Posts tagged "homophobia"

Girl On Girl: 5 Things I’m Not Allowed To Do Because I’m A Lesbian

This week I've had a few reminders of the rules that exist for gay girls like me in American society. But because I'm an optimist, I'd like to look the bright side of things I can't do in public.
By: Trish Bendix / July 22, 2011

New Documentary “The Lavender Scare” Remembers When Gays Were Purged From Government

We all know at least a little bit about our government's hyper-overreaction to "the red menace" back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann, Anti-Gay Pol, Is Using Katy Perry’s “Firework” Anthem

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is staunchly anti-gay, is using Katy Perry's song, "Firework," an anthem to tolerance and acceptance, on her campaign trail. Katy, get on this, quick! [Chicago Sun-Times] Six Planned Parenthood clinics will close in Minnesota after cuts to federal Title X funding. Here's how Indiana Planned Parenthood responded to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2011

Tracy Morgan Apologizes Again, Speaks Out In Favor Of Gay Marriage

"Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone I am deeply sorry for the comments I made.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 13, 2011

Wasilla High School Bans Song By Gay Rock Legend

An Alaska high school choir was up in arms after the principal banned a song for graduation because it was written by a gay rocker. Wasilla principal Dwight Probasco banned the 1975 Queen hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" from a graduation ceremony after complaints from parents about the sexual orientation of songwriter and lead singer of Queen,…
By: Newser / May 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Tennessee Wants To Ban Teachers From Saying “Gay” Until 9th Grade

Tennessee's state legislature is noodling a "Don't Say Gay" bill that would prohibit teachers from using the word "gay" in the classroom until the 9th grade. (Yeah, seriously.) The Tennessee Senate is expected to vote on the bill this Thursday. [Queerty] Stephanie Coontz's Mother's Day piece for the New York Times op-ed page…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2011

J. Crew Ad Called “Blatant Propaganda Celebrating Transgender Children”

I didn't think I could love Jenna Lyons, Creative Director for J. Crew, any more, but my respect for her has grown tenfold beyond just loving her work with the line. On the brand's website, there's a feature called "Saturday with Jenna," featuring photographs of Lyons hanging out with her so…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 12, 2011

Manwich Reminds Dudes Not To Act Gay (Or Else Get A Sandwich To The Face)

As if naming their sloppy Joe sandwich a "Manwich" wasn't macho enough, a company is now explaining why commercials advertising their product show dudes talking about "feminine" or "gay" topics like hair and musical theater and then getting smacked in the face while a male voice growls, "It's called a Manwich!" This guy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2011

It Gets Better, The Book

When Dan Savage posted the first "It Gets Better" video to YouTube, following the suicides of multiple LBGT teens who faced bullying in school, he likely didn't expect the overwhelming culture phenomena it became. Since then, the It Gets Better Project has seen over 6,000 YouTube videos posted by people all over the world, offering…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 24, 2011

Guinness Beer Commercials Teaches Men How To Hug Without Looking Gay

Guinness beer fans the flames of homophobia with its new St. Patrick's Day commercial with a lesson on how men can hug other men without looking ... gay. (Because arching your butt backwards in an A-frame hug doesn't draw more attention to it at all!) I know this commercial is a "joke" a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2011

Charming Chris Brown Drops Homophobic Slurs In Twitter Fight With Raz-B

Boyfriend of the year decade Chris Brown fails at life again. Yesterday Prince Charming lashed out against the rapper Raz-B on Twitter, tweeting homophobic slurs and making comments about rape and molestation. All of Chris Brown's nastiest tweets appear to have been deleted with only the ones where he denies being a homophobe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2010

Rupert Everett Thinks Hollywood Is Sexist And Homophobic

"I never got a job there, and I never got a job here, after [coming out] ... I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career ... and then, I never had another job here for 10 years, probably, and I moved to Europe ... I think show…
By: Ami Angelowicz / December 30, 2010

Girl On Girl: My Very Lesbian Wish List

I don't hide the fact that the holidays are not my favorite time of year. Christmas does not make me think of tinsel-covered trees and red and green wrapping paper. It makes me think of crowded stores, overpriced gifts and too much family time. Plus, it falls right around the coldest and darkest day…
By: Nikki Dowling / December 23, 2010

Facebook Responds To Willow Palin’s Homophobia, Sort Of

We may have to wait until season two of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to see how Mama Grizzly disciplined her cub for calling kids "gay" and "f****t" on her Facebook page. But a spokesman for Facebook issued a statement this weekend to the gossip blog Hollywood Life about Willow Palin's homophobic slurs.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2010

Mom Defends 5-Year-Old Son Dressed As A Girl For Halloween

Halloween! A day for children to get dressed up like anyone or anything they want to be, rewarded with candy and compliments. Well, not always. What do to if your youngster innocently wants to wear a costume that challenges narrow-minded gender expectations? Like, say in the case of "Boo," a 5-year-old boy who decided he…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2010

Girl On Girl: “Thintervention” Is Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I don't usually watch TV because I get less than 15 channels and half of them are in Spanish. But lately my girlfriend and I have been watching "Thintervention" on demand at her apartment. In case you don't know, "Thintervention" is about a group of overweight people being whipped into shape by Jackie…
By: Nikki Dowling / October 28, 2010

President Obama Does The “It Gets Better” Project — But He Needs To Do More

President Obama is the latest public person to contribute to Dan Savage's "It Gets Better Campaign," on the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the video (above), the president says that "We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage -- that it’s some inevitable part…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 22, 2010

Vince Vaughn Wants To Keep Gay Joke In Movie

Last week, Anderson Cooper expressed disapproval over a gay slur included in a trailer (watch above) for a new Vince Vaughn movie. Universal has since agreed to remove the joke from the movie under pressure from GLAAD, but Vaughn thinks it should stay, saying: "Let me add my voice of support to…
By: Wendy Atterberry / October 15, 2010

Girl On Girl: I Remembered That Some People Still Hate Us

This month, the world went crazy. I don't know if you noticed it where you live, but in my corner of the world—New York City—gay bashing and hate crime violence seemed to skyrocket. A few weeks ago, I was working at my newspaper job in the Bronx when we got a call about a body…
By: Nikki Dowling / October 14, 2010

Quickies: Perez Hilton Is Changing His Gay Bullying Ways & Gavin Rossdale Confesses To Gay Affair

In the wake of the suicides by gay teens tormented by bullies, Perez Hilton, who is both gay and a bully, says he will be changing his approach to covering celebrities. I Can Hold You For a Million Years is just one of several blogs to detail Perez's hypocrisy, which the blogger seem…
By: Annika Harris / October 13, 2010