01/25/2015

Virginia Bill Allowing Unmarried Gays To Adopt Defeated

Howell"Two steps forward, two steps back" continues to be the best way of escribing Virginia's path towards LGBT equality.  Virginia state senator Janet Howell’s bill that would have allowed unmarried gay couples to adopt children has been shot down by Virginia Republicans.

Howell’s bill, which was backed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, was built around the idea that regardless of marital status, children fare better having two parents in their lives. The conservative opposition countered Howell’s bill arguing that unmarried parents made for unstable homes.

Posted Jan. 25,2015 at 8:30 AM EST by in Gay Adoption, News, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (4)


SNL's Pete Davidson on Why Exploring Your Sexuality Online Requires a Good Password: VIDEO

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After the "golden statue" version of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street left him questioning his sexuality, SNL's Pete Davidson decided to devote a night to binge watching gay porn videos online to see if he might actually be gay.

That night, Pete learned two valuable lessons. 1. He wasn't actually gay and 2. The importance of having a good computer password so that your girlfriend doesn't discover you watched the entire Stud Horse series.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jan. 25,2015 at 7:59 AM EST by in Pete Davidson, SNL | Permalink | Comments (2)


01/24/2015

Gay Iconography: Janet Mock's 'Realness' Revolution

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There are lots of reasons to celebrate writer, activist and host Janet Mock. She’s an inspiring speaker, a brilliant writer and an eloquent advocate for women, people of color and the trans community.

Even though she doesn’t identify as gay (which never kept the icon label from Barbra or Cher or Liza), her work has far-reaching implications that extend throughout the LGBT community. Since first sharing her story in Marie Claire magazine in 2011, Mock has been an outspoken and visible presence in the media, from her work as an editor for People.com and Marie Claire to her bestselling memoir, Redefining Realness. Her heartfelt, straightforward approach to discussing complex issues like intersectionality combined with her Beyoncé-level ferocity are enough to warrant admiration, but Mock’s work has more direct ties to the greater gay community. As she explained to Autostraddle last year:

“You know, I really I wish that we could really talk about gender expectations within the [LGBT] movement. I think that when we’re all born we’re told that if you’re assigned male or female at birth and you’re supposed to, you know, like the ‘opposite sex,’ that’s who you’re supposed to be with. I think it’s about all of those supposed gender expectations. And I think that if we would have kind of started the movement there in that sense, I think we could have been more cohesive in our journeys forward without excluding people.”

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Posted Jan. 24,2015 at 5:38 PM EST by in Gay Iconography, Janet Mock, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (37)


French Courts Convict Three For 'Burn the Gays' Hate Tweets

Brûlonslesgayssurdu trendThree were convicted in a Paris court this week on anti-gay hate speech charges for tweeting "#brûlonslesgayssurdu", which approximately translates as, "let's burn the gays" in August 2013. Comité Idaho brought the case to court on grounds of inciting hatred and violence on basis of sexual orientation, and the three offenders have been punished with fines, one for €300 ($336.09) and the other two for €500 ($560.15) each.

There is mixed reaction to the verdict. On the one hand, French LGBT groups are calling it a "significant victory", while other LGBT rights groups consider the punishments to be light given that the maximum penalties for the crimes they committed are up to a year in prison and a €45,000 ($50,413.50) fine.

Regardless, president of Comité Idaho Alexandre Marcel remarked:

It's a small amount to pay for calling for the death of homosexuals.

Posted Jan. 24,2015 at 4:00 PM EST by in France, Hate Crime, Twitter | Permalink | Comments (3)


UK Government Urged to Pardon the 49,000 Men and Women Who Were Persecuted Under Anti-gay Laws

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Spurred to action in response to the public's newfound awareness of gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, actors and activists are now calling on the British government to pardon the tens of thousands of other British citizens who were persecuted under draconian anti-gay laws of the past. 

In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II pardoned Turing, who committed suicide after being convicted of "gross indecency" for being gay.

Following a screening of The Imitation Game in London Wednesday, actor Stephen Fry said the pardon was only the start of what should be done to honor Turing. 

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

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"Should Alan Turing have been pardoned just because he was a genius," Fry asked, "when somewhere between 50 to 70 thousand other men were imprisoned, chemically castrated, had their lives ruined or indeed committed suicide because of the laws under which Turing suffered? There is a general feeling that perhaps if he should be pardoned, then perhaps so should all of those men, whose names were ruined in their lifetime, but who still have families." He continued, "It was a nasty, malicious and horrific law and one that allowed so much blackmail and so much misery and so much distress. Turing stands as a figure symbolic to his own age in the way that Oscar Wilde was, who suffered under a more but similar one."

[Benedict] Cumberbatch, meanwhile, emailed THR from the set of the next Sherlock series to offer his full and enthusiastic agreement with Fry's idea. "Alan Turing was not only prosecuted, but quite arguably persuaded to end his own life early, by a society who called him a criminal for simply seeking out the love he deserved, as all human beings do. 60 years later, that same government claimed to ‘forgive’ him by pardoning him. I find this deplorable, because Turing’s actions did not warrant forgiveness — theirs did — and the 49,000 other prosecuted men deserve the same."

HRC president Chad Griffin ran an ad in Friday's New York Times on the campaign to pardon the other 49,000 persecuted gay men and women. You can check out the full ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

There's also a Change.org petition underway for the campaign HERE

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Posted Jan. 24,2015 at 3:00 PM EST by in Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign, Stephen fry, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (19)


Gary Bauer Thinks Martin Luther King, Jr. Would be 'Mortified' by Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Politician Gary Bauer appeared via Skype on Hagee Hotline saying the Constitution doesn't guarantee civil rights for gay people or abortion and saying the concept of civil rights is being "hijacked." Bauer makes his case using Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example and that he would be "mortified," on the state of civil rights if he was still alive.

Bauer cites that King being a pastor would've meant that he wouldn't have supported abortion, "understood" the biblical message of marriage and he would've been a supporter of a mother and father-led family. It seems like using the dead and tragedies to back up their claims is conservatives modus operandi in making points and winning arguments.

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Posted Jan. 24,2015 at 2:00 PM EST by in Abortion, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gary Bauer, Gay Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr., Religion, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (27)


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