LGBTQ

February 28, 2014

“An Open Letter to LGBTQ Youth” (Advocate.com)

“If there’s one message to send LGBTQ youth about gay parenting, it’s this.”
Watch this message at Advocate.com here.

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February 28, 2014

“Disney World Cuts Off Boy Scouts Funding, Allegedly Over Anti-Gay Policies” (Mother Jones)

“Walt Disney has booted the Boy Scouts out of the Magic Kingdom, allegedly due to the national organization’s discriminatory policies against gay members. Although the Boy Scouts began welcoming gay scouts in January, it dispels these members after they turn 18, banning them, as well as gay parents, from leading troops and packs. Florida-based Walt Disney World, the latest company to stop giving money to Boy Scouts in recent years, said that it cut off funding because the organization’s “views” do not align with theirs, according to a letter sent from the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to the state’s scout leaders and parents. “

Read more of this article by Dana Liebelson at Mother Jones here.

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February 28, 2014

“Lorraine Hansberry’s Secret Letters Reveal Struggles With Sexuality” (News One)

“The exhibit, ‘Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder,’ has been showing at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery since last November, with just two weeks remaining. The Village Voice reported on the story behind the letters, where Hansberry found herself at a crossroads with her career and her outward image. At 29, Hansberry became the become the youngest American and the first Black playwright to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.”

Read more of this article by D.L. Chandler at News One here.

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February 28, 2014

“Jason Collins and Matthew Shepard’s family meet in Denver” (Salon.com)

“It has been almost a year since Jason Collins came out in a profile in Sports Illustrated. In that same piece, Collins also revealed that he wears his No. 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in 1998 for being gay.”

Read more of this article by Katie McDonough at Salon.com here.

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February 27, 2014

“Same-Sex Marriage Now Legally Recognized in Ky” (The New York Times)

“U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. It makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages treated ‘gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.'”

Read more of this story by the Associated Press at The New York Times here.

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February 27, 2014

“Gay Character Cast on How I Met Your Mother Spinoff” (OUT Magazine)

“HIMYD will star indie film darling Greta Gerwig as Sally and Deadline.com reports that Drew Tarver, a relative unknown actor and a veteran of Uprights Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings, scored the CBS comedy’s gay character. He’ll play Todd, Sally’s best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother.”

Read more of this story by Jerry Portwood at OUT Magazine here.

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February 27, 2014

“U.S. Aims To Combat Anti-Gay Laws Around The World: John Kerry” (Huff Post Politics)

“(U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry) said the issue would be a major focus of discussion when U.S. ambassadors from across the world return to Washington for meetings in the weeks ahead.”

Read more of this story by Lara Jakes for Huff Post Politics here.

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February 26, 2014

“I Came Out To My Girlfriend (She Moved Out On Valentine’s Day)” (Thought Catalog)

“When I came out to her as transgender that day in 2012, I went into it knowing that doing so might destroy this relationship. On the other hand, not coming out might have resulted in my own death, or, at the very least, I might have driven her away as I was. I knew I was taking a chance, but I had reached a point in my life where I felt it was my only option.”

Read more of this piece by Parker Marie Molloy for Thought Catalog here.

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February 26, 2014

“100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost” (Autostraddle)

“Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent an always-significant and increasingly-visible portion of the LGBTQ community. In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner,Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile,Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have become the most visible transgender women in media.”

Read more and see the list posted by Riese at Autostraddle here.

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February 26, 2014

“Tucker Carlson: Making businesses serve gay customers is “fascism”” (Salon.com)

“‘It’s pretty simple,’ Carlson began. ‘I mean, if you want to have a gay wedding, fine, go ahead. If I don’t want to bake you a cake for your gay wedding, that’s okay too. Or should be. That’s called tolerance. But when you try and force me to bake a cake for your gay wedding and threaten me with prison if I don’t, that’s called fascism.’ Carlson then went on to argue that no gay people he knows want to see cake refuseniks go to jail, anyway, and asked, ‘So who are we protecting here?'”

Read more of this article by Elias Isquith for Salon.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face” (Advocate.com)

“A group of young intersex writers and advocates Monday issued an open letter to Fox News — and anyone else who doesn’t know about their gender identity and the challenges they face in society — in the wake of Fox commentators’ dismissive comments.”

Read more of this story by Ran Aubrey Frazier for Advocate.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Shakira’s Response To Homophobic Councilman Is Perfect” (Huff Post Latino Voices)

“Earlier this month, conservative evangelical Councilman Marco Fidel Ramirez of Bogotá denounced the video via Twitter, saying it was “SIMPLY DISGUSTING” and an “unabashed glorification of lesbianism.” Ramirez campaigned online to get Colombia’s national television authority to ban the music video on the grounds that it was immoral and promoted lesbianism and tobacco consumption.”

