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Student Fired From University Job Last Year After Coming Out Says Things Have Changed: 'Life Is Absolutely Fantastic'

StephenlovegroveLast year, Stephen Lovegrove was fired from his position as a resident assistant at Charleston Southern University after coming out. He had been inspired by Macklemore's performance of "Same Love" at the 2013 VMA's to spread a message of acceptance as someone both gay and Christian; when the school found out about a series of videos he had created about the subject, he was subject to immediate discrimination. 

One year later and Stephen's quality of life is on the mend. 

GLAAD reports:

Earlier this week, Stephen sent GLAAD a one-year update, noting how much his life has changed for the better after leaving Charleston Southern University. He writes:

One year later, I am happy to report that my life is in a very different place. I am at a new university that is truly diverse, and absolutely loving it. Actually, I’m the director of Safe Zones, a program we have to create a more inclusive school for LGBTQ students. I also host a YouTube talk show and have spoken with lots of different guests about issues of sexuality and spirituality. Best of all, I get to volunteer with Human Rights Campaign in a program with a youth center helping homeless LGBTQ youth in my city. And I’m in talks for a new independent reality show portraying characters who are young queer individuals grappling with love and spirituality in their college years.

Life is absolutely fantastic. :D I am still speaking out about employment discrimination and other issues faced by the queer community. My story always gets people attention and helps them understand all the work that still needs to be done. We are all in this movement together.

MTV also did a follow-up interview with Stephen about his life now, the initiatives he feels passionately about, and his initial inspiration, "Same Love."

That song helped me believe that I could love another human being, that my love was good and real and equal to every other human being.

Here's to a bright future!


Fences feat. Macklemore & Lewis - 'Arrows': VIDEO

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The Seattle-based tattooed lumberjacks of indie group Fences have just released their album Arrows, getting a publicity boost by collaborating with "Same Love" duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But you already knew that.

What you may not know is that they've released the music video for the song "Arrows", so if you've been on the fence (*rimshot*) whether or not the album is for you, you can check out the scrufftastic song and dance AFTER THE JUMP...

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Join Seattle Indie Pop Group Fences to Sling Some 'Arrows': LISTEN

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis look set to give a big chart boost to Seattle indie pop group Fences with their new collaboration "Arrows", out this week. The "Same Love" songmakers lend their talents to the track which "is largely about letting go of control and searching for your identity" according to Billboard. That theme is part of the reason that Fences (aka Christopher Mansfield, asked Macklemore, an old friend, to join him on the track.

Said Macklemore to Billboard: "He's fu---d up in the same way that I'm f----d up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery."

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Seattle Drag Queen Mama Tits Confronts Christian Protesters At Pride - VIDEO

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Seattle drag queen Mama Tits confronted Christian protesters who tried to disrupt the city's Gay Pride Parade on June 30. Star Trek actor George Takei led the parade and rapper Macklemore also took part.

In a fantastic impromptu speech, Mama Tits told anti-gay protesters that they themselves are sinners “because they are wearing cotton polyblend - that is an abomination."

She went on to say:

"Why don’t you read your own book and actually follow the teachings to the letter of god and learn to support and love.  You need to drop the hate. You are a sad, sad excuse for a human being. Once you learn to drop the hate, you too can find happiness because we will welcome you with open arms if you learn to open your minds.  Not today satan, not today!”

Speaking to Seattle Gay Scene after the event, Mama Tits had this to say:

“Before I knew it, I was standing tits to nose with the leader guy on the megaphone. It felt like I had the strength of all the people who had ever been hurt by these people standing right behind be me giving me power! I was almost in autopilot mode from my days as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. I planted myself in his path and wouldn’t move. When he walked around me, I got back in front of him again and again. I stared him in the eyes and could see the pain in his eyes, I could see he was scared and he should have been. He tried to hit me with his sign, but like Bianca Del Rio says 'Not Today, Satan!' I pushed his sign away from my face and hair, because you DO NOT TOUCH my hair. And, it was all I could do to NOT get violent, but I didn’t because once that happens, we all lose.”

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Macklemore's Ryan Lewis Proves Nobody Knows Who He Is or What He Does: VIDEO

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Jimmy Fallon sent Macklemore's Ryan Lewis to a park in NYC to ask people what Ryan Lewis actually does. Turns out few people would recognize him if he was standing in front of them and nobody, not even Macklemore, knows what he does.

Watch the hilarious segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Macklemore Gets Signature Air Jordan Sneaker

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Macklemore, rapper and ally, artist of the pro-gay platinum single "Same Love", teamed up with Nike's Jordan line to design and release his own signature sneaker. Macklemore posted pictures of the shoe on his Instagram account and it's...certainly eye-catching. And a shoe; it's definitely a shoe.

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