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07/24/2013

Ricky Martin Calls Out Bigoted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Over Racist Comments: VIDEO

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Singer and father of two Ricky Martin took to Twitter today to blast Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over his most recent racist statements in which he drew comparison between immigrants and dogs and claimed that for every one undocumented valedictorian, there are 100 undocumented drug smugglers

You may recall King is the same anti-LGBT member of Congress who said gays who want marriage rights are 'promoting the idea of desecrating the Eucharist,' and are a 'direct affront' to the Church

You can check out footage of King making the racist comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

 

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 5:10 PM EST by in Immigration, News, Ricky Martin, Steve King | Permalink | Comments (27)


Six Gay Rights Supporters Detained In Moscow For 'Promoting Non-Traditional Sex Relations'

Under the freshly minted anti-gay 'propaganda' law, a group of six gay rights activists in Moscow were detained by police on Wednesday for 'promoting non-traditional sex relations' at an unauthorized rally, RIA Novosti reports:

MoscowThe Moscow Gay Pride movement decided to hold a public event outside the Russian State Children's Library 'to offer minors unbiased information about the nature of homosexuality' and to 'draw public attention to homophobic and discriminatory treatment of underage gays and lesbians,' the GayRussia website said.

After a request to hold the rally was rejected by City Hall on grounds that the event would violate Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda, activist Alexei Davydov decided to hold a so-called one-person picket, which, according to Russian legislation, does not require prior approval by city authorities. Davydov was detained by police shortly after he unfurled a poster that said, "Being gay is normal," near an entrance to the children's library. Five other activists accompanying him were also detained.

The city's police press service said that the 'suspects' are scheduled to appear in court at a later date, which 'will determine the measure of their responsibility.'

Interestingly enough, Russian articles about the detained activists bear the following disclaimer: "This article contains information not suitable for readers younger than 18 years of age, according to Russian legislation"

Previously, 'First Tourists Arrested Under Russia's Anti-Gay Law; Russian Bishop Claims Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Sign Of The Apocalypse" [tlrd]

"Meet The Four Dutch Citizens Arrested Under Russia's New Anti-Gay Law" [tlrd]

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 4:53 PM EST by in Gay Rights, Law Enforcement, Moscow, News, Russia | Permalink | Comments (9)


Alec Baldwin Goes After Anderson Cooper For Labeling His 'Toxic Queen' Twitter Rant As Homophobic: VIDEO

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On Tuesday, Alec Baldwin stopped by The Howard Stern Show to discuss, among other things, his Twitter rant last month against a Daily Mail reporter in which he characterized the reporter as a 'toxic little queen' and called on his followers to 'straighten out this f*cking little bitch.'

While on the subject, Baldwin lashed out at Anderson Cooper for posting the following tweet in the wake of the controversy:

"Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a "queen" they would be vilified."

Said Baldwin:

"Anderson Cooper has a job to do. And that job is to try to reinforce his credibility in the gay community after the fact that you couldn't get him out of the closet for 10 years with a canister of tear gas. Now he's the sheriff. Now he's running around writing everybody a ticket!"

In an earlier article we reported on, Baldwin attempted to downplay accusations that his rant was homophobic, saying:

"The idea of me calling this guy a 'queen' and that being something that people thought is homophobic...a queen to me has a different meaning. It's somebody who's just above. It doesn't have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen...I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn't have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don't apply to them."

Andy pointed out that 'queen' appears to be one of Baldwin's more popular slurs. In 2011, he made a few headlines with a similar Twitter rant, although that one was directed at an 'uptight queen' Starbucks barista named Jay with an 'attitude problem.'

Check out a portion of Baldwin's interview with Howard Stern (jump to 0:28 for the Anderson Cooper segment), AFTER THE JUMP...

 

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 2:53 PM EST by in Alec Baldwin, Anderson Cooper, Gay Slurs, Howard Stern, News | Permalink | Comments (105)


Trans Teens Find Love While Transitioning Together

Arin Andrews and Katie HillAt first glance, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill of Oklahoma are your average young couple. However, the two met under what some might consider unusual circumstances, and have found themselves in the limelight as a result. Katie and Arin are both trans, and met each other at a support group in Tulsa. Furthermore, the two have, as the British tabloid The Sun called it, "swapped genders", and met each other while both undergoing the transition process. 

Two years ago, Arin and Katie were known as Emerald and Luke, respectively. One excelled at ballet and competed in beauty contests, while the other was the son of a Marine Colonel. Both struggled throughout their childhoods with their identities. 'The teachers separated the girls and boys into separate lines for a game... I didn't understand why they asked me to stand with the girls," Arin told the Daily Mail. "Girly things didn't interest me, but I was worried what people would think if I said I wanted to be a boy, so I kept it secret." Meanwhile, Katie confided that "Even from age three, I knew deep down I wanted to be a girl. All I wanted was to play with dolls. I hated my boy body and never felt right in it." The two unfortunately had to endure bullying throughout their childhoods, which was one of the many reasons why they bonded so quickly during their first days together. 

“Being transgender myself, I understand Arin better than anybody else — how good he feels and how complete he feels," Katie told The Sun. She also quipped to Daily Mail: "We're both size five, so we even swap our old clothes our [mothers] bought us but we hated."

Now that the two have successfully completed their transitions, they can resume their lives with each other in bodies they feel more comfortable in. 

