouths were.Read More

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Mom Punches Son in Face After He Comes Out

Filed by John M. Becker | March 21, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A 37-year-old Scottish mother of ten was fined by a court for punching her 21-year-old son in the face after he revealed his relationship with another man.Read More

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SPLC: Westboro May Fizzle After Phelps's Death

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

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups across the country, says it's entirely possible that Westboro Baptist Church will fizzle out after the death of Fred Phelps.Read More

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School Allows Bullied Boy to Wear 'My Little Pony' Backpack

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

The Buncombe County School District is reversing course today and will allow 9-year-old Grayson Bruce to once again wear his "My Little Pony" backpack to school.Read More

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F--k Him: The Putin Butt Plug Is Here

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

F--k Vladimir Putin. Literally.Read More

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Spanish Lawmaker Performs Gay Sex Scenes in New Film

Filed by John M. Becker | March 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Toni Cantó, a hunky 49-year-old former actor and current member of the Spanish Parliament, plays a gay sex tourist in a new film, complete with gay sex scenes.Read More

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Johnny Weir, Husband Victor Voronov Split Up

Filed by John M. Becker | March 20, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir announced on Twitter yesterday that he and husband Victor Voronov are calling it quits after two years of marriage.Read More

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RIP, Fred Phelps: Your Legacy Is Not What You May Think

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

While many will celebrate the death of Fred Phelps, whose name is synonymous with irrational hate and vitriol, I think today the world lost someone who did a whole lot more for the LGBT community that we realize or understand.Read More


The Gay Men Project: Changing Lives, One at a Time

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

I founded The Gay Men Project to celebrate the lives and experiences of gay men around the world, but also to show people like my mother that gay stereotypes aren't always accurate.Read More

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BREAKING: Hate Pastor Fred Phelps is Dead

Filed by John M. Becker | March 20, 2014 | 11:40 AM | comments

Ironically, by putting his toxic anti-LGBT vitriol front and center, Phelps and his clan helped push LGBT acceptance forward. By drawing such a sharp contrast between hatred and love, they created the space for reasonable Americans to evolve towards the latter.Read More

Human Rights Report: LGBT Highlights, Part 3

Filed by Michael Knaapen | March 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Human Rights Watch annual report allows us to take a world tour of LGBT issues in order to develop awareness and empathy for a global LGBT community. In this installment, we're looking at Southeast Asia and Europe.Read More

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Because This Is What Friends Do for Each Other

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sometimes as we slog through the news and the crazy rantings of the anti-LGBT industry, it's good to remind ourselves of the fundamental kindness of people.Read More

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World LGBT Round-Up: Australia, Ethiopia, Peru, Romania

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's a round-up of the latest in LGBT news from Australia, Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Romania.Read More


Bigots Can Be Christians Too

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 19, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Religion and faith in the modern world are matters of self-identity, and it's not for anyone else to impose their religious litmus test on another.Read More

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Duh: Guys Eyeball Each Others' Packages in Locker Rooms

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Doctoral research from British podiatrist confirms what everyone already knows: regardless of whether they're straight, bi, or gay, guys check out other guys' dicks in the locker room.Read More

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Ohio Diocese Silences Pro-LGBT Teachers in New Contract

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio is expanding its crusade against LGBT equality: new contracts will forbid teachers from publicly expressing support for LGBT people, even on personal time.Read More

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Smid: 'Adele Makes You Gay' Line is False

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

John Smid, the former "ex-gay" minister who renounced "ex-gay" therapy, came out, and now runs an LGBT-affirming ministry, denies telling a UK filmmaker that Adele's music makes a person gay.Read More

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Adele Makes You Gay, Doc Allegedly Claims in Documentary

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 9:45 AM | comments

In a documentary airing tonight on the UK's Channel 4, Dr. Christian Jessen pays undercover visits to "ex-gay" therapists. And you won't believe what they tell him.Read More

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Arkansas High School Blocks Gay Student's Yearbook Profile

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

Administrators at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Arkansas are in hot water today after they refused to publish a profile about a gay student in this year's yearbook.Read More

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Report: Westboro Excommunicated Phelps for Being Too Nice