Read more of this story at Huff Post Latino Voices here.

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February 26, 2014

“Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban” (Advocate.com)

“A federal judge today struck down Texas’s law banning same-sex marriage. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage last summer trumps Texas’s state constitutional amendment, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2005.”

Read more of this story by Michelle Garcia for Advocate.com here.

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February 26, 2014

“Black Pastors Call For Attorney General Eric Holder’s Impeachment Over Same-Sex Marriage” (NewsOne)

“The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) and various civil rights leaders announced Tuesday their concerted grassroots effort to collect one million signatures via an online petition to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) for refusing to enforce laws against same-sex marriage, according to CBS News.”

Read more of this article by Ruth Manuel-Logan for NewsOne here.

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February 26, 2014

“‘Why Don’t You Date White Girls?’” (Black Girl Dangerous)

“However, even if I didn’t date white girls, why should I? For what reason should I be particularly disposed toward them? I asked said question and he responded:

“Well, you’re smart, gorgeous, and very talented….”

Oh, I thought. Oh no.”

Read more of this piece by Erika N. Turner for Black Girl Dangerous here.

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February 26, 2014

“A Stunning Map Pinpoints the Worst Places in the World to be Gay” (PolicyMic)

“As can be seen on the map, homophobic legislation is most commonly found in a bloc stretching from Africa to the Middle East and South Asia — these regions incidentally include the only countries that have death penalties for homosexuality: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Nigeria, Mauritania and Somalia.

Along with Uganda, the countries that punish homosexual acts with life imprisonment are Tanzania, Malaysia, Guyana and Bangladesh.”

Read more of this story by Eileen Shim and view the map at PolicyMic here.

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February 26, 2014

“Like It or Not, Jason Collins Is a Big Deal” (Bloomberg View)

“It’s even worse when those who think Collins is no big deal are self-proclaimed liberals and allies than those who just blatantly don’t want to confront their own prejudices with a man who defies every homosexual stereotype in the book. (Those people are relics of a time that will be soon forgotten and are quickly finding themselves in the dinosaur minority.)”

Read more of this post by Kavitha Davidson for Bloomberg View here.

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February 25, 2014

“Watch Anderson Cooper Take On Arizona Senator Who Backed Anti-Gay Bill” (Jezebel)

“The shitty anti-gay bill in Arizona already has legislators who once supported it backtracking like crazy to escape its web of dumbfuckery. However, there’s still more than a few who think this bill is a great idea. Like Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, who seemed to be trying to push forward a GOP talking point that bill wasn’t all that bad (HAHAHAHA), see, it was just the media that made it seem really awful for explaining to the public how the bill would make it legal for businesses to refuse services to gay patrons. Melvin said the opposition from the public was because of the “media frenzy” around the bill.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Rose for Jezebel here.

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February 25, 2014

“The Radtastic Black Lesbians Who Changed LGBT History and Our Lives” (Autostraddle)

“Often excluded from Black History? Black lesbians, womanists and lesbian-feminists. Obviously I’d say these lesbians were important to Black History simply because I think lesbians are always important, but my personal bias aside, these women provided serious contributions to political liberation movements and ideology. Understanding and respecting black history means examining these Black lesbians’ political and community work. So without further ado, let’s meet some bomb-ass Black lesbians and their organizations.”

Read more of this article by Helen for Autostraddle here.

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February 25, 2014

“Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL, Predicts Support From Dozens in Congress” (Advocate.com)

“In response to the coming-out of NFL hopeful Michael Sam, lobbyist Jack Burkman is proposing legislation to bar gay players from the football league.”

View this post by Daniel Reynolds and video of Michael Sam discussing his politics at Advocate.com here.

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February 25, 2014

“I’m Going to Washington DC For The LGBT Media Journalists Convening, Come Hang Out With Me” (Autostraddle)

“‘The goal of the forum is to strengthen the capacity of LGBT members of the media and blogosphere to more deeply understand and more effectively communicate critical issues facing the LGBT community, as well as assist in increasing the presence and diversity of LGBT bloggers in the national blogging community.'”

Read more of this piece by Riese for Autostraddle here.

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February 25, 2014

“Lesbian Couple Launches New Political Series With theGrio” (ElixHer)

“Trailblazers of our community, Aisha and Danielle are also busy launching a new policy initiative, Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE), to eliminate the social, economic and health disparities faced by LGBT people of color.”

Read more of this article by Glennisha Morgan for ElixHer here.

