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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's Holiday Message to Troops Features Gay Sailor Proposing to Boyfriend: VIDEO

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, joined by wife Lilibet, sent out a holiday message earlier this month that featured an image of sailor Jerrel Revels' proposal to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner back in 2013. 

This is the first time a Secretary of Defense has included gay service members in a holiday message to troops. 

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Last month, Hagel announced he would be stepping down as Defense Secretary. 

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This Video of a Gay Couple Spreading Food and Love to Toronto's Homeless Will Warm Your Heart: WATCH

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Gay couple Graeme Coleman and Grant Beaton decided to use their free time over the Christmas break to spread some holiday happiness to Toronto's less fortunate.

After receiving donations from local bakeries, the guys wrapped up the goodies with an inspirational quote included and took a trip through the streets of Toronto to hand out the positive plates full of food and encouraging words.

It's a video that will warm your heart and remind you that the true spirit of the holidays is about giving back to others. 

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San Francisco LGBT Groups Protest String Of Police Abuse Cases By Blocking Streets In Castro

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Close to 200 people, many from the LGBT community, blocked streets in and around San Francisco's Castro district on Christmas Eve morning, with a protest rallying against what they described as systemic police violence toward minorities reports SFGateThe demonstration is just one of numerous rallies around the country protesting the deaths of unarmed black men Mike Brown and Eric Garner, amongst many others, at the hands of police. Janetta Johnson, the program director for a transgender justice project in San Francisco, was one of the 200 protesters.

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"We want to stand in solidarity and say the killings have to stop. There’s a lot of fear of police — especially by black people and brown people."

Wednesday's group amassed at Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, blocking the Highway 101 ramps temporarily before marching down Market. Organizers chose to rally on the morning before Christmas to disrupt shopping, saying it was "No time for a celebration." Officers from the California Highway Patrol and the San Francisco Police Department stood by while some in the group placed a large pink triangle in the middle of the intersection at Market and Octavia; a sign next to the symbol read, "Silence = Violence."

Thea Matthews, a student and activist leader at City College of San Francisco, described the purpose of the black-LGBT intersectional march. 

Said Matthews:

"Today, we march, proclaiming our demands for police accountability, transparency and an end to institutional racism. In order to truly have all lives, especially black lives, matter, we must unite all oppressed communities who face police repression and violence."

San Francisco Police spoke with protest organizers at the beginning of the rally to find out what their plans were at the rally. S.F. Police then proceeded to help direct traffic around the protest. The protest ended around 10 a.m. at Market and Castro, with marchers singing and holding hands. 


This Sia 'Chandelier' Music Video Recreation Inside IKEA Wins Christmas: VIDEO

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Much to the chagrin of employees (and glee of shoppers), gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak decided to spread some holiday cheer all through an IKEA with a recreation of Sia's infinitely parody-able "Chandelier" music video.

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Postmodern Jukebox And Von Smith Want You To 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' - VIDEO

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Scott Bradley and his Postmodern Jukebox brought in long-time collaborator and American Idol alumnus Von Smith to give you a pitch-perfect cover of the holiday classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" just in time for the feast of St. Nick.

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Tylenol Ad Features Two Moms In Modern Spin On Famous Norman Rockwell Painting: VIDEO

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Tylenol posted a short series of videos to their YouTube page for their "For What Matters Most," campaign featuring three modern families coming together for the holidays resembling Norman Rockwell's classic holiday painting Freedom From Want. One of the ads featuring a lesbian couple and their family-the Beser Carr Schneider Musich's, with the other ads featuring the Garza family and the Yee Hoshida family and their holiday experiences.

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[h/t Bilerico Project]

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