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The Daily Sheet January - April 2015
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:20:12 PM »



Tuesday, January 6th, 2015




Gay Marriage Comes to Florida, or Does It?





Florida is a state that has been at the center of the gay marriage fight for a while, with many different aspects coming to the forefront.

It was decided that gay marriage would be legal in Florida, and then a stay was petitioned for, and a judge ruled against the stay, then Florida's Attorney General (Pamela Bondi) vowed to fight to keep gay marriage illegal, and then decided that it was inevitable and reversed her decision.  Gay couples are ready to get married.

Now, a new snag is happening.  A number of courthouses have reported that their clerks are not comfortable issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, so a decision has been made that NO couples will be able to get married in their courthouses, whether they are straight or gay.

‘It was decided as a team, as an office, this would be what we do so that there wouldn’t be any discrimination … The easiest way is to not do them at all.  I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Personally it would go against my beliefs to perform a ceremony that is other than that.’


Gay Marriage Comes to Florida, or Does It?





India Elects First Trans Mayor






An independent candidate yesterday (4 January) became the first transgender mayor of an Indian city after winning election in Raigarh. Madhu Kinnar, 35, beat the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate by 4,537 votes in Chhattisgarh state's sixth largest city.

'People voted for me as promises made by BJP and Congress [parties] were never fulfilled. My victory is a reflection of peoples' love and blessings,'

Kinnar, who is from the 'untouchable' Dalit caste, dropped out of school after eighth grade and used to sing and dance on trains for money.  She said cleanliness and the construction of drains were her priorities.


India Elects First Trans Mayor








Conchita Wurst and Vladimir Putin?





Conchita Wurst rose to fame as the first drag queen to win the Eurovision Song contest last year.  Since then, Wurst has been busy, with appearances at Pride events across Europe, and recording her debut CD.  Her latest single (Heroes) went Top 10 in her native Austria.

She's now made headlines by saying that she (actually, he, in his out of drag identity of Thomas Neuwirth) would like to spend a week with Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.  Putin has been in the headlines for a number of reasons, one of them the anti-gay laws he's enacted in Russia.

So why would Thomas/Conchita want to spend time with him?

‘I wouldn’t refuse a meeting with Putin… I would like to spend a week with Putin, so I can better understand him.  What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under?  At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected.  This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.’

Conchita Wurst and Vladimir Putin?






Gay Tourism & Argentina






Gay tourism is booming in Argentina. The pink pound brought in a whopping $1.2b to the country's economy in 2014, according to the Tourism Ministry's National Institute for Tourism Promotion.

More than 445,000 LGBTIs descended on the country this year, says the TMNITP. Research shows there was an especially high concentration of queer travelers in Buenos Aires.  One in five visitors to the Argentine capital were gay this year, according to data collected by the organisation. Argentina has long been known for its gay-friendly attitude, legalising gay marriage in 2010, becoming the first South American country – and the tenth worldwide – to do so.  Meanwhile, Buenos Aires's gay pride parade regularly attracts 150,000 marchers.

Argentina also made the news earlier this week, when it was reported the country was stocking what was thought to be the world's first trans doll.


Gay Tourism & Argentina






New Year, New Season of RuPaul's Drag Race





With the large number of reality shows/competitions that are aired now, one never knows which shows will stay around and which shows will be cancelled.

RuPaul's drag race has been a ratings hit for the Logo network, and season 7 is getting ready to start.

Prior season winners include Jinx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, and last season's Bianca Del Rio.  Past contestants have gone on to record music, or star in TV commercials (Manila Luzon and Alyssa Edwards for Orbitz,  Bianca Del Rio & Adore DeLano for Starbucks).  There are even cruises you can go on, to meet and watch the past contestants perform.

RuPaul as assembled a cast of 14 new queens who are ready to compete for the crown of "Next Drag Superstar".

To see pics of the cast, and a trailer for the new season, click the link below.


New Year, New Season of RuPaul's Drag Race







Pedro Almodovar's Brokeback...Too Sexy?





Brokeback Mountain is now rightly regarded as one of the best films of the new millennium. But its lasting popularity and beauty wasn’t always so obvious. In fact, a number of directors, actors and studios flirted with the project before Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Heath Ledger took the plunge and actually made the film. One such name was Pedro Almodovar, who has now admitted that he was one of the directors who decided against adapting Brokeback Mountain for the big screen - but only because he didn’t believe his highly-sexualised version would be approved by a studio.

It’s safe to say that Pedro Almodovar’s hesitation was Ang Lee’s gain, because at the 2006 Academy Award ceremony Lee was presented with the Best Director award for his work on Brokeback Mountain. And while Ang Lee’s decadently romantic, yet still truly heart-breaking take on Annie Proulx’s short-story fully deserved this accolade, it’s hard not to be intrigued by Pedro Almodovar’s proposed version of the film.

Pedro Almodovar's Brokeback...Too Sexy?










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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015




OUTVETS To Make History





In a narrowly decided vote (5 - 4) The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (AWVC) has moved to allow the organization OUTVETS (an organization of out service men and women) to march with their banner in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade.

“I’m ecstatic with the vote,” said Robert Santiago, chief operating officer for OUTVETS. “It was based primarily on our status as veterans. All veterans deserve to be recognized for their service. We will be marching as veterans who happen to be gay.”

The Boston St. Patrick's Day parade has been going on since 1901, and there have been many debates of whether or not LGBT people should be allowed to walk in the parade, which is a parade in honor of a religious figure, St. Patrick.

From 1992-1994 state courts forced the AWVC to let the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston participate, but the event’s sponsors responded by calling off the parades altogether. In 1995, this resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court voting unanimously to not allow LGBT groups to march via freedom of speech for the AWVC.

OUTVETS is the first nonpartisan, nonpolitical veterans organization in the nation. This lack of social agenda led the AWVC to decide that OUTVETS could participate. The vote comes after OUTVETS’ historic appearance as the first ever LGBT group to march in Boston’s Veterans Day Parade this past November. The group was able to rally a total of 23 people to participate.



OUTVETS To Make History





South Dakota & Gay Marriage





Gay marriage took another step forward on Monday (January 12th) when a judge in South Dakota struck down that state's gay marriage ban.

US District Court Judge Karen Schreier ruled that ['i]plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.'[/i]

However, gay couples in SD shouldn't begin lining up for marriage certificates, as she has placed a stay on her own judgment, which will give the state the chance to appeal her decision. 

While not happy with the stay, gay rights groups were happy with the ruling.   'We are thrilled for our clients and for all same-sex couples in South Dakota, who have watched and waited as progress has been made in so many other states, and who can now see light at the end of the tunnel in their own state,' stated National Center for Lesbian Rights Senior Staff Attorney Christopher F. Stoll. 'We hope this decision will hasten the day when the Supreme Court decides this issue for the country and ensures that all families are treated fairly and equally under the law.'

South Dakota & Gay Marriage








Anniversary for The British Armed Forces





Second Sea Lord Admiral Sir David Steel (pictured left) is nearing his retirement, but first he had a major event to celebrate.  On January 12th, he attended a dinner that that marked the 15th anniversary of the British Armed Forces allowing LGBT members to serve openly.

While he was hosting the event, Steel made a speech where he said (in part):  ‘I could highlight improved weapon systems, better equipment overall, or the advance of technology.  My greatest pride, however, is reserved for the way in which, in a relatively short time, the culture of our work place has changed, to embrace talent regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.'

He briefly touched on the past, commenting on the 'interrogations and witch-hunts' that took place, trying to find LGBT members who were in the closet, and remove them from the forces.  Thankfully, those are part of the past.

Anniversary for The British Armed Forces






A Warning About Taylor Swift






Taylor Swift has long been seen as "America's Sweetheart", scoring multiple top country and pop hits.  Her most recent CD is titled "1989", and with it she has stepped away from country, releasing her first pure pop CD.  The plan has worked for her, the CD's first single "Shake It Off", spent 4 weeks at #1, and the follow-up, "Blank Space" is currently the #1 single in America.  On top of that, "1989" has sold over 3 million copies, and she was the ONLY artist to release a CD in 2014 that won any platinum awards.

Now, Pastor Larry Tomczak is claiming that Taylor Swift is being used to make young people accept gay people.

According to Tomczak, Ellen DeGeneres uses her show to promote a gay lifestyle, and to 'flaunt' her 'marriage' to Portia.  She in turn books acts like Taylor Swift to attract younger viewers, and to 'teach' them that being gay is "ok".

As for Taylor, she has long been an advocate for her gay fans, and has said:   "My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you could be using your energy for good?"


A Warning About Taylor Swift






A Lawsuit for Snoop Dogg?





Rapper/Producer Snoop Dogg is no stranger to making gay slurs, and had used his Twitter feed to call a follower a 'fag' in the past.

He finds himself in the same sort of trouble, and possibly facing a lawsuit.

Snoop Dogg had posted a picture of a follower of his, who is gay, on his Instagram page.  He then captioned the picture with 'Whose auntcle is this?', which resulted in over 40,000 "Likes" and even more anti-gay posts, calling the person in the picture a "faggot", or "shemale".

The picture is of Cortez Booze, and Booze reported the picture to Instagram but it had not been taken down. He has hired a lawyer and is preparing a lawsuit against the rapper.


A Lawsuit for Snoop Dogg?







Pedro Almodovar's Brokeback...Too Sexy?





Brokeback Mountain is now rightly regarded as one of the best films of the new millennium. But its lasting popularity and beauty wasn’t always so obvious. In fact, a number of directors, actors and studios flirted with the project before Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Heath Ledger took the plunge and actually made the film. One such name was Pedro Almodovar, who has now admitted that he was one of the directors who decided against adapting Brokeback Mountain for the big screen - but only because he didn’t believe his highly-sexualised version would be approved by a studio.

