For Brief Window Today California Will Have Its First Openly Gay Governor

Toni-atkinsWith California cycling through four Democratic governors this week as officials leave for scheduled travel, the state is expected to see its first-ever openly gay governor for a brief window on Wednesday – Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

For roughly eight to nine hours today, Atkins will be filling in for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who is traveling to Chicago for the day. Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom and Gov. Jerry Brown are also out-of-state today with Newsom attending a Special Olympics event on the East Coast and Brown on a trade mission in Mexico.

The Washington Post reports:

[Atkins] is the first openly lesbian leader of either California chamber, succeeding the first openly gay Assembly speaker, John Pérez, a Democrat from Los Angeles. Atkins was also the first lesbian mayor of San Diego when she briefly held office in 2005 after a predecessor resigned. In 2003, she became the city’s first openly lesbian deputy mayor, too.

Atkins will be the nation's second openly gay governor, following New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey’s brief stint as an "out" governor before his resignation in 2004.

To date, no state has elected an openly gay governor. 

Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 8:50 AM EST by in California, News, Toni Atkins | Permalink | Comments (2)

Here's the Full Video of Kyle Kingsbury, the UFC Fighter with the 'Legalize Gay' Pink Underwear: VIDEO


Yesterday we posted a set of GIFs of UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury at a weigh-in over the weekend where he revealed a pair of pink "Legalize Gay" underwear in an amazing show of support for the LGBT community.

Now we have the full video.

FYI, Kingsbury unfortunately lost his fight, which was also his last. He retired immediately afterward.


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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 8:33 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Kyle Kingsbury, News, UFC | Permalink | Comments (14)

The Comic Con Teaser for 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Has Arrived: VIDEO


It's no Thunderdome on account of a total lack of Tina Turner, but Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron looks to be one of those wonderful action films that'll have you munching popcorn from title to credits.

You can watch the Comic-Con trailer and judge for yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 8:15 AM EST by in Charlize Theron, Film, Tom Hardy, Video | Permalink | Comments (10)

Barack Obama Must Raise LGBT Discrimination At U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: READ

Human and gay rights activists are urging Barack Obama to discuss anti-gay discrimination at next week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit with 50 African leaders, reports ABC News.

2_obamaThe Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights First issued a statement saying that the summit, with the theme “Investing in the Next Generation,” is a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans.

According to the two advocacy groups, 37 African countries have laws criminalizing LGBT relationships. Leaders of 32 of those countries - including Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, who signed harsh anti-gay laws earlier this year - have been invited to the summit.

In response to anti-gay laws, the U.S.government last month announced sanctions against Uganda including loss of funding and a ban on Ugandan citizens involved in human rights abuses entering the United States.

Shawn Gaylord, Human Rights First's advocacy counsel for LGBT rights said:

"We believe the U.S. can do more in both Nigeria and Uganda to ensure that U.S. funding is not being given to any institution or group that is abusing human rights, including actively discriminating against the LGBT community. We recognize that this is a difficult process with competing interests, made more difficult by the rhetoric espoused by some leaders that the movement for the rights of LGBT people is something invented in the West and being imposed upon African societies. "

Indicating that gay rights will be raised at the summit, Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House's National Security Council, said:

"The Obama Administration has long spoken out — including with our African partners — in support of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. We expect the summit will provide an opportunity to continue these conversations."

Read Human Rights Campaign's report The State Of Human Rights For LGBT People In Africa, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 7:52 AM EST by in Africa, Barack Obama, Gay Rights, News, Nigeria, Uganda, Washington DC, Yoweri Museveni | Permalink | Comments (1)


Harlem Atlah Church Has New Message Of Anti-Gay Christian Hate

Harlem Altah Hate Church Sign

I really, really don't think that anyone at the Atlah Church in Harlem has actually read the Bible. The verse referenced above in their new marquee, 1 Corinthians 6:9, just states that bad people don't go to heaven.

While a great many people interpret the verse as a condemnation of gays and lesbians, it doesn't wish harm on them nor curse them with horrible debilitating diseases. It's particularly peculiar that they invoke the same ill will on those who love and support sinners given Jesus himself said the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself

So, either pastor James David Manning of the Harlem Hate Church has some self-esteem issues, or just simply isn't interested in the actual message of that long-haired socialist hippie he claims to worship.

(via jmg)

Posted Jul. 29,2014 at 8:30 PM EST by in Evangelicals, James David Manning, New York | Permalink | Comments (44)

Heritage Foundation Fellow Defends His Bigotry: VIDEO

Ryan T. Anderson, a newly minted fellow at the Heritage Foundation, is making the rounds with the organization's latest attempt at explaining its opposition to marriage equality.

ImageAnderson, unlike some of Heritage's more high-profile ambassadors, has attempted at making a name for himself as a conservative who relies on logic as the basis for his discriminatory beliefs. As calm and collected as he may be in his explanations, however, his "legal" reasoning is somewhat suspect.

In a video that the Heritage Foundation posted to its website last week, Anderson laid out the thought process behind his assertion that legally married same sex couples should still be denied marriage's legal protections.

"The reason that you should not have the option of filing a joint tax return is that you can't get married, given what marriage is."

He explained to a married gay man during the speaking event at Stanford University. "You can be issued a marriage license in the state of California, but you can't actually get married. What you're asking us to do is to redefine marriage to include the adult relationship of your choice."

To recap: in Anderson's view, semantic disagreements about the definitions of marriage trump solid legal standing.

Watch Anderson demonstrate his peculiar "legal" acrobatics AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 29,2014 at 8:00 PM EST by in Gay Marriage | Permalink | Comments (31)

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