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Senior GOP Spokesman Comes Out As Gay: 'Let Me Get Married'

James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the RNC, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, has come out as gay in an op-ed over at The Washington Post - writing on the important stability that marriage equality could provide for him and his partner and thousands of other same-sex couples in Georgia.

Writes Richardson: 

James richardsonIt’s not always easy to love Georgia, or love in it. Our state constitution explicitly forbids same-sex unions, and the local economy remains defiantly sluggish. Yet in spite of its blemishes, my would-be groom and I are deeply committed to our community, one whose values of faith and family we share.

On Saturday we huddled with 90,000 of our closest friends in approaching-100-degree heat to cheer on the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the season opener. And this Sunday, as those before it, we’ll be in the pews of the same evangelical church we’ve quietly attended for years. We bless our suppers, we pay our taxes, and we own a home in the suburbs. Norman Rockwell would have thought us boring, because, frankly, we are. 

But even if we failed, or refused on principle, to cross straight America’s bourgeois threshold for normalcy, gay people deserve the same the legal and moral considerations — and rights — enjoyed by all others. They are Americans whose rights were granted by God and the grit of their forbearers, yet they are forced to defend their love, and the various planes on which it may be judged (constitutional, cultural and economic), to distressing and revolting ends. [...]

On the foundational question of marriage’s value, to individuals and society, gay couples and the institution’s cultural conservative gatekeepers agree: marriage is deeply special. We wish to participate in earnest, to strengthen the institution that our straight peers are abandoning. Gay couples don’t want to rock the marriage boat — they only want a ticket for two to ride.

Read Richardson's full article HERE

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Sky Sports Presenter Mark McAdam Comes Out, Talks Gay Soccer Players

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Mark McAdam, a correspondent on British channel Sky Sports, has come out as gay, reports Pink News.

Speaking to Gay Times, McAdam said:

“I don’t know of any other gay sports reporters. There’s nothing to compare this to. I battled with my sexuality for years and years. Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality.”

He continued that gay soccer players don’t come out “because of the fear”:

“The reason no Premier League footballer has come out is because of the fear… and the football clubs know billions and billions of pounds are at stake.”

Confirming his lad credentials, he added that although he’s gay he loves soccer “just the same as any straight guy” and that he likes to “sit around and scratch my bollocks and piss on the toilet seat.”

Yesterday, McAdam thanked his 10k+ followers on Twitter for their support.

Although Mark doesn't have an account, he also received plenty of support on Facebook. One commenter added "You are amazingly cute and brave for coming out don't hurt yourself their is always help out there I got help when I tried now I feel great and proud to be gay hold your head high and be proud of what you are never be ashamed their is always some one out their that will share your heart in true happiness."

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Last month, retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger became the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet.


Gay Teen Records His 'Christian' Family's Heartbreaking and Abusive Reaction to His Coming Out: VIDEO

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In a disturbing and terribly sad video posted on YouTube Wednesday, a boy named Daniel is berated and disowned by his parents after coming out. The family claims to have supported him despite "knowing" he was gay since a young age, and though the details of the situation are murky, their hostile and, in the end, violent response is utterly reprehensible. 

The video, posted by user Regina Ryan, had this description:

A perfect example of how much hate and intolerance still exists today. This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who are supposed to love him unconditionally.

Disclaimer: This is a 19 year old friend of mine who is currently staying with very supportive friends. He is safe and removed from the situation. I am posting this on his behalf per his request. I was not witness to the events that transpired, but was present immediately after to help him relocate.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Daniel now that he is without his family's care. In just twenty-one hours the video has received over one million views and Daniel has received nearly $50,000 in donations from strangers, showing that there is a great deal of support and kindness in the world. Our thoughts are most definitely with him as he traverses this horribly tough patch in life.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning: The video contains disturbing language and abuse and may be difficult for some viewers to watch. 

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Navy Officer Becomes First Member of Chilean Military to Come Out as Gay: VIDEO

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At a televised news conference yesterday, Navy officer Mauricio Ruiz, 24, became the first member of the Chilean military to come out as gay.

Equally as groundbreaking was the fact that Ruiz' announcement came with the full backing of the Chilean armed forces.  

BBC reports:

Ruiz2"We can do anything, be marines or in any branch (of the military). We can do whatever profession, and we deserve as much respect as anyone else," he told reporters in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

"In life there's nothing better than to be yourself, to be authentic, to look at people in the eye and for those people to know who you are."

Rolando Jimenez, president of Chile's Movement for Integration and Homosexual Liberation, expressed his gratitude to the Chilean Navy.

"(The Navy is) telling the country and the members of the institution particularly that it is possible for gays and lesbians to be part of the armed forces and that they aren't going to suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation within these institutions," Mr Jimenez said.

Watch a Spanish-language report on Ruiz' announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Chile remains a highly conservative, Catholic country - where even divorce wasn't allowed until 2004. And despite a 2012 law aimed at combating anti-gay discrimination and hate crimes, LGBT individuals continue to face prejudice and unequal treatment under the law. 

A law governing same-sex unions is currently being debated, with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet coming out in favor of marriage equality despite a majority of Chileans opposing the idea. 

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Rose Of Tralee Maria Walsh Reveals She's Gay - VIDEO

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Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh, the 2014 winner of Irish international beauty pageant The Rose of Tralee, has revealed that she is gay, reports The Independent.

Now in its 55th year, the Rose of Tralee includes young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world. 

In an interview with the Irish Sun, Walsh, who was crowned the new Rose in County Kerry on Saturday night, said:

"I'm confident in who I am as a person. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal. It's natural."

Walsh is a Boston native who moved to County Mayo with her family 20 years ago. Following her graduation, she moved to New York and later to Philadelphia.

Last week, reigning Miss Spain Patricia Yurena became the first openly gay national pageant queen.

Watch an interview with Walsh, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Miss Spain Comes Out Via Instagram, Becomes First Openly Gay National Beauty Queen

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Reigning Miss Spain Patricia Yurena posted an intimate photo with her musician girlfriend Vanesa Cortes via Instagram last week, becoming the first openly gay national pageant queen in the process.

Yurena followed up her "Romeo and Juliet" captioned photo with another picture with Cortes on Friday as well as a message thanking fans for their support. 

"I published the picture completely spontaneously and in an impulsive manner. Thank you for all your support," Yurena tweeted.

New York's Daily News adds that Yurena also won the crown in back in 2008 and might be the last national beauty queen from Spain after the company that runs the pageant filed for bankruptcy in 2013. 


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