Sunday, September 30, 2012

Without even realizing it, I wanted my mother to read me a bedtime story about him.


Bashing feminine men, not okay.


Jockstraps


National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell: “Governor Brown has sent a powerful message of affirmation and support to LGBT youth and their families.

NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell: “Governor Brown has sent a powerful message of affirmation and support to LGBT youth and their families. This law will ensure that state-licensed therapists can no longer abuse their power to harm LGBT youth and propagate the dangerous and deadly lie that sexual orientation is an illness or disorder that can be ‘cured.’

State bans gay-repair therapy for minors

State bans gay-repair therapy for minors

California has become the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to outlaw them Saturday...

Truth Wins Out Praises Gov. Jerry Brown For Signing Bill Banning ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy For Kids

Truth Wins Out Praises Gov. Jerry Brown For Signing Bill Banning ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy For Kids

Friday, September 28, 2012

Meningitis Spike Among Gay, Bi Men Leads City to Order Vaccine Doses

Meningitis Spike Among Gay, Bi Men Leads City to Order Vaccine Doses

While a September 27 alert from New York City’s health department warned of a cluster of four cases of “invasive meningococcal disease” that occurred among the city’s gay and bisexual men in the past four weeks, there have been 12 cases altogether since August of 2010 and four of those men have died...

Tribute to Matthew Shepard, from SF Gay Men's Chorus


Napolitano Promises Written Guidance To Recognize Same-Sex Relationships In Deportation Proceedings

Napolitano Promises Written Guidance To Recognize Same-Sex Relationships In Deportation Proceedings: Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano on Friday pledged in a letter (PDF) to consider a gay or lesbian person’s relationship status in deportation proceedings, bringing relief to many bi-national gay and lesbian couples whose relationships aren’t recognized because of the Defense of Marriage Act. While this echoes an earlier commitment from the Department of Homeland...

Austin Passes Unanimous Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality

Austin Passes Unanimous Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality: Yesterday, Austin, Texas became the state’s first city to publicly support marriage equality. Mayor Lee Leffingwell (D) and Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole (D) had sponsored the resolution, and the City Council passed it unanimously. Because Texas passed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the resolution is not likely to have any effect in...

Rugby's Ben Cohen launches magazine to battle bullying and homophobia in sports

Rugby's Ben Cohen launches magazine to battle bullying and homophobia in sports


Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Well, Dad, you did say you wished I was more masculine and aggressive."


Breakfast In Bed


Tasmania's Marriage Bill Fails

Tasmania's Marriage Bill Fails

Premature Aging Hits Longtime HIV+

Premature Aging Hits Longtime HIV+

Mitt Gets Worse: Rep. Barney Frank


Massachusetts Appeals Case Granting Gender Surgery For Inmate

Massachusetts Appeals Case Granting Gender Surgery For Inmate: In a jarringly anti-trans maneuver, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) administration has appealed a federal judge’s ruling granting sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek. The surgery has been prescribed by her Bureau of Prisons doctors, but the state has resisted allowing her to get it for over a decade, spending far more on court...

POLL: Marriage Equality Support Surging In Illinois

POLL: Marriage Equality Support Surging In Illinois: A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University suggests that support for marriage equality in Illinois is growing quickly, with 44 percent now in favor, up 10 percent from just two years ago. An additional 32 percent support same-sex civil unions, which are already legal in the state. In...

CDC Statement for National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Sept. 27)

CDC Statement for National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Sept. 27)

Kevin Fenton, MD, Director, CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention:  On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we honor the remarkable history of gay men’s leadership in the fight against the HIV epidemic. Three decades ago, extraordinary community and public health prevention efforts led to dramatic declines in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men. Yet infection rates are now increasing among young gay and bisexual men, particularly men of color. We must not allow another generation to be devastated by this disease. Together we can, and must, revitalize the passion and dedication that helped turn back the HIV epidemic among gay men during its darkest days.

Research and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind us that gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the U.S. HIV epidemic. HIV prevention, education and testing for men who have sex with men remain top CDC priorities. As part of CDC’s High Impact Prevention approach to fighting HIV, we are working to ensure resources are directed to the activities that will have the greatest impact in reducing the toll among gay and bisexual men, and other populations at highest risk.

One of the most important things every gay and bisexual man can do to stop the spread of HIV is to get tested for the disease at least once a year. If you test negative, you’ll have peace of mind and can redouble your efforts to stay safe. And if you test positive, you can get the medical care and support that you need to keep healthy and protect others from infection. It’s a simple, quick way to reduce the toll of HIV, and can ultimately help us to turn the tide in the fight against HIV and AIDS in America.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is it okay to be left handed?


Street surfing | JacksGap + Sampepper


Alphaville - Forever Young ~Official Video


In-Home HIV Test Now On Sale

In-Home HIV Test Now On Sale

I want a pink kitchen.


I so relate to this comment. LOL


Katey Sagal for HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality


HD - Adam Lambert - Benefit for Marriage Equality - Outlaws of Love - Washington, D.C.


Chicago Alderman Demands Response From Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

Chicago Alderman Demands Response From Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

What's Missing From Pro-gay Marriage Ads? Gays


Texas lesbian teen who survived shooting: 'Life is so fragile'

Texas lesbian teen who survived shooting: 'Life is so fragile'

Chick-fil-A Twitter Trend Gets a Gaysayer Remix

Chick-fil-A Twitter Trend Gets a Gaysayer Remix

"Chick-Fil-A has a "Chargrilled Fruit Salad", but they call it the Leviticus 18:22."

