Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Athlete Ally Says Thank You to Jason Collins

Athlete Ally Says Thank You to Jason Collins

Routine HIV Screenings Now Recommended For All Adolescents And Adults

Routine HIV Screenings Now Recommended For All Adolescents And Adults: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued new recommendations on who should be routinely screened for HIV infection. Previously, USPSTF released recommendations that only high-risk individuals should be screened for HIV. Specifically, it concluded that “the benefit of screening adolescents and adults without risk factors for HIV is too small relative to potential...

Collins: Country Is Ready To Support


Basketball’s Gay Paragon

Basketball’s Gay Paragon

Ellen Congratulates Jason Collins


President Obama Applauds Jason Collins: LGBT People Are ‘Part Of The American Family’

President Obama Applauds Jason Collins: LGBT People Are ‘Part Of The American Family’: At the end of his press conference Tuesday morning, President Obama returned to the podium to respond to a question about NBA player Jason Collins coming out. Obama explained that “tolerance” falls short of including the LGBT community as part of the American family, and the country should be proud that young gay and lesbian...

Ah, you know I want the whole set. LOL


Monday, April 29, 2013

Creationists believe...


When I was about 4, I was swinging on our porch one summer afternoon, and I heard something. I jumped down from the swing, walked out into the yard, got down on my hands and knees by the porch and peered into the darkness. I heard the sound again, and when my eyes adjusted to the dim light, I saw a kitten, a frightened, lonely, lost little kitten. I reached in and called to this poor creature and he came to me. I picked him up, cuddled him, gently petted and comforted him. The kitten graciously accepted my love and rewarded me a number of times with sweet meows. The moment was magical. It turned out that the kitten belonged to a family up on the hill, and they came and collected him later that evening. I wasn’t allowed to keep the kitten, and that disappointed me, but the magical moment was mine, and I have never forgotten it.

Mary Thom, Prominent Feminist, LGBT Ally, Dies In Motorcycle Crash

SheWired - Mary Thom, Prominent Feminist, LGBT Ally, Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Victory in Delaware & Rhode Island: April 29 Marriage News Watch


Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake

Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake

Why Collins Wore Number 98 | Advocate.com

Why Collins Wore Number 98 | Advocate.com

FAFSA Form Will Now Recognize College Students’ Same-Sex Parents

FAFSA Form Will Now Recognize College Students’ Same-Sex Parents: Today the U.S. Department of Education announced a small but significant change to the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, that will make the application a more fair, effective, and efficient tool for students seeking financial aid to finance their college education. The FAFSA currently uses the terms “mother/stepmother” and “father/stepfather” when requesting...

Twitterverse Celebrates Basketball Player Jason Collins For Coming Out As Gay [Updated]

Twitterverse Celebrates Basketball Player Jason Collins For Coming Out As Gay [Updated]: Today, basketball player Jason Collins made history by coming out as the first openly gay player in any of the country’s four major professional sports organizations. Since the news broke earlier, Twitter has lit up with support from fellow athletes, coaches, celebrities, elected officials, and others. Here’s a sampling of some of the responses: Washington...

NBA Star Becomes First Openly Gay Player in Major League Sports | Advocate.com

NBA Star Becomes First Openly Gay Player in Major League Sports | Advocate.com

Vermont Requires Insurers To Cover Transgender Healthcare Needs

Vermont Requires Insurers To Cover Transgender Healthcare Needs: Last week, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, Division of Insurance issued a bulletin clarifying key protections for transgender Vermonters in health insurance. The bulletin clarifies that Vermont law prohibits gender identity discrimination in health coverage, including through the use of exclusions limiting benefits for medically necessary services provided to transgender people. The bulletin prohibits...

Saturday, April 27, 2013


The trouble with opening up and showing your vulnerability is that some will take the opportunity to offer you cheap advice not born of any concern for you, but the idea that the advice givers are more evolved than you. They see your vulnerability, use it to stroke their own egos while pretending to be helpful, and you are supposed to thank them for this.
So a god made us and all of the universe, and this god demands and expects that we do certain things and not do certain things, and if we don’t follow this god’s rules, we’ll be punished mercilessly for eternity, and if we do follow this god’s rules, we’ll be rewarded for eternity. And this god communicated these make or break rules to us by using its ghost or something to inspire human beings to write a huge collection of books that was later collected into one really big anthology which has been interpreted and translated over and over again throughout the centuries. Now here we are in the 21st century, and we’re expected to find this book, somehow know for certain that this god wrote it via humans, read it, understand it, and follow the instructions exactly, instructions which are said to be simple and clear even though many disagree about what the instructions are, and if we don’t, we deserve to be punished.

I’m not buying it.

Shaun's Surprise Proposal to Michael


Friday, April 26, 2013

Bill Aiming To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors To Be Introduced In New York

Bill Aiming To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors To Be Introduced In New York

Intersectionality: A Fun Guide


Where Marriage Equality Now Stands In Delaware

Where Marriage Equality Now Stands In Delaware: Next Wednesday, the Delaware Senate’s Executive Committee will consider HB 75, the same-sex marriage equality bill that passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Should it clear committee — which ThinkProgress has confirmed it likely will — the leadership would then be free to bring up the bill at any time they believed they had...

POLL: Majority Supports Marriage Equality In Minnesota

POLL: Majority Supports Marriage Equality In Minnesota: A new Survey USA poll shows that a 51 percent majority of Minnesota voters now support changing state law to recognize marriage equality. The division was narrow, however, with 47 percent saying they oppose the proposed legislation now pending in both chambers of the legislature. Just this week, the National Organization for Marriage was boasting...

