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The Soapbox: On The Stonewall Rebellion’s Trans History

The Soapbox: On The Stonewall Rebellion's Trans History

President Obama issued a proclamation at the end of May stating that June is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but June has unofficially been Pride Month for the LGBT community for decades. We place it in June, and our pride parades at the end of June, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. This year will be 45 years.

The fact that our President is so markedly in support of LGBT rights is historic, but what really makes it remarkable to me is that he and his administration have been vocal lately about transgender rights. Sex reassignment surgery can now be covered on Medicare.  Chuck Hagel is now “open” to reconsidering the military’s ban on transgender service members. This is all part of a very fast, sweeping change in our culture’s conversation about transgender people, marked just since the beginning of this month, for example, by Laverne Cox’s appearance on the cover of TIME and a viral video telling the story of a family raising a transgender child. Keep reading »

Jonah Hill Called A Paparazzo A “Faggot”

  • Jonah Hill snapped at a paparazzo, telling him, “Suck my dick, you faggot” after he had been followed around in Los Angeles on a walk with a friend. On an interview this morning on the Howard Stern show, Hill apologized for using the slur, saying, “What I said in that moment was disgusting … I shouldn’t have said that.”  [US Weekly, TMZ]
  • I thought Jennifer Lopez and her toyboy Caspar Smart had already broken up, but they’re still together and he’s allegedly texting models behind her back. [Page Six]
  • Please don’t walk around barefoot in New York City, Shailene Woodley. I don’t care how good your immune system is. No one should do that. [I've done it and I'm still here. Just saying. -- Amelia] [Huffington Post]
  • In case you’re wondering what part of the Hamptons to avoid, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are on the East End in a 9,000-square-foot waterfront home they rented for the whole summer for $300,000. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Dallas Morning TV Host Storms Off Set In Protest Of Michael Sam Kiss

Dallas Morning TV Host Storms Off Set In Protest Of Michael Sam Kiss
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God, it was must be sooooo difficult being on the WRONG side of history. I almost — almost, but not at all, really — feel bad for Amy Kushnir, one of the hosts of Dallas’s morning show “The Broadcast,” who got into it with two of her fellow cohosts — including the totally rad Courtney Kerr — over the “appropriateness” of Michael Sam’s gay kiss being shown on ESPN this past weekend. Sam, as I’m sure you remember, became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL on Saturday and celebrated by — GASP — kissing his boyfriend, Vito Camissano, while cameras rolled. This has apparently been too much for some people — including Kushnir and some other homophobic ninny on “The Broadcast” — to handle. Kerr and Kushnir got into it because Kushnir pulled the usual tired old “but what about the childddddddren?” card, saying:

“When parents do not have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is wrong … I don’t call it a moment of celebration … It’s being pushed in faces. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other.”

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Matthew Shepard’s Mother Judy Shepard Releases Statement Regarding Fred Phelps’ Death

“Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, [husband] Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one. Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further.”

Judy Shepard is more gracious than most parents would have been following the death of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed her son Matthew’s funeral. In 1998, a 21-year-old Matthew was tortured and killed by two young men because he was gay. The Phelps family has picketed LGBTQ pride events, military funerals, high-profile funerals in general, inaugural balls, and performances of the play “The Laramie Project” (about Matthew Shepard’s death), carrying signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “Sin & Shame, Not Pride.” Phelps died this week at age 84. Judy Shepard’s response is the  personification of class. [Advocate] [Photos: Getty]

Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps Dead At 84

Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps Dead At 84

Just days after his estranged son revealed he was ”on the edge of death,” Fred Phelps has died. The death of the 84-year-old founder of the Westboro Baptist Church occurred shortly before midnight, son Timothy Phelps tells WIBW. Read more on Newser…

Guinness, Heineken, Sam Adams Pull Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parades

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  • Guinness and Heineken have pulled their sponsorship from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City over the parade’s exclusion of LGBTQ folks. Sam Adams also pulled out of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston this weekend. NYC’s new mayor Bill de Blasio is also boycotting the parade over their exclusionary treatment. [New York Times]
  • Demi Lovato criticized Lady Gaga for “glamorizing eating disorders” after Gaga had a woman stick her fingers down her throat and barf on her at a SXSW show last week. [E! Online]
  • Madonna dressed up like Daenerys Targaryen from “Game Of Thrones” for Purim, a Jewish holiday where you’re encouraged to dress up in a costume. [The Hollywood Gossip]
  • “Today Show” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie got secretly married this weekend and announced she is four months pregnant. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
  • Target has apologized for obvious Photoshopping on their girls’ bathing suits. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Texas Father James Cosby Investigated In Murder Of Lesbian Daughter & Her Girlfriend

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A week ago today, police in Galveston County, Texas, found the bodies of two young Black lesbians. Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, had both been murdered and police suspected their sexuality may have been a factor in their killings.

Now Britney’s father James Larry Cosby has been arrested in connection with the death of his daughter and her longtime girlfriend. He is being charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in connection to the deaths. Keep reading »

True Story: I Left Men For A Woman

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“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 »

“Dear Abby” Straightens Out Florida Bigots Whining Over Social Exclusion

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Is there anything funnier (sad-funny, I mean) than bigots who are completely incredulous about the fact that they are bigots? They are so unwilling to admit it. They usually have some other excuse — which only makes sense to them —  about “disagreeing with lifestyle choices,” “some of my best friends are ___,” “sexism/racism/homophobia doesn’t really exist” or “love the sinner, hate the sin.” The moral/intellectual contortions are truly something to behold.

A perfect example would Unhappy In Tampa, a woman who wrote to the advice columnist Dear Abby to complain about how their not-asshole neighbors are now socially excluding Unhappy In Tampa and her husband. Oh no! That is horrible! Why would these mean neighbors do such a thing? Because Unhappy In Tampa and her husband refused to invite their gay and lesbian neighbors to their parties:

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots! Keep reading »

Catholic School Refuses To Rehire Vice Principal Ousted For Being Gay

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Most news about “kids these days” has me shaking my fist in the air in anger, which makes this story about Sammamish, Washington, middle and high school students all the sweeter.

According to The New York Times, last month Eastside Catholic vice principal Mark Zmuda (called Mr. Z by students) resigned from his position after his employers became aware that he was gay and married to a man. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Washington State since January 2013. Keep reading »

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