POLL: Majority Support Marriage Equality And DREAM Act In Maryland

POLL: Majority Support Marriage Equality And DREAM Act In Maryland: A new poll shows that a 51 percent majority of Marylanders will vote to support Question 6, approving the state’s marriage equality law, with 43 opposed. Additionally, 58 percent support the state DREAM Act that will allow undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition rates. As previous polls have found, support among African Americans continues...

French President Calls For Global LGBT Freedom From Persecution

French President Calls For Global LGBT Freedom From Persecution: French President Fran├žois Hollande made an impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday calling for countries across the globe to end the criminalization of homosexuality. Echoing a commitment made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year, Hollande said that France will work to ensure the citizens of all countries live free of persecution...

Gay Veteran’s Parents Join Fight Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Gay Veteran’s Parents Join Fight Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment: Jeff and Lori Wilfhart lost their gay son, Army CPL Andrew Wilfahrt, to the Afghanistan War last year, but have been fighting for LGBT equality in his name ever since. Yesterday, they launched Veterans United to help oppose Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Jeff called upon fellow veterans to join them, reminding...

NYC’s Christine Quinn: ‘The World Did Not End When Gay People Could Marry’

NYC’s Christine Quinn: ‘The World Did Not End When Gay People Could Marry’: The Washington Blade recently caught up with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), who married her partner Kim Catullo in May. Quinn, who is favored to succeed Michael Bloomberg (I) as mayor of New York, reflected on the advance of marriage equality last year, pointing out that there have been no “fear and...
I believe that if there is a god then no one is rejected by that god. I don’t believe that the acceptance of any creed or profession of any particular faith is required by this god. I believe that if there is a heaven or an afterlife of some kind, then it is for everyone, no matter what they’ve done or what they believed or say they believed. I don’t want to belong to some small club of people who set themselves apart and huddle together in a little alcove where they tell one another they are the special ones, or the chosen ones, or the enlightened ones. If there is a spiritual dimension to life, then I like to think that the entire universe is my clubhouse and that everyone and everything are my fellow travelers in this spiritual realm.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FRANCE: Marriage Bill Set For Oct. 31st

FRANCE: Marriage Bill Set For Oct. 31st

Iowa Newspapers Condemn Politicized Campaign To Oust Supreme Court Justice

Iowa Newspapers Condemn Politicized Campaign To Oust Supreme Court Justice: Bob Vander Plaats, Rick Santorum, and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) are touring Iowa to campaign against the retention of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins in retaliation for his participation in a 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The Iowa State Bar Association is following close behind to rebut their politicizing effort. And as the...

Hugh Grant is @Out4Marriage


Ann Coulter: Civil rights are for blacks.



Civil rights are for everyone.

LGBT flash mob in Hanoi, Vietnam


Breaking Prop 8 & Supreme Court News: Sept 25 Marriage News Watch


Monday, September 24, 2012

Another Equality-Supporting Republican Wins In New York

Another Equality-Supporting Republican Wins In New York: The National Organization for Marriage has been boasting that it successfully impacted the Republican primaries in New York, challenging several state senators who had voted for marriage equality. It turns out, it was only victorious in one of the many races. Today, Sen. Stephen Saland (R), whose race was originally too close to call, emerged...

The Dickson Experimental Sound Film


Wisconsin University Denies In-State Tuition To Same-Sex Spouse

Wisconsin University Denies In-State Tuition To Same-Sex Spouse: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has used the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to deny in-state tuition rates to the same-sex spouse of a medical resident. In-state students annually pay $20,000 less in tuition costs, but the school denied Jorge Quintero the opportunity to benefit from his New York marriage to Dr. Robert Schneidewend. According to...

Modern Family Gay Faves Score Top Emmys | Advocate.com

Modern Family Gay Faves Score Top Emmys | Advocate.com

Yes on 1: Mainers United for Marriage - Brotherhood


Zach Wahls Speaks at Obama Fundraiser


Chicago Alderman Holds Back On Approving Chick-fil-A Franchise After Chain’s Media Shenanigans

Chicago Alderman Holds Back On Approving Chick-fil-A Franchise After Chain’s Media Shenanigans: Last Thursday, Chick-fil-A issued a press release clarifying that, despite rumors to the contrary, it would continue to fund organizations with anti-gay agendas. In case there were any further doubts, president and COO Dan Cathy confirmed to Mike Huckabee that the restaurant “made no such concessions” in order to obtain permission to open a new...

Paul Ryan On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: ‘I Think We Need To Move On’

Paul Ryan On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: ‘I Think We Need To Move On’: In an interview with WPTV of West Palm Beach, Florida, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) said that even though he opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he believes that the issue is “past us” and it would be a “step in the wrong direction” to undo that repeal: RYAN: I talked to...