"Now when I’m out in a public pool or lifting weights, no one raises an eyebrow. They just think I’m a guy. ... I can wear a tank top, which I couldn’t before, and I can go swimming shirtless. I can just be a regular guy. And I’m so lucky to have my family and Katie to rely on."

Arin Andrews Katie Hill 2Katie added...

"We look so convincing as a boy and a girl, nobody even notices now. We secretly feel so good about it because it's the way we've always wanted to be seen."

HuffPost Gay Voices editor Noah Michelson, when discussing this story on the site, noted that...

"It brings to light the idea that sexuality and gender are not the same thing. So both of these individuals are heterosexual...They're not gay just because they're transgender, and that's something that blows people's minds still."

Although, if you ask Katie, she offers a much simpler analysis...

"To me, Arin’s just my Arin. He’s always looked manly to me. But now he’s had the surgery he’s much more confident and comfortable with himself."

Watch The Sun's original video and read the full story HERE.

You can watch HuffPost discuss the story on video HERE.

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 2:30 PM EST by in News, News Clips, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (55)


CA Supreme Court Rejects SD Clerk's Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac06de7f970d-800wiOn Tuesday the California Supreme Court denied a request filed by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg to halt gay marriages in California until the Court can review whether Proposition 8 is still law in all but two counties, the AP reports. The court will not consider that issue til August. In the meantime same-sex marriages are able to continue state-wide without interruption. Petitioners, primarily Dronenburg and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, have until August 8 to file additional written arguments. The news that the request was denied did not surprise many primarily because the Court recently rejected a similar request by the backers of Propisition 8 who used the same arguments put forth by Dronenburg in attempt to prevent gay couples from tieing the knot.

In addition to arguing for a more limited interpretation of Judge Vaugh Walker's 2010 ruling against Proposition 8, Dronenburg has also claimed that "county clerks aren't bound by orders from the governor, the state attorney general and the state officials who oversee marriage records." A large number of California counties, however, disagree with his interpretation of the law: "Clerks in 24 counties have submitted briefs arguing that it makes sense for their actions with regard to issuing marriage licenses to be guided by state officials so marriage laws are the same statewide."

And though Dronenburg has claimed to be only seeking clarification from the court, he has chosen as his representative, "Rancho Santa Fe lawyer Charles LiMandri, who donated $10,000 and loaned another $27,000 to the campaigns to qualify and pass Proposition 8, according to state campaign finance records," calling into question his true motives for filing in the first place.

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 2:03 PM EST by in California, Kamala Harris, News, Proposition 8 | Permalink | Comments (12)


Pennsylvania Has First Gay Wedding As County Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Terrizzi and BloodgoodPennsylvania is currently the only Northeastern state with a same-sex marriage ban on the books. Although you would never know it if you were to attend the wedding of Alicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood, or apply for a marriage license in Montgomery County, just outside of Philadelphia. Terrizzi and Bloodgood are one of two couples who have been granted marriage licenses in the county after it decided to defy Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. The country Register of Wills has also said that he will approve any other same-sex couples applying for a marriage license.

The two licenses come just one day after Montgomery County officials announced that they are willing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples yesterday. Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, an independently elected Democrat, told reporters that he wishes to be "on the right side of history and the law." He also cited Windsor v. United States, the Supreme Court case that gutted DOMA, as well as the ACLU's current suit in federal court to overturn Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban, a case that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced that she will not defend. Hanes told reporters that he was actually willing to grant the first same-sex marriage license in Pennsylvania's history one day prior, but that the couple applying decided to withdraw their application after speaking with lawyers from the ACLU. 

Molly Tack-Hooper, a spokesperson for the ACLU, noted that this is not the first time that a county has defied a state's same-sex marriage ban:

"We know how it has played out in a few other states; we don’t know how it might turn out in Pennsylvania. Gay and lesbian couples seeking marriage licenses in Montgomery County should be aware that there might be uncertainty about the legal statuses of those marriages for a while because unfortunately in other states, governments have later invalidated the marriages."

HanesIt is not yet clear whether the same thing will happen to these two couples. Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has not yet announced whether he will defend the lawsuit, and has refused to comment thus far. Hanes also maintains that "I have no knowledge of anything prohibiting me from doing it. If another couple came to me I would treat them exactly the same. I would approve it." The American Family Association of Pennsylvania did offer an opinion, however, written by president Diane Gramley, and addressed Hanes directly.

“Montgomery County’s Register of Wills is an attorney, thus should know the law, and as an elected row officer he has sworn to uphold the law. Apparently he is following the lead of Attorney General Kathleen Kane who has said she would not defend Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act even though the job she was elected to fill includes defending the laws of the Commonwealth. If he can’t uphold the law and issue marriage licenses only to those who can legally marry in Pennsylvania, he needs to tender his resignation.” 

County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro told the press that "marriage equality will come to Pennsylvania. He says it's just a question of how long it will take." He also said that he is willing to defend Hanes' decision in court. Meanwhile, Alicia Terrizzi told reporters that she and her new spouse, Bloodgood, were not looking to be pioneers by getting married. Instead, they "simply want to take advantage of the opportunity offered by Montgomery County officials."

Posted Jul. 24,2013 at 1:42 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Wedding, News, Pennsylvania | Permalink | Comments (13)



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