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Pew Study Reveals Which LGBT Demographics Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

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Pew released a study with percentages of LGBT Americans who oppose, or are indifferent to, same-sex marriage and which LGBT demographic groups are most opposed to same-sex marriage reports The Washington PostThe data, collected in 2013, reveals that seven percent of LGBT Americans outright oppose same-sex marriage while another 18 percent of the same group says they may favor it, but that they don't feel strongly about marriage. One of the most telling figures from the study is that 39 percent of the LGBT community said that the marriage fight is taking focus off other issues of importance to them.

PewThe study said that opposition to gay marriage in the the LGBT community is primarily driven by three groups; LGBT blacks, LGBT Republicans and bisexual Americans. Figures show that although 58 percent of the LGBT black community strongly favored same-sex marriage, 12 percent oppose it. However, the Republican LGBT community opposed same-sex marriage the most with 19 percent (1 in 5) against same-sex marriage with only 45 percent of LGBT Republicans supporting same-sex marriage. Only eight percent of bisexuals oppose gay marriage and 22 percent of bisexuals didn't feel strongly either way about it. Only two percent of lesbians oppose same-sex marriage while four percent of gay men opposing same-sex marriage.

However, the study is only representative of those polled for the study and not a complete representation of all LGBT Americans views on same-sex marriage. Transgender people were also surveyed for the study however, according to Pew the sample size was too small to analyze separately.

For more information on the study and a breakdown of other groups involved in the study, head to pewresearch.org.


Sundance Double Review: 'I Am Michael' and 'The D Train'

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BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

One of the most interesting trends of this year's Sundance Film Festival is confrontational stories about people being pushed out of or willfully stepping away from their sexual comfort zones. THE DIARY OF A TEENAGER GIRL has earned the best reviews and the most press but let's discuss two films with more LGBT appeal.  I AM MICHAEL, a drama about religion and homosexuality, and THE D TRAIN, a comedy about a high school reunion, feature grown men whose lives spiral out of control when they stray from their true selves. 

How many gay kids growing up confused about what they were feeling within religious environments used this Bible verse in ways that would horrify fundamentalists?

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you:
-Matthew 7:7 

It's a lovely sentiment whether you're religious or not. Everyone needs to know themselves and find their own way. Those who've come before us lay down tracks for us to follow but we all still have to choose which to take or construct our own. But Matthew's promise won't work for everyone. What if you don't know what to ask, don't know what you're looking for or, like the protagonists of these movies, are totally unsatisfied with the knowledge you already have about your true character?

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Figure Skating Legend Toller Cranston Dies At 65: VIDEO

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Canadian figure skating legend Toller Cranston has died at the age of 65 in Mexico. The cause is yet unclear but is thought to be a heart attack, and no foul play is suspected in his death.

Cranston was known for inspiring generations of figure skaters with his creative sense of style, and in later years became one of the most sought-after choreographers. However, his performance aesthetic and reputation with judges during the Olympics was practically the inspiration for Stick ItHe was penalized for his flamboyant sense of style, and wrote in his book Zero Tollerance, "The judging world is an eternal Jurassic Park. There are always the same dinosaurs out there. They’re immune to the aging process. . . They simply refused to die."

The Canadian Press put together a brief remembrance video that you can watch AFTER THE JUMP... 

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President Obama Celebrates The Advance of Same-Sex Marriage As 'A Story of Freedom' in State of the Union Address: VIDEO

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In his sixth state of the union address Tuesday, President Obama sounded a victorious note, declaring “the shadow of crisis has passed," referring chiefly to economic challenges that have been center-stage since he was elected to the Presidency in 2008. The President also proclaimed gay marriage to be a civil right, celebrating the sea change in how Americans by and large perceive same-sex marriage:

"I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home." 

Speaking of the moral and security imperative at heart in respecting human dignity, the President mentioned the words "lesbian," "bisexual," and "transgender" in his speech, marking the first time those words have been used in a state of the union address:

"That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer."

The President also urged Americans to view difference as a source of strength that should be embraced rather than feared:

"I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen – man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability."

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Montana Teen Arrives Home To Find Anti-gay Slur Spray Painted On His Door

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A bisexual Montana teen found a gay slur spray painted on his trailer door after spending the night at a friend's house reports Billings Gazette18-year-old Cain Stacy arrived home in the early hours of the morning to find the slur "fag," still wet, painted on the front door of his trailer. Stacy is not so much upset about being called the slur, but is moreso upset that someone had the nerve to deface his family's property with it.

Stacy's mother, Hiedi Hanna, lives next door and owns both properties. Hanna and Stacy reported the incident with police, but both are disappointed with how the case is being handled. Stacy informed the police of a potential suspect, but Billings Police Department Lt. Kevin Iffland said the suspect denied any involvement and consented to a search that yielded no evidence of their involvement. Iffland said the crime is classified as a criminal mischief with a bias motivation noted against bisexuals; the case is currently closed because police ran out of leads in the case however, should the department receive tips or other news about the case, then they will reopen it.

Until then, Stacy is stuck with the slur on his door; it's currently too cold to apply a fresh coat of paint to the door because it won't stick. For the time being Stacy is covering the slur with a plastic bag. "I just want it off my damn door," Stacy said. 

The Montana Board of Crime Control finds that overall hate crimes are decreasing over the last few years although there are occasional spikes; in the year of 2006, Montana saw a high of 154 reported hate crimes, while the last two years have only seen between 40-50 reported hate crimes. Out of 49 reported hate crimes in 2012, only 12 of them involved sexual orientation biases.


17 Problems Bi Guys Face: WATCH

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"Why can't you just pick one? It's weird"

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