POLL: Minnesota Voters Split On Marriage Inequality Amendment

POLL: Minnesota Voters Split On Marriage Inequality Amendment: A new poll from the Minneapolis Star Tribune shows a very close race for Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, with 49 percent prepared to vote for it and 47 percent opposed. A plurality is not a victory, however, as 50 percent of the ballots must approve the measure, so all abstentions count...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Angry Alderman Again Threatens to Stop Chick-fil-A from Expanding to Chicago Neighborhood | Advocate.com

Angry Alderman Again Threatens to Stop Chick-fil-A from Expanding to Chicago Neighborhood | Advocate.com

Hope

Not long ago I ran across a picture of a couple of gay boys at the mall. (I think I may have posted the picture on my blog.) They were in their late teens, but they looked like they were still young enough to be living at home--maybe 16 or 17. They were in the middle of a store, and one was down on bended knee offering a promise ring to the other. The boy offering the ring was promising to be faithful while they are together. They were both very happy, and they apparently weren’t worried about what the other people in the store would think. They didn’t seem to be worried that someone from school would see them. They didn’t seem to be worried that one of their parents’ friends might be in the store and tell their parents that their son has a boyfriend. It was so sweet. And these were obviously gay boys, too. Not jocks or football players. They were the type of gay boys that in the past had to play it very cool and keep their heads down or they could have become the targets of intense bullying. But the boys in the picture didn’t seem to be concerned with that.

Judging by their clothes, their shopping bags, and the store they were in, I would say that they come from affluent families. Their parents are probably well-educated professionals. And they probably live in an upper middle class suburb of a liberal metro area. Obviously not all kids have it so lucky. But it’s a start. A scene like that would have been unthinkable when I was a teenager. Maybe one day even country boys in West Virginia will be able to give their boyfriends promise rings in the school cafeteria. As well as look forward to living openly with a man they love, bringing him home for Christmas dinner, raising kids with him, growing old with him, and all the while being treated like valued members of the community.



2012 pinkdot Utah


Sebastian and Charles





























The little homoerotic scenes such as this one in Brideshead Revisited--they were rarities on TV and in the movies back in the '80s--filled teenage Gary with hope.

The End Of Christianity?

The other day the Pope admonished the people of France that marriage equality would threaten family and society. This is a man who lives in a palace, expects to be treated like an emperor and runs his church like it’s still the 15th century. He tells the people of Africa that it’s a sin for them to use condoms as AIDS sweeps over the continent like wildfire. And he tells the nuns of America to stop helping the poor so much and start screaming about homosexuality, birth control and abortion. Meanwhile Liberty University, the school founded by the supposedly family values loving Rev. Jerry Falwell, wants to give Donald Trump an honorary degree. Last spring Anne Graham Lotz--daughter of “America’s pastor” Billy Graham--told the people of North Carolina in effect that her god would smite them if they didn’t vote for that state’s hate on the gays constitutional amendment. And every day a huge parade of nuts and loons take to the airwaves and internet with their tortured combovers and garish costumes to preach vile, hateful insanity in the name of Jesus…and they all have their hands out. “Gi’ me! Gi’ me! Gi’ me!” Those who have not been suckered in by their message look on at all of this and see a giant freak show. It’s like a scary, evil circus and the so-called leaders come off as carnival hucksters and conmen. There is no message of love, compassion or hope. It’s all about fear, and greed, and the desire for political power.

I know that these people do not represent all Christians. I know that many Christians are turned off by the freak show. And some do their best to stand up against the message of hate and offer something different. But it seems most just don’t care enough to shout down the shouters. When are we going to see these money sucking whores and fear-driven haters denounced in no uncertain terms by the multitudes who see Christianity in a different light? Are they even out there? Many in Europe have already given up on Christianity, and a large percentage of America’s youth have turned their backs on Christianity, too. I think it will eventually be the same all over the world. Religions die. Religions have been dying since the beginning of civilization. And it seems to me that Christianity is on its deathbed, and a whole bunch of people who claim to represent it have shoved a pillow over its face to hasten the end.

Austin Police Department - It Gets Better


Saturday, September 22, 2012


Former Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy comes out as gay.

Kevin McClatchy reveals he is gay

Kevin McClatchy, the owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007, has acknowledged he is gay to The New York Times, saying frequent homophobic slurs he heard in baseball circles had convinced him to keep his sexual orientation a secret.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Albert, The Overlook's Boiler Boy












































Albert was in charge of tending to the boiler at the Overlood Hotel back in the ‘30s, and one night a United States Senator had his way with Albert in one of the guest rooms. He also promised Albert that he would take him back to Washington, set him up in an apartment and send him to law school. Albert had a good time even though the Senator wasn’t exactly the young man’s type. Most of the men Albert had been with up until that point were farmhands and cowboys his own age. He had never made it with one of the swells who stayed at the Overlook before, but the Senator really charmed him, and he convinced Albert that all of his dreams were about to come true.

The next day when Albert saw that the Senator was checking out of the hotel without so much as saying goodbye to him, he confronted the Senator. He was so upset that he accidentally implied right in the lobby of the Overlook, with a number of guests looking on, that he and the Senator were lovers. The Senator’s expression turned to stone and he accused Albert of lying and trying to extort money from him. He told the manager that he should fire Albert at once.

The manager herded the furious young man into his office and demanded an explanation. Albert insisted that the Senator promised to pay to further his education and improve his prospects. The manager informed Albert that the Senator could destroy the Overlook’s reputation and that he would have to let him go. He went on to say that if anyone asked about Albert, he would be forced to say that he was a blackmailer, or a homosexual prostitute or possibly both.

Albert hanged himself in room 237 moments later. 237 was the room where the Senator used Albert and tricked him into believing that he was special, that he was loved and that someone was finally going to look after him.

Model and photographer unknown.
Fictional short story by Gary Cottle.


Much of our history has been ereased, so maybe we should make a special effort to tell our stories.


