Who doesn't enjoy being nose-rubbed by a cute guy?
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John Kerry's pronouncement on Friday that the U.S. would immediately begin treating visa applications from same-sex couples in the same manner as those from heterosexual couples led to this historic event yesterday.
Mr. Francois Conradie is moving to New York, and visited the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam for his L2 visa interview on Friday. Today, he was surprised by Consul General Berry, who presented him with the printed visa placed in his passport. This is the first derivative visa we have had the privilege of issuing to the same-sex spouse of a visa applicant in Amsterdam since the U.S. Supreme Court's repeal of DOMA.
Have a great trip Mr. Conradie!
American Family Association talk show host Sandy Rios was joined by Chicago pastor Erwin Lutzer late last week in a discussion on how the growing acceptance of homosexuality was muddying the waters of what 'love' truly means in society. Right Wing Watch reports how the two believe their disapproval of homosexual relations is warranted because pedophiles and even Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three women captive in his home for a decade, claim to 'love' those they abuse.
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Actor and activist George Takei says Russia's anti-gay laws put athletes and visitors in danger, and it's time to call for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to be moved elsewhere.
Many believe that such a call to move the Olympics out of Russia goes too far. Would this be their opinion if the law instead called for the arrest of any Jews, Roman Catholics or Muslims should they display any sign of their religion, such as a wearing a yamaka or praying while facing Mecca? Discrimination in any form is a blight upon the Winter Games, and it must not be tolerated.
NBC and the corporate sponsors of the Olympics should be paying close attention, too, and should get behind the “Move the Olympics” movement now, while there is still time to do so. If the Winter Olympics proceed in Sochi, Russia, all of the goodwill they have spent millions to build will evaporate in noisy protests, boycotts, and terrible publicity. I personally will be beating this particular drum loudly, as will many other LGBT actors, activists and allies. Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi Olympics.
Nations are not judged merely on their might, but also by how they treat their most vulnerable. Russia’s cynical and deplorable actions against the LGBT community have given license to hate groups within its borders to act with violence and impunity against a group, based solely on whom they were born to love. It now seeks to spread that hate abroad through its tainted Olympics. If Russia hopes to stand with the International Community, it must accept and adopt international principles of equality and non-discrimination.
Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee will receive more than 300,000 signatures urging it to denounce Russia's anti-gay laws. 83 members of Congress this week called on John Kerry to clarify the U.S. State Department's position on the controversy.
Russian officials have issued conflicting statements about whether athletes and visitors to the Olympics will be prosecuted under the anti-gay laws. Thus far, the IOC has said it is standing by assurances from the Russian government that the laws will not apply to Sochi visitors, which does nothing to change the fact of their existence and the human rights abuses being inflicted upon LGBT people there on a daily basis.
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THE COOKIE MONSTER: His cover of Icona Pop's "I Love It".
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Elton John recovering after appendix surgery.
Challenge to Illinois ban on same-sex marriage in court today.
New York bar and restaurant owners dump vodka into New York streets.
Russia's teens are pushing back against homophobia with 404 campaign.
Chris Brown to quit music?
Disgusting account of a gay bashing in Moscow: “It was us. You better not go to that bar anymore. Waiters in green and security guards in black are not going to help you. I’m telling you for your own sake: The place is closed to gays.”
Zac Efron catches a movie with a bud.
Nashville proposes $50,000 settlement in case in which homophobic graffiti targeted gay employee over period of seven years.
Lea DeLaria talks Orange is the New Black: "There’s a lot of me in Big Boo. I would never break the law, I just wouldn’t. You know what I mean? When it comes to that, that’s where Boo and I part ways. But her humanity and her sense of humor and her toughness and her butchness and her realness is all very much me."
Chris Colfer would prefer to mourn Cory Monteith in private.
Bradley Manning's maximum sentence reduced to 90 years.
Pangea with political boundaries.
Gay Pride takes place in Hanoi: "Participants said they hoped to reduce prejudice and discrimination against the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Vietnam, where Confucian social mores -- with their emphasis on tradition and family -- still dominate."
Graham Norton's ex Trevor Patterson tells all: "They were introduced by mutual friends at a bar in Shoreditch, East London, in May 2011. Trevor had arrived in London ten months earlier to work in software sales. Having lived in Canada all his life, he didn’t know Norton was a celebrity until someone told him. He knew instinctively, however, that their attraction was mutual. ‘There was a lot of magnetic energy. He was very engaging and a very good raconteur."
Green works for Prince Harry.
Black female entertainers and coming out: “Interracial relationships and sex-same relationships are still subjects most famous people of color won’t discuss,” says black film historian and NYU film professor Donald Bogle. “The response from the black audience is still so unknown that it’s a risk that most really fear taking—and that’s understandable.”
DEA program funnels "information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Calvin Klein boytoy Nick Gruber to file sexual assault complaint after crotch-grabbing incident.
Divorce comes with extra costs for gay couples: "Ohio attorney Tom Addesa has successfully handled several same-sex divorces in Ohio, and charges a bargain $1,500 flat fee to handle uncontested same-sex divorce cases. He said a straight couple might pay about $5,000 if he were to charge his regular $250 hourly rate, but that a gay couple would pay far more because of additional documents he would need to prepare. Gay couples are also more likely to have their divorce applications rejected, Addesa notes, which can lead to appeals, easily adding another $10,000 to the bill depending on how much work that entails."