“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]
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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]