Intel Clarifies That No Donations Will Be Made To Any Boy Scouts Troop That Discriminates

Intel Clarifies That No Donations Will Be Made To Any Boy Scouts Troop That Discriminates: Earlier this week, The American Independent reported that Intel was one of the Boy Scouts of America’s largest corporate donors in 2010, giving over $700,000 to local troops and councils as matching grants for employees’ volunteer work. Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls responded by launching a Change.org petition calling on the computer chip maker...

Joel Gilbert: ‘”Change” is a Code Word for a Revolution to End Capitalism’

Joel Gilbert: ‘”Change” is a Code Word for a Revolution to End Capitalism’

Gohmert: Obama "Helped Jump-Start a New Ottoman Empire"


Sarah Silverman | Let My People Vote 2012 - Get Nana A Gun


Dan Savage: Romney is 100 percent anti-gay


One Year Following DADT Repeal, Gay Service Members Still Lack Equal Benefits

One Year Following DADT Repeal, Gay Service Members Still Lack Equal Benefits: Our guest blogger is Crosby Burns, Research Associate for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Yesterday our nation celebrated the one-year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), marking the first time in our nation’s history gay men and women have been able to serve their...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Polls Tightening In Maine Marriage Equality Vote, But Majority Still Support

Polls Tightening In Maine Marriage Equality Vote, But Majority Still Support: Two new polls in Maine today show the marriage equality referendum closer, but LGBT advocates still in the lead. A Public Policy Polling survey found 52 percent of Mainers back Question 1, which would legalize marriage equality, compared to 44 percent opposed. Interestingly, PPP notes that opposition drops to 40 percent “When we ask simply...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Defense of Marriage Act bound for Supreme Court - The Associated Press - POLITICO.com

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Defense of Marriage Act bound for Supreme Court - The Associated Press - POLITICO.com

Back in 1968, Mitt Romney was listed as an eligible bachelor in Town & Country Magazine.






































via JMG

Scarlett Johansson Headlines Tennessee Williams Revival | Advocate.com

Scarlett Johansson Headlines Tennessee Williams Revival | Advocate.com

Romney: If My Grandchildren Were Gay, ‘I’d Want Them To Be Happy’

Romney: If My Grandchildren Were Gay, ‘I’d Want Them To Be Happy’: During a “Meet the Candidates” event held by Spanish-language channel Univision, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked what his advice would be if he had a gay family member who wanted to get married. Romney responded: I love my children, and I love my grandchildren, and of course I’d want them to be happy...

Looking Back And Looking Forward On The Anniversary Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Looking Back And Looking Forward On The Anniversary Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal: One year ago today, lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the military were first able to openly identify their orientations and their partners without fearing that they would lose their job as a result. The implementation of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” marked an important threshold for the dignity of the gay community...

Australian Senate Also Votes Down Marriage Equality

Australian Senate Also Votes Down Marriage Equality: The Australian Senate followed in the footsteps of the House of Representatives today and voted down marriage equality legislation with a vote of 41-26. Liberal Sen. Sue Boyce spoke out on behalf of the religious liberty of gay people, but Democratic Labor Party Sen. John Madigan claimed that he was the victim for opposing the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shamed for liking boys.

I knew I was gay when I was 11, and when I was about 12, I invited a boy who lived near me to spend the night. When we were in my room getting ready for bed, I did a little striptease for the boy. I wanted him to like me, and I wanted that kind of attention from him. My father must have heard our giggles and thought that something was up, so he came into my room without knocking, and he caught me standing there in front of the boy completely naked. I’ll never forget the look on his face. He was shocked, disgusted and disappointed. Without saying a word, he shut the door. I was so humiliated. I never felt so ashamed or so worthless.

If that’s all there was to it, it would have been enough to haunt me until the end of my days. But later that night, my father told my sister what had happened. My sister is three years older than me, and at 15, her sibling rivalry was still in high gear. She teased me relentlessly, and she did so regularly for several years.

My sexual feelings at that age were tender and delicate. I had no one to talk to about them. I couldn’t even engage in the rude, explicit talk with other boys because I liked boys. I felt so vulnerable and alone. I didn’t feel like I could trust anybody enough to tell them what I was thinking about boys, least of all my family. And when my father caught a quick glimpse of the private feelings I had been working so hard to hide from him, he confirmed my worst nightmare. And then let my sister in on it so she could mercilessly bully me.

It was like the two of them together were ripping into me like wild animals. And my self-esteem was so low, I couldn’t even find the will to be angry with them. For years, all the way up until I was in my late thirties, just recalling that incident would cause me to blush so much it felt like my face and whole body were on fire.

I was given the impression that my sexual desires were funny, and strange and embarrassing, and that there was something wrong with me, and that I was different, and that not only would no one ever return those feelings but that if anyone ever found out, they would mock me and ridicule me, exclude me, abuse me, and reject me.

Presto from Summer (The Four Seasons by Vivaldi) - Charlie Siem


Spooky mask.


Chris Kluwe Continues His Support for Equal Rights

Chris Kluwe Continues His Support for Equal Rights

Underground High School Paper Wins Award for LGBT Stories | Advocate.com

Underground High School Paper Wins Award for LGBT Stories | Advocate.com

What the video doesn't tell you is that the dork huckster is actually THE BEAST! :P


Broward County Schools in South Florida First in Nation to Recognize LGBT History Month

Broward County Schools in South Florida First in Nation to Recognize LGBT History Month

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Endorses Immigration Equality Bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Endorses Immigration Equality Bill: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has become the first Republican to sponsor the Uniting American Families Act, which would allow Americans to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration purposes. Such sponsorship is not currently allowed because the federal government cannot recognize same-sex binational couples under the Defense of Marriage Act. Collins explained, “This important civil rights...