Bishop Gene Robinson: Religion Did ‘Get It Wrong’ On LGBT Acceptance

Bishop Gene Robinson: Religion Did ‘Get It Wrong’ On LGBT Acceptance: Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson appeared on The Colbert Report last night to talk about how religion has become more accepting of LGBT people. Robinson explained, “We’re asking: Did the Church — did the Synagogue — get it wrong about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people? I think the answer is yes.” He helped Stephen Colbert understand that, just...

Federal Judge Eviscerates Oregon’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Federal Judge Eviscerates Oregon’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage: A federal judge has ruled that an Oregon public defender, Alison Clark, is entitled to health benefits for her same-sex spouse under the Federal Employees Health Care Benefits. Judge Harry Pregerson ruled that the denial of benefits was a violation of the Employment Dispute Resolution Plan’s nondiscrimination protections, arguing that both the federal Defense of Marriage Act...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What Old People Think About Gay Sex.


Philadelphia Passes Groundbreaking LGBT Protections In Healthcare And Employment

Philadelphia Passes Groundbreaking LGBT Protections In Healthcare And Employment: The Philadelphia City Council passed a groundbreaking new bill advancing LGBT equality today with a sweeping 14-3 vote. Here are a few of the bill’s provisions: Businesses that offer employee health plans that include same-sex partners will receive a tax credit incentive. The city’s health care plan can not discriminate against non-union transgender city employees....

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George W. Bush Refuses To Weigh In On Gay Marriage

George W. Bush Refuses To Weigh In On Gay Marriage

Santa Fe City Council Approves Marriage Equality Resolution

Santa Fe City Council Approves Marriage Equality Resolution: In March, lawmakers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including Mayor David Coss (D), urged the City Council to adopt a resolution clarifying that marriage for same-sex couples is legal. Indeed, nothing in the state’s law suggests otherwise. Wednesday night, the Council voted 5-3 to approve that resolution, which urges the attorney general and county clerks...

ENDA Once Again Introduced By Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers

ENDA Once Again Introduced By Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers: In the United States today, it’s perfectly legal under federal law and in a majority of states to fire someone for being LGBT. Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate once again introduced legislation that would change that. If passed, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) would prohibit most public...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homophobe Bar


Rhode Island Becomes 10th State To Approve Marriage Equality

Rhode Island Becomes 10th State To Approve Marriage Equality: The Rhode Island Senate just voted 26-12 to approve marriage equality, guaranteeing that The Ocean State will be the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Because the Senate made some revisions to the bill, it still requires a final passage in the Rhode Island House, which will likely happen next Thursday. Back...

Rhode Island Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill | Advocate.com

Rhode Island Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill | Advocate.com

John Paulk Formally Renounces, Apologizes for Harmful 'Ex-Gay' Movement | Advocate.com

John Paulk Formally Renounces, Apologizes for Harmful 'Ex-Gay' Movement | Advocate.com

Fischer: Gays Should Face Job Discrimination Just As 'We Discriminate Against Shoplifters' | Right Wing Watch

Fischer: Gays Should Face Job Discrimination Just As 'We Discriminate Against Shoplifters' | Right Wing Watch

CWA's Crouse : Women's Rights Advocates are Waging the 'Real War on Women' | Right Wing Watch

CWA's Crouse : Women's Rights Advocates are Waging the 'Real War on Women' | Right Wing Watch
I believe that it’s important to acknowledge our limitations, and if there is a god or a spiritual dimension to life, I don’t think we can have absolute and certain understanding or awareness of it, so I reject dogma. I am not a “follower” of any particular faith tradition. That isn’t to say I discount it all and see no value in any of it. I view mythology as a kind of poetry that may reflect greater truths in a symbolic and metaphorical way. But as for solid, concrete answers, I have none, and I’m deeply skeptical of those who claim they do have solid, concrete answers.































Gay Marriage In The World

Former Ex-Gay Spokesman Issues Formal Apology

Former Ex-Gay Spokesman Issues Formal Apology

WATCH: Conservative Hispanic Conference Attendees Support LGBT Immigration Equality

WATCH: Conservative Hispanic Conference Attendees Support LGBT Immigration Equality: MIAMI, Florida — Though the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill working its way through the Senate would be a godsend for the roughly quarter-million undocumented LGBT immigrants in the United States, the bill still treats LGBT people unequally in one critical respect: couples’ immigration. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) currently prevents same-sex...

Former Ex-Gay Spokesperson Formally Apologizes For Promoting The Harmful Therapy

Former Ex-Gay Spokesperson Formally Apologizes For Promoting The Harmful Therapy: Earlier this month, John Paulk rebuked the ex-gay movement that he once championed as a spokesperson for Focus on the Family. Now he has issued a formal apology, clarifying that the therapy did not change his sexual orientation and admitting that he harmed people by suggesting otherwise. Here are some excerpts from his full apology: For the...

Louis Armstrong - All of me


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Alexander Rybak - All I do is dream of you


Tuesday, April 23, 2013




















“I’m exhausted, my feet are killing me, and the wedding I attended earlier was depressing. I asked my best friend why she’s marrying a gay man. She told me he isn’t gay, he’s ‘same-sex attracted’ and he’s left homosexuality for Jesus. I give it six months. …I need a drink.”



BREAKING: Delaware House Passes Marriage Equality

BREAKING: Delaware House Passes Marriage Equality: Adding to the good news of the day, the Delaware House of Representatives has approved marriage equality (HB 75) by a vote of 23-18. It now proceeds to the Senate, where it must pass out of committee before the full chamber considers it. Advocates are optimistic about passage. Governor Jack Markell (D) has strongly backed the...

