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Horrible, Delusional Parents Sue New Jersey For The Right To “Convert” Their Gay Son Straight

Ex-Gay Adventures
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Carrie spent a weekend with folks at an ex-gay ministry. Read More »
"Gay Conversion" BS
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Psychiatrist retracts BS "gay conversion" therapy study. Read More »
Ex-Gay Ministry Shuts Down
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Exodus International shuts down and apologizes. Read More »
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In today’s depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state’s recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to “convert” gay teenagers into being straight. Because it’s complete and utter quack psychology bullshit.

But! These horrible parents, who have remained unnamed, claims their 15-year-old son doesn’t want to be gay and “needs” the conversion therapy. Their son has contemplated suicide and has, in their words, “unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.” I don’t think it’s particularly presumptuous to assume that his parents’ — and perhaps, community’s — disapproval is a major factor in his unhappiness. I guess they’re not concerned with that, though. They feel that their rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being violated.  (The American Association for Christian Counselors has filed a separate lawsuit over the bill.) Keep reading »

Kerry Washington On Lesbian Rumors: “There’s No Reason To Be Offended”

“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration. I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See?’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is notoriously private about her personal life. She married in secret in June and has not publicly commented on the rumor, according to Us Weekly, that she is pregnant with her first child. And, she notes on the Advocate‘s blog, people are all too happy to speculate that because she isn’t showing off her man all around town, it must mean she must be a lesbian.  Being a lesbian is fine, of course, but don’t people realize there’s more than one reason a celebrity might ask for privacy?

After the jump, here’s Washington on reaching African-Americans about issues facing gay couples through “Scandal,” as well as the similarities between ‘passing’ as white and being in the closet: Keep reading »

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

Gay Bigotry In Russia
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Russian law would like to pretend gay people don't exist. Read More »
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Johnny Weir defends his NBC Olympics gig in Russia. Read More »
Andy Cohen Bans Russia
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The TV host refuses to host Miss Universe in Russia over bigotry. Read More »

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation…”

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that gay participants and attendees of the upcoming 2014 Olympic festivities in Sochi will be welcome. Given Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws and the backlash they’ve been receiving, that’s hard to imagine, but here’s hoping he keeps his word. Russia has received international criticism for its criminalization of homosexuality, and that’s making for a tense lead-up to the Olympics. [TIME] [Image via WENN]

Ohio Won’t Let Dying Man Honor The Love Of His Life

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"TIME" magazine declares that gay marriage has already won. Read More »
DOMA & Prop 8 Struck down
Supreme Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court rules on gay marriage. Read More »

John Arthur was diagnosed with terminal Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and is currently in hospice care. He’s been in a loving 20-year relationship with his boyfriend Jim Obergefell, and just weeks ago, he and Arthur flew to Maryland to be legally wed on the tarmac. Arthur is now so sick that he can’t even get up from his hospital bed.

The couple has now returned to Ohio, where they are trying to make the most of their last days together, and have one final wish. Arthur would like Obergefell to be acknowledged on his death certificate as his “surviving spouse.” Why is this so important, besides the obvious unadultered fact that two married people should be acknowledged in the eyes of the law? Because Arthur would like to ensure that Obergefell can someday be buried in his family plot next to him.  Thanks to a specific family directive, without this express acknowledgement, a cemetery will not honor the request. Keep reading »

Pip Pip Cheerio! Gay Marriage Now Legal In England And Wales

DOMA & Prop 8 Struck down
Supreme Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court rules on gay marriage. Read More »
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Scenes From The Supreme Court's Ruling On The Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8
Scenes from the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA and Prop 8. Read More »
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Here's a timeline on the long road to marriage equality. Read More »
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The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received royal assent this morning, thus legalizing gay marriage in both England and Wales. Royal assent in the United Kingdom takes place after both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have passed a bill. The Queen then agrees to make the bill an Act of Parliament, or law. Although royal assent is technically a formality these days, celebration is still in order! Keep reading »

Russian Law Would Pretend Gay People Don’t Exist

RI Legalizes Gay Marriage
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Rhode Island has legalized same-sex marriage! Read More »
Anti-Gay Prom
Special ed teacher joins students to create straights-only prom. Read More »
Pro-Gay in the UFC
A UFC player speaks out on behalf of gay rights. Read More »
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According to a Russian bill that passed by a unanimous vote, it would be illegal to tell children that gay people exist or that homosexuality is socially equal to heterosexuality. The bill has passed Russia’s lower house of parliament and now heads to its upper house, where it is expected to pass. President Vladimir Putin supports signing the bill into law.

Don’t worry, Russia! If you pretend things don’t exist, they just disappear on their own! Keep reading »

Michelle Obama Speech Interrupted By Gay Rights Heckler

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Big Bird flew down to the White House to look for some healthy snacks. Read More »
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The First Lady said she got bangs because she's having a midlife crisis. Read More »
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Last night, at a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington, a protester started heckling First Lady Michelle Obama — which lead to the First Lady  threatening to leave the stage. The heckler, who was later identified as Ellen Sturtz of the gay rights organization GetEQUAL, shouted at Obama about the president’s record on ending discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. Keep reading »

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

Last week, we uttered a collective, “UGH, ARIZONA!” over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we’re heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption:

Given what’s happening in Arizona now, I thought this might be a good time to show off this photo, taken by my partner Dave at his doctor’s office in Manhattan.

Well done, Doctor Dave! [Towleroad]

Former Republican Senator Says Male Legislators “Shouldn’t Even Vote” On Abortion

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Ron Paul claims live babies get dumped in trash cans. Read More »
Vajazzling The GOP's Msg
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Kristen Schaal explains the GOP's appeal to married women. Read More »

Former three-term Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is an equal opportunity critic, throwing judgement at both President Obama and his own Republican party.  He’s known to be blunt with his opinions (regardless of hate mail) and this past week was no exception. He spoke frankly to a reporter at a local Chamber of Commerce in his hometown of Cody, Wyoming about gay rights, abortion, and why Republicans should stay out of social issues.

In a surprisingly candid comment, Simpson said, “[Abortion] is a hideous thing. It’s terrible. … But it’s a deeply intimate and personal thing. … Men legislators shouldn’t even vote on it.” Wow, that’s not even an opinion that man liberal politicians espouse!

More good Simpson-isms after the jump: Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Edith “Edie” Windsor, The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Challenging The Defense Of Marriage Act

Obama Backs Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
Meet Edie Windsor!
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This 83-year-old lesbian is taking on DOMA. Read More »
Senator's Gay Son
GOP's Sen. Rob Portman's reversed his stance on gay marriage. Read More »

Today, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, and tomorrow they will consider the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). It’s a huge moment for gay rights and marriage equality, as the verdicts in both of these cases have the potential to change the course of history. At the center of the DOMA case, Windsor v. United States, is an 83-year-old lesbian named Edith “Edie” Windsor, a former top programmer for IBM who was married in Canada in 2007 after a 40-year engagement to her wife, Thea. Windsor is ready to take her fight for equality to the national stage. “It’s almost a deliriously joyous thing for an old lady,” she says. Here are five things you might not know about this pearl-wearing powerhouse… Keep reading »

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