Pressure Continues To Mount Against Boy Scouts Of America And Its Donors

Pressure Continues To Mount Against Boy Scouts Of America And Its Donors: Since the Boy Scouts of America announced it was sticking with its anti-gay policy in July, without any explanation as to why it was the “best policy for the organization,” pressure has increased against the group as well as its donors. In addition to a new steady stream of Eagle Scouts returning their badges, churches...

Mitt's Moochers: The Dangerous Lie His Funders Love to Hear

Mitt's Moochers: The Dangerous Lie His Funders Love to Hear

The Silent Soldiers Who Are Still ‘Unfit to Serve’

The Silent Soldiers Who Are Still ‘Unfit to Serve’

Mitt Antoinette by John Darkow




























from The Cagle Post 

Kevin Naff, editor of Washington Blade: Log Cabin members are not self-loathing closet cases more concerned with their bank accounts than their basic civil rights.

Romney woefully ill suited to be president

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Marriage Equality & TheFour.Com


Chick-Fil-A Cagily Suggests It May Be Backing Off Anti-Gay Donations

Chick-Fil-A Cagily Suggests It May Be Backing Off Anti-Gay Donations: As part of a deal to open a new location in Chicago, fast food giant Chick-Fil-A may have agreed this week to include an LGBT non-discrimination policy for workers and customers, and to stop donating to anti-gay groups...

Australian House Of Representatives Votes Down Same-Sex Marriage

Australian House Of Representatives Votes Down Same-Sex Marriage: A bill to pass same-sex marriage was overwhelmingly shot down in Australia’s House of Representatives this week with a vote of 98-42. Prime Minister Julia Gillard led the opposition...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Single

I’m 46--almost 47--and I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never even been on a proper date. I have, however, been in love, but I elected not to tell the young man I was in love with. I didn’t even tell him I was gay. And eventually he moved away and married a girl. At this point, I’m not sure I would want to have a relationship. I’m very much a loner, and I’m very independent. But I think I would have loved to have had a boyfriend when I was younger, and if I had, that may have changed the direction of my life.

The way I see it no one owes me a relationship. The fact that I wasn’t able to date when I was younger is in part, probably a large part, because of the homophobic culture in which I lived. However, I did meet some young men that I liked. Some of them were gay or bi. Some of them I’m not sure about, including the one I fell in love with. But I was very cautious, and I also thought of myself as unlovable, so I never pursued any of these guys. I never consciously let them know I was interested in them romantically.

I’m a very difficult person to get close to. I recognize that. I recognize the fact that I have played a part in the way my life has turned out. I also recognize that luck has a hand in the way things have turned out, too. What if I had went to work at KFC at sixteen rather than McDonald’s? What if I had went to the University of North Carolina rather than WVU? I may have met someone. I may have had my boyfriend. And if so, I might still be with him. Who knows?

I just don’t buy the idea that gay or bi men are generally self-centered, self-serving, untrustworthy scum because none of them have beat a path to my door to give me their hand in marriage and offered me just the kind of life and relationship I want. If they all pass me by, that is their right, and it’s not like I’ve put out the welcome sign.

Kim & John, Catholic Republicans voting "NO" on Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment.


New Ad: Straight, Catholic Republicans For Marriage Equality In Minnesota

New Ad: Straight, Catholic Republicans For Marriage Equality In Minnesota: Our guest blogger is Jack Jenkins, writer and researcher for the Center for America Progress’ Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. As the race tightens over Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment, supporters of marriage equality have released a new ad that cuts across political and religious lines. The ad, created by Minnesotans United for All Families, features...

Church Drops Boy Scouts Troop Over Gay Ban | Advocate.com

Church Drops Boy Scouts Troop Over Gay Ban | Advocate.com

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According to the report, about 70% of Boy Scout sponsors are churches, and half of those churches are Mormon.
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A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife

A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife

Clint Eastwood on Criticism, Gay Marriage and his Daughter's Boyfriend


Sandra Bernhard and John Waters On TheFour.Com & Marriage Equality


The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns out To Be a Sneering Plutocrat


Conservative columnist David Brooks blasts Mitt Romney

Thurston Howell Romney

Fox News Host Wants Federal Investigation into 'South Park' for Blasphemy

Fox News Host Wants Federal Investigation into 'South Park' for Blasphemy

Romney Adviser John Bolton Warns the Obama Administration might 'Reinstitute Blasphemy Laws'

Romney Adviser John Bolton Warns the Obama Administration might 'Reinstitute Blasphemy Laws'

11 Firsts After The Repeal of DADT | Advocate.com

11 Firsts After The Repeal of DADT | Advocate.com

One Marine Talks About His Dream World Do-Over in a Military Without DADT | Advocate.com

One Marine Talks About His Dream World Do-Over in a Military Without DADT | Advocate.com

Gay couple sues bed and breakfast owner for discrimination

Gay couple sues bed and breakfast owner for discrimination

Nigeria gives man three months jail for gay sex

Nigeria gives man three months jail for gay sex

Daniel Radcliffe LIVE CHAT w/ The Trevor Project


Australian Labor Senator Louise Pratt’s impassioned personal plea for marriage equality.