BREAKING: Rhode Island Senate Committee Advances Marriage Equality

BREAKING: Rhode Island Senate Committee Advances Marriage Equality: Just now, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance marriage equality with a vote of 7-4. The bill is identical to one that already passed the House. A second bill under consideration that would have allowed a referendum to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry failed 5-6. It now advances to...

US: Church considering recognition of same-sex marriages and ordination of gay priests

US: Church considering recognition of same-sex marriages and ordination of gay priests

Father of gay teen who committed suicide will walk across U.S. to raise awareness of bullying

Father of gay teen who committed suicide will walk across U.S. to raise awareness of bullying

Gay Filmmakers and Boy Scouts


Rhode Island Republican Senators Unanimously Endorse Marriage Equality

Rhode Island Republican Senators Unanimously Endorse Marriage Equality: This afternoon, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on marriage equality legislation, and the chamber’s Republican Caucus has unanimously endorsed the bill. Though there are only five Republicans in the 38-member Senate, all five signed onto a letter released today declaring that “gay and lesbian couples deserve to be treated equally under the...

Nevada Senator Comes Out As Senate Approves Repeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Nevada Senator Comes Out As Senate Approves Repeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban: Monday night, the Nevada Senate voted 12-9 to repeal the state’s constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages. That language would be replaced to recognize all marriages between two people, “regardless of gender.” As BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner points out, the Senate is the first legislative chamber in the country to affirm the overturn...

One High Schooler’s Fight Against Abstinence Ed: ‘If I Can Succeed In West Virginia, Anyone Can’

One High Schooler’s Fight Against Abstinence Ed: ‘If I Can Succeed In West Virginia, Anyone Can’: As George Washington High School’s student vice body president, Katelyn Campbell believes it’s her responsibility to stand up for her classmates. That’s why, when her public school’s administrators brought a conservative religious speaker to advocate for “God’s plan for sexual purity” at a mandatory assembly, the West Virginia teen began to speak out against the...

BREAKING: French National Assembly Finalizes Passage Of Marriage Equality

BREAKING: French National Assembly Finalizes Passage Of Marriage Equality: The French National Assembly has finalized passage of the marriage equality bill with a vote of 331-225. Technically, New Zealand approved its bill before France, but together the two represent the 13th and 14th countries to legalize recognition of same-sex marriages. The National Assembly originally supported the bill 329-229 and the Senate passed it with a...

Monday, April 22, 2013

That's from Jesus!


Yeah, me, too. But I don't know how to stop. I've hated my body ever since I was a teenager. I'm short, and I was a little soft in the middle, but I believed that I was fat and unattractive. I found it hard to believe that anyone would be interested in me. This made it difficult for me to take care of my body because I didn't value it. In a way, I felt betrayed by it. I was sure I was supposed to look like those slimmer models from Bel Ami. What happened? Some times I don't even want to go outside because I don't want anyone to see me. I feel repulsive most of the time. I know I shouldn't feel this way. I know it's irrational, counter productive, but I can't seem to switch it off.

Marriage Bill Advances in Delaware: April 22 Marriage News Watch


Bill Clinton Will Keep Working Until All People ‘Can Marry The People They Love’

Bill Clinton Will Keep Working Until All People ‘Can Marry The People They Love’: On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton became the inaugural recipient of GLAAD’s “Advocate for Change” award for his advocacy for marriage equality over the past few years. During his speech, Clinton praised GLAAD for their work in helping people better appreciate the lives of LGBT people, and he committed to doing the same until equality...

EXCLUSIVE: Major GOP Powerbroker Endorses Marriage Equality

EXCLUSIVE: Major GOP Powerbroker Endorses Marriage Equality: Fred Malek has a storied history in the Republican Party. He held several significant roles the Nixon Administration (though one of them implicated him directly in his boss’ anti-Semitic crusade), and filled top-level roles in Republican presidential campaigns in 1972, 1992, and 2008. Most recently, he founded the big-money American Action Network, a conservative 501c(4)...

Darren Criss sings out against DOMA at the #glaadawards


Thousands rally in support of marriage equality in Paris.

France: Paris protesters say "oui" to gay marriage

Friday, April 19, 2013

When I was very young, my father used to whip me for making noise. He used his belt and switches made from tree branches to spank my bare bottom. He used to carry me out of church and spank me in the parking lot if I didn’t sit still.

My mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and she developed a delusional system that involved our preacher, our preacher’s son and me. She thought she was actually married to the preacher, and that the preacher’s son and I were twins. The people in the church decided that she needed to go to some kind of Christian treatment center. My mother wasn’t willing to go on her own, so the preacher and several of the men in our church literally kidnapped my mother and took her to this place. They did this right in front of me. I was four years old. My father let them. He did not try to consol me in any way.

The “pray away the psychosis therapy” didn’t work of course, and my mother was soon sent home. My father didn’t have my mother committed to a real hospital where she received professional and effective care from real doctors until I was a senior in high school. It took him all that time to finally accept that my mother had a real illness and that she wasn’t acting crazy out of spite, and that she wasn’t simply going to snap out of it. It took him all that time to figure out that she was mentally ill and it was up to him to make medical decisions for her because he was her husband. By then, my sister had graduated from high school four years before, and I was about to graduate in a few weeks.

Even though my mother was seriously ill, my father generally left it up to her to take care of my sister and me. He was raised to believe that looking after kids was “women’s work.” He showed very little interest in me as a person, as an individual with specific needs and my own perspective on the world. He never showed much interest in wanting to get to know me. I never noticed his face lighting up when he saw me. And every day he let me know what a bother it was to go to work to support me financially. When I was older, he used to sneer and look down on me for not being the kind of boy he expected. He would actually smirk when he thought I wasn’t being masculine enough.

