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03/18/2013

A Gay Naval Petty Officer Comes Out: VIDEO

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I was just introduced to this clip of Kevin Gillespie coming out of the closet, which he posted at the end of January, and it's about 20 minutes long, but it's a powerful look at the struggles, process, and relief felt by gay people (and in Gillespie's case, gay service members) who decide to come out.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And congrats and thanks for your service, Kevin.

(and to the readers, apologies for earlier gaffes on his rank)

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 12:17 PM EST by in I'm Gay, Kevin Gillespie, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (24)


NJ Senate Panel to Consider Bill Outlawing 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

The New Jersey Senate Health Committee this morning is considering legislation that would ban so-called gay conversion therapy, the Star-Ledger reports:

State Assemblyman Tim Eustace, an openly gay Democrat from Bergen County, is the lead sponsor the bill (A3371) — which would ban licensed practitioners from performing the therapy on minors, even with parental permission. New Jersey would join California as the only states doing so.

AStevensonmong those testifying before the committee will be Troy Stevenson (right), executive director of Garden State Equality. He offered PolitickerNJ a preview of what his testimony would be about, and why the issue is personal for him:

"When I was 15 years old, I met a young man from the rival high school in my home town in Oklahoma," Stevenson said. "He was the first person I felt I could truly connect with, the first person I came out to, and the first person I ever kissed.

"But that first kiss was interrupted. The football team caught us behind the school after practice. We ran for what we felt was our lives, and what may very well have been in Oklahoma in the early 1990s.

"We made it to our homes safely, and my first call was to my friend to make sure he was OK.

"But he wasn't OK," Stevenson said. "He described the 'conversion' camp his parents sent him to when he told them he was gay. He described things that I couldn't imagine, indignities that I won't repeat. He said, 'I will never go back.'

"That was the last time we spoke. The next day I found out that he took his life. There is no doubt in my mind that the thought of returning to that torment was more than he could take. 

UPDATE: The Senate Health Committee advanced the measure 7-1.

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 11:52 AM EST by in "Ex-Gays", New Jersey, News, Troy Stevenson | Permalink | Comments (6)


Homophobia in the Music Industry Called Out in Matt Fishel's 'Radio-Friendly Pop Song': LYRIC VIDEO

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We've featured out singer-songwriter Matt Fishel's music videos about young gay love and nostalgia ("The First Time") and repression, tradition, marriage, religion and celebration ("Testament") in years past and now Fishel's about to come out with a debut album featuring those songs and his new single "Radio-Friendly Pop Song".

BoysandboysFishel writes us:

I'm really excited about this song and I hope you enjoy it. It's about my (and others') experiences of the music and entertainment industries as an out gay artist, and the often-apparent homophobia that underpins them.

Radio-Friendly Pop Song is the 5th single from my debut album - 'Not Thinking Straight' - which will be released internationally in 3 weeks time, on 8th April. It's a blend of heavy guitars, big vocal harmonies and anthemic choruses, and contains 13 tracks that deal with themes and issues surrounding gay life, relationships and experiences.

Watch the lyric video for "Radio-Friendly Pop Song", AFTER THE JUMP...

Check out his earlier videos at the links above, and his website here.

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 11:14 AM EST by in Matt Fishel, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


Hillary Clinton Comes Out for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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In a new video from HRC, Hillary Clinton finally says what everyone knew she believed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 10:42 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Hillary Clinton, News | Permalink | Comments (38)


Yoko Ono's Make-Up Tips for Men: VIDEO

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Yoko Ono created a typically Onoesque video for fashion label Opening Ceremony called "Make-up Tips for Men" in which she directs you to adopt a rainbow shine and a sparkling outlook.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

YOKO ONO "Make-Up Tips For Men" from Opening Ceremony on Vimeo.

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 10:22 AM EST by in Fashion Men, Grooming, News, Yoko Ono | Permalink | Comments (17)


Gay Marriage Proposal Video of the Day: Gabriel and Daniel

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Daniel and Gabriel are a young Brazilian couple. Daniel decided to propose to Gabriel last week and enlisted a few friends to help him.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed out Valentine's round-up of our favorite gay wedding videos, check it out HERE.

Don't miss our other recent Gay Wedding videos...
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Jackson and Kwesi [tlrd]
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: David and TreDarrius [tlrd]
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Patrick and Sébastien [tlrd]
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Randy and Allen [tlrd]
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Jason and Tony at the Plaza [tlrd]

Posted Mar. 18,2013 at 10:02 AM EST by in Brazil, Gay Marriage, Gay Wedding, News | Permalink | Comments (15)



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