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Gay Catholic: 'I Still Want to Have a Family. It’s Just Going to Look Different' - VIDEO


When Carlo, a gay Catholic from Sydney, Australia, told his aunt he was gay, she began sobbing uncontrollably. 

When she finally calmed down, she explained that she needed to grieve the loss of the image she built up for him of having a wife and children. 

"I said to her, 'I get that, but I want to make sure you understand: I still want that,'" Carlo recalls. "'I still want to have a family, but it's just going to look different. It's going to be with a man as opposed to a woman.'" 

Carlo tells his coming out story as part of Nathan Manske's "I'm From Driftwood" project. He says he didn't come out until 25, largely because of his Catholic upbringing, including his image of the perfect family as a father, mother and children. 

Finally, he began telling his friends he was gay, but he knew he hadn't really come out until he told his parents. He did it as they were driving to church for a Catholic mass. 

"I said to them, 'Mom, dad, I'm attracted to men," he recalls. "There was a bit of silence for a moment, but Dad was the first person to chime up and say 'Carlo, as long as you're happy, we're happy,'" Carlo says. "And mom soon thereafter said: 'You can't change who you are. This is you, and we want you to be you.' So I was actually surprised that they didn't have any more questions." 

Carlo later explained to his parents that he didn't plan to follow the church's teaching that you can be gay as long as you're celibate, which was slightly harder for them to understand. A few weeks later, he was making cake decorations with his aunt. 

"My auntie jokingly said, 'Maybe you could make some of these pink rose cake decorations for your girlfriend,'" Carlo recalls. "I said, 'Well, that will never happen, because I'm actually gay.'" 

Once his aunt stopped crying, she said she was grateful that he told her because it would allow them to have a deeper relationship. 

"What I've learned is that I can be gay and I can be Catholic and the two can actually build on each other, and strengthen both parts of my identity," Carlo says.  

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Gay Couple Behind Viral Dodger Stadium 'Kiss Cam' Reveal Their Identity: VIDEO


The gay couple who shared a kiss on Dodger Stadium's Kiss Cam that garnered vocal support from the crowd and later quickly spread throughout the Internet have finally revealed their identity. Couple Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, who committed to each other in 1999 and later legally wed in a Van Nuys courthouse in 2013, were asked by a camerawoman at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Saturday if they wanted to appear on the Kiss Cam; Rick agreed, but Steven expressed some trepidation about the crowd's possible reaction:

Dodger"I turned to my husband, I turned to Rick, and I said 'You know, this could go badly. This could not go well,' but then we did it, because we thought it would be just so fun to do, and then we heard the crowd — and that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.

"All we did was kiss. What made everyone's day was the crowd reaction … I don't think anybody was expecting that reaction … I kiss my husband every single day. That's not the big deal. The big deal is what happened immediately after. That's just the most amazing thing."

Video of the lovely couple's smooch went viral, with the two receiving national recognition including a special mention on Conan and appearing in an interview last night on Lawrence O'Donnell's program The Last Word. 

Watch the two discuss their experience before and after the smooch occurred with Lawrence O'Donnell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Walmart Refused to Write 'Gay' on Cake Celebrating Gay-Straight 'Promposal' - VIDEO


As we reported earlier, a cake celebrating the adorable promposal shared by Nevada teen best friends Jacob Lescenski, straight, and Anthony Martinez, gay, was censored by a local Walmart bakery that refused to give Martinez's aunt a cake with the word "gay" on it.

AUNTFox 5 KVVU reports:

Sandoval said the initial associate told her she couldn't write that on the cake because it included the word "gay," and that was against store policy. She then asked to speak with a supervisor.

"[The] Supervisor takes my phone, looks at it, and was like stuck for a minute, and she was like, 'OK, I'm sorry, we can't use this'. And then I said, 'I'm going to ask you what I asked her because you're the supervisor. Why can't I use this? I don't understand. It's one word. It's gay,'" Sandoval said.