When I figured out I was gay when I was 11, I felt I had to keep this a secret from everyone around me for my own personal safety. I did not trust anyone with this information, least of all my family, and especially my father. He had given me every indication that he wouldn’t be sympathetic or understanding. He had given me every indication that he wouldn’t even try to be sympathetic or understanding. He wasn’t interested in understanding me, the real me. He only wanted to see what was comfortable for him, which wasn’t much. Those first sexual and romantic feelings are delicate and fragile, and he would have smashed mine given half the chance.

Two years after I graduated from high school, my father had a massive heart attack. He survived, but he never fully recovered. His health became his primary focus for the last twenty-one years of his life. Even when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he was mainly concerned with his own health. After I had surgery to remove the tumor and was sent home, a clear liquid started coming out of my nose. I asked my father to call my doctor to see if this was anything to be concerned about. My father came back and informed me that the doctor had told him that I needed to get to the ER in Morgantown--a three hour’s drive--as quickly as possible. When I was being admitted, I was told that cerebral fluid was coming out of my nose and this was a life threatening situation. I needed emergency surgery to correct it. While I was being admitted, my father scolded me for being too active following my first head surgery. The nurse had to inform him that the situation was not my fault. After surgery, I wasn’t feeling so great, of course. My father stood by my bed and talked about how all the excitement had really gotten to him and he was sure it would cause him to have another heart attack.

I was in therapy throughout most of my twenties. I had to sort out my feelings of disappointment, regret, anger. I had to admit to myself that I had needs. When I was growing up, I needed to be cared for, nurtured and loved. I needed to feel safe and wanted and respected. And because these needs were not fully met, I had every right to be angry and disappointed. After that, I was able to look at the world through my parents’ eyes. They were who they were. I saw them as deeply flawed and limited people who did the best they could. I loved them, and I know they loved me in their crazy, twisted way.

Of course that doesn’t erase what happened. The anger is still there, the disappointment, the regret. And the effects of what happened are still with me--the PTSD, the depression, the mood swings, the social phobia. I’ve become a deeply flawed and limited person myself. But I loved my parents. I miss them every day. And even though life for me isn’t what it could have been or should have been, even though I’m insane and I don’t really fit in anywhere, most of the time I’m glad I survived, glad I’m here.

WATCH: A Beautiful Statement on Marriage Equality From a Young French Filmmaker | Advocate.com

WATCH: A Beautiful Statement on Marriage Equality From a Young French Filmmaker | Advocate.com

Rio De Janeiro State Legalizes Marriage

Rio De Janeiro State Legalizes Marriage

'I Don't Bluff, I Make Promises': Beck Gives Gov't Until Monday to Come Clean About Boston Bombing Cover-Up | Right Wing Watch

'I Don't Bluff, I Make Promises': Beck Gives Gov't Until Monday to Come Clean About Boston Bombing Cover-Up | Right Wing Watch

Montana: Governor signs bill decriminalizing homosexuality

Governor signs bill decriminalizing homosexuality

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Focus on the Family's 'Ex-Gay' Figurehead Denounces His Past | Advocate.com

Focus on the Family's 'Ex-Gay' Figurehead Denounces His Past | Advocate.com

POLL: 62 Percent Of Virginians Support Equal Rights For Same-Sex Couples

POLL: 62 Percent Of Virginians Support Equal Rights For Same-Sex Couples: A new Roanoke College poll shows growing support for marriage equality in Virginia, though still only a close 45 percent plurality supports it over 41 percent who oppose it. Other questions, however, reveal that when separated from the question of “marriage,” Virginians are much more eager to support same-sex couples. A solid 60 percent agree...



























"After a policeman in the Iranian Kurdish town of Marivan paraded an accused criminal in traditional Kurdish women’s clothes in the streets in order to humiliate him, women marched in the city condemning the use of women’s attire as a kind of humiliation. In support, an internet campaign of Kurdish and other Iranian men has sprung up showing men wearing Kurdish women’s clothes." 

Former Ex-Gay Spokesperson Finally Rebukes Harmful Therapy

Former Ex-Gay Spokesperson Finally Rebukes Harmful Therapy: John Paulk was once one of the most visible spokespeople for the ex-gay movement, appearing on the cover of Newsweek in 1998 under the headline “Gay For Life?” and championing Love Won Out ex-gay conferences across the country. For years, the group Truth Wins Out has been tracking Paulk’s continued presence at gay bars, and...

French President Condemns Surge Of Homophobic Violence

French President Condemns Surge Of Homophobic Violence: The French Parliament prepares for its final vote on marriage equality next week, and opponents of marriage equality have promised violence and homophobic attacks have begun to increase. French President François Hollande has denounced these reactions: HOLLANDE: Homophobic acts, violent acts have been committed. The right to protest is recognized by our constitution and accepted by the...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Earlier today I was trolling for pictures to share and came across a photo of a little boy getting beaten up by some other little boys. I noticed there was writing under the photo so I enlarged it thinking it would be a comment about bullying. It turns out that whoever wrote the comment believed the picture depicted a group of thugs taking away the little boy’s bicycle. The author went on to gripe about how in a republic such as ours, the majority doesn’t get to take away the individuals “things.”

In other words, liberty was reduced to property rights, and taxpayers were being compared to a bullied little boy.

If liberty means living in a country where the few with money are free to exploit those without, a country without a safety net, public education, some guarantee of basic health care, environmental regulations, work safety regulations and the like, then you can have it.

