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11/26/2014

Out Country Singer Ty Herndon: The Support I've Received Since Coming Out 'Blew My Mind'

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Ty Herndon hanging with friends backstage at the Grand Ole Opry after Monday's show (Via Facebook fan page)

Country singer Ty Herndon has been feeling the love after his surprise coming out last week. In a follow-up interview with People magazine, he says the positive reaction he's received "blew my mind" and he's been overwhelmed by the support he's gotten from his fans as well as out show folk like Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Chely Wright and even Leann Rimes. 

Since his statement last week, Herndon has had two public performances filled with emotion, tears, and even a little bit of history. Herndon's first performance after his surprise announcement last week was to a sold out crowd in Robinson, Illinois on Saturday night. It was, he said, an emotional show that ended with a standing ovation. Then on Monday night, Herndon took part in a Christmas benefit for kids at the Grand Ole Opry making him the the first out male country artist to appear on the famed stage.

"My knees were shaking!" he recalled, choking up a bit. "Walking out on the Grand Ole Opry stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime. We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling."

As he adjusts to his new role as an out/loud/proud performer, Herndon states he is also looking forward to being a force for change in parts of the country where being gay is still a challenge. "There's so much work to be done in the South with all these kids that are struggling so greatly with finding love and support and finding a place to go to feel loved and supported." 

Herndon says he is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving week for all the support he's received and is looking forward to spending a quiet holiday in Nashville with his family and his partner.

Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 1:25 PM EST by in Chely Wright, Ricky Martin, Ty Herndon | Permalink | Comments (1)


New Marriage Equality Bill Introduced In Australian Parliament

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A bill legalizing same-sex marriage was introduced in the Australian parliament today. Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm was the sponsoring member of the Freedom To Marry legislation which would would allow Australians to wed regardless of “sex, sexual orientation and gender identity”. The proposed bill has an exception for ministers or clergy to opt out of same-sex marriage ceremonies if it is against their beliefs.

"All my bill does is prevent the Government from stopping two people from getting married on the grounds that they are not a man and a woman,"  said Leyonhjelm. "It does nothing more, and it requires nothing more than tolerance."

This would be the second time a marriage is considered by the Australian parliament. In 2012, a similar bill was defeated by an overwhelming margin, with just 42 members of their House of Representatives in favor and 98 members against. However public opinion down under has changed remarkably, with 72% of Australians in a recent poll in favor of same-sex marriage. Still the current Prime Minister Tony Abbott has advised against introducing the bill making its passage questionable. Also, the nation's high court struck down a local jurisdiction's attempt at marriage equality in 2013

But Leyonhjeim hopes that given the shift in local public opinion and the fact that same-sex marriage is currently recognized by 13 countries worldwide and a number of states in the U.S., it might be enough to sway some votes in the conservative legislative body. He also plans to appeal to a more basic, democratic idea. "When the law says that LGBTI people can't marry, in an important sense, it is diminishing their liberty."

Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 12:50 PM EST by in Australia, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (3)


Tom Goss Wants To Tell You A Black Friday Gay Love Story: VIDEO

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Have you ever had a full relationship, from start to finish, while waiting in line for your favorite Black Friday sale to start? Tom Goss has in his new comedic video Black Friday: A Gay Love Story. Reportedly based on "many true stories," the video's description touts, "Black Friday is a time for consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama."

Watch the life cycle of a gay relationship, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 12:26 PM EST by in News, Tom Goss | Permalink | Comments (2)


'Go-Go Boy Interrupted' Breaks Character: VIDEO

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Jimmy Fowlie's comedic web series Go-Go Boy Interrupted may have wrapped its season, but fear not fans of irreverent humor: Fowlie has released a blooper reel filled with funny outtakes from the show that follows ex-go-go Danny as he struggles to come to terms with life at 30 and leaving his former life as a boy on a box behind.

Go behind the scenes and see what cracked the actors up, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you're not caught up, be sure to watch episodes ONE, TWOTHREEFOURFIVE, SIX and SEVEN.

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 11:46 AM EST by in News, Web Series | Permalink | Comments (7)


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d06c011f970c-200wiSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the high court's liberal wing and beloved by many as the 'Notorious RBG' after her scathing dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, underwent heart surgery this morning after experiencing discomfort while exercising Tuesday night. CNN reports:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, underwent a heart procedure Wednesday morning to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.

A blockage was discovered after Ginsburg "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital, according to a release from the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg is resting "comfortably" at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.

As The Wall Street Journal notes, Justice Ginsburg is the court's eldest member and has also faced two bouts with cancer, having recovered from each. She previously balked at speculation that she would retire during President Obama's tenure so Obama could fill her vacancy with a liberal judge:

Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Democrats] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam...I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.

Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 11:11 AM EST by in News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (14)


Alliance Defending Freedom Tome Ramps Up Fear Of Christian Persecution - READ

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Ramping the fear-mongering up a notch, anti-gay litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has produced a 44-page tome that attempts to convince churches that laws preventing businesses from discriminating against gay customers are actually part of a wider aim to “compel Christians to accept, endorse, and even promote an ideology and behavior that violates their faith.”

ADF is one of a number of organizations and individuals involved in promoting harmful anti-gay laws abroad, as exposed by Human Rights Campaign’s Export of Hate report. ADF book 2

According to ADF, the new book Protecting Your Ministry aims to help churches prepare “for the legal intrusions and onslaughts that have already engulfed some of your fellow believers and Christian leaders around the country.”

It argues that “those advocating for homosexual behavior and transgender ideology will eventually target anyone who blocks the path of their political progress – including you and your ministry.”

Helpfully, it also provides a step-by-step “action plan” on how to deal with “marriage counterfeits and those advocating for complete sexual license.”

The book then goes on to profile a number of cases in which anti-gay business owners faced litigation for refusing to work with same-sex couples, including Robert and Cynthia Gifford, the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York.

To make it clear that ADF doesn’t really hate gay people, the book concludes with a message of hope and inclusion:

“Preparing yourselves legally will give your group or institution greater freedom to continue presenting the Gospel clearly and effectively to your community – and that freedom may well make an eternal difference for lost and hurting souls all around you.”

ADF just wants to help you to see the error of your ways.

Read the book, if you can stand it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 11:00 AM EST by in Alliance Defending Freedom, Discrimination, Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Law - Gay, LGBT, LGBT Rights, LGBT Stories | Permalink | Comments (4)


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