Filed by John M. Becker | March 17, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Fred Phelps story just keeps getting weirder: remember the bit about him being excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church? Turns out it happened in a coup last summer. Read More

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NC School Punishes 9-Year-Old Victim, Not His Bullies

Filed by John M. Becker | March 17, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nine-year-old Grayson Bruce of North Carolina was bullied by his classmates for bringing a "My Little Pony" backpack to school. But school officials aren't punishing the bullies, they're punishing him.Read More


Nets Make it Official: They're Keeping Jason Collins

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

Last weekend, the Brooklyn Nets confirmed that they're keeping Jason Collins, the first openly gay active player in NBA history, for the remainder of the season.Read More


Guinness Drops St. Pat's Day Parade Over LGBT Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | March 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Last night, after coming under heavy pressure, Guinness dropped its sponsorship of the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade.Read More


Enough With The Nazi Comparisons

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Memo to the religious right: not being allowed to discriminate against LGBT people is not actually the same as being torn from your homes and families, and then systematically exterminated.Read More

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Stonewall Inn Dumps Guinness Over St. Pat's Sponsorship

Filed by John M. Becker | March 16, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The legendary Stonewall Inn, where the modern LGBT civil rights movement began, announced that it's dumping Guinness beer over the company's decision to continue sponsoring NYC's discriminatory St. Patrick's Day Parade.Read More

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Mesmerizing: Watching Strangers Kiss

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

I think it would be fun to participate in a project of this type. What about you?Read More

Fred 'God Hates Fags' Phelps Near Death, Son Says

Filed by John M. Becker | March 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The infamous hate pastor Fred Phelps, Sr. of Westboro Baptist Church is on his deathbed, according to a report from his estranged son Nathan.Read More

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Between Winter & Spring [Picture Tells A Story]

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

We're still a long way off from seeing all of our snow melt, but there was a blue sky today that proved beyond my ability to resist.Read More

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90-Year-Old Man Came Out to Gay Grandson Just Before He Died

Filed by John M. Becker | March 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Grant Rehnberg, a married gay artist living in Seattle, learned his 90-year-old grandfather was gay when he came out of the closet just four months before he died.Read More

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Indiana: Three More Marriage Equality Cases Filed Today

Filed by Bil Browning | March 14, 2014 | 5:15 PM | comments

As of this afternoon, five federal lawsuits have been filed in Indiana to challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Read More

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Sam Adams Beer Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Parade Over Gay Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | March 14, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Boston Beer Company, makers of the famous Samuel Adams brand, is withdrawing their sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade because the march excludes LGBT groups.Read More

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Today Is an Epic Pi Day

Filed by Bil Browning | March 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Happy Pi Day, everyone! Don't forget to celebrate extra hard in 26 minutes.Read More

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Every Sperm Is Sacred...Unless It's Gay

Filed by Michael Knaapen | March 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

A society that bases policies on a malignant belief in the inherent uncleanness of certain groups is itself unclean. Read More

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Marriage Discrimination Costs Wisconsin Millions

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

A major new report from Milwaukee Magazine reveals that Wisconsin is losing out on up to $43 million in LGBT wedding-related spending because it practices marriage discrimination.Read More

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Lance Bass Joins Southern Marriage Equality Push

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

"It's an exciting time to be a Southerner -- change is really happening. We can win the freedom to marry here, but it's going to take all of us working together."Read More

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ANOTHER One: Arizona

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Just in case your head wasn't already spinning from the flurry of marriage equality lawsuits dropping today, here's another: Lambda Legal has filed in Arizona. Read More

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Gay Hate Crime Victim Gets Free Dental Reconstruction

Filed by Bil Browning | March 13, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's your feel-good story of the day.Read More

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ACLU Sues Florida for Out-of-State Marriage Recognition

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union announced a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida today that seeks to compel the state to recognize legal same-gender marriages performed elsewhere.Read More

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Indiana Sport Clips Store Runs Transphobic Ad

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

An Indiana ad for a national men's haircut chain feeds into ugly anti-trans bathroom stereotypes.Read More

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Michael Sam Tackles NFL Homophobia by Coming Out

Filed by Norm Kent | March 12, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Michael Sam and Jason Collins open doors today to make it easier for many more athletes tomorrow.Read More

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Brooklyn Nets Keeping Jason Collins

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Great news: the Brooklyn Nets have decided to sign gay NBA player Jason Collins for the rest of the season.Read More


Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You?