Below is a picture of downtown Pittsburgh taken in the 1940s. The streetlamps used to burn in Pittsburgh all day long because the air was polluted with so much soot. Libertarians may want to live in a hellish environment such as this. I do not. 

 

Anal Sex - John Corvino


High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal

High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal: A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college...

Delaware House Committee Advances Marriage Equality

Delaware House Committee Advances Marriage Equality: According to Equality Delaware, the Delaware House Administration Committee just voted 4-1 to advance marriage equality legislation to the full House. The legislation is expected to pass both chambers and Gov. Jack Markell (D) has committed to sign it into law. Marriage equality has the support of Delaware’s entire Congressional delegation, one of its largest...

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Happy day in New Zealand!



Patti Davis, Daughter Of Nancy Reagan, Says Her Mother Supports Gay Marriage

Patti Davis, Daughter Of Nancy Reagan, Says Her Mother Supports Gay Marriage

Marriage Equality Debate In Colombia – What You Need To Know

Marriage Equality Debate In Colombia – What You Need To Know

Maurice Williamson: 'Rainbow across my electorate'


Same-sex marriage should be legalized, Vietnam minister says

Same-sex marriage should be legalized, Vietnam minister says

Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill - Third Reading - Part 20


New Zealand Passes Marriage Equality, Bringing Country Count To 14

New Zealand Passes Marriage Equality, Bringing Country Count To 14: On Wednesday, the New Zealand Parliament voted 77-44 to approve marriage equality in its final reading, making it the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. This marks the first time a marriage equality law explicitly defines protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity — rescinding requirements that trans people divorce before...

Washington McDonald’s Models Safe Bathrooms For Transgender Customers

Washington McDonald’s Models Safe Bathrooms For Transgender Customers: A McDonald’s franchise in Seattle, Washington provides a perfect example of how easy it is to make sure transgender customers feel safe using the restaurant’s restrooms. A policy posted on bathroom doors reads the following: We respect the rights of all customers and employees. We believe all people must have access to safe and dignified...

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: Struggle for LGBT right one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Andrew Garfield: 'Of Course I’m in Favor of Marriage Equality' | Advocate.com

Andrew Garfield: 'Of Course I’m in Favor of Marriage Equality' | Advocate.com

8 Things You Must Know About the Meningitis Outbreak | Out Magazine

8 Things You Must Know About the Meningitis Outbreak | Out Magazine

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According to Boston Pride, the man on the far right is out gay police officer Javier Pagan.

Hawaii Judge Rules Against Discriminating Bed & Breakfast

Hawaii Judge Rules Against Discriminating Bed & Breakfast: A judge in Hawaii’s first circuit has ruled that the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Hawai’i Kai was violating state law when it discriminated against a same-sex couple and imposed an injunction preventing it from ever doing so again. Lambda Legal represented the couple, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford, but the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission...

POLL: 62 Percent Of New Jersey Voters Would Vote For Marriage Equality

POLL: 62 Percent Of New Jersey Voters Would Vote For Marriage Equality: A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds that an overwhelming number of New Jerseyans want to vote on the question of same-sex marriage so that they can approve it. According to the poll, 69 percent of respondents support a referendum, and 62 percent of respondents would vote yes for marriage equality while only 30 percent would oppose...




































He said breathlessly, “Gary, I have this fantasy of being taken on top of a counter…like this one. I want to be left disheveled and smelling of Chinese photinia. I want my cheeks to be flushed with the afterglow. I want people to know simply by looking at my face that a man just had his way with me…right here on this counter.”

I said, “Really? Cool fantasy. …hey, where are your other customers?”

“I put the ‘Out To Lunch’ sign on the door.”

“Well then, I’ll let you eat, dear. I can come back another time.”

Ten years later it hits me. I sit bolt upright in bed in the middle of the night when I realize that was a pass and I totally missed it.

 




Magic Johnson Son EJ's First Coming Out Interview--Gwissues


Monday, April 15, 2013

Multiple Marriage Bills Near Vote: April 15 Marriage News Watch


Erik Rush: Kill All Muslims in Response to Boston Marathon Attack | Right Wing Watch

Erik Rush: Kill All Muslims in Response to Boston Marathon Attack | Right Wing Watch

Grafton, West Virginia, 2003


Eighty Percent of Gays in China Marry People of Opposite Sex | Advocate.com

Eighty Percent of Gays in China Marry People of Opposite Sex | Advocate.com

Final French Marriage Vote: April 23rd

Final French Marriage Vote: April 23rd

NEW SHIP NAMED AFTER SALLY RIDE

NEW SHIP NAMED AFTER SALLY RIDE

NEW ZEALAND: Parliament To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Vote This Week

NEW ZEALAND: Parliament To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Vote This Week

Georgia Governor Calls Push To End Segregated Prom A ‘Silly Publicity Stunt’

Georgia Governor Calls Push To End Segregated Prom A ‘Silly Publicity Stunt’: During the long fight to end apartheid in the American South, defenders of segregation would frequently dismiss civil rights workers as nothing more than “outside agitators” intruding on communities that did not want them. Nearly 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, little appears to have changed in the Georgia governor’s mansion. In response...

Friday, April 12, 2013

The French marriage equality bill will go back to the Assembly for reconciliation in five days rather than May 20.

France Speeds Up Marriage Bill

France To Become 13th Country With Marriage Equality As Senate Approves Bill

France To Become 13th Country With Marriage Equality As Senate Approves Bill: As expected, the French Senate granted final approval to marriage equality legislation today by a show-of-hands vote. The National Assembly must hold another vote in May to review some minor amendments that were made in the Senate, but given the bill originally passed there by a 100-vote margin, the extra vote poses no real threat...