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February 25, 2014

“Transgender Students and Advocates Celebrate Victory Over Transphobic Repeal Effort in California” (PolicyMic)

“Transgender youth often get discriminated against and unfairly. They are often excluded from physical education classes, sports teams and other school activities and facilities. The law, Assembly Bill 1266, or the School Success and Opportunity Act, ensures transgender public school students in grades K-12 have the same opportunities as their peers, permitting them to join sports teams and access facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities, not their biological sex.”
Read more of this article by Victoria Kim for PolicyMic here.

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February 25, 2014

“Witch Hunt: Ugandan Newspaper Publishes List of 200 Gays” (AlterNet)

“The latest anti-gay news, as the Associated Press reports, is that a Ugandan newspaper published a list of the ‘top’ 200 gay people in the country. The list includes gay activists, a hip-hop star and a Catholic priest. “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, an activist.

It echoes a 2011 list published that called for the execution of the alleged gay people listed. One Ugandan gay activist named David Kato was killed after the 2011 list was released “

Read more of this article by Alex Kane for AlterNet here.

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February 24, 2014

“Tim Gunn says he feels ‘conflicted’ about transgender models” (Salon.com)

“Discussing Andrej Pejic, who self-identifies as gender fluid and prefers to use feminine pronouns, Gunn said, ‘The fact that fashion designers would put basically adolescent-shaped boys or men in women’s clothes is head-scratching for me because, anatomically, women and men have different shapes. So, to be looking at women’s fashion on a tall, skinny guy with no hips, there’s no way you can project yourself into those clothes.'”

Read more of this story by Katie McDonough for Salon.com here.

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February 24, 2014

“Uganda Gays Face New Wave of Fear Under Anti-Gay Bill” (The Daily Beast)

“Since last December, when the anti-homosexuality bill was passed in the Ugandan parliament, Frank has been experiencing increasing threats to his safety. On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law. Frank says he worries for his future.

‘Many times, while returning home, local people have told me they are going to burn my house,’ he says. ‘They told me they will not allow me to promote homosexuality in their area, that they will force me out. They say, ‘We’re going to beat you until you die.’”

Read more of this story by Caelainn Hogan for The Daily Beast here.

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February 24, 2014

“Queers for Economic Justice Closes Its Doors Thanks to Lack of Economic Justice” (Autostraddle)

“QEJ carved a space for and by poor and homeless queers that aren’t represented in the mainstream fight for gay rights. They’ve created contingents in corporate-sponsored pride parades for low-income queers and queer people in labor unions. They’ve created space for discussion in homeless shelters for queer and trans* people. They maintained HIV and AIDS as a relevant queer issue. And they made sure that there was a place in their movement for every kind of queer family — especially those that build themselves through the struggle for queer liberation.”

Read more of this article by Maddie for Autostraddle here.

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February 24, 2014

“UGANDA GAYS FACE NEW WAVE OF FEAR UNDER ANTI-GAY BILL” (The Daily Beast)

The president’s support for the anti-homosexuality bill has provoked a backlash from the West and several threats to cut foreign aid. President Obama cautioned that the bill would complicate U.S.-Uganda relations. But Museveni, in a speech last Wednesday, warned the international community that, “Ugandan can stand on its own, stop lecturing Uganda.”

 The new bill puts members of the LGBT community in Uganda at risk of life imprisonment, with the law requiring people to report anyone they knew or suspected to be homosexual or face prison time themselves.

 You can continue reading more about this bill here.

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February 21, 2014

“Nate Berkus & Fiancé Jeremiah Brent Star in New Banana Republic Ad” (OUT.com)

“According to The New York Times, Berkus and Brent will appear in multiple layouts. ‘In one ad, the pair is lounging on the grass, Mr. Berkus’s head on Mr. Brent’s midsection. In another ad, the couple is cuddling. In other ads, the pair appears among photographs of the other couples.'”

Read more of this story by Stacy Lambe for OUT.com here.

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February 21, 2014

“The Identity Project: What Defines You?” (Advocate.com)

“Almost no one likes to be labeled by someone else. So, The Identity Project explores the labels we use when defining our own gender and sexuality.

It is San Francisco-based freelance portrait photographer Sarah Deragon’s hope of photographing hundreds of LGBT folks in the Bay Area, and maybe to turn the images into a coffee table book after traveling to locations across the United States to document LGBT communities.”

Read more about The Identity Project at Advocate.com here.

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February 21, 2014

“What You Missed This Week 2.21.14: LGBT Kenyans, NFL Okay w/ Gay & More” (Elixher)

“Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Reportedly Signed into Law

Reports have begun to emerge that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday signed a bill that would impose a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts. Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, on his Twitter page cited “reliable, but not confirmed sources” who indicated Museveni signed the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill.”

Read more of this weekly roundup by Elixher here.

