Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?
That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman; it also applied to a 1997 state law outright banning gay marriage.
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On Saturday, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, becoming the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Upon receiving the news, Sam emotionally embraced and kissed his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, on live television, something that shouldn’t be a big deal, but obviously is given that the macho world of professional sports hasn’t always been so welcoming towards gay players. Sam has been out and proud since February, posting lots of adorable photos with Cammisano, who is also an athlete, online. Cammisano also tweeted a photo of the smooch (after the jump), writing, “Wow. What a day. On cloud 9. So proud and happy!” (Can we talk about how seriously droolworthy these two are? YUM.) Between Michael Sam and Conchita Wurst’s victory at Eurovision, Saturday sure was a great day for equality, huh? Love! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
“I’m so thankful to have been born in the times that we live in. I felt a responsibility to [his husband] and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of ‘This is who my dad is at home,’ and ‘this is who he is to the public.’ That trumped any type of professional repercussions that it could have had. And – not by my own volition or choice – I’ve been playing exclusively straight characters for the first 10 years of my career. Whatever happens from this point on says a lot more about the business and society than it does about me. … There’s a security, a validity of knowing that it’s legal. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just a feeling, I guess—something about saying vows in front the people around you who love and support you. I think it was good for our family.”
Matt Bomer from ”Magic Mike” and the upcoming HBO film “The Normal Heart” talked to OUT about publicly coming out in 2012, and introducing his partner and their three children. Color us Frisky ladies disappointed when we found out we would never use Kiki T’s astro-sexology tips! [OUT]
“For so long I just sort of thought, ‘You just can’t. I love being an actor, it’s a huge part of my life, so I’m going to keep that private.’ And, ‘Oh, I have to keep it private because my job is about creating an illusion’ and kind of all those bullshit excuses. Because I don’t see heterosexual actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality.”
Ellen Page is totally fierce on the cover of this week’s Hollywood Reporter. In her interview, she makes an awesome point about the double standard that LGBT actors face in their industry. Page shared that she’d been considering coming out as a lesbian for years. Since opening up publicly in February, she said, it’s been a huge weight off her shoulders. We bet! [The Hollywood Reporter] [Photos via The Hollywood Reporter]
The historic Stonewall Riot, which took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, is being made into a big screen film starring easy-on-the-eyes actor Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”). The film will follow the police raid on the West Village bar, which was a gathering place for gay, lesbian and trans folks. Although the NYPD officially raided Stonewall over liquor license violations, it was one of many intrusions on still-suspect gay and lesbian life. Patrons responded by throwing bottles at cops, which brought out the riot police and sparked days of protests. Stonewall is considered one of the main touchstones for the gay rights movement. [History.com; Deadline Hollywood]
The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.
Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »
“I’m really attracted to you, you know?” I sat in the middle of an Italian restaurant, frozen in disbelief at this audacious declaration. I sipped some wine and awkwardly laughed, my cheeks growing redder by the minute. Waiters and waitresses drifted past. I nibbled a tiramisu and drank another glass of rosé. But all I could think was, I’m really attracted to you, too.
On the surface, this sounds like a typical first date: a guy takes you out to dinner and says he finds you attractive; you flirt back and wonder if he’s going to kiss you goodnight; you’re nervous and jittery; you try to be funny while carefully maintaining that mysterious façade that originally peaked his interest.
Except that this wasn’t a typical date, at least for me.: I was actually out to dinner with a woman. And all I thought about the entire time was how badly I wanted to kiss her. Keep reading »