POLL: Overwhelming Majority Supports Federal Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

POLL: Overwhelming Majority Supports Federal Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that nearly two-thirds of voters (63 percent) support the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages when they’re legal in states, while only 34 percent oppose this recognition. This is the question the Supreme Court is weighing in a case about the Defense of Marriage Act. The poll also...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Riding High: Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres's Ranch | Decor






































Riding High: Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres's Ranch

Missing: FBI Special Agent Cooper


Two More House Democrats Endorse Marriage Equality

Two More House Democrats Endorse Marriage Equality: Two Democratic Congressmen endorsed marriage equality Thursday. In statements on their Facebook pages, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) joined the vast majority of their Democratic colleagues and two House Republicans in supporting equal marriage for same-sex couples. Kind wrote: My 18-year marriage to Tawni has taught me that we’re both stronger...

Delaware Unveils Marriage Equality Bill | Advocate.com

Delaware Unveils Marriage Equality Bill | Advocate.com

Marriage Equality Nations


Raw: Uruguay Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage


French Senate Approves Same-Sex Adoption

French Senate Approves Same-Sex Adoption: The French Senate has approved another essential component of the marriage equality legislation, an article approving adoption rights for same-sex couples. With both that article and the basic marriage equality article passed, it’s likely the Senate will have no trouble passing the full bill in its entirety, but that might still take several weeks. It...

Uruguay Becomes 12th Country To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Uruguay Becomes 12th Country To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage: With a vote of 71-21, the Uruguay House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday. With the Senate’s approval last week and the President’s promise to sign it, Uruguay is officially the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage. It is only the second in Latin America, along with Argentina, although Mexico City offers same-sex marriage...
Last night I dreamed that I was a teenage college boy again and that Tom Selleck seduced me. Even though he’s not exactly my type, I didn’t resist. I let him do whatever he wanted. I then joined his teen college boy harem.

Glenda Jackson launches tirade against Thatcher in tribute debate


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

French Senate Approves Adoption Component Of Marriage Equality Bill

French Senate Approves Adoption Component Of Marriage Equality Bill

Marriage equality passes in Uruguay.















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Random Sunday/ Moving Day


Montana House Votes To Repeal Unconstitutional Sodomy Law

Montana House Votes To Repeal Unconstitutional Sodomy Law: Just now, the Montana House held its third and final vote on SB 107, a bill to repeal the state’s unconstitutional sodomy law. The final vote was 64-36, meaning there were still 36 lawmakers who believes that gay sex should remain criminal under law. As ThinkProgress reported Wednesday, the state’s only current openly LGBT lawmaker...

Evolution of Marriage Equality


Washington Attorney General Sues Florist For Anti-Gay Discrimination

Washington Attorney General Sues Florist For Anti-Gay Discrimination: In March, Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts in Richland, Washington refused to provide wedding flowers to Rob Ingersoll and his partner, even though they’d been long-time customers of the florist. After owner Barronelle Stuzman informed Ingersoll that she could not provide the flowers because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ,” Ingersoll shared his story online and...

French Senate Approves Crucial Vote On Marriage Equality

French Senate Approves Crucial Vote On Marriage Equality: Late Tuesday night the French Senate approved the first article of the marriage equality legislation, which grants same-sex couples the right to marry, by a vote of 179-157 after 10 hours of debate. This is not the final step for the bill, but suggests its likelihood of passing. The Senate must still approve a separate...
I’ve been remembering my mother tonight. She had the worst psychotic breakdown of her life in 2001. She was in and out of the hospital at least six times that year. So many times I lost count. We would have her committed, they’d give her massive doses of antipsychotic medications, and when they thought she was stabilized, they would release her. But she kept relapsing. Finally her condition deteriorated to the point that she had to be led around by the arm. She was so lost inside her own head that she hardly recognized what was going on around her.

Mother usually fought hospitalization, but this time she was so ill she didn’t even realize we were taking her to the hospital. I sat with her out in the waiting room as Dad filled out all the necessary paperwork and signed all the forms. The two of us had been sitting there about twenty minutes when she finally turned to me and asked, “Where are we?” She hadn’t even realized we had left home.

When they were ready to admit her, I led her onto the ward. It was a locked ward with security guards, long, meandering corridors, and a number of doors that had to be opened for us by an employee with a key. When we got there, a nurse immediately realized how confused she was and pulled up a chair for her beside the nurses’ station. I told her to sit down, and she did just as I asked. Dad spoke to someone behind the counter for a few minutes, and then we told Mother we were leaving and that we’d be back to visit the next day. She didn’t know what we meant. She continued to sit there staring off into space and talking to the people who lived inside her imagination. Mother was completely helpless and at the mercy of others.

When we went back the next day, they wouldn’t allow her to see us in the visiting room. There was too many unfamiliar people in the visiting room, and they wanted to keep her behind all those locked doors, so we had our visit in an office beside the nurses’ station. We were told that she believed that she was visiting her family. She thought some of the nurses were her sisters and sisters-in-law.

After she had been in the hospital a number of times, her doctor told us that it was possible that she wouldn’t pull out of it this time and that we might have to put her in a long term treatment facility. Thankfully by October she started to get well, but the breakdown and the drugs took their toll. She didn’t do much of anything those last two years except sleep and eat. After breakfast, she would lie down on the sofa in the living room, and that’s where she stayed all day. The only time she smiled was when I brought her pill to her in the evening. She could go to bed after she took her pill, and that made her happy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gay marriage law passes crucial vote in French Senate – France WILL have gay marriages!

Gay marriage law passes crucial vote in French Senate – France WILL have gay marriages!