Filed by Mark S. King | March 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today, willful ignorance about HIV/AIDS isn't coming from uneducated people in small towns. It's coming from gay men.Read More


It's Not About the Chromosomes

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 12, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's amazing how often "because genes" gets used to justify transphobic bigotry.Read More


School Districts Making Strides in Trans Inclusion

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

New York, New York and Shorewood, Wisconsin are two of the latest communities whose school districts have enacted trans-inclusive policies.Read More

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'Game of Thrones' Actor Comes Out as Gay

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

Actor Kristian Nairn, a star of the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," came out of the closet in an interview published today.Read More

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Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The debate between freedom of expression and religious sensibilities reminds us that we all reside in a more interconnected and pluralistic world. But are we really becoming more culturally sensitive, or merely thin-skinned?Read More

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Heartwarming New Honey Maid Ad Features Gay Family

Filed by John M. Becker | March 11, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Honey Maid graham crackers launched a heartwarming new ad campaign yesterday called "This is Wholesome" that highlights several different kinds of families, including a pair of gay dads raising a son.Read More


Why the Rationales for Barring Trans Athletes Suck

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | March 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

When it comes to transgender athletes, even LGB people who are otherwise supportive of trans issues frequently (and ignorantly) support exclusion.Read More

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Your Penis is Showing

Filed by Norm Kent | March 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Have you ever stopped to think about how much your penis pics on Grindr, Scruff, etc. might be worth to business competitors, ex-lovers, or to litigants in a contested divorce case? You should.Read More

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Methodist Bishop Drops Gay Wedding Trial; Calls on Church to Stop

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bishop Martin McLee of the United Methodist Church is dropping all charges against Rev. Thomas Ogletree, who faced a trial for officiating at his son's gay wedding. He also called on the church to stop such prosecutions.Read More

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Vermont Lesbian Couple Sues Town for Discrimination

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

A lesbian couple in Vermont (yes, Vermont) is suing their town, claiming they've faced discrimination for ten years.Read More

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Dreamy Gay Soccer Player Signs With American Team

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Anton Hysén, a talented and gorgeous gay soccer player, announced last week that he'll be spending the 2014 season playing for the Myrtle Beach Mutiny in South Carolina.Read More

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Bodies of Slain Texas Lesbian Couple Found Near Dumpster

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The bodies of a lesbian couple from Houston were found last weekend near a dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas. Authorities believe the women were murdered.Read More


Dismantling the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

No amount of intimidation will ever lock us away again. Minoritized people and our allies are coming together in greater numbers than ever before.Read More

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An Unsatisfactory Situation: The Brokeback Mountain Opera

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 09, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'd been looking forward to the "Brokeback Mountain" opera for years, and traveled to Madrid for the premiere. At the end of the big day, though, the big show left me with mixed feelings.Read More

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Stained Majesty [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 08, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

I figured it only made sense to visit the den of the sickest, most twisted people in all the land. So of course I dropped by the United States Congress to snap some photos. Read More

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Somebodies, Nobodies & the Web as the Great Equalizer

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 08, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Anyone can potentially have a far-reaching voice. If they have a compelling story to tell, they can reach millions of people, and bring about results that wouldn't have been achievable before.Read More

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Indiana Marriage Lawsuit Is Carpetbagger's Game

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 08, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Indiana's new marriage equality lawsuit sounds great and wonderful, but don't be fooled. It is incredibly ill-timed and could have significant unintended consequences that could have - should have - been avoided.Read More

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ASA Spanks Regnerus, Again

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

In a brief filed in federal appeals court, the American Sociological Association urged the court to strike down marriage discrimination amendments in Utah and Oklahoma and rebuked the discredited research of ASA member Mark Regnerus.Read More


