Gay Couple of 49 Years Among First to Convert Civil Partnership to Marriage in England

A gay couple together for almost 49 years were among the first to be married under new laws in England allowing civil partnerships to be converted to marriage, reports LogoTV.

Roger192Roger Lockyer (87) and Percy Steven (75) were among the first couples in England to enter into a civil partnership in 2005.

Lockyer said:

“To me, it feels like reaching the top. We really are married. Which is what we have been for nearly half a century of course. But to have formal recognition of that I think is something that’s so unexpected and wonderful.”

Steven said that he is most looking forward to finally joining the couple’s utility accounts because he can now “ask for an account in both names.”

Same-sex marriage became legal in Scotland on Tuesday.  Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK where gay marriage remains illegal.

Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 9:42 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Gay Wedding, Great Britain, News, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (0)

Chris Pratt's Jungle Beefcake Gets Photobombed By a Velociraptor: PHOTO


Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow sent out the above photo yesterday of Chris Pratt, his bulging biceps, his motorcycle, and a toothy Veliciraptor that may or may not be Pratt's pet depending on how you interpreted the raptor scene in the film's debut trailer last month.

Tweeted Trevorrow:

Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and BD Wong opens in theaters June 12, 2015.

Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 9:17 AM EST by in Chris Pratt, Film | Permalink | Comments (4)

LSU Students Organize Protest Against Bobby Jindal's Hate-Backed Mass Prayer Event: VIDEO


Students at Louisiana State University are organizing a demonstration in protest of the Baton Rouge campus administration’s decision to host “The Response,” a mass prayer event sponsored by the American Family Association hate group. A number of high-profile conservative political figures like Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will join Christian evangelists in what the AFA has described as a group meditation.

Jindal"What we really need in these United States is a spiritual revival.  It is time to turn back to God," Jindal explained in a video invitation to the event. "It's time to light the spark that starts the spiritual revival that will put these United States of America back on the right path."  

Earlier this month the AFA published and quickly pulled an official prayer guide for The Response suggesting, amongst other things, that marriage equality and abortion were the causes of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

"As a member of the LSU student community, it saddens and offends me that our administration would welcome to campus a recognized hate group whose vile rhetoric targets gay and transgendered people, Muslims, immigrants, and other marginalized groups," said Maggie Cloos, a student responsible for creating a petition to ban the AFA from the LSU campus. the organizer of the student-led petition.

Organizing Against Hate Groups, the protest, is set to be an all day event featuring workshops teaching attendees how best to speak across political and social differences. So far six organizations housed at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus have signed up to participate in the protest with more expressing their interest in offering support.

Both The Response and Organizing Against Hate Groups will take place on January 24. Watch the American Family Association's video invitation to The Response - Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 9:15 AM EST by in American Family Association, Bobby Jindal, Louisiana | Permalink | Comments (2)

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Orphans' [Spoilers]


 If this was American Sob Story: Freak Show, tonight's episode would have been stupendous. However, tonight's exposition-heavy hour (and then some) fell far short in the whole 'horror' department, with nary a scare to be found. Instead, we heard lots of back story, lots of history.

As a self-contained arc for two-time AHS character Pepper (Naomi Grossman), it was an excellent showcase, making Pepper one of the purest (and most tragic) figures ever on this show. Grossman's performance pushed through all the prosthetics to deliver something raw and relatable, even without her character's ability to articulate her feelings. But as a fall finale, there was much to be desired. Yes, besides the excellent Pepper story, we did move a few major pieces into places, but nothing too surprising.

Let's dig into the details, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 8:51 AM EST by in American Horror Story, Television | Permalink | Comments (3)

Watch Derby The Dog Run On 3D Printed Front Legs - VIDEO

  Derby the Dog

Pioneering 3D printing company 3D Systems and Derby's foster mom Tara Anderson have come to the rescue of Derby, a dog born with deformed front legs by creating a set of 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.

Get a dose of the feels as Derby finds a dandy dog's life with the help of technology, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 8:42 AM EST by in 3-D Printing, Dogs, News, Pets, Science, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (3)

Russian LGBT Group Added To 'Foreign Agents' List

Russia's institutional homophobic bigotry makes another step forward with the classification of LGBTI group Rakurs, an Archangelsk-based organisation dedicated to LGBTI rights, as a "foreign agent" by the Russian Ministry of Justice this past Monday.

Vice_RussiaA statement from ILGA-Europe reads in part:

Since November 2012, NGOs involved in what is vaguely defined as "political activity" and who are in receipt of funding from abroad have been subject to increased scrutiny from Russian authorities. Many Russian organisations refused to register themselves as "foreign agents", a term loaded with stigma. However, amendments to the legislation made during the summer mean that NGOS can now be unilaterally added to the list of "foreign agents" by the Ministry of Justice, without their consent.

Since June 2014, 18 NGOs have been registered in this manner. This includes Rakurs, the first LGBTI organisation on the list.

We reported this past summer on LGBT group Coming Out also receiving this designation, which subjects groups to extra governmental audits, additional regulations, and strips them of the ability to attempt to affect any change within the government.

Posted Dec. 18,2014 at 8:30 AM EST by in Discrimination, Law - Gay, LGBT, Russia | Permalink | Comments (3)

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