Top House Republican Supports Reinstating ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ If GOP Wins In November

Top House Republican Supports Reinstating ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ If GOP Wins In November: WASHINGTON, DC — A leading House Republican wants to re-instate the military’s former ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy if his party takes control in November. In an interview with ThinkProgress at the Values Voters Summit on Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said he “certainly” supports “going back to the previous policy” of Don’t Ask, Don’t...

New WA Poll Shows Growing Majority Support Marriage Equality

New WA Poll Shows Growing Majority Support Marriage Equality: A new Elway Poll of Washington state finds Washington’s Referendum 74, on the question of approving marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state, has a 52 to 40 percent lead. Two months ago, the same firm found marriage equality leading by a 49 to 39 percent plurality.

Monday, September 17, 2012

You will be missed.

Most everyone would adjust and carry on with their lives. That’s what we do. We can’t stop living just because we lose someone close to us. People lose husbands and wives. They lose boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters and dearest friends. But we go on working, and sleeping, and showering, eating, sipping tea, chatting, telling jokes, following the news, watching movies, reading books and planning vacations. And we don’t feel guilty about it because we know that if we were the one who was lost, we’d want those left behind to go on living. But that isn’t to say that we don’t miss the ones who are lost. We miss them, and one day you will be missed. You will be missed a lot in the beginning, and then now and then for years to come. Finally some elderly person who knew you back in the day will think of you and tears will well up in her eyes, and her grandchild will ask what is wrong, and she’ll tell the kid that she was just thinking of someone she knew a long time ago and then she’ll offer to drive the kid to the movies, or the park or the mall.



New Study Mischaracterizes ‘Sexting’ As A Public Health Concern

New Study Mischaracterizes ‘Sexting’ As A Public Health Concern: A study published in the Pediatrics journal today seeks to examine the connection between teenagers who send and receive sexually explicit messages on their cell phones — “sexting” — and teenagers who engage in sexually risky behavior, such as not using condoms. The study concludes that sexting is correlated with sexually risky behavior, and encourages...

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Those who engage in "sexting" are more likely to be sexually active, so they are more likely to be exposed to STDs or get pregnant.  The idea that if you just get teens to stop "talking dirty" they won't have any sexual thoughts or engage in any sexual activity until they get married is yet another example of adults wanting to avoid the issue of the burgeoning sexuality of the young.  The consequences are often bad enough for the straight kids, but if you're a LGBT youth and the adults in your life think that thinking and talking about LGBT stuff turns you LGBT, then you are often forced to finish gorwing up on your own while actively trying to keep your stupid and misinformed parents in the dark. 

Mitt Romney's Supreme Court Time Machine


The guy born with the silver spoon in his mouth says that those who support Obama feel they are entitled to food, housing and health care.


Prop 8 & Supreme Court in Just 1 Week: Sept 17 Marriage News Watch


POLL: Majority Supports Marriage Equality Nationwide

POLL: Majority Supports Marriage Equality Nationwide: For the past two years, polls have fairly consistently shown that a majority of Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples, but not every specific poll had quite as strong a result. One prominent survey, conducted regularly by the New York Times and CBS, had shown a plurality of support (46-44) as of July, but...

The Minnesota Twins has made an anti-bullying video but they don't mention It Gets Better or bullied LGBT youth.

Twins play it safe in anti-bullying video

LeVar Burton Joins NOH8 Campaign

LeVar Burton Joins NOH8 Campaign


                                                                   

Same-sex marriage: Getting to 'I do' took patience and a boost from a new generation

Same-sex marriage: Getting to 'I do' took patience and a boost from a new generation

Ref. 74: Join our 'I do' social media campaign to support same-sex marriage | Seattle Times

Ref. 74: Join our 'I do' social media campaign to support same-sex marriage | Seattle Times


Friday, September 14, 2012

Romeo e Giulietta - She will be love


Nino Rota - Romeo and Juliet - Love Theme


Saleem: Hillary Clinton to Shut Churches Down Next Year


Saleem: Terrorists using Colleges to Brainwash Students


King : Obama's "Leftist Minions" Are Working To Destroy America


Susan Sarandon speaks out in support of Maryland gay-marriage bill


John Waters at fundraiser for Maryland's gay-marriage campaign


NOM Fails To Skew New York Elections Against Marriage Equality-Supporting Republicans

NOM Fails To Skew New York Elections Against Marriage Equality-Supporting Republicans: The National Organization for Marriage invested large sums of money — it pledged millions, but how much it spent remains unclear — into fighting the Republican state senators in New York who voted for marriage equality last year and are seeking reelection. To that end, NOM seems to have had mixed results at best in yesterday’s low-turnout primary...

Real Minnesotans Voting No: Terry & Jesse Ventura


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Don't mess with the Queen


Senior leadership at Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines have announced their support for Washington United for Marriage and the campaign to Approve Referendum 74

Alaska Airlines supports marriage equality.

Man-hug update: Charlie Crist meets Fort Pierce pizza guy, gets the Obama treatment

Man-hug update: Charlie Crist meets Fort Pierce pizza guy, gets the Obama treatment


West Hollywood to make rainbow crosswalks permanent in honor of gay pride

West Hollywood to make rainbow crosswalks permanent in honor of gay pride

See the Prop. 8 Play on a Stage Near You


Gay German footballer fears for safety if he comes out

Gay German footballer fears for safety if he comes out

28 current gay-positive NFL players

28 current gay-positive NFL players

POLL: Iowans Less Concerned About Same-Sex Marriage, Justices

POLL: Iowans Less Concerned About Same-Sex Marriage, Justices: A new poll shows that Iowa voters are likely to retain four Iowa Supreme Court justices, including Justice David Wiggins, who was was part of the unanimous 2009 decision upholding same-sex marriage. Three justices were ousted in 2010 after Bob Vander Plaats led a vindictive campaign against them because of their ruling, and his group...