It’s safe to say that Pedro Almodovar’s hesitation was Ang Lee’s gain, because at the 2006 Academy Award ceremony Lee was presented with the Best Director award for his work on Brokeback Mountain. And while Ang Lee’s decadently romantic, yet still truly heart-breaking take on Annie Proulx’s short-story fully deserved this accolade, it’s hard not to be intrigued by Pedro Almodovar’s proposed version of the film.

Pedro Almodovar's Brokeback...Too Sexy?










Your Laugh For The Day!













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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015




Gay Twins Come Out





YouTube personalities Austin and Aaron Rhodes have had a significant social media following since they began loading clips to their channel nearly six months ago.

This week, the pair decided to start off 2015 in a major way by utilizing their platform to both come out as gay to their father over the phone while recording the event in order to share it with their followers -- and the world.

This video inspires a roller coaster of emotions, as the boys initially struggle to get the words out. When they finally do, their father offers the perfect response to his sons: "It's the way things are, you know? You're grown people. You grew up in a lot different generation than me. I just don't really know what to say -- you know I love you both and that'll never change."

When individuals come out of the closet we're always moved and inspired but there's something especially incredible about a set of twins living authentically and openly together (and letting us take part in such a special moment).



Gay Twins Come Out





Australia....What a Drag!





The changing face and colourful history of Melbourne's drag culture is on display at an exhibition, from the underground movement in the 1960s, the sparkling disco era of the 1970s and today's modern glitz and glamour.

The curator of the What A Drag! exhibition, Ricky Beirao, is a performer who goes by the name of 'Rhubarb Rouge'.

"I saw so much history and passion about it, so I thought why not put this all together for people to learn about it, for the younger generation to really respect what people have done for them to be able to do what they do now.  A lot of people take for granted... and they just think it's old people fighting for the golden days.  I thought it would be great [for people] to learn, after all those people fought for them to be able to wear a dress right now."


Pictured left is Robert Lott, who performed as "Lottie" and is considered an iconic drag trail-blazer from the 1960s.

Australia...What a Drag!








Gay Marriage & The Supreme Court





The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June.

The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was considered a major surprise, delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia, up from 19.

Gay rights advocates hailed the court’s move on Friday as one of the final steps in a decades-long journey toward equal treatment, and they expressed confidence they would prevail.

“We are finally within sight of the day when same-sex couples across the country will be able to share equally in the joys, protections and responsibilities of marriage,” said Jon W. Davidson, the legal director of Lambda Legal.

Supporters of traditional marriage said the Supreme Court now has a chance to return the issue to voters and legislators.

“Lower court judges have robbed millions of people of their voice and vote on society’s most fundamental relationship — marriage,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying group. “There is nothing in the Constitution that empowers the courts to silence the people and impose a nationwide redefinition of marriage.”


Gay Marriage & The Supreme Court






Glee Character to Transition, F T M






The most recent episode of Glee revealed that recurring character Shannon Beiste (the football coach) revealed that she is transgendered, and will transition from female to male.

Beiste, portrayed by Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones, shared with school principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and assistant football coach Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) that he has gender dysphoria - the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who identify as transgender.

Sylvester, naturally, gets a few zingers in: 'When you think about it, it's not that big of a stretch.' But even the normally heartless Sylvester shows she has a heart when she tells Beiste that his job will be waiting for her. 'We've got your back.'



Glee Character to Transition, F T M






What is Billy Crystal Talking About?




Billy Crystal has been onstage almost his whole life, starting as a stand-up comic, going on to Saturday Night Live, Soap, multiple TV spots and movies, and even hosting awards shows.  His character on Soap is remembered as one of the first 'out' characters on prime time TV.

In a recent interview, Crystal made a statement about gay sex scenes and TV.  Actor Billy Crystal has said graphic scenes of gay sex on TV have gone too far, and the industry must take care not to 'shove it in our face'.  He went on to say that contemporary programs are 'pushing it a little too far'.  He declined to cite any examples, but implied that intolerant attitudes he struggled with while playing Jodie Dallas from 1977 to 1981 have now swung the other way.

He also said that his comments apply to heterosexual sex scenes as well as gay ones.  He said: 'When it gets too far either visually…now, that world exists because it does for the hetero world, it exists, and I don’t want to see that either.'

What is Billy Crystal Talking About?







Michelle Williams in 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'




Michelle Williams is joining Casey Affleck in Manchester-by-the-Sea, the new Kenneth Lonergan drama.

The movie is heading toward a March start date in New England with Kevin Walsh, Chris Moore and Matt Damon, who was originally set to star, producing.

Lonergan wrote the script, which tells of a ne'er-do-well plumber (Affleck) in Boston who is forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.  Williams will play Affleck's wife.

Williams last starred in Disney's 2013 tentpole Oz the Great and Powerful and has the World War II indie drama Suite francaise in the can.


Michelle Williams in 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'










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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015




Students Rejected for Gay Parents





Brian Copeland (left, in picture) is a proud father of two children, and he was just about to take the step that all fathers take, enrolling his kids into school.

He met with the administration at the Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tn., and everything seemed to be going well, and then Copeland mentioned that he was married.  To his husband....Greg Bullard, right in pic.

When the school realized they were dealing with a same-sex couple, the meeting ended and then later a rejection letter was sent to Copeland, which read, in part:   Any lifestyle conduct which is in opposition to the mission of Davidson Academy or which impedes the school's credibility with its constituency or the general public is unacceptable. One example of such lifestyle is homosexuality.

Copeland and Bullard do not wish to press charges or seek any legal action against the school, but are expressing frustration that it is "very, very hard" to find a private school that offers the rigorous faith-based education they want for their children that won't discriminate against a married gay couple.


Students Rejected for Gay Parents





Oklahoma Adjusts to Same-Sex Marriage!





When Tracy and Kathryn decided to get married after same-sex marriage was made legal in Oklahoma, they didn't hesitate.  The very next day, they went to the courthouse and got married after getting their license and a quick 2 and 1/2 minute ceremony.  Afterwards Kathryn went to work, and Tracy went home and cried, because to her, it felt like they checked an item off the list, but didn't really get married.

It was at that point that Tracy and Kathryn decided to have a ceremony, but they were unsure where to go or how to start.  They turned to friends, but the friends found themselves in the same place as Tracy and Katherine, unable to plan a wedding, and having no ideas how to plan a gay wedding.

They also ran into discrimination, as a venue who was ready to host their reception cancelled on them, stating they wouldn't host a same-sex wedding.

To follow Tracy and Kathryn's story, click the link below.

Oklahoma Adjusts to Same-Sex Marriage!








The Doodler Murders





From January 1974 to September 1975, San Francisco was the hunting grounds of a serial killer called The Doodler.  He got the name after his habit of drawing caricatures of gay men in the bars that he met.  Flattered with the attention he showed them, they would leave with him, and their bodies would be found later.

The Doodler has 5 or 6 victims that are definitely his, however, there are counts that go as high as 14 victims.

The case of the Doodler is often overlooked, and it is suggested that there are a few reasons why.  The first is that the victims were gay, and not a sympathetic group of people.  On top of that, just 4 1/2 years after the killings stopped, the first patient with AIDS was discovered, which took any attention The Doodler case had and focused it elsewhere.

Click the link, and read about the story of The Doodler Murders.

The Doodler Murders






Writing About Gay Rights






ONE, Inc. was a gay rights organization established in the United States in 1952.   In January 1953 ONE, Inc. began publishing a monthly magazine called ONE, the first U.S. pro-gay publication, which it sold openly on the streets of Los Angeles for 25 cents.

While the magazine was off to a good start, it hit stumbling blocks just over a year later in October 1954.  It was that year that the U.S. Post Office Department declared the magazine "obscene" and refused to deliver it.

In reponse to this, ONE, Inc. brought a lawsuit in federal court, which it won in 1958, when the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the lower court ruling in One, Inc. v. Olesen based on its recent landmark First Amendment case, Roth v. United States.

The magazine ceased publication in 1967.



Writing About Gay Rights






Minnesota Teacher Killed




A teacher, a coach, a mentor and ally to LGBTI teens was the victim of a fatal shooting on Saturday (24 January).

David Frigaard, a 46-year-old who taught art at Park High School in Minnesota, was killed in Mahtomedi close to a bar he owned.  The Washington County Sheriff's office has confirmed a suspect is in custody.  The 19-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into the Washington County jail pending homicide charges.

While no motive has been determined, with no charges made so far, unconfirmed social media reports suggested that Frigaard could have been killed because he ran the straight-gay alliance at the school.  It has now emerged the teen had allegedly gone to Frigaard's bar, and after being refused service, got angry.  As well as teaching art and helping LGBTI teens, Frigaard also served as an at-risk program teacher, and was a football, girls track and basketball coach.

Frigaard was a married man, had three kids and had taught art classes for the past four years.

Minnesota Teacher Killed







Jake, and Ruth, and Tony?




“Constellations,” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, is such a big hit, the powers that be at Manhattan Theatre Club are kicking themselves because they didn’t book it into a different theater.

It’s at the Samuel J. Friedman, MTC’s flagship Broadway theater, only until March 15, when it has to clear out to make way for MTC’s next production, something called “Airline Highway.”  I have no idea what that play’s about, but I can’t imagine it’s going “to take off” (I am so clever today!) the way “Constellations” has.

If you don’t have a ticket for “Constellations” in your hand right now, you’re probably not going to get in. The run, I’m told, will be sold out by the end of next week.

“If they were in another theater, they could extend this thing until the Tony Awards, probably longer,” says a producer.

This is the biggest hit MTC has had since “Venus in Fur” in 2011.

Jake, and Ruth, and Tony?










