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13-Year-Old Calls For Marriage Equality At His Bar Mitzvah

A speech to remember!

Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional marriage has evolved several times over since the bible was first written. Keep reading »

Sasha Fleischman, Agender Teen Victim Of A Homophobic Attack, Speaks Out

What Is "Agender"?
Neither man nor woman, but definitely fabulous. Read More »
What Queerness Means
My queerness includes attraction to men and that's okay. Read More »
My Transition Story
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Attacked For Wearing A Skirt

Oakland, California teenager Sasha Fleischman was the victim of a horrific hate crime last month when another teenager lit hir* skirt on fire as ou* rode home, asleep, on a city bus. The teen suffered second and third degree burns in the attack. Why was Sasha targeted? The teen identifies as agender rather than male or female and is an activist for agender Americans. Sasha has gathered 27,000 online signatures in hopes of capturing President Obama’s attention on the issue. Keep reading »

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 »
parents sue NJ to convert gay son

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 »
Johnny On Russia
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Johnny Weir defends his NBC Olympics gig in Russia. Read More »
Andy Cohen Bans Russia
Andy Cohen refuses to host Miss Universe in Russia over gay bigotry
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

DOMA History
The Long Road To Marriage Equality In America
Here's a timeline on the long road to marriage equality. Read More »
Gay Marriage Wins
"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 »

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