Posts tagged "gay rights"

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 betwee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

“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…

By: Claire Hannum / October 28, 2013

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

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 u…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 26, 2013

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

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,…

By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

Russian Law Would Pretend Gay People Don’t Exist

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 Puti…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Michelle Obama Speech Interrupted By Gay Rights Heckler

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 discriminatio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

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…

By: Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

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

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 hometow…

By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

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

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 26, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters Wait Out The DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions On The Supreme Court Steps

The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay rights cases today: they’re hearing arguments on Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Court critics say the cases could go a number of ways, and despite the fact that both cases will get relatively little time in front of the judges (just 60…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

Republican Senator Reverses Stance On Gay Marriage After Son Comes Out

“Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 16, 2013

Gay Couple’s Pink Poodle Prompts Alleged Hate Crime

David Beltier and his boyfriend Jeremy have three poodles, Muffin, Beauty, and Princess, each with brightly colored fur dyed with Kool-Aid. Last week David and Jeremy were walking their pink poodle, Beauty, down the street of their Portland suburb when a SUV pulled up alongside them and the male driver started yelling anti-gay slurs. The…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 6, 2013

A Terrifying Glimpse Into A World Where Gay Marriage Is Legal

It’s coming, probably sooner than you think … the day your husband will come home from work to bring you the chilling news: gay marriage has been legalized. How will it affect your heterosexual marriage and your relationship with your kids? This handy video, paid for by The Coalition Of People Whose Lives Are Ruined…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 6, 2013

Marine Corps Requires Military Spouse Clubs To Include Same-Sex Partners

When Ashley Broadway, a military wife of 15 years, wanted to make new friends and connect with other military spouses, she applied for membership to the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses. Broadway lives at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina with her family; her wife is an Army lieutenant colonel, and the couple have one…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 10, 2013

Do You Live In One Of The Gayest Cities In America?

The Advocate just released its annual list of the “Gayest Cities in America,” and if you’re thinking, “Duh, New York, San Francisco, and LA,” here’s a bombshell for you: those gay metropolises didn’t even make the cut (well, San Fran does get a shoutout in the honorable mentions). Editors narrowed the list down to 15…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 10, 2013

Renounce Your Homosexuality For A Free Chicken Sandwich!

As we all learned last year, Chick-fil-A’s secret seasoning blend includes a heaping spoonful of homophobia and a generous slathering of bigotry. In response, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, a comedy group that parodies conservative “family values” organizations, created this fake coupon offering a free chicken sandwich to anyone who renounced their homosexuality. It’s a hilarious piece of…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 8, 2013

Topless Nuns Spray Jesus’s Sperm In Paris Protest

Topless nuns were seen hosing down anti-gay marriage demonstrators with “holy sperm” last Sunday in Paris.

Go ahead. Read that sentence again.

Of course, these weren’t real nuns! FEMEN, the breast-baring Ukrainian women’s movement, is famous for spreading awareness about a cause through nudity. When FEMEN found out that more tha…

By: Daley Quinn / November 22, 2012

Children Of Lesbian Mothers Have Higher Grades And Happier Lives

Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.

By: Daley Quinn / November 7, 2012

Straight Guy Lives Life As A Gay Man For A Year

Timothy Kurek grew up in a religiously conservative family, and was told that homosexuality was an abominable sin. He regularly counseled friends and families on how to approach homosexuality. “The loving thing to do is to tell my friend who is gay, ‘Hey, listen, you are an abomination and you need to repent to go…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 15, 2012

Watch This: Maine Firefighters Stand Up For Marriage Equality

On November 6th, the citizens of Maine will vote on a ballot measure that aims to legalize gay marriage. Polls are hinting that it’s going to be a close contest, but this new campaign ad, featuring four volunteer firefighters–three straight, one gay–presents a powerful message in favor of marriage equality. “When we clear a call,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 25, 2012