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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015




They've Got What Jeb Bush Wants





Campaigning for President of the United States is not just appearances around the country anymore.  It also means having up-to-date websites, as well as being on top of social media like Twitter and Facebook.

Republican Jeb Bush has made his dreams of being president very clear, and that means that he needs a website, which should be called "JebBushForPresident.com".  That however, is not going to happen as it has come to light that someone else has already started a website with that address, and they are not about to give it up to Jeb Bush.

The domain was purchased by CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainmaker,  a self described “bear couple” from Oregon.   They opted to buy the domain name back in 2008 when it was rumored that Jeb would run.

CJ and Charlie say they plan to use the domain name for a blog, where they will publicly discuss Jeb Bush's poor voting records on equality.

The page is currently idle, but the couple plans to activate it when they find time.


They've Got What Jeb Bush Wants





Which Segments of the LGBT Community Oppose Gay Marriage?





Pew released a study with percentages of LGBT Americans who oppose, or are indifferent to, same-sex marriage and which LGBT demographic groups are most opposed to same-sex marriage reports The Washington Post. The data, collected in 2013, reveals that seven percent of LGBT Americans outright oppose same-sex marriage while another 18 percent of the same group says they may favor it, but that they don't feel strongly about marriage. One of the most telling figures from the study is that 39 percent of the LGBT community said that the marriage fight is taking focus off other issues of importance to them.

The study is only representative of those polled for the study and not a complete representation of all LGBT Americans views on same-sex marriage. Transgender people were also surveyed for the study however, according to Pew the sample size was too small to analyze separately.

Which Segments of the LGBT Community Oppose Gay Marriage?








Mike Huckabee & Gay Marriage





Mike Huckabee wants to be the Republican party's nominee for president, and he's been giving interviews on his views on various topics.

In a recent interview, Huckabee compared being gay to swearing and drinking.

"People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view.  I don't drink alcohol, but gosh -- a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera -- it's not my cup of tea."

Huckabee pointed to President Barack Obama's 2008 opposition to same-sex marriage, but said there's no chance he'll ever drop his opposition to gay marriage.  "This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue -- unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just going to evolve,"


Mike Huckabee & Gay Marriage






Mumbai Pride Unites Parents & Children






Mumbai just recently had their 8th pride march, and it turned out to be their largest parade to date.  Not only that, but there was a large amount of parents who turned out to march, to show support for their LGBTI children.

India's Mid-Day news quoted a mother who says she wants a traditional wedding for her gay son. 'It took me a few years to accept the reality that my son is gay. Initially, I used to curse him, but gradually learnt to accept him. It's every parents' dream to have a grand wedding for their child and I want the same. I have been to Europe and seen a gay marriage and that’s how I came to know that in some countries, gay marriages are allowed,' said Swati.

After an eight year battle, gay sex was decriminalized in 2009, however, in December of 2013 the Supreme Court of India reversed that decision and recriminalized gay sex.  It's thought that the high turnout of parents is because of the recriminalization of gay sex, and they turned out to support their children, and show their disapproval of the law.


Mumbai Pride Unites Parents & Children






Bruce Jenner Transitioning




For quite some time, there have been numerous rumors swirling around former Olympian Bruce Jenner.  He's been in the public eye for some time, due to his involvement with the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.   Fans of the show watched to see what the Kardashian sisters were up to, and watched as the marriage between Bruce and Kris Kardashian fell apart.

However, Bruce has been getting attention for a different matter.  He has grown his hair out, his nails have gotten longer (and occasionally appeared painted), plastic surgeries on his face, and the most recent was a tracheal shave, all of which are steps that transgendered men take when they opt to transition to female.

According to recent reports, a source close to the family has confirmed that Jenner is transitioning.  He has not issued a statement himself on this matter, but the story from the source has been picked up by multiple news sources, and is being featured on TMZ and People.

Bruce Jenner Transitioning







Song One




Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for singing and acting in "Les Misrables" (2012), and she sings one tune in her latest film, which unfolds amid the lively indie music scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

But it's not like she's dying to release a record or tackle more musicals. "I love music, and I've always really loved singing, but I never had the fire in my belly for performing music that I did for acting," she says. "If something comes up, a musical that's offered, that will be a lovely thing to consider, but I'm not looking for more chances to sing."

Still, her heart-tugging cover of that 1970s pop ballad "I Need You" in "Song One" suggests there could be a new hobby for Hathaway, if nothing more. And surely some band that covers America's pop-rock hits is looking for a vocalist.

Making movies is Hathaway's passion. And while reviews of "Song One" have been indifferent she still hopes that "Song One" will find its audience.


Song One










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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015




Gay Blogger Threatened with Expulsion





Austin Wallis (right in picture) is a 17 year old in Texas, who has his own YouTube channel, where he makes videos that have gay positive messages, and encourages gay youth to be themselves.

Austin never expected anything negative to happen in connection to his videos, but that's what happened when he was called to the principal's office during the school day.  He was told by principal that they could not allow him to remain in school and promote a "sinful lifestyle" so he had to choose, to either remove his videos from YouTube, or leave the school.   

Austin opted to leave school, and made a video explaining what happened.  “I had to leave all my friends, and all my teachers, and I don’t want people to think I left just because of the social media.  “It was because I can’t stay somewhere where I feel like I’m being forced into something that I’m not and where I feel like I’m not wanted by my own principal and head of the board.”

According to the head of the school, the situation is being “misrepresented” but defended the school’s right to expel students for being gay, which is considered “intrinsically sinful” by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Gay Blogger Threatened with Expulsion





Gay Marriage Comes to Alabama Over Chief Judge's Objections





Alabama's chief justice built his career on defiance: In 2003, Roy Moore was forced from the bench for disobeying a federal court order to remove a boulder-size Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.

On Monday, as Alabama became the 37th state where gays can legally wed, Moore took a defiant stand again, employing the kind of states' rights language used during the Civil War era and again during the civil rights movement.

He argued that a federal judge's Jan. 23 ruling striking down the Bible Belt state's gay-marriage ban was an illegal intrusion on Alabama's sovereignty. And he demanded the state's probate judges refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Moore's 11th-hour effort to block gay weddings brought immediate comparisons to Alabama Gov. George Wallace's 1960s vow of "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" and his fight against what he portrayed as the tyranny of the federal government.

"Moore is using the religion issue to further his political career, just as Wallace used the race issue to further his," said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a major civil rights organization.


Gay Marriage Comes to Alabama Over Chief Judge's Objections








The Queen Supports Gay Marriage





The Queen of England thinks gay marriage is 'wonderful'.   Well, at least according to newlywed Stephen Fry, she did.

The QI host Saturday (7 February) told The Jonathan Ross Show that Queen Elizabeth II had expressed approval when signing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in July 2013. 'It was only last summer that Her Majesty The Queen gave the Royal Assent,' he said. 'When the Queen signed the Royal Assent for the equal marriages act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said "Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?"'

While the story is very positive, the article also explains that while she did give the Royal Assent, the Queen has not actually made any public statement either for or against gay marriage.

The Queen Supports Gay Marriage






Ghana School Tries to Lynch Two Gay Students






Two students at an all-boys high school were arrested in Ghana after their classmates tried to lynch them for sodomy.

Police were called to St Paul’s Senior High School in Danu Friday night (6 February) after students started rioting over two boys they caught having sex. One first-year student was killed in the incident. Local media reported that the mob turned on their teachers who they accused of protecting the boys and preventing them from 'delivering instant justice.'

They stormed the teacher's bungalow, smashed car windscreens, destroyed school property, barricaded the roads in the school compound and burned truck tyres. The police were called in to restore order but the students threw stones at them. The police fired warning shots in attempt to disperse the mob, one of which hit a student in the head and killed him.

Ghana School Tries to Lynch Two Gay Students






Sam Smith and the Grammys




Sam Smith took home both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year prizes for his song "Stay With Me" at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (8 February). The openly gay singer also won for Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour and was voted Best New Artist.

Overall, he won in four of the six categories he was nominated in - more than any other artist this year.

'Thank you all for the best night of my life,' he told the star-studded crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles as he accepted Record of the Year. Smith also thanked someone who he used to love whose rejection fueled the material. 'Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,' he said.

Sam Smith and the Grammys







Jake Gyllenhaal's Drug-Smuggling Drama






Jake Gyllenhaal’s career has never been better. After ending 2014 with a wave of critical acclaim for his portrayal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, he looks set to build upon this recognition in 2015 with a number of interesting projects. And it now turns out that Jake Gyllenhaal is looking even further afield than that with The Man Who Made It Snow.

Jake Gyllenhaal had signed up to star in Antoine Fuqua’s Colombian crime-biopic several months back, but now the film has taken a huge leap forward thanks to Harvey Weinstein. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it was announced by the Weinsten Co. at the Berlin Film Festival that they have struck a co-financing deal with IM Global. In fact things are already steamrolling ahead quite nicely as foreign buyers are starting to invest in The Man Who Made It Snow. The film has reportedly progressed to such an extent that a decision has been made to start shooting by the end of this year, which we can assume should lead to it being released in 2016.
 
Antoine Fuqua was quick to announce that he is thrilled to be working alongside Jake Gyllenhaal once again, having recently directed the actor in the upcoming Southpaw.   "I am thrilled to bring this compelling and true story to the screen with Jake. One of the most talented and transformative actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with."

Jake Gyllenhaal's Drug-Smuggling Drama










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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015




It's Time to Vote!





The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.

Your voice is important! Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington invites you to submit your recommendations for movies to be included on the National Film Registry. Public nominations play a key role when the Librarian and Film Board are considering their final selections. To be eligible for the Registry, a film must be at least 10 years old and be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The National Film Registry historically has included only those films that were produced or co-produced by an American film company, typically for theatrical release or recognized as a film through film festivals or film awards. If in doubt, check the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for country of origin. Registry criteria does not specifically prohibit television programs, commercials, music videos or foreign productions, however, the original intent of the legislation that established the Registry was to safeguard U.S. films. Consequently the National Film Preservation Board and the Librarian of Congress give first consideration to American motion pictures.

