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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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District Of Columbia Council Approves Bill Protecting LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

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The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved a bill today that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from the unhealthy and discredited practice of conversion therapy reports the National Center For Lesbian RightsUpon the signing of the bill, Washington, D.C., will become the third jurisdiction-after California and New Jersey-to ban the deranged practice of conversion therapy that often leads to depression and suicide in its "patients." Samantha Ames, the NCLR staff attorney and coordinator of the #BornPerfect campaign at NCLR, commended the council's decision.

Said Ames:

"Today, the D.C. Council sent a powerful message to LGBT youth and their families that they are accepted, supported, and loved.

"The Council has used its authority to protect our most vulnerable youth from dangerous and discredited pseudoscience that tells them who they are is wrong, and reaffirmed the consensus of every major medical and mental health organization that all children are born perfect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

NCLR and the Human Rights Campaign collaborated on organizing a coalition that backed the bill, which was authored by Democratic Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. Several groups supported the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, including national LGBT and mental health organizations, youth advocates, religious faith leaders, civil rights organizations and reproductive justice groups. 

Support for the repeal of the practice is mounting as the United Nations Committee Against Torture called the dangerous therapy "troubling," when they convened last month, and questioned the U.S. Department of State representatives asking why the unviable treatment is still in practice. Even former practitioners of the therapy are condemning its use, including Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, who called the practice "Poison to the soul," along with eight other prominent ex-gay leaders. 


One Direction's Harry Styles on Dating Men: 'Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It'

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One Direction's Harry Styles is adding even more fuel to the bisexual rumor fire in a new interview with The Sun

Joined by fellow One Direction-er Niall Horan, the two were asked about which celebrities Horan should hook up with next. The singers rattled off big names like Rihanna and Ariana Grande before the interviewer suggested that perhaps Horan's next choice should be a man. The Daily Mirror writes that Styles then reportedly touched Horan on the knee and said "Hey, don't knock it 'til you try it."

Earlier this month, Styles made headlines for saying in an interview that gender is "not that important" when it comes to his significant other. He also donned a Michael Sam No.96 Rams jersey on-stage at One Direction's St. Louis concert back in August. 

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Harry Styles: Gender 'Not That Important' In His Significant Other - VIDEO

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One Direction-er and object of lust Harry Styles has hinted that bisexuality might be something he's down with. In a recent interview with ODE, Styles and band-mate Liam Payne were asked what their favorite traits are in a girlfriend. Liam replied, "Female...that's a good trait." No doubt responding to Liam's remark, Harry retorted,  "Not that important." 

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