Not able to use her original idea, Sandoval instead had "You matter, Prom Kings" written on the cake. 

According to Fox 5 News, Walmart claims "proper management wasn't contacted" during the incident and that "nowhere in their store's policy does it say the word 'gay' can't be written on a cake":

A store manager is set to contact Sandoval to make this wrong right. Sandoval said although she appreciates the gesture, it's a little too late.

"It wasn't hurtful. It was to make my nephew happy, to see a smile on his face. I love that smile, to see that smile, that's all I wanted, and I'm disappointed. I really am," Sandoval said.

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'Teen Vogue' Documents Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend On Their Hella Cute Prom Night: VIDEO


6a01bb07a7d602970d01b8d108b903970c-500wiYou will likely recall a story we brought you last month of of a gay teen near Las Vegas, Nevada receiving an adorable "promposal" from his straight best friend. Anthony Martinez had wanted--badly--to go with a guy to prom and took to Twitter to make his desire known. It was Anthony's tweet that caught his straight best friend Jacob Lescenski's attention. Jacob decided he would ask Anthony to prom and do it in a big way. He had his friends help make a giant poster for Anthony that read, "you're hella gay, i'm hella str8, but you're like my brother, so be my d8?" The promposal went viral and even landed the duo on Ellen. 

Now, Teen Vogue has tagged along with Anthony and Jacob to document their prom night, meet their families and find out a little more about their friendship. 

RELATED POST: Ellen Has a Surprise for the Straight Guy and the Gay Best Friend He Invited to Prom.

PromThough heartwarming, their story is not without reminders of prejudice. One of Anthony's family members had planned to get Anthony a cake that read, "You're gay, he's straight; you're going to prom, you couldn't have had a better date" but the bakery refused to make the cake because it had the word "gay" in the writing. 

Talking about the experience, Jacob says, "I expected people to say, 'This is different. This is not OK.' But it is OK. And that's what we're trying to prove."

Watch as the boys shop for tuxes, talk about their friendship and enjoy the big night, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Teen ‘Promposed’ To By Straight Best Friend Thanks Supporters: VIDEO

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Social media exploded last week with an outpouring of love and positivity toward two Las Vegas high school students after straight student Jacob Lescenski asked his gay best friend, Anthony Martinez, if he wanted to go to prom with him.

Now Lescenski and Martinez are returning the love by acknowledging their supporters in a video posted to Martinez's Instagram. The two shot the video while at a state conference for their school and although Martinez noted they were both tired from the conference, they both wanted to take time out of their busy day to thank their supporters. 


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Gay Teen’s Straight Friend Asks Him To Prom With Hella Cute ‘Promposal’

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Despite the series of inappropriate prom proposals appearing in various news stories this prom season, a young gay teen received an adorable "Promposal," from his straight best friend reports newnownext. Las Vegas high school student Anthony Martinez posted to Twitter that he wished a boy at his school would ask him to prom, stating that he didn’t care whether it was an official date or not but just a date to the school prom.

Martinez's straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski considers Martinez as a brother to him and decided to ask him to prom after his other date declined. Lescenski asked close friends of his to help him assemble and create a giant poster for Martinez.

Said Lescenski:

"I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn't work out so well. Then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.

"So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day. No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie and Mia who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!"

Lescenski "Promposed" to Martinez on Wednesday at school shortly after lunch where Martinez was in the lunch room selling prom tickets. After selling tickets, Martinez ascended a pair of stairs on his way to class where he was met by Lescenski and the giant poster asking him to prom. Martinez happily accepted Lescenski's cheeky "Promposal."

Said Martinez:

"I saw this giant poster and assumed it was for another person—until I read 'You're hella gay.'"

The proposal has since spread like wildfire across social media, with many of the posts praising and expressing positivity toward the two. Martinez has already clarified on Tumblr that the date will include pictures, dinner and dancing; strictly platonic of course.


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