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Nike Debuts Rainbow Pride Shoes And We’re Obsessed

Check out these awesome sneakers Nike just rolled out as part of its 2012 BE TRUE campaign in support of the LGBT community. The high-tops feature iridescent rainbow soles and the message “Be true” printed on the inside. Three different versions of the shoes, along with a BE TRUE hat and t-shirt, are being sold in New York, San Francisco, and Portland to acknowledge those cities as “progressive leaders of LGBT life.” Props to Nike for creating a pair of eye-catching kicks that draw attention to a really important cause. Supporting equal rights for all: just do it. [Laughing Squid]

Church Ladies For Equality
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Starbucks has come out in support of gay marriage. Read More »

Google Supports LGBT Community With “Legalize Love” Campaign

Obama Supports Gays
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions. Read More »
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North Carolina voted to add gay marriage ban to state constitution. Read More »
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Google has launched a new campaign, Legalize Love, which hopes to end discrimination against homosexuals. At the Global LGBT Workplace Summit on Saturday in London, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe introduced the campaign, sharing Google’s goals to “[develop] alliances with local companies and [support] grassroots organizing efforts in [other] countries.” The purpose of the campaign is not about necessarily legalizing gay marriage, but is more focused on supporting LGBQT workers in countries where homosexuality is criminalized. Keep reading »

JC Penney Features Real-Life Gay Couple In Father’s Day Ad

NC Gay Ban
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North Carolina voted to add gay marriage ban to state constitution. Read More »
Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
Bigots admit they've lost the gay marriage battle in our generation. Read More »
"Gay Conversion" BS
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Psychiatrist retracts BS "gay conversion" therapy study. Read More »

After flaunting their awesome support of same-sex couples with a lesbian-oriented Mother’s Day ad, JC Penney is at it again, this time with an ad featuring a couple of real-life, honest-to-goodness gay dads. The ad features Todd Koch and Cooper Smith and their friggin’ adorable children, Claire and Mason. Right wing freak out in 3, 2, 1 … 

Jay-Z Supports Gay Marriage, Says Obama’s Endorsement Was “The Right Thing”

Obama Supports Gays
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions. Read More »
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Jay-Z Regrets Lyrics
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“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple … I think it’s the right thing to do, so whether it costs him votes or not — again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.”

– Jay-Z shares his thoughts on gay marriage — and President Obama’s recent endorsement of it — with CNN. Well said, Jigga! [Towleroad]

Another Victory For Marriage Equality: Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional!

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More good news on the marriage equality front! Today, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. California voters passed the measure in 2008, explicitly defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. In the four-month period before the law took effect, an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples wed in California. Today the court ruled that “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” This is an important victory, and experts think the case will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year. Between Washington state’s recent marriage equality bill and 116 U.S. mayors signing a Freedom To Marry pledge, it feels like the tide is finally turning in the fight for equal rights. It’s about time. Read the full text of the court’s decision here. [Los Angeles Times]

Our New Hero: Teen Madison Galluccio Asks NJ To Let Her Gay Dads Marry

Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
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Gay marriage is a hot-button issue, but its reach goes far beyond simply the same-sex couples who wish to be joined in matrimony. It also affects their kids. Like 15-year-old Madison Galluccio, who gave a heartfelt speech this week to New Jersey lawmakers in an effort to push forth same-sex marriage rights. As Galluccio so eloquently explains, laws preventing her dads John and Michael Galluccio from marrying stigmatize. “I shouldn’t have to be forced to feel like I’m different. This is my family, and I want us to be able to have the same rights as you. So NJ, please give me my freedom.” Thanks in part to Galluccio’s testimony and that of other same-sex marriage-proponents, the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act passed the New Jersey State Assembly 5-2. [Towleroad]

Starbucks Speaks Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

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Celebs On Gay Marriage
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Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
Bigots admit they've lost the gay marriage battle in our generation. Read More »

It’s been a great week for gay rights in the Pacific Northwest, with the recent news that the Washington state legislature has enough votes to legalize gay marriage, and governor Chris Gregoire indicating she would sign the bill into law. And there’s more good news: major companies like Microsoft (which had previously held a “neutral” position on gay marriage) and Nike have signed a letter to the governor indicating their support for the marriage equality measures, and yesterday, Starbucks sent out a letter to their nearly 150,000 employees pledging their full support to marriage equality. Read the heartwarming Starbucks text in full after the jump. I’m off to have a celebratory caramel macchiato. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Unacceptable: Same Sex Couples Are Paying An Extra $6,000 In Taxes Each Year

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Same-sex couples are forced to pay an extra $6,000 a year in taxes because the federal government does not recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted by CNNMoney. Heterosexual couples who are legally married receive financial tax benefits that these gay couples — who may be in committed relationships their whole lives — cannot claim. As CNN notes, each member of a same-sex couple is forced to file their federal tax returns as “single,” even if they are able to file jointly on a state level if they live in a state where their marriage is legally recognized. You can read in more detail here how CNNMoney and tax specialists for H&R Block calculated exactly how gay couples get royally screwed. Treating gays like second-class citizens is not only shamefully unjust — i’ts expensive. [CNN] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UN Releases First Report On LGBT Human Rights

  • The United Nations released its first report ever on the human rights of the LGBT community. It details the discrimination and hate-crimes that arise from homophobia around the world. [United Nations]
  • A former  N.B.A. security official claims he was fired after he reported witnessing acts of sexual harassment and discrimination towards women in the office. [NY Times]
  • A small study claims that more college-aged women are speaking in “vocal fry” thanks to pop songs. Vocal fry describes the creaky, raspy tone female pop-stars occasionally take on to reach lower notes. Think Britney Spears infamous “Oh baby, baby” line. Listen to site’s provided vocal clip to see if you’re taken on the tone! [MSNBC]
  • Forbes magazine defines the modern day feminist. [Forbes]
Today’s Lady News is a short one today because, uh, we’ve got a holiday party to get to.

Gandalf, Can You Handle This?

Rarity: An Out Actor
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It's amazing NPH is so open about his sexuality. Read More »
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Sir Ian McKellan is a verifiable bad ass and pretty much the coolest 72-year-old openly gay wizard out there. I mean, seriously, check out this shirt. Then get over it. (BTW, this is a total Photoshop hoax–his original shirt read “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It.” Even better!) [Geekosystem]

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