For consideration, please forward your recommendations (limit 50 titles per year) via email to: filmregistry@loc.gov. Please include the date of the film nominated, and number your recommendations. Listing your nominations in alphabetical order is very much appreciated, too.

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Mary Cheney: Why is Drag 'Socially Acceptable' and Blackface Isn't?





If a man can dress up as a woman to entertain an audience, then why can't a white person get on stage in blackface, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN.

"Why is it socially acceptable -- as a form of entertainment -- for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.) -- but it is not socially acceptable -- as a form of entertainment -- for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?" Cheney wrote in a post on Thursday her private Facebook page. Some of Cheney's posts appear to only be visible to those who are in her Facebook network.

She states she thought of this post after channel surfing and coming across the RuPaul's Drag Race tv show, where drag queens compete against each other.   This prompted a reply from RuPaul's Drag Race, which is posted to YouTube.

Mary Cheney: Why is Drag 'Socially Acceptable' and Blackface Isn't?

RuPaul's Drag Race Response








Out Navy SEAL to Address LGBT Gala





The first openly gay Navy SEAL, who served during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is set to deliver an address at the annual gala of an LGBT military group, the organization announced Friday.

Brett Jones, who received an honorable discharge in 2003, is set to address the second annual gala for the American Military Partner Association on May 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to draw up to 500 military couples.

Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association, called Jones "an American hero” because his service “inspires us in our work to advance fairness and equality for our nation’s LGBT service members, veterans, and their families.” “His story is no doubt a tremendous help to many young LGBT service members who may be struggling with who they are, and it is a true testament to the strength that diversity brings to our nation’s Armed Forces,” Broadway-Mack said.

Out Navy SEAL to Address LGBT Gala






Gareth Thomas Delivers Anti-Bullying Message






WELSH rugby legend Gareth Thomas visited the Potteries to give a talk on anti-bullying - and opened up about his experience at the hands of bullies.  The 6ft 3 former back - who became the world’s first openly gay rugby player in 2009 - still remembers the ‘horrible times’ he went through at the age of 11 for two years when he was teased for his ginger hair and rugby boots.

And Gareth, who won 100 caps for Wales, was at the Excel Academy in Sneyd Green and the Ormiston Horizon Academy in Chell to deliver his anti-bullying message.  The 40-year-old, who attended as part of his work for Prospero Teaching, said: “I’ve been keen to highlight bullying and the effects of it.

“So many children know it’s the wrong thing to do, but sometimes they don’t realise they do it themselves.  In terms of the rugby boots, if you don’t have the best of something, it’s perceived as a weakness. I wanted to get across that I understand the effects of bullying and the power of words.”

He added: “I thought the kids at the Excel Academy were great. As long as they leave the school aware of a situation of bullying and that they can do something about it, that’s my job done.”

Gareth Thomas Delivers Anti-Bullying Message






Leave Bruce Jenner Alone




Former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner’s decision to transition from a man into a woman has been met with mixed reactions from the media and population at large. The pending change has also caused local and national transgender groups to call for people to be more sensitive towards Jenner’s perceived choice, and to denounce those who are turning what is largely viewed as Jenner’s journey into a punchline.

“This is something that I think could push somebody over the edge as a transperson,”
Rachel Hudson told the local CBS News affiliate in Sacramento. Rachel is a transgender person who works with the Sacramento Gender Health Center. She started life off as a man and in 1999 made the decision to leave behind a wife, son and house in order to become a woman.

Among the statements Rachel perceives as being insensitive are those from individuals such as the man who hosts a parody YouTube news show called “Shot of the Day” in which he said during a recent broadcast, “Have you seen Bruce Jenner lately? I can’t tell the different between Bruce Jenner and Nancy Pelosi.”


Leave Bruce Jenner Alone







Ang Lee Narrows Lead Actor Choices






Shortly after Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Bona Film Group partnered with Tom Rothman’s Tristar and Film4 on the Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the filmmaker has boiled down to a shortlist his options for actors to play the title role. Lee wants a discovery and will surround him with a  supporting cast of established stars. My sources said that these guys are on the list: Billy Howle (the British series Glue), Taron Egerton (the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Glassland).

The adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel starts shooting in April. In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war.

Ang Lee Narrows Lead Actor Choices










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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015




Brokeback Opera DVD/Blu-Ray Ready for Pre-order!






You'll all remember that in 2014, a group of Brokies got together in Madrid to witness the Brokeback Mountain opera.  The show featured Daniel Okulitch as Ennis Del Mar, and Tom Randle as Jack Twist.  It also featured a libretto that was written by Annie Proulx.

The show was recorded and will soon be available on DVD and Blu-ray.  You can wait for the official release, or you can pre-order it now.

Do you want the DVD, and want to help the forum at the same time?  You can click the link below, or scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the "Ultimate Amazon Connection" which will take you directly to the forum's Amazon store.  You can purchase the DVD through there, and the forum will get a portion of the sale. 

Many thanks to BayCityJohn for updating the forum's store in time for this story.  When you click the link, the DVD and Blu-Ray options to purchase/pre-order are right there for you to see!

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A Gay Kiss on The Walking Dead





For a while last year there were numerous rumors that the character of Daryl Dixon was going to be revealed as gay in an upcoming episode on The Walking Dead.  As with most rumors, it turned out to be untrue, but we did find out that a gay couple was being added to the show.

Meet Eric (left) and Aaron (right).  In Sunday's episode, we first meet Aaron, who is a 'recruiter'.  He goes out and searches for survivors of the zombie plague, and if they appear  as if they would 'fit in' offer them sanctuary with him and others at the Alexandria Safe Zone, a town that has walled itself in, making itself 'zombie-free'.  During the episode we find our group of survivors is split.  Half has found Aaron, and are being attacked by zombies.  They manage to find safety in a large building, and find the other half of the survivors who have Eric with them, having saved him from being attacked.  This leads to an emotional reunion between the two, and a long kiss.

The Walking Dead has a high number of straight, male viewers, so the reaction online to the kiss as had a number of negative replies.   The link below takes you to the replies, as well as a video showing the kiss.

Gay kiss on 'The Walking Dead' draws fire on Twitter








Gay Star News Partners With The Glass Closet





Gay Star News is excited to announce that it will be uniting with The Glass Closet to produce a new, online LGBTI business section – to be launched next Monday (2 March). The launch of the section is the latest development in the evolution of Gay Star News, which is now one of the top five LGBTI news websites in the world.  In January it recorded its best ever month of traffic, with over 5million unique visitors.

The centerpiece of The Glass Closet is the moving coming out stories submitted by LGBTI employees and corporate executives. These stories have already inspired people around the world and are now due to take on a new life thanks to this dynamic partnership. Gay Star Business will cover issues of diversity, inclusion, business development and the emerging LGBTI market for an audience of millions. The Glass Closet will be at the heart of this new venture.

The personal coming-out stories, workplace equality resources and commentary currently featured on GlassCloset.org will be moved to the Gay Star Business, guaranteeing the content a bigger-than-ever audience.

Gay Star News Partners With The Glass Closet






Gay Men in Ireland Targeted on Dating Sites






As public debates heat up ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum to be held on May 22, LGBT people are being warned to take safety precautions when meeting strangers they have only ‘met’ online. The Irish Examiner reported this week that a series of reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victim have surfaced.

A Facebook post by a woman Louise O’Donnell, who said that her friend had been attacked by a group of men having arranged a date through a website, has been widely shared. She wrote: 'Unfortunately, there is a group or groups of young people in Cork carrying out organised beatings against members of this community. Posing as young men and women on different sites including Tinder, Plenty of Fish and Grindr, they aim to get young gay and lesbians alone in secluded areas of the city to carry out vicious assaults.'

James Upton, auditor of University College Cork’s LGBT society, was quoted as saying in the report that he is aware of an increase in in physical and verbal homophobic attacks against the group’s members in the past six months. He added that he believes it to be a backlash against the LGBT community as the marriage equality referendum approaches. More than three in five people polled will vote to legalise same-sex marriage while one in six said they would be voting against a same-sex marriage, according to a poll this month.


Gay Men in Ireland Targeted on Dating Sites






Doctor Refuses to Treat Child of Lesbian Couple




A doctor will not look after a six-day-old baby because she has lesbian parents. Krista and Jamie Contreras, from Michigan, has said Dr Vesna Roi had initially agreed to be the pediatrician to their daughter Bay. But they were dumbfounded when they received a letter from the doctor, saying after 'much prayer', Roi had a change of heart.

The couple had went to Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville to get a check up for Bay, and were told another doctor would have to see their daughter. 'I was completely dumbfounded,' Krista told the Detroit FreePress. 'We just looked at each other and said, "Did we hear that correctly?"' Jamie told myFOXDetroit.com: 'As far as we know Bay doesn't have a sexual orientation yet so I'm not really sure what that matters... 'We're not your patient - she's your patient. And the fact is that your job is to keep babies healthy and you can't keep a baby healthy that has gay parents?'

Unlike 22 US states, Michigan has no law banning doctors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. The parents, who were married in Vermont in 2012, said it was 'embarrassing' and 'humiliating'.

Doctor Refuses to Treat Child of Lesbian Couple







Ang Lee Narrows Lead Actor Choices






Shortly after Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Bona Film Group partnered with Tom Rothman’s Tristar and Film4 on the Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the filmmaker has boiled down to a shortlist his options for actors to play the title role. Lee wants a discovery and will surround him with a  supporting cast of established stars. My sources said that these guys are on the list: Billy Howle (the British series Glue), Taron Egerton (the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Glassland).

The adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel starts shooting in April. In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war.

Ang Lee Narrows Lead Actor Choices










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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015




Lesbian Kiss on Murdoch Mysteries!






In the last published TDS, we discussed the male-to-male gay kiss that set Twitter on fire, when the current episode of The Walking Dead introduced their gay couple, Eric and Aaron.

It has often been discussed/pointed out that when a lesbian kiss is featured, it doesn't cause the amount of uproar that a kiss between men will.  While that may be true, it appears that a Canadian show has tested the waters with a gay couple of their own, and their recent first kiss has gotten reactions from both sides of the fence.

The show in question is Murdoch Mysteries.  Set in Toronto in the turn of the last century, one of the main characters on this show is Dr. Emily Grace.  Recently, Dr. Grace's sexuality was pushed to the forefront of an episode when she placed a romantic kiss on the character of Lillian.

In an interview with Michelle Ricci, one of the episode's writers, she discusses the kiss between the two characters, and how there have been positive and negative responses to the kiss, most notably a letter from a 14 year old girl who had just come out to her father.


Interview: Dr. Grace finds love on Murdoch Mysteries





379 Companies Urge Court To Support Gay Marriage





Big business has come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Exactly 379 corporations and employer organizations urged the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage, according to a friend-of-the-court brief obtained by The Huffington Post. The document was expected to be filed late Thursday morning.

“Employers are better served by a uniform marriage rule that gives equal dignity to employee relationships,” reads the brief, filed by global law firm Morgan Lewis. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law treatment.”

The list, provided in full below, includes corporate behemoths such as Coca-Cola Company, Goldman Sachs, Google and Morgan Stanley. It also includes brands like Ben & Jerry’s, a division of Unilever, and sports teams such as the New England Patriots, the San Francisco Giants and the Tampa Bay Rays.


379 Companies Urge Court To Support Gay Marriage








GOP Support For Gay Marriage





Over 300 veteran Republican politicians and operatives have signed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The amicus brief, organized by openly gay former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, arrives ahead of the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in four same-sex marriage cases scheduled for April 28.

Among the signatories are 23 current and former Republicans members of the House of Representatives and Senate and seven current and former Governors. Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk have signed onto the brief, as has Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Other notables include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and billionaire GOP mega-donor David Koch.

The 2013 brief included 131 signatures, featured many former top aides to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, including his general counsel and two senior advisors. The list has now grown to 303 signatories.

In an interview with TIME, Mehlman pointed to the growing national consensus and within the GOP on the issue. “There’s been an increase since the last time in public support for marriage equality across all ideological, racial, and political groups,” he said.


GOP Support For Gay Marriage






Obama Mentions Gay/Women's Rights at Selma





As dawn broke Sunday, a crowd gathered for the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast at Wallace Community College. Other expected events Sunday include film screenings and a pre-march rally at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Police beat and tear-gassed marchers at the foot of the bridge in Selma on March 7, 1965, in an ugly spasm of violence that shocked the nation. The attack on demonstrators preceded the Selma-to-Montgomery march, which occurred two weeks later. Both helped build momentum for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act later that year.  A march from Selma to Montgomery in remembrance of the journey the demonstrators took is set to begin Monday morning and culminate with a rally at the Alabama state Capitol on Friday afternoon.

President Barack Obama gave a rousing speech on the work left to be done to achieve equality and Obama also touched on improvements in American race relations.

“We just need to open our eyes, and ears, and hearts, to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us,” Obama said. “We know the march is not yet over, the race is not yet won, and that reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.  Ask the female CEO who once might have been assigned to the secretarial pool if nothing’s changed. Ask your gay friend if it’s easier to be out and proud in America now than it was 30 years ago. To deny this progress – our progress – would be to rob us of our own agency, our responsibility to do what we can to make America better."


Obama Mentions Gay/Women's Rights at Selma






Wellesley College Opens Its Doors to Transgender Women




Wellesley College this week clarified its stance toward including trans women, stating that the admissions department will accept applications from any student who "lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman," reports the Boston Globe.

After a year-long committee evaluation, the Seven Sisters school will now join U.S. women's colleges Bryn Mawr, Scripps, Simmons, Mount Holyoke, and Mills in explicitly accepting trans female students. Wellesley will also admit students assigned "female" at birth who do not identify as male or female, as well as allow trans male students who begin openly transitioning partway through college to graduate, according to a school-wide letter from Wellesley's Board of Trustees and president H. Kim Bottomly.

However, unlike recent policies put forth by Simmons and Bryn Mawr — which indicated that the schools were open to any students assigned "female" at birth, regardless of whether they identified as "male" at the time of submitting an application — Wellesley will not accept applications from trans men. Further, the Board clarified that school communications would continue using female pronouns to address the student body.

Wellesley College Opens Its Doors to Transgender Women







Michelle Williams in Elle




There's no denying Michelle William's come a long way from Dawson's Creek and, in Elle's exclusive interview, she discusses navigating Hollywood from film set to stage - and back home, where she simply plays 'mom' to Matilda, eight, her daughter with the late Heath Ledger.

‘You truly never know what’s going to happen,' she says of the unpredictability of theatre (having just ended a run playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway). 'And to have things go wrong, or to make mistakes in real time and then be able to assimilate whatever is different is a tremendous feeling. To find in those moments that one doesn’t stop, or perish, or run away, but that you can rely on yourself to process things and keep going.’.

If that sounds exhausting - it is.

‘I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working,' she adds. 'I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities.  So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time. You invite me over for dinner or to a party, and there’s a whole scrapbook of pictures of me napping. I’ve even been given a nickname because of my snoring.’


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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015




Counting For Thunder - Complete!





In June of 2014, we gave you the story of Counting For Thunder, a movie being made by forum members welles (Philip), Sparky & TellYouWhat (Ellen).

Counting for Thunder is inspired by the three years when Phillip Irwin Cooper, unlucky in work, money and love, went home to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to help out with a family crisis. Working through his past with his complicated family, some old high school chums, and the desperate and hilarious southern characters who grace his hometown, Phillip ultimately finds his own voice as his mother is regaining hers for possibly the last time.   The cast includes  Emmy winner Mariette Hartley (who has appeared in Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Law & Order: SVU),  Emmy nominated John Heard  (Entourage, Prison Break, Battlestar Galactica, CSI: Miami and The Sopranos where he earned his nomination),  and Alison Elliott  (Wyatt Earp, The Underneath, Hello Ladies and The Miracle Worker).   

Counting for Thunder is now done!  A test screening is being held, and forum member Sparky is giving us the details.   See the link below!

Counting For Thunder - Behind the Scenes.

Counting For Thunder Thread





Forum Member's Fan Videos





We all became fully aware of fan videos on YouTube after Brokeback Mountain got a hold of us.  Over the years we've seen many fan videos that use various songs serving as a backdrop to footage of Brokeback Mountain.  One fan favorite that we've seen is the video done to the music of Nickelback's "Far Away".

We all know that film's can inspire people in various ways, and fan videos are often the result of that inspiration.  On of our own (foreverinawe) recently came to me with a video that he made after he was touched by the Rob Reiner film Stand By Me.

fia (as he signs his posts in the forum) has been making fan videos for quite some time now, and feels that his homage to Stand By Me (titled "Stand By Me - An Appreciation") is his best work to date.  He would like to share this video with you all, as well as his love for this film and why it has inspired him.

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Madonna and Her Gay Fans





Pop star Madonna has just released her newest CD (Rebel Heart) as well as started selling tickets for the tour of the same name.  Madonna has long been supported by the gay community, and in turn, Madonna has long supported gay rights, and been a long time fund raiser for AIDS charities.  In a recent interview, Madonna was asked for her view on the gay community now, opposed to when she first started in the business.

Huffington Post:  You’ve been such an important part of the gay community for so long. What would be some differences between the gay audiences you see coming out in 2015 versus the audiences you saw in 2005 or 1995 or 1985? How have you seen the community evolve around you?

Madonna:  When I first came up, the whole AIDS epidemic was starting, and… the gay community that I experienced from the beginning of my career was mostly and overwhelmingly concerned with staying alive. I felt really aware of the preciousness of life and time… and people who were HIV positive were treated so badly. I was very disturbed by things, but I also saw a lot of love and connection in the gay community at that time.

Like all progress that is made in all marginalized communities or groups, I think, after time goes by and you earn certain rights or you break through certain barriers, you can sometimes take for granted what you have now that you didn't have before, and then that would lead to a certain lack of community in a way.



Madonna and Huffington Post






San Francisco Giants Hold LGBT Night





If you are in San Francisco on June 26, you should consider buying a ticket to the Giants vs. Colorado Rockies game as part of LGBT Pride Night.   Along with the ticket comes with this cool T-shirt to the left.

The Giants are proud to invite you to celebrate the Bay Area's rich LGBT culture at the annual Giants LGBT Night at AT&T Park! With San Francisco Pride taking place on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, what better way than to kick off the festivities on Friday evening at AT&T Park? All members of the LGBT community, as well as family, friends and organizations are invited to come out and show their pride at this event! This special event ticket package includes access to the LGBT Night pre-game party in Seals Plaza from 5:00-7:00 p.m., a ticket to watch the Giants take on the Rockies, as well as a limited-edition LGBT-themed Giants T-shirt, only available with the purchase of the special event ticket! Partial proceeds from each special event ticket will be donated to non-profits in the LGBT community.


San Francisco Giants Hold LGBT Night






Aaron Schock in Spotlight




Rep. Aaron Schock (Republican - Illinois) has been in the spotlight a lot over the years.  He is a conservative Republican who has voted against gay marriage and for gay rights in general, however, there have often been rumors of Schock's own sexuality.  He recently found himself being "slashed", written into a M/M romantic story, his sex partner none other than Paul Ryan, recent Vice-Presidential hopeful who ran with Mitt Romney.