Admiral Mullen: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Was ‘An Issue Of Integrity’

Admiral Mullen: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Was ‘An Issue Of Integrity’: Admiral Michael Mullen sat down with OutServe magazine to discuss how he came to oppose the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy as President Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rather than cater to pre-existing sentiment, such as Marine Gen. James Amos’ support of the policy, Mullen insisted on investigating DADT and its...

Trans Group Condemns Anderson Cooper’s Sensationalist Segment

Trans Group Condemns Anderson Cooper’s Sensationalist Segment: The National Center for Transgender Equality is calling out Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show Anderson Live for a segment running today about a someone who claims Propecia, a medication for male pattern baldness, made her transgender. Contrary to her claims, the experience of gender identity is a person’s “internal sense” of their gender and that...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Milton Hershey School Will Pay $700,000 In Damages For Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Student

Milton Hershey School Will Pay $700,000 In Damages For Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Student: After Milton Hershey School denied admission last year to an HIV-positive 13-year-old, his parents filed a lawsuit alleging the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against their son based on his HIV status. The private boarding school reversed its decision last month, pledging to amend their policies to be more inclusive of...

Guest Sen. Roger Wicker sponsors bill that will outlaw gay marriages


Ann Romney Joins Cardinal Dolan In Declining Values Voter Summit Invitation

Ann Romney Joins Cardinal Dolan In Declining Values Voter Summit Invitation

American Who Sparked Libya, Egypt Unrest Hates Obama, Hearts the GOP

American Who Sparked Libya, Egypt Unrest Hates Obama, Hearts the GOP

The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Comics Adds Billy, A Gay Male Slayer

The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Comics Adds Billy, A Gay Male Slayer: I’ll admit that when I heard that Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics were adding a gay male slayer to the lineup, I was skeptical. I’ve always been invested in Buffy as a story specifically about what it means to be a girl and then a woman, what it means to have your strength devalued and...

Two Gay Candidates Win Delaware Primaries | Advocate.com

Two Gay Candidates Win Delaware Primaries | Advocate.com

Todd Akin Will Appear At Values Voters Summit


New Hampshire elects an openly gay state senator

New Hampshire elects an openly gay state senator

GOP Rep. Appears on White Nationalist Radio Show

GOP Rep. Appears on White Nationalist Radio Show

Census Data Collection Methods Leave LGBT Economic Inequities Invisible

Census Data Collection Methods Leave LGBT Economic Inequities Invisible: Our guest blogger is Jeff Krehely, Vice President for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Today the U.S. Census Bureau released data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage estimates for households in our country. As was the case last week when Census...

LPAC + Maine


POLAND: Catholic Church Launches Magazine About Exorcisms

POLAND: Catholic Church Launches Magazine About Exorcisms

Prop 8 Update: Will Marriages Be Back in California Soon?

Prop 8 Update: Will Marriages Be Back in California Soon?

Ann Romney Backs Out Of Values Voters Summit

Ann Romney Backs Out Of Values Voters Summit: The Family Research Council has a particularly manipulative way of advertising its Values Voters Summit, which takes place this week in Washington, DC. The hate group lists all of the speakers it has invited, then gives them asterisks when they confirm that they are attending. Apparently this tactic even applies to their hour-by-hour itinerary, which...

VIDEO: Tommy Thompson Actually Shrugged Off Top Adviser’s Gay-Baiting, Kept Him On Staff

VIDEO: Tommy Thompson Actually Shrugged Off Top Adviser’s Gay-Baiting, Kept Him On Staff: ThinkProgress reported Tuesday evening that former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) apologized for the gay-baiting email and tweet sent by his political director Brian Nemoir targeting his Senate opponent Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D). But video of Thompson addressing the situation suggests that his concern over the incident is minimal, and he apparently feels he has...

New National Strategy For Suicide Prevention Calls For More Data On LGBT Communities

New National Strategy For Suicide Prevention Calls For More Data On LGBT Communities: Suicide has become a major source of concern for LGBT communities over the last several years. In the new 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, the Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention highlight the disproportionately heavy impact of suicide on the LGBT population: The prevalence of suicide attempts among gay and...

BBC investigation reveals police persecution of gays in Iraq

BBC investigation reveals police persecution of gays in Iraq

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Romney the rich, self-serving homophobe.


POLL: 56 Percent Support Marriage Equality In Washington

POLL: 56 Percent Support Marriage Equality In Washington: A new SurveyUSA poll shows support for Referendum 74, the ballot referendum on Washington’s marriage equality law, is surging with 56 percent approval and only 38 percent rejection. This is a significant bump from the 50 percent support SurveyUSA found just two months ago. Public Policy Polling found in June that 51 percent were prepared...

