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

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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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Crowd Cheers Gay Kiss Cam Moment at Dodger Stadium: VIDEO

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It used to be that kiss cam operators would train their cameras on two presumably heterosexual men to try and get an 'icky' laugh out of stadium crowds (the practice was condemned by many, including Dodgers (then A's) pitcher Brandon McCarthy,) for being homophobic.

But there was no "ick factor" reaction from the crowd when it happened at a Dodgers game this week. It wasn't LGBT night either. That's June 19.

Watch (at 00:28 seconds), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Are All Men Dogs? — VIDEO

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Rumer Willis, Skylar Astin, Tyler Oakley, Lance Bass, Courtney Act, Brad Goreski, Darren Criss, and Robbie Rogers voice dogs in this commentary about cruising featuring Kyle Krieger and directed by Jake Wilson.

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California Activist Responds To 'Kill The Gays' Ballot Initiative With 'Intolerant Jackass Act'

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Earlier this month we told you about the "Sodomite Suppression Act," the disgusting proposed ballot initiative in California calling for gays to be "put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” 

The initiative is the work of attorney Matthew McLaughlin, who paid the $200 fee and submitted his proposal to the attorney general's office. The Los Angeles Times reports that due to California's loose rules for ballot initiatives, officials are virtually powerless to stop the measure from proceeding to the signature-gathering process.

In order to qualify for the ballot, the initiative would need 365,000 signatures in 180 days, which The LA Times calls "a high bar even for well-financed efforts." And even if McLaughlin's initiative were to qualify for the ballot and be approved by voters, courts would almost certainly strike it down as unconstitutional.  

From The LA Times

McLaughlin's proposal calls same-sex intimacy "a monstrous evil" and says it would be better for gay people to die than for Californians to "be killed by God's just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating wickedness in our midst."

It also would make the spreading of "sodomistic propaganda" punishable by a $1-million fine, 10 years in jail or deportation from the state. And it would ban gay people from holding public office.

The Sodomite Suppression Act has sparked debate about whether California should reform its initiative process, and one bill in the Legislature would increase the filing fee from $200 to $8,000. 

The Sodomite Suppression Act has also now drawn a response from activist Charlotte Laws, who planned to file her own ballot initiative Monday called "The Intolerant Jackass Act," according to Slate. The Intolerant Jackass Act would require anyone who proposes a ballot initiative calling for gay people to be killed to attend one year of sensitivity training and donate $5,000 to a pro-LGBT group. From Slate:  

I spoke to Laws about her initiative—which, she readily acknowledges, is not necessarily designed to become law.

“I’m fighting fire with fire,” she told me. “The only way to counter [the Sodomite Suppression Act] is … to let people know that most people in California don’t agree with something as incendiary and hateful as what this one attorney proposed.” Laws recognizes the merit of having a content-neutral initiative system, but she believes “we have a very open-minded state and country. This is one guy, and there are millions of us who do not agree with this.”

In addition to Laws' initiative, the Sodomy Suppression Act has inspired a Change.org petition calling for McLaughlin, who is apparently in hiding, to be disbarred. The petition, which has more than 20,000 signatures, accuses McLaughlin of "moral turpitude" and calls him "a disgrace to the practice of law."

We'd say that's an understatement.   


Gallup Survey Confirms San Francisco Is The Nation's Gayest City (#7 May Surprise You Though)

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Not surprisingly, San Francisco has the highest concentration of LGBT people of any city in the US, at 6.2 percent, according to a new Gallup survey

However, there are some surprises on the list, including Salt Lake City, which is ranked No. 7.

From The New York Times:

Gallup1It might seem surprising at first that the city most associated with the Mormon Church — which believes that sex and marriage should occur between only a man and a woman — has the seventh-highest share of L.G.B.T. people, at 4.7 percent.

But another aspect of the Mormon culture — the importance of community and family — goes a long way toward explaining the pattern, people in Salt Lake City say.

Though many gay people who were raised Mormon (or L.D.S., an acronym for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) describe feeling expelled from the community, a large number still choose to stay close to their families and culture. “If you grow up L.D.S. like I did, you still have these deep Mormon values that are embedded in your DNA,” said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, an L.G.B.T. advocacy group.

The Gallup survey includes the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas and is believed to contain the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live. 

Birmingham, Alabama, has the lowest concentration of LGBT people, at 2.6 percent, but according to Gallup, the overall margin is small:  

The distribution of LGBT identity across the largest metro areas in the U.S. is relatively narrow, with a range of 3.6 percentage points from the highest to the lowest MSA among the top 50. This mirrors previous analyses of the distribution of the LGBT population across states, which show similarly fairly even distribution, at least in comparison to the many other pronounced geographic differences found on race, ethnic, political and ideological variables.

The lack of sharp distinctions could reflect in part that the geographic MSAs used in this research are large, and for most areas, include significant suburban populations around center cities. The sample sizes involved do not allow for an analysis of center cities per se, but perhaps the LGBT percentage is larger in these areas than in the metropolitan area as a whole.

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Choreographer Bobby Newberry's ‘Flight From Paris’ Stars High-Heel Dance Expert Yanis Marshall: MUSIC VIDEO

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Choreographer and singer Bobby Newberry released a new music video for his single Flight From Paris exclusively on out.com featuring high-heeled dance prodigy Yanis Marshall known for his sultry, fierce high-heeled choreography. Newberry spoke with Out saying the video was shot at Beso Hollywood and that production was rather hectic.

Said Newberry:

"This video actually came together very quickly... I wrote "Flight From Paris" with Intyce two weeks before we shot the video—which is a super quick turn around. I worked with Yanis Marshall for one full day to create the choreography, and then we had two rehearsals with the dancers. The next day we shot the video it was definitely hectic."

Jonathan Burdine provided style for the video dressing Newberry in a black leather kilt and used pieces from Balmain, Céline, Dolce & Gabbana, Zara, Top Shop, vintage pieces and Burdine originals. Newberry tells out that he met Marshall in Paris five years ago when the high-heeled aficionado attended a workshop Newberry hosted. Newborn spoke about his relationship with Marshall and the choreography in the video.

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"He's been a supporter of mine from the beginning, and I think he's so talented and such an awesome person. We've been planning on working together on something for a while now and this ended up just coming together so perfectly.

"I wore boots in the video, which were actually not that comfortable, LOL (sic). Yanis was in heels the entire day, naturally. I have danced in heels many times. It's definitely fun—but not my steez."

Watch Marshall and Newberry strut their stuff in the video for Flight From Paris, AFTER THE JUMP

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