Now Schock is avoiding the press and answering questions, this time relating to possible violations of House ethics rules.  It seems that there are multiple questions about Schock's use of taxpayer and campaign money to pay for flights on private jets -- including planes owned by key donors -- concert tickets and other entertainment expenses.

The congressman traveled to India last August 24-29 on a trip sponsored by the Global Poverty Project, an international anti-poverty group. The group also paid for Schock's Dallas-based photographer, Jonathon Link, to accompany the congressman on the trip, the group's spokesperson confirmed. But Link's name appears nowhere on the travel disclosure form Schock filed afterwards, as required by House rules.   The fact that  Schock had a 'private photographer' who is male follow him to India and back has only fueled the rumor mills about Schock's sexuality.

Aaron Schock in Spotlight







Kim Ledger and His Work Against Prescription Drug Use




They were worlds apart in life. Heath Ledger, a Hollywood actor. Simon Millington, a qualified auto-electrician and the son of duck farmers from country Victoria.  But both men, the doting fathers of little girls, died just years apart from the same phenomenon - the abuse of prescription drugs, described as an epidemic in Australia by anti-drug abuse groups.  Now Kim Ledger, the late Academy Award winner's father, has joined an effort to fight prescription drug abuse after he was moved by a 'heartwrenching' letter from Simon's mother, Margaret.   The letter said Simon 'wanted to stay well for Maddie', his young daughter, 'but the hideous disease of addiction slowly crept back up again' and he died of a pain medication overdose in 2010.   'His life mattered,' Margaret wrote, 'and that is why I do what I do for others in similar circumstances.'

After receiving the emotional letter from Margaret and John Millington from Nhill, Victoria, and hosting a follow-up meeting with them last year, Mr Ledger today announced he will be the patron of the new not-for-profit Scriptwise, which will raise awareness about the dangers and solutions to prescription drug abuse.

Kim Ledger and His Work Against Prescription Drug Use










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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015




Ted Cruz's Presidential Bid



The first-term senator from Texas will announce Monday that he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, CNN has confirmed from two aides to Cruz. He will make his official declaration in Lynchburg, Virginia, at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world.  The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Cruz, 44, will be the first candidate to formally throw his hat in the ring for what's expected to be a crowded GOP primary, with more than a dozen high-profile Republicans expressing serious interest in a White House run.

Cruz, armed with his trademark ostrich boots and impressive oratory skills, has quickly made a name for himself in the past two years since he started in the Senate, solidifying his brand as a conservative firebrand willing to take on establishment Republicans in Washington.

A constant and vocal critic of the Obama administration, he's perhaps best known for his stalwart fight against Obamacare in 2013, which led to a tense standoff between Democrats and Republicans and ultimately resulted in a 17-day government shutdown. The showdown was punctuated by Cruz's 21-hour speech on the Senate floor.

While popular in conservative and tea party circles, Cruz has a long way to go in terms of broader support in the GOP base, according to public opinion polls.

Ted Cruz's Presidential Bid.





Dolce & Gabbana in Hot Water



Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury industry fashion house founded in 1985 in Legnano by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.  The two met in Milan in 1980 and worked for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become "Dolce & Gabbana". They presented their first women's collection in 1985 in Milan, where a year later their store would open its doors.

In 1988, they launched their leotard line, and in 1989 they began designing underwear and swimming costumes. Dolce & Gabbana started to export their products to Japan and other countries like the U.S., where they founded their own showroom in 1990. In 1992, the same year they presented their men's collection, they also launched their first perfume Dolce & Gabbana. They won the Woolmark award in 1991, and the prize "most feminine flavor of the year" in 1993. Towards the end of the 1990s their sales were around 500 million dollars and in 2003 their revenue reached $633 million. By 2005, their turnover was €600 million.[

The designers have a number of celebrity clients, and are one of the most recognizable brands around the world.  Recently, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have found themselves at the center of a viral social media campaign after the pair criticized in vitro fertilization and nontraditional families in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. “I am not convinced by those I call children of chemicals, synthetic children,” Mr. Dolce told the magazine. “Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”  “The family is not a fad,” Mr. Gabbana added. “In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

This resulted in Elton John starting a boycott against the designers, as he has two children conceived by IVF (in vitro fertilization).   Since Elton's announcement, Victoria Beckham, Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, Martina Navratilova and Madonna have condemned the fashion label on Twitter and joined the boycott.

Dolce & Gabbana in Hot Water








Transgender Patient Tortured at Hospital




This week, a federal court in Minnesota issued a preliminary ruling in a case concluding that discrimination against an individual because of his gender identity is prohibited under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

In June of 2013, Jakob Tiarnan Rumble, a transgender man, sought treatment at Fairview Southdale Hospital, just outside of Minneapolis. He had a high fever and severe pain in his genitals. During his first day in the Emergency Room and subsequent six days in the hospital, Rumble alleges that he was subject to numerous forms of mistreatment because of his gender identity, including:

•Dr.  Steinman then conducted what Rumble described as an “assaultive exam,” during which he repeatedly jabbed at the patient’s inflamed genitals, refusing to stop even after a crying Rumble demand that he stop twice. Only Rumble’s mother’s intervention stopped the painful assault.

•Another doctor who treated Rumble, Dr. Stephen Obaid, examined his genital area while wearing gloves, then wiped the gloves on the examination bed’s blanket before proceeding to examine Rumble’s eyes and mouth using the same gloves. Rumble “later developed sores on his face in the places that Dr. Obaid had touched.”

•At various times during his stay, nurses inexplicably examined Rumble’s genitals, whispered about him, and behaved unfriendly toward him.

Transgender Patient Tortured at Hospital






Toilet Paper Thrown at Gay Group in Parade






Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

OUT@NBC Universal is an employee LGBT organization for NBC Universal employees. NBC is the local broadcaster of the parade.

The crime was investigated as a hate crime, but the two culprits will not face those serious charges. Instead they both pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

The young men were sentenced to three days of community service.


Toilet Paper Thrown at Gay Group in Parade






Drag Race Contestant Getting Death Threats



RuPaul has sent a stern message to fans who have sent death threats and racist messages to the third queen to leave Drag Race.

Jasmine Masters, who sashayed away in 'Shakesqueer', is the target of numerous hateful messages online.

Masters, who's real name is Martell Robinson, has been called the 'N' word, told to 'fuck off and die', and 'I'm gonna hunt you down you ugly cunt'.

On Twitter, Masters responded to the illegal death threats and racist comments.

'I have many young nieces and nephews 2 cousins and I'm trying to make the world better as much as possible so the things I went through they wouldn't. And now I feel like all my hard work was for nothing. And I'm just tired of it tired of it all,' he said.

'I've been called all me life so that's not my problem nor its hurting me. What hurts the most is all the racist comments. Which I am not. I have just about every race in my family. And to read what other people of another race say to me makes me wounder for the first time is this how others sees me."


Drag Race Contestant Getting Death Threats







Matilda Has Heath's Mannerisms



Young Matilda Ledger was only two-years-old when she tragically lost her father, the actor Heath Ledger. But the Australian star's father has admitted that Matilda, now nine, keeps Heath's spirit alive with "an enormous number of his mannerisms".

Kim Ledger revealed that the young girl is "very inquisitive", adding: "She’s got his energy… Heath never slept from when he was two and Matilda’s like that.  "She’s just got this ball of energy and she radiates this little aura, Heath was kind of like that. So it’s fabulous really."

Speaking on Australian news channel, Channel 10, Kim also discussed his close relationship with Matilda, and her mum, actress and Heath's ex fiancé Michelle Williams.

"Michelle’s been brilliant. She’s kept Heath very much alive in her daughter’s eyes," he told the show’s panel.

"[Matilda is] always full of questions, always wanting to know this or that about her dad. And I guess that will just get more intense as she gets older and obviously we would welcome that."



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Tuesday, March  31st, 2015




80 Countries VS. Russia at UN




In one of its more epic recent smackdowns, the United Nations voted decisively Tuesday against a Russian measure that would have revoked benefits for same-sex couples among U.N. staff members.

The Russian proposal, which would have allowed same-sex benefits to be governed by the individual laws of their countries of origins, was rejected by a vote of 80 to 43 at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly budget committee, Reuters reports. Thirty-seven countries abstained, and 33 did not vote.

Previously, benefits had been allocated based on the preferences of individual nations, which had resulted in markedly unequal treatment. Last July, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon changed the rules to allow recognition of all same-sex couples, regardless of nationality.

In a statement after the vote, American ambassador Samantha Power called for a censure of Russia for its proposal. "We must speak plainly about what Russia tried to do today: diminish the authority of the U.N. Secretary-General and export to the U.N. its domestic hostility to LGBT rights," she said.

80 Countries VS. Russia at UN





StoryCorps Founder Discuss Gay Dad





Dave Isay is the creator of StoryCorps, a project which encourages people to share their personal tales and records them for posterity. What started as a booth at Grand Central Station is now a traveling endeavor, helping us hold onto our American tales.

During a recent TED talk, Isay discussed the impetus of StoryCorps and how his father's coming out, and tales of Stonewall, contributed to it. Isay sharing his father's story would eventually spark thousands more tales through StoryCorp booths around the country, and help us remember where we've been as a nation.

Isay's talk and his wish "to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity" netted him the annual TED Prize of $1 million to make his wish come true.

When you click the link below, you'll be taken to the video of Isay talking about his father.

StoryCorps Founder Discuss Gay Dad








2015 Trans 100





While much work is left to do, we've happily seen unprecedented growth for mainstream transgender visibility in the past several years. Now, it's time to once again honor those who are doing fighting to make this visibility possible.