Fine and Dandy


Full Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Rejects Cuccinelli’s Bid To Reinstate Anti-Sodomy Law

Full Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Rejects Cuccinelli’s Bid To Reinstate Anti-Sodomy Law: Late last month, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) filed a petition asking the full United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reinstate Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” law, which makes oral and anal sex a felony. A three-judge panel of that same court had struck down the law, noting that it cannot...

The Perversions of Quiet Girls


Stand up for Trans rights.


REPORT: Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars Fund LGBT Employee Discrimination

REPORT: Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars Fund LGBT Employee Discrimination: As Americans scramble to complete their taxes this week, a report released today finds that the federal government funnels nearly $300 billion in taxpayer dollars to businesses in states where it’s perfectly legal to discriminate against LGBT workers. Although nine in ten Americans mistakenly believe that it is already illegal to fire someone simply for...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Colton Haynes and John Barrowman


Second Ill. GOP State Rep Supports Marriage Equality | Advocate.com

Second Ill. GOP State Rep Supports Marriage Equality | Advocate.com

Michigan Governor Won’t Condemn Committeeman’s Anti-Gay Screed

Michigan Governor Won’t Condemn Committeeman’s Anti-Gay Screed: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) refused to condemn a member of the state’s Republican National Committee for railing against gay people in a Facebook post and arguing that medical statistics show “their lifestyle usually leads to early death.” A growing number of young party leaders have called on Dave Agema, a former state representative, to...

Beck: Gay Marriage Is Winning Because it is About Freedom and 'the Principle of it is Right' | Right Wing Watch

Beck: Gay Marriage Is Winning Because it is About Freedom and 'the Principle of it is Right' | Right Wing Watch

Six More Senators Announce Marriage Support: April 8 Marriage News Watch

Six More Senators Announce Marriage Support: April 8 Marriage News Watch

Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke aged 87

Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke aged 87

Richard Socarides: Coming Out to Dad | Out Magazine

Richard Socarides: Coming Out to Dad | Out Magazine

'Accept' and 'Tolerate' My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

'Accept' and 'Tolerate' My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Fail To Distort Oregon Ballot Initiative Language

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Fail To Distort Oregon Ballot Initiative Language: Advocates in Oregon are working to amend the state’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage through a ballot initiative in 2014. Opponents are already trying to disrupt this process by challenging the language for the proposed initiative. The Oregon Family Council argued that the proposal would require every governmental agency in Oregon to issue marriage licenses...

Culture Wars: The Gift That No Longer Gives For Today’s Conservatives

Culture Wars: The Gift That No Longer Gives For Today’s Conservatives: Several weeks ago, I did a post examining the state of play in the “culture wars’ between conservatives and progressives.  I argued that: The culture wars as we have known them are…likely coming to an end.  Demographic change is undercutting both the level and salience of conservative cultural views, thereby reducing the effectiveness of such...

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson Endorses Marriage Equality

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson Endorses Marriage Equality: The avalanche of Democratic Senators endorsing marriage equality continues today as Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), who is retiring at the end of his current term, added his support. He told David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that his “views have evolved”: JOHNSON: After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality...

Friday, April 5, 2013

I have PTSD and social phobia. I have depression issues. Mood swings. Anxiety. I’m a bundle of nerves. I was in therapy for years. I took mountains of prescription drugs. I was in the hospital for depression and suicidal ideation several times. I had electro shock. They considered putting me in a group home.

It’s very hard for me to make friends and I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never even been out on a real date before. I’m also on disability social security. I had a few jobs when I was younger. I worked at McDonald’s for a while. I worked at Wal-Mart. I worked in a grocery store, a gourmet food store. I had a work-study job at the Dean of Student’s office at WVU. They all ended up driving me crazy because I had to be around people too much.

But I tried very hard to prepare myself for some kind of rewarding career. I tried to be more sociable. I tried to be open to a romantic relationship. I tried. I tried. I tried.

In frustration, I once told my therapist that I felt like one of those frightened old dogs who hides under the porch most of the time. Rather than assuring me that everything would get better, easier, she responded in a way that really helped and really showed that she understood.

She reminded me that people love their old dogs who hide under the porch. Some people understand that life has hurt them, and they don’t expect them to be any different from what they are. In fact they love them all the more because they realize the dog that hides under the porch needs their love, and they relish those good days when the dog manages to come out from under the porch for a few minutes.

Her comment made it easier for me to accept myself the way I am. So what if I’m a broken down old dog who hides under the porch? There are worse things. Far worse things.

Blackberries That Tell Everyone You’re Looking At Porn Are Part Of A Much Bigger Problem

Blackberries That Tell Everyone You’re Looking At Porn Are Part Of A Much Bigger Problem: BlackBerry 10 users who like to enjoy adult entertainment on their devices may want to think twice about opting into the device’s music sharing feature. While at first glance the “Show What I’m Listening To” feature sounds like it would merely share your music listening habits with your BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) contacts, what it actually...

Two Red State Senators Come Out In Support Of Marriage Equality

Two Red State Senators Come Out In Support Of Marriage Equality: Two more Democratic Senators have added their support for marriage equality, leaving only four Democratic senators who have not done so. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) posted the following on his Facebook page: In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House...

Rutgers To Oust Athletics Director Who Protected Abusive Coach

Rutgers To Oust Athletics Director Who Protected Abusive Coach: Various media outlets, including The New Jersey Star-Ledger, are reporting today that Rutgers University is terminating its relationship with Athletic Director Tim Pernetti after he protected abusive basketball coach Mike Rice. Pernetti had seen video of Rice’s violent and verbal harassment of players, including anti-gay slurs, but chose not to fire him, instead punishing him...

