As we reported back in May, the Census Bureau has officially amended its definition of "families" to include married, same-sex couples.
The Charlotte Observer reports:
In prior years, the U.S. Census Bureau counted such couples as “unmarried partners,” even if they were legally married. But now, starting with the new annual American Community Survey, they are in among the family totals. [...]
Same-sex couples who live together but are not married are still counted as “unmarried partners,” the same designation for unmarried opposite-sex couples. The Census Bureau has counted same-sex couples since 1990.
The Washington Post added back in May:
Because of the large disparity between the number of gay and straight married households, combining the two is not expected to have a significant effect on the statistics that scholars and planners use to analyze how families are changing. Its significance is largely symbolic of the growing acceptance of gays in American society.Sphere: Related Content
It makes sense that a newsman’s coming out would be pretty matter-of-fact. For Anderson Cooper, he made the public disclosure via an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast in 2012:
“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
But Cooper’s public coming out was a long time coming. Long considered an “open secret,” Cooper was named the second most powerful gay man in America by Out Magazine — five years before he actually came out publicly. The feature discussed “the glass closet” and the issue’s cover had two models wearing masks of Cooper and Jodie Foster.
The silver-haired journo explained to Sullivan that, while he didn’t lie about his sexuality, he kept mum on his personal life due to the nature of his work.
“Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.”
Since then, Anderson Cooper has continued to endear himself to audiences as an anchor and a television host. Relive just a few of our favorite Cooper clips, AFTER THE JUMP …
Adam Lambert stopped by Ryan Seacrest's radio show this week to discuss being Queen's new frontman (including what the wildest night with the band was like), his return to American Idol (now as a judge), his upcoming solo album, and on being a PAM (Perfectly Architecturally Manicured) guy.
Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...
Dax Shepard sat down with Ellen earlier this week to chat about his newly released comedy-drama film This is Where I Leave You. While there, he also shared his deep and profound love for Brad Pitt - whose beauty seemingly transcends our mortal world.
"He is an angel," Shepard declared. "This is someone that has fallen from the stars and occasionally treats us to his image on these flickering pictures on the silver screen."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
This Is Where I Leave You starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Bryne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda is in theaters now. You can catch a trailer of the film AFTER THE JUMP too.
Between her role as Sofia in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and producing a feature length, independent documentary about Cece McDonald, Laverne Cox has firmly established herself as a modern icon within the transgender community. To date, the bulk of Cox’s work has highlighted the struggles facing adult trans women, but her latest project, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, focuses on trans youth.
“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender—it also means truth,” Cox said to New Now Next “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”
Earlier this year Cox accepted a Logo Trailblazers award on behalf of Orange Is The New Black and called on the LGB community to stand in solidarity with trans people dealing with discrimination. As a part of MTV’s Look Different campaign, The show will chronicle the lives of seven youths from different backgrounds they explore what it means to be trans-identified in America today. The T-Word will premiere on both MTV and Logo TV on the on Friday, October 17 at 7PM ET, followed by a round table discussion between Cox and the documentary’s seven cast members.
Watch footage of Laverne Cox's Logo Trailblazers award AFTER THE JUMP...
The International Queer Culture Festival's kick off in St. Petersburg on Thursday was disrupted by anti-gay activists - including lawmaker Vitaly Milonov [pictured below] and others associated with the Russian Orthodox faith.
Reported Polina Andrianova, one of the QueerFest organizers:
About 20 hooligans sprayed guests with green substance and some sort of putrid gas. At one point, two foreign guests were being pulled into the venue by the security while being pulled out by their feet by the perpetrators.
The police, who carried themselves professionally, were taking numerous statements by the victims, while St. Petersburg ombudsman urged more people to document violations.
Andrianova also reported on the on-going struggle to secure a location for the festival - as venues continue to cave to anti-gay pressure and cancel on organizers.
Molinov, you may recall, was a leading sponsor of Russia's bill banning homosexual 'propaganda.' Molinov also called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year - or as he called it the "Sodom show" because of drag performer Conchita Wurst's participation.
Check out a video of the festival - including a brief apparance by Molinov, AFTER THE JUMP...(note: Russian language)