The Trans 100 is an annual event that celebrates the excellence of 100 people working to advance transgender political and social rights. While so much of the typical media focus tends to be on negative stories surrounding transgender identity, The Trans 100 is an attempt to shift the coverage of transgender issues to what's working.

"It has been an amazing year for us at The Trans 100. Every year, the nomination list gets longer and the selection process harder," Crispin Torres, co-director of The Trans 100, said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "We are seeing the original vision of the trans 100 come to life: That if trans folks begin seeing more folks like themselves out in the world, not just surviving, but thriving, we can flip the script from trans survival to trans empowerment."

The article also includes a link where you can download all the honorees.

2015 Trans 100






Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked






Indiana's Republican leaders said they were shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard by the backlash to their new "religious freedom" law, telling reporters Monday that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay.

"I don't think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be, this denies to services to a specific class to Hoosiers. It does just the opposite. It includes all Hoosiers in the religious freedom standard. And it's a misperception that it denies services," said Indiana state House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) during a Monday morning press conference with Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R).

Long acknowledged that the GOP-controlled legislature did not work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups on crafting the language of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because the lawmakers didn't think the bill would affect that community.

The GOP leaders also confirmed Monday that they plan to introduce clarification to the law underscoring that it does not allow discrimination, although they haven't yet worked out what that language will look like. But they made clear they have no plans to explicitly add protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked






Michelle Visage on Madonna and the Gay Audience




Michelle Visage first rose to stardom as a member of the girl group Seduction.   Seduction scored 5 Top 20 hits on the Hot 100 chart in the 90s, and after their breakup, Visage went on to TV appearances, and is currently a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race.

In a recent interview with NewNowNext, Visage began to discuss the career of Madonna, and made the statement that the gay audience has turned their back on Madonna.

“The gays have kind of turned their back on her. These young gays don’t know what she did for the community and what she continues to do…she did so much for HIV/AIDS, she has done so, so much for the gays. So much, and they forget. The young ones don’t even see her.”

“It makes me so sad that the children today really don’t know what she is,” she said. “To me, we will never see a superstar ever in our lifetime like Madonna or Michael Jackson. There’s been fringe ones — there’s Whitney Houston, there’s Mariah — but there will never be another Madonna.”


Michelle Visage on Madonna and the Gay Audience







Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw



The first trailer has appeared online for Southpaw, Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama in which Jake Gyllenhaal’s explosive fighter attempts to win his daughter back after his life is rocked by tragedy.

The new trailer is a suitably bruising affair, with some particularly juddering fight sequences showing that Gyllenhaal’s evident gym-work has been put to good use. Not that he’s presented as some kind of superhero… the man certainly looks like he has soaked up as much punishment as he’s given out.

We could have done without quite so much of the plot being given away here, but boxing movies tend to follow fairly similar beats, so we guess it’s not too crucial. Most striking is Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation, with the star practically unrecognizable from his gaunt Nightcrawler look.

Directed by Fuqua and co-starring 50 Cent, Forrest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, Southpaw will open in the UK and US on 31 July 2015.


Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw










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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015




Indiana Was Warned


The state of Indiana has been in the national spotlight lately, due to the "Religious Freedom" bill that was pass there, and signed into law by Governor Michael Pence.  

Indiana then faced an immediate backlash, with businesses cancelling trips there, celebrities refusing to go to the state, and a gaming convention relocating from the state, which could cost Indiana over $50 million dollars in income.  The backlash caused the governor and legislature to rush to amend the law, so that it would not condone discriminating against LGBT citizens.

The sad thing is the whole mess could've been avoided if they had just listened to a letter they were given.   The 11 page letter was composed by 30 expert law professors, and said (in part):

"In our expert opinion, the clear evidence suggests otherwise and unmistakably demonstrates that the broad language of the proposed state RFRA will more likely create confusion, conflict, and a wave of litigation that will threaten the clarity of religious liberty rights in Indiana while undermining the state’s ability to enforce other compelling interests. This confusion and conflict will increasingly take the form of private actors, such as employers, landlords, small business owners, or corporations, taking the law into their own hands and acting in ways that violate generally applicable laws on the grounds that they have a religious justification for doing so. Members of the public will then be asked to bear the cost of their employer’s, their landlord’s, their local shopkeeper’s, or a police officer’s private religious beliefs."

Indiana Was Warned





Angie's List & Indiana





William S. Oesterle and Angie Hicks founded Angie's List in 1995. The idea resulted from Hicks's search for a reliable construction contractor in suburban Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of Oesterle, a venture capitalist who was Hicks's boss. Hicks moved to Columbus to join Oesterle in creating Columbus Neighbors, a call-in service and publication with reviews of local home and lawn care services. The name and concept were based on Unified Neighbors in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hicks went door-to-door, signing up consumers as members and collecting ratings of local contractors. After Hicks recruited over 1,000 members in Columbus within one year, she turned to Oesterle to raise money from investors to develop the business.[6] In 1996, the company bought Unified Neighbors from its creator and moved the company's headquarters to Indianapolis.  By 1999, the database of local services and reviews was moved to the Internet. In the following years, the customer base and business relationships grew throughout the United States, while expanding coverage to include additional services, such as health care and auto care.

Oesterle said his firm will pull out of a pending deal with the state and city to expand its headquarters in Indianapolis because of his disagreement with the state's passage of the "religious freedom" law.  Oesterle said he opposed the passage of the bill, intends to keep speaking out against it, and feels he can't accept state subsidies for his company's expansion given his disagreement over the act.   "We're going to be very vocal on this issue and I don't feel we can do that if we are taking state money.  We don't want to be bound by commitments in that deal given the current atmosphere in the state (government)."
 

Angie's List & Indiana








Reactions to Proposed 'Fix' to Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law





Reactions to a proposed "fix" to Indiana's "religious freedom" bill are rolling in, with right-wingers understandably furious that the amendment now explicitly prevents the law from being used to discriminate against LGBT individuals.

LGBT organizations, meanwhile, are saying the proposal doesn't go far enough and are pushing to ensure LGBT Hoosiers are protected from discrimination statewide.

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) said the proposed fix "falls far short of adding non-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers to the state's civil rights laws, and future legislative sessions have an obligation to return to fix both the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) and this glaring hole in Indiana's laws protecting their own citizens." and the NCAA President Mark Emmert said the association is "very pleased" with the RFRA revisions but failed to speak out on the growing push to secure state-wide LGBT non-discrimination protections.  

FRC hate leader Tony Perkins, meanwhile, is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to veto the fix:  "On the eve of Good Friday, Big Business is encouraging elected leaders to take the silver over religious freedom.  This new proposal guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and empowers the government to impose punishing fines on people for following their beliefs about marriage." and Heritage Foundation's Ryan T. Anderson, is similarly displeased:  "It is important to note that this fix does not create new sexual orientation and gender identity privileges in Indiana; it says that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot protect citizens from existing (municipal) Indiana sexual orientation and gender identity laws and ensuing coercion from government."


Reactions to Proposed 'Fix' to Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law






Tech Leaders Call for Nationwide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections






The list of technology industry leaders calling for nationwide protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity continues to grow, HRC reports.

“The unified message from these business leaders is clear: Pass LGBT non-discrimination protections and pass them now,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Until legislators finally step up to the plate and take action, this issue is not going to go away. It’s time for elected officials to listen to the overwhelming voice of fair-minded Americans demanding equality for their LGBT loved ones, friends, and neighbors. No American should risk losing their job, be denied housing, or refused service simply because of who they are or whom they love.”

New recent cosigners of the call to action include leaders from YouTube, AppNexus, Coupons.com, Consumer Electronics Association, Hotsuite, Google, Uber Technologies, Intuit, Facebook, GoPro, Cisco, Pinterest, Pandora Media, Yahoo!, Logitech, and many others companies.

The statement (signed by reps of the companies) is online and can be found by clicking the link below.

Tech Leaders Call for Nationwide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections






Remembering the Lily Street Fair




Gay pride month, pride parades, festivals, and street fairs are all around us now, and have given us many happy memories.

Back in the early days of the AIDS crisis, another street fair was started, and held for 9 years.  No longer around, but fondly remembered, I'm talking about the Lily Street Fair.  This event got its start in 1981 as a simple pot luck luncheon that started on Easter, complete with an Easter Egg hunt, and a contest for the best Easter bonnet.

Each year, the event got bigger and bigger, drawing its biggest crowd in its last year,1990.  

Click the link below to read a wonderful article on this event, written by Michael Flanagan for the Bay Area Reporter.  In his article, Michael touches on the beginning, the history, and the happy memoires of this missed event.


Remembering the Lily Street Fair







Anne Came In Like A Wrecking Ball



Spike TV looks to have a huge hit on their hands with Lip Synch Battle.

On this show (hosted by LL Cool J) celebrities engage in two lip synch contests against each other.  In a recent match up, Anne Hathaway was matched against her Devil Wears Prada co-star, Emily Blunt.  Anne impressed everyone with her "performance" of Mary J Blidge's "Love", but Blunt gave her a run for her money with her version of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet.

For the second round, Blunt performed to Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart", but Anne stole the show when she performed "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.  For this performance, we got to see Anne licking an hammer and swinging back and forth on a large wrecking ball.

to see some gifs, as well as video of the performances, click the link below.


Anne Came In Like A Wrecking Ball










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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015




Aetna Promo - First Love




Insurance company Aetna has just unveiled a new video featuring Melanie Alenier, who with partner Vanessa successfully sued for the right to marry in Florida.

When it comes to health insurance coverage, maybe you want access to more than just the basics. Like a way to find LGBT and LGBT-friendly doctors and care you’re comfortable with. Wellness coaching that inspires you to work out, eat healthier or manage stress. Coverage with features that fit you, your partner and your family.

We’re here, with health plans and programs to help you — and those you love — be healthy and well.