Texas Lawmaker Withdraws Amendment To Punish Universities For Offering LGBT Support

Texas Lawmaker Withdraws Amendment To Punish Universities For Offering LGBT Support: University LGBT resource centers in Texas may be safe for now. Thursday night, state Rep. Bill Zedler (R) withdrew his amendment to the appropriations bill that would have cut funding for any public universities that provided support service for LGBT students. Zedler did not explain his decision to withdraw, but his actions mirror those of...

Texas A&M Student Body President Vetoes Bill To Defund LGBT Center

Texas A&M Student Body President Vetoes Bill To Defund LGBT Center: John Claybrook, Student Body President at Texas A&M University, has vetoed a bill passed by the student senate that would allow students to opt out of funding campus services if they have religious objects. Until it was revised at Wednesday night’s meeting, the bill specifically targeted the university’s GLBT Resource Center. Claybrook explained his veto...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Florida Senator Bill Nelson Endorses Marriage Equality

Florida Senator Bill Nelson Endorses Marriage Equality: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is the latest Democratic Senator to offer his full support for marriage equality: It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today “… that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit...






























The World Is Not Over

Maddow: I Never Fit In -- That's My Superpower

SheWired - Maddow: I Never Fit In -- That's My Superpower

Film Critic, LGBT Supporter Roger Ebert Dies | Advocate.com

Film Critic, LGBT Supporter Roger Ebert Dies | Advocate.com

Proposal to allow official North Carolina state religion dead in legislature

Proposal to allow official North Carolina state religion dead in legislature

Texas School Will Allow Student To Wear Dress To Prom

Texas School Will Allow Student To Wear Dress To Prom: In February, Spring High School in Texas told student George “Tony” Zamazal that she would not be allowed to wear a dress to prom, even though she feels more comfortable dressing as a woman and identifying with female pronouns. The ACLU intervened on her behalf, and now the school has relented, explaining that Tony could...

The Great Gatsby Trailer w/ New Music by Beyoncé x André 3000, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine


Magic Johnson Tells All -- Gay Son, Black Hatred & Closeted Athletes Coming Out

Magic Johnson Tells All -- Gay Son, Black Hatred & Closeted Athletes Coming Out

POLL: Majority Believe U.S. Constitution Should Determine Marriage Equality

POLL: Majority Believe U.S. Constitution Should Determine Marriage Equality: A new poll from Quinnipiac University has found the strongest support for marriage equality a Quinnipiac poll has ever found. For the first time, a Quinnipiac poll shows 50 percent support same-sex marriage while just 41 percent oppose it, a 28-point shift from just five years ago (36-55). Beyond that result, 56 percent believe that...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bill O’Reilly Blows Up At Laura Ingraham In Epic Segment Over His ‘Thump The Bible’ Comments

Bill O’Reilly Blows Up At Laura Ingraham In Epic Segment Over His ‘Thump The Bible’ Comments

Change your underwear at least twice a week.


Fabulous Hair


Eleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying Their State Can Ignore The Constitution

Eleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying Their State Can Ignore The Constitution: The Constitution “does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional” according to a resolution sponsored by North Carolina House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes (R) and ten of his fellow Republicans — a statement that puts them at odds with over...

Rutgers Fires Homophobic Basketball Coach, Protects Top Administrators

Rutgers Fires Homophobic Basketball Coach, Protects Top Administrators: A new video revealed that Rutger University’s men’s basketball coach Mike Rice abused players by throwing basketballs at them violently, shoving them, and harassing them with profane and homophobic language, including “fucking faggot.” Rutgers administrators knew of complaints since last summer, but didn’t see the video footage until December, when they suspended Rice for three...

Civil Unions Are Now Legal In Bisbee, Arizona

Civil Unions Are Now Legal In Bisbee, Arizona: The city council in Bisbee, Arizona voted 5-2 Tuesday to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. Bisbee is a former mining town that has now become an artist’s haven of about 5,600  people. Same-sex couples there will now be able to go to City Hall, pay $76 (the same cost of a marriage license in...

Ghosts From The Past

A few minutes ago, I decided to “unfriend” someone I knew when I was in high school. He sent me a friend request over a year ago. I accepted and sent him a private message to tell him that it was great to hear from him. His response was curt, not at all friendly or warm. I suspected that he had a look at my wall and realized I was one of those gays. But I didn’t really know that for sure, so ...I left it alone. He never contacted me again after that, and every time I had a look at his page, I was disturbed. I found comments on his wall that were pretty close to racist. Last summer he made a silly crack about how foolish gay people were for being surprised to learn the CEO of Chick-fil-A is against marriage equality because he’s Christian. As if we were surprised. And as if all Christians are homophobic. How stupid and uninformed can you get? He also posted a number of comments that showed his disdain for poor people and government programs designed to help them. And not long ago, he posted a comment about how it was a bad idea to cut military spending because government military contracts provide jobs. Such blatant hypocrisy.

All of this made me wonder why we were Facebook friends. We were friendly back in middle school and high school. And to be honest, I had a bit of a crush on him. But we weren’t close friends, and it seems we have very little in common now.  (As for the teenage crush… Well, it died when I saw recent photos and discovered he now looks like Gomez Addams with a hangover. He was never much of a looker really. He was just a boy who payed a little bit of attention to me, and I needed a boy to like me.) 

So far only a handful of people from high school have looked me up here on Facebook, and each time it’s been awkward and disappointing. All these encounters seem to do is remind me of how alone and isolated I felt when I was young. It opens up old wounds, and for a few minutes, I become that frightened boy again. I don’t want to ever be that scared or insecure again.