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February 21, 2014

“Chris Brown Sued Over Alleged Homophobic Assault” (Jezebel)

“According to the victim’s lawsuit, he had to see a plastic surgeon and breathing specialist after Brown and Brown’s bodyguard fractured his nose; his suit seeks compensatory damages of $1 million and punitive damages of $500,000 from each man.”

Read more on this story by Callie Beusman at Jezebel here.

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February 20, 2014

“Lesbian Love for All in Iran” (The Daily Beast)

“Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once elicited guffaws when he told students at Columbia University that, “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” In reality, homosexuality is a crime punishable in the Islamic Republic with imprisonment, whipping, and even execution. Because trials on moral charges in Iran are usually held in closed sessions, it’s difficult to determine how many gay and lesbian Iranians are executed annually, but human rights organizations report multiple executions of gay men as recently as 2012.”

Read more of this story by Scott Bixby for The Daily Beast here.

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February 20, 2014

“Colo. Couples Sue for Marriage Equality” (Advocate.com)

“Nine same-sex couples filed suit in Denver’s district court Tuesday contending that the 2006 amendment, which prevents the state from performing same-sex marriages or recognizing those performed in other jurisdictions, violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

Read more of this story by Sunnivie Brydum for Advocate.com here.

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February 20, 2014

“Edward Snowden Commends Chelsea Manning for ‘Extraordinary Act'” (Jezebel)

“‘It’s this self correcting, self determining form of unapologetically American government in which Chelsea Manning so valuably participated,’ he said.

The Sam Adams Award for Integrity and Intelligence was awarded to Manning in January by the Oxford Union Society “for casting much-needed daylight on the true toll and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq; human rights abuses by U.S. and “coalition” forces, mercenaries, and contractors; and the roles that spying and bribery play in international diplomacy.” Snowden was the recipient of the award in 2013.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Rose for Jezebel and view Edward Snowden’s message to Chelsea Manning here.

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February 19, 2014

To Be Queer, Black, and “Sick” (Autostraddle)

“It took 19 years for me to see a therapist. I squirmed on an ugly love-seat that looked more comfortable than it felt, surrounded by posters that championed ways to feel happy. I didn’t know where to start when the doctor asked me what was wrong, so I blurted out my laundry list of despair all at once, just put it all out there. When I told the doctor that sometimes life feels too heavy, when I told the doctor that death looked more inviting, she replied, “Nothing’s wrong with you. I think you’ll be okay.” A box of tissues and a plastic smile prescribed to yet another queer Black kid.”

Read more of this piece by Helen for Autostraddle here.

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February 19, 2014

“WATCH: Tenn. Councilman Says He’s Being Recalled Because He’s Gay” (Advocate.com)

“Chris Anderson has filed a lawsuit requesting an injunction to stop the recall effort, reports Chattanooga’s WRCB TV. Anderson contends the effort to oust him from his District 7 seat is discriminatory.”

Read more of this story by Sunnivie Brydum for Advocate.com here.

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February 19, 2014

“Fast and the Furious cast member Michelle Rodriguez confirms her relationship with model Cara Delevingne” (The Fab Femme)

“It’s going really well. She’s so cool. When we started hanging out, I just thought she was awesome, and we have the best time together.” – Michelle Rodriguez

Read more at The Fab Femme here.

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February 19, 2014

“Winks, hints, and innuendo: How the media mishandles celebrity sexual orientation” (Salon.com)

“We all know what outing looks like — from Gawker remarking upon the dating life of Fox News anchor Shepard Smith to tabloids looking into the long-term relationships of Queen Latifah. But these quasi-outings nudge the reader in the ribs, providing enough innuendo for the reader to detect something going on here but not enough facts for much more than that.”

Read more of this article by Daniel D’Addario for Salon.com here.

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February 19, 2014

“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack” (Democracy Now!)

“I very easily could have been CeCe, (McDonald)” Laverne Cox says. “Many times I’ve walked down the street of New York, and I’ve experienced harassment. I was kicked once on the street, and very easily that could have escalated into a situation that CeCe faced, and it’s a situation that too many transwomen of color face all over this country. The act of merely walking down the street is often a contested act, not only from the citizenry, but also from the police.”

Read more of Democracy Now!’s interview with Cece McDonald and Laverne Cox here.

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February 18, 2014

“Libertarians who don’t understand liberty: Why the Kansas anti-gay bill is so absurd” (Salon Mag)

“But as the Shelley case so beautifully attests, this plea is totally incoherent. When you think for a second about what it takes to enforce, for instance, a restaurateur’s decision to kick a wedding party out of a restaurant because they are gay, you realize it is state enforcement action that we are talking about. In reality, Carney is proposing that the state delegate to anti-gay restaurateurs the power to direct the state’s police forces against people solely because those people are gay.”

Read more of this article by Matt Bruenig for Salon.com here.

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