“They did an amazing job,” Melanie Alenier said of Aetna. “They reached out to us and told about the project. They just embraced same-sex couples. They wanted to spread the word that Aetna had the doors open to same-sex couples.”

The Aleniers, together nine years this week, married Jan. 9, 2015, four days after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay in the Ruvin case and legalized same-sex marriage in the county. The following day, gay marriage became legal throughout Florida after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s stay in a similar federal case expired.

Aetna Promo -  First Love





Texas Competes





More than 100 corporations and other organizations — from American Airlines and Apple to the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee — have joined an impressive coalition of businesses pledging to support LGBT equality in Texas.  The coalition, called Texas Competes, launched Tuesday in Austin against the backdrop of 22 anti-LGBT bills in the state Legislature.

From the Texas Competes website:

Texas Competes' mission is to provide a unified voice for the Texas business community on the clear economic and business case for fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers, families, customers, and tourists.  That unified voice takes the form of the Texas Competes pledge.  Many of Texas' most successful businesses have policies and workplace cultures that are inclusive and welcoming to LGBT workers and customers.  But the competitiveness of these businesses, and of the Texas economy, is impacted by the brand that the state of Texas projects on the LGBT issue.  The Texas Competes pledge creates an opportunity for business leaders to clarify their shared economic interests in fair treatment for gay and transgender people.

Interestingly, several business not otherwise known as LGBT-friendly have joined the coalition, while others long considered corporate allies have not.  For example, Texas-based MetroPCS, which joined the coalition, has a score of 0 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. But AT&T, which hasn't joined the coalition, has a score of 100. (AT&T was also a major supporter of anti-gay Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's campaign last year).


Texas Competes








Out To Win





Historically speaking, the pro-sports arena has been notoriously late to accept nearly every basic advance, from integration to gender equality, making discrimination against homosexual athletes merely the latest hurdle in an ongoing struggle to live up to even the most basic ideal of good sportsmanship — that is, to treat teammates and opponents alike with fairness and respect. But just because there are zero openly gay athletes in the NFL doesn’t mean that all of the league’s players are straight. Far from it — a fact Ingram doesn’t come right out and say, but clearly holds central to his rallying-cry approach.

“Out to Win” aims to inspire, not just young people dreaming of a career in sports, but also those who’ve accomplished that goal, and yet have been forced to deny that facet of their identity as part of the bargain. By casting those who’ve come out in the past as “heroes” — including women’s tennis game-changers Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, NFL vet David Kopay, retired baseballer Billy Bean and ex-NBA pioneer John Amaechi — the film aims to chip away at the potentially career-ending stigma that intimidates many athletes into keeping their identities a secret.



Out To Win






Day of Silence Turns Anti-Gay






Students at a Pittsburgh area high school allegedly wear flannel shirts and write the phrase 'anti-gay' on hands as a response to Day of Silence.

District officials are investigating claims a group of high school students harassed peers during last week's Day of Silence.

On Friday,17 April, parents and students contacted Channel 11 News (WPXI-TV) voicing concerns about a group of students from McGuffey High School in Washington County, located near Pittsburgh.

The youngsters allegedly organized an 'Anti-gay Day.' They spread the news of the day by wearing flannel shirts and writing the phrase on their hands.

The district released a statement:  'McGuffey School District, along with school police officers, continue to investigate all allegations,' Superintendent Erica Kolat said in a release, as reported by Channel 11.  'We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted,' Kolat continued.
 

Day of Silence Turns Anti-Gay






Petition To The Pope




Calling it a "respectful appeal," over 100 top, well-known Roman Catholics have attached their names to an ad in today's San Francisco Chronicle, asking Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, whom they say does not reflect their values.

The Chronicle reports the big names among the signatories include "Brian Cahill, the retired executive director of Catholic Charities, former city commissioner and Boudin Bakery executive Lou Giraudo, retired Swinerton Builders Chairman David Grubb, businessman and former political consultant Clint Reilly and his wife, Janet, San Francisco attorney Michael Kelly, and Charles Geschke, chairman of Adobe Systems and former head of the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Also on the list is Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady."

In their ad, which could have cost tens of thousands of dollars, they say the Archbishop "sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization."  And they complain about a Cordileone hand-picked pastor who "provided elementary-school children with a pamphlet about sexuality that asked whether they had masturbated, engaged in sodomy or undergone an abortion."

Petition To The Pope







University of Vermont’s 2015 Honorary Degree Recipients



Nina Totenberg, one of the nation’s preeminent legal affairs correspondents, will deliver the University of Vermont’s 2015 commencement address and receive an honorary degree from the university. Seven fellow recipients of this year’s honorary degrees will join her on the podium Sunday, May 17, including alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx.

Annie Proulx, UVM Class of 1969, is a best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for fiction. She completed her undergraduate degree at UVM in 1969. After establishing herself as an accomplished journalist, she began writing fiction and immediately met with considerable success. Two of her early stories appeared in the prestigious Best American Short Stories collections in 1983 and 1987. Shortly afterward, she published her first book of fiction Heart Songs and Other Stories in 1988. In 1992, she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction with her first novel Postcards and was the first woman to win the award. With her second novel Shipping News published in 1993, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.


University of Vermont’s 2015 Honorary Degree Recipients










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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015




Events Cancelled At Out NYC Hotel




In response to its owners hosting Ted Cruz for dinner, the Out NYC Hotel now has its second big event cancel in protest.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus was supposed to hold its annual spring garden party fundraiser on Saturday at the Out NYC Hotel, but instead the group canceled rather than support the hotel's owners.

"We wish we could say this was a clear, easy decision. It wasn’t," said a message on the group's website. "We believe in nuanced, complex discussion, and we think that dialogue with your opposition will always lead to positive change in the world. We cannot say who is right and who is wrong, and we hope the debate will continue.

"We can say, however, that we made the decision because we want to be 100% clear in our support for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC has a 35-year history of campaigning for human rights through our music. Our mission must always come first."


Events Cancelled At Out NYC Hotel





Bruce Jenner, the Interview, and Moving Forward





Bruce Jenner is happier than ever now that he is no longer "living a lie," as he told Diane Sawyer during his bombshell 20/20 interview.

"Bruce seems very relieved that the interview finally aired," a source tells PEOPLE. "He is overwhelmed by all the positive comments on social media following the interview."

Echoing another source who told PEOPLE that Jenner, 65, is on a "mission" to help others facing discrimination, the insider says that "he feels very good" about what he did to "help other people in his shoes."

"He also seems very happy that he is moving forward with his transition," says the source, adding that, in the past couple of weeks, Jenner "seems more comfortable with his new life. He leaves his house wearing lip gloss and nail polish. He seems more confident, relaxed and definitely more happy."

A close family source repeated the "relieved" sentiments.  "He's so relieved," the source said. "Like a big weight is off of his shoulders. The whole family is relieved too."

Bruce Jenner, the Interview, and Moving Forward








Jim Wells to Explain Gay Abuse Remarks





Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has been called before the Northern Ireland Assembly's health committee to explain his comments that gay couples are more likely to 'abuse' children.

Wells has apologized on Friday after he linked gay relationships and the abuse of children at a South Down hustings meeting on Thursday night.  He said, 'You don't bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected...'

His comments were immediately met by uproar from the audience.

He later apologized saying, 'I regret having wrongly made that remark about abuse and I'm sorry those words were uttered. The comment did not reflect my view nor that of my party [Democratic Unionist Party].'  Maeve McLaughlin, chair of the NI Assembly's health committee, said while she welcomed the apology and retraction, 'questions still remain for Jim Wells to answer.'


Jim Wells to Explain Gay Abuse Remarks






Straight Friend asks Gay Friend to Prom







A photo of a straight high school student asking his gay best friend to prom has gone viral after it was posted on social media.

Anthony Martinez of Las Vegas lamented on Twitter that he was on the prom committee did not have a date to the the dance.

So his best friend Jacob Lescenski decided to do something about it.

At lunch break on Monday (21 April) while Martinez was selling prom tickets, he unfurled a giant banner that read: 'You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8, but you’re like my brother so be my d8!'

Martinez said of Lescenski on Tumblr: 'He's my best friend, and a real man given that he has the guts to fulfill my gay student council dream of always helping out planning dances, and never getting asked. I couldn’t ask for a better person in my life.'

Straight Friend asks Gay Friend to Prom






Justice Ginsburg Has Already Made Up Her Mind



Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 82-year-old leader of the Supreme Court’s minority liberal wing, has cast aside her usual restraint in the past months and left little doubt where she stands on the upcoming gay marriage case.

The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, on Tuesday, and will most likely announce in June whether states will still be allowed to ban same-sex marriage and refuse to recognize the rights of couples married in other states.  

Ginsburg, a former civil rights lawyer, has been uncharacteristically outspoken in advance of one of the most significant civil rights decisions in decades. In August, she became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at a same-sex wedding. Since then, she’s highlighted the big shift in public opinion on gay marriage in interviews and public speeches, breaking from her usual reticence when it comes to talking about upcoming cases. In February, Ginsburg told Bloomberg that it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans to accept nationwide marriage equality, given the “enormous” change in people’s attitudes about same-sex marriage.


Justice Ginsburg Has Already Made Up Her Mind







Five Stories about Heath as Joker




Recently, pics of Jared Leto as The Joker have been posted online.  As always, whenever The Joker becomes a topic of conversation, attention is give to Heath Ledger and his version of The Joker.

Legendary makeup artist John Caglione Jr. worked closely with Heath Ledger over the course of shooting "The Dark Knight," helping the actor transform into the role that would posthumously win him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Caglione had his work cut out for him: Tasked with creating a terrifying Joker that would be distinct from all previous iterations, Caglione had to maintain Christopher Nolan's wishes for the character to be "dirty" and "realistic." The result, we all know by now, is both haunting and iconic.



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