Yesterday, the LGBTQ community and its allies came out to celebrate Gay Pride events across the country. Not to brag or whatever, but NYC had the cast of “Orange is the New Black” in attendance, including Danielle Brooks (Tastee), Yael Stone (Morello), Samira Wiley (Poussey), Matt McGorry (Bennett) and Laverne Cox (Sophia), who was Grand Marshall for the parade. Check out a few more Instagram snaps after the jump! Keep reading »
I am a black woman and my best friend is a gay man. He came out to me the summer between our senior year of high school and our freshman year of college.
“I really need to tell you something,” he began, while driving us home from our summer job at the local pool. I didn’t know what to expect — an admission of love, maybe? That would be awkward.
He pulled the car over, then stared deeply into my eyes and said, “I’m gay.”
I breathed a sigh of relief.
“Oh, that’s cool with me,” I replied.
He was excited that we would remain friends and was especially happy to have someone to go out and “meet boys” with. Together we frequented New York City’s gay clubs and bars, more often than the straight ones. Splash, Therapy or Barracuda, but The Ritz was a mutual favorite. It was a two-floor bar with a huge dance floor, usually jam packed with sweaty, shirtless men by 1 a.m. The environment offered us both freedoms: I could be as black as I wanted: dance to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” twerk it, shake it and break it (while being applauded), and he could be as gay as he wanted. Keep reading »
Ever wonder where the hatemongering Westboro Baptist Church actually is? Aaron Jackson did. Jackson is a co-founder of Planting Peace, a non-profit aimed at providing sustainable initiatives to impoverished areas. He admitted he didn’t know much about the church, other than their generalized anti-gay, anti-everything stance. As he was idly looking up the church’s location on Google Earth (it’s in Topeka, Kansas), he noticed a “for sale” sign on a house across the street from the church headquarters. And then he got an idea.
“The reason I haven’t gotten into the gay rights activism is because, in a sense, it’s almost silly — it’s 2013, are we really still in this position? It just seems ludicrous,” said Jackson. “But it is a real issue and kids are killing themselves. I’ve wanted to do something, and I knew when I saw that house for sale that it all came together. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a little crazy and there’s no red tape in my charity. When I want to do something, I do it.” Keep reading »
For some reason, silliness abounds anytime treating gay folks like human beings comes up. The latest comes courtesy of this big, gay Oreo cookie — a “rainbow” cookie which Nabisco/Kraft Foods posted on their Facebook page to celebrate Gay Pride this weekend. The “rainbow” Oreo included the offensive, offensive caption, “Proudly support love! June 25 Pride,” which has predictably gotten customers screeching about a boycott. Fine with me, bigots! Boycott Oreos. More cookies for meeeeeeee. [Queerty, Daily News UK]
Every year, I make it a priority to attend NYC’s Pride Parade. Why? Well, because I am a proud ally, and while the gay community always shows up big for the event, sometimes I feel like not enough allies come out to support it. Also, it is, in my humble opinion, the most fun event of the year. But I don’t just go because I support the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states. It’s much more than that. I’m there to support diversity, tolerance and individuality. It’s the one place where any person (gender, sexuality and race be damned!) can go and count on 100 percent acceptance. Wear what you want to wear, act how you want to act, be completely who you are, and everyone will not only embrace you, they will applaud you. It’s a celebration of self. And I enthusiastically support that. Here’s a picture my friend snapped of me doing me. Click through for some pics of the my favorite people at Pride this year.
In honor of June being Gay Pride Month, we’re celebrating not just our favorite gay and lesbian couples since the dawn of time, but also their love for each other even when homosexuality was deemed worthy of incarceration. In their own ways — some more than others — all of these couples helped propel the gay-rights movement forward. Even if some of them weren’t on the front lines like Harvey Milk and Scott Smith, by not hiding their relationships, they proved to the world that love comes in many different forms.
Khanumhotep and Niankhkhanum: (2400 B.C., Egypt). Regarded by most historians as the first recorded gay couple, the gentlemen were manicurists of The Great House during the 5th dynasty. The king needed a shave; the fellas were there with bells on. Read more …