Fired Gay Catholic School Admin Suing For Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mark Zmuda, the former Catholic school vice principal in Washington State who was fired for marrying his husband, is suing the school and the archdiocese for discrimination and wrongful termination.Read More

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Watch Gay Singer's Emotional Plea for Equality in Utah

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Justin Utley, a gay Utah native who was fired after his employer read emails about his partner's sudden death, delivered a tearful, heartfelt plea for workplace equality in the Beehive State.Read More

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IRS Releases Tax Tip Video for Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

It's the first tax deadline of the post-Windsor era, and the IRS is here to help!Read More

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Ohio: Police Stage Mock Arrests to Show How Persecuted Christians Are

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Local police in Akron, Ohio teamed up with the leaders of several churches to stage mock arrests during Sunday services... because "religious liberty" is under attack. Outrageous.Read More

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Alleged Gay Men Whipped Publicly in Nigeria Sharia Court

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Today, four young men in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi were convicted of the crime of gay sex by a sharia (Islamic) court and whipped publicly as punishment.Read More

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Domestic Biting Charges Against Johnny Weir Dismissed

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Johnny Weir-Voronov appeared in court this week on charges that he bit his husband, Victor Weir-Voronov, in a domestic dispute. The charges were dismissed at Victor's request.Read More

Mark Regnerus in the Hot Seat: A Lawyer's View

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

In Michigan this week, cross-examination of disgraced researcher Mark Regnerus revealed and underscored major flaws in his parenting "study" and uncovered clear double standards in his treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Read More

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Vatican Official Changes Course on Uganda Anti-LGBT Law

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

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a top official in the Roman Catholic Church and a previous defender of anti-gay laws, condemned Uganda's "Jail the Gays" bill this week.Read More

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Francis and Civil Unions: PR Stunt or the Real Deal? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Do you think Pope Francis actually supports civil unions for same-sex couples, or is this just another case of the media overreacting to his comments?Read More

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Human Rights Report: LGBT Highlights, Part 2

Filed by Michael Knaapen | March 05, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Even in the darkest corners of the world, there are some brave lights shining against injustice, emanating a glow of hope. This is how good things begin to grow. Read More

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Half of Americans Say Marriage Equality Guaranteed in Constitution

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

According to a new poll released today, a full 50% of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.Read More


Judge Won't Block WI Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today a judge declined the ACLU's request to lift Wisconsin's harmful marriage discrimination amendment while a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.Read More


Backup Redskins QB on Gays: 'Nobody's Perfect'

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 1:15 PM | comments

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins says he'd treat a gay football player exactly the same way he treats all sinners: by welcoming him and trying to lead him away from sin and towards Jesus.Read More

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Jason Collins Gets Standing O, Possible Second Contract

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Last night, gay NBA player Jason Collins made his home-court debut at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Read More

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New Polls Confirm Growing Support For Marriage Equality

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

Two polls released last week confirmed yet again that a majority of Americans support marriage equality.Read More


Whose Oscar Speech Is It Anyway?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

It is disappointing that Matthew McConaughey did not use one second of his three-minute acceptance speech to say the word "AIDS." But his indifference has nothing to do with my commitment.Read More

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Why Jared Leto's Rayon is Bad for the Trans Community

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | March 03, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

When nearly every media portrayal of a transgender woman is as someone who is incapable, sad, and/or pathetic, it makes it that much harder for us to be taken seriously and dig ourselves out of the hole we're in. Read More


New Anti-Gay Scout Group May Want to Rethink Its Salute

Filed by John M. Becker | March 03, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

If equality opponents are serious about not being viewed as haters, they'll probably want to rethink a new salute for the anti-gay scouting group Trail Life USA, which looks an awful lot like a Nazi salute.Read More

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Jason Collins, Center Stage

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 02, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jason Collins has sure been making a big impact during his 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.Read More

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Enough Already [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 01, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

I know that this is the price one pays for living in New England, but at this point I'm quite ready for the winter to be over. Read More

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It's Time to Sing the Happy Birthday Song!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

I may be busy with the 2014 LGBT Media Journalists Convening today, but that's not going to stop me from telling you something important: it's John Becker's birthday!Read More