Stephen Fry with his husband Stephen Webb


Frank Ocean


A Bullied Student Finds an Inspiring Hero


Four-Year-Old Evangelist


Murdoch advises Romney to move toward the middle and take far right for granted because they have nowhere else to go.

















via JMG

New NFL Pants Offer A Surprising Look

New NFL Pants Offer A Surprising Look


Marriage Cases Reach Supreme Court: Sept 10 Marriage News Watch


World Trade Center Commemorative Time-Lapse


LGBT Allies Discourage Lawmakers From Participating In Values Voters Conference

LGBT Allies Discourage Lawmakers From Participating In Values Voters Conference: Several prominent social justice groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, and National Council of La Raza, have sent a letter discouraging public officials from participating in the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit this weekend. Among the confirmed speakers are vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Eric...

Tennessee Teacher Pushed Out For Supporting Free Speech Of Gay And Atheist Students

Tennessee Teacher Pushed Out For Supporting Free Speech Of Gay And Atheist Students: In May, the Lenoir City High School faculty was threatened with a criminal investigation for publishing a yearbook story titled, “It’s OK To Be Gay.” The student newspaper at the same Knoxville, Tennessee school was barred from publishing a piece by an atheist student explaining her lack of beliefs, which was later released in a...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Anderson Cooper talks about coming out.


Jon Hamm


Survey: Seven in Ten Constitutional Law Professors Believe DOMA Is Unconstitutional

Survey: Seven in Ten Constitutional Law Professors Believe DOMA Is Unconstitutional: Gay conservative law Professor Dale Carpenter conducted a survey of nearly 500 of his fellow constitutional law professors asking their views on marriage equality and the Constitution. He discovered that, at least among this set of constitutional experts, federal marriage discrimination is overwhelmingly viewed as unconstitutional and a solid majority believe state discrimination is unconstitutional...

Check Out Zac Efron in His First Gay Interview | Advocate.com

Check Out Zac Efron in His First Gay Interview | Advocate.com

Aussie Footballer Comes Out, Encourages Gay Acceptance For League | Advocate.com

Aussie Footballer Comes Out, Encourages Gay Acceptance For League | Advocate.com

t-shirt: Get A Kluwe | Support Marriage Equality Now

Get A Kluwe | Support Marriage Equality Now


Same-sex couple challenges Michigan's marriage amendment


New Edition Of Monopoly Honors Gay Computer Genius Alan Turing

New Edition Of Monopoly Honors Gay Computer Genius Alan Turing


Vice President Joe Biden on marriage equality in America: "It's going to happen"

Vice President Joe Biden on marriage equality in America: "It's going to happen"

House Dems intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

House Dems intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

Democrats Advance Trans Rights, But Rarely Say So In Charlotte

Democrats Advance Trans Rights, But Rarely Say So In Charlotte

Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond pens op-ed on marriage equality in Maryland

Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond pens op-ed on marriage equality in Maryland

Antibullying Project to Launch in Japan After Recent Teen Suicides | Advocate.com

Antibullying Project to Launch in Japan After Recent Teen Suicides | Advocate.com

Zimbabwe shuts, sues and persecutes gay association

Zimbabwe shuts, sues and persecutes gay association

Brad Pitt: Why my mother is wrong about Barack Obama and gay marriage

Brad Pitt: Why my mother is wrong about Barack Obama and gay marriage

Trans high schooler Seth Knop joins Michigan football team

Trans high schooler Seth Knop joins Michigan football team

STUDY: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Had No Impact On Military Readiness

STUDY: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Had No Impact On Military Readiness: The LGBT community will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” taking effect this month, and a new study shows that the change has had no negative impact on military readiness, morale, or unit cohesion. Aaron Belkin and his colleagues at the Palm Center conducted extensive interviews over the past...

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Fail To Understand Importance Of Funding Transgender Health Services

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Fail To Understand Importance Of Funding Transgender Health Services: Our guest bloggers are Andrew Cray, Research Associate, and Jeff Krehely, Vice President for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Last Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Michelle Kosilek, an inmate in the Massachusetts Department of Correction system, is entitled to receive sex reassignment surgery. This...

Maryland Delegate Acknowledges Football Player ‘Has First Amendment Rights’

Maryland Delegate Acknowledges Football Player ‘Has First Amendment Rights’: Anti-gay Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has backed off his attacks against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo after creating a media firestorm with his letter condemning the player’s support of marriage equality. Ayanbadejo responded on Friday that he was “surprised” by the letter, but that he wasn’t backing down and had his team’s support. Minnesota Vikings...

Gay Couple Sues Catholic Church For Discrimination In Property Sales

Gay Couple Sues Catholic Church For Discrimination In Property Sales: A gay couple in Massachusetts is suing the Catholic Church for discrimination after a church representative allegedly refused to sell them a house “because of the potentiality of gay marriages there.” James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed the suit on Monday, claiming that they were close to purchasing a mansion, named Oakhurst, when the church...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

WATCH Wanda Sykes Explains Why the GOP Hates Her | Advocate.com

WATCH Wanda Sykes Explains Why the GOP Hates Her | Advocate.com

Drew Barrymore rumored to have bought Hollywood gay club

Drew Barrymore rumored to have bought Hollywood gay club

Is This Emily Dickinson and Her Female Lover | Advocate.com

Is This Emily Dickinson and Her Female Lover | Advocate.com

Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

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Now that we have a documented and well publicized case of an elected official trying to use the power of his office to silence Brendon Ayanbadejo's support of marriage equality, I wonder if all those free speech loving Christians who ate all those chicken sandwiches last month will find a way to cheer on the Ravens player. 

NAKED HIGHWAY "TOUCH ME" HD MUSIC VIDEO (SAMANTHA FOX COVER)


Saturday, September 8, 2012