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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 between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is notoriously private about her personal life. She married in secret in June and has not publicly commented on the rumor, according to Us Weekly, that she is pregnant with her first child. And, she notes on the Advocate‘s blog, people are all too happy to speculate that because she isn’t showing off her man all around town, it must mean she must be a lesbian.  Being a lesbian is fine, of course, but don’t people realize there’s more than one reason a celebrity might ask for privacy?

After the jump, here’s Washington on reaching African-Americans about issues facing gay couples through “Scandal,” as well as the similarities between ‘passing’ as white and being in the closet: Keep reading »

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

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“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 the backlash they’ve been receiving, that’s hard to imagine, but here’s hoping he keeps his word. Russia has received international criticism for its criminalization of homosexuality, and that’s making for a tense lead-up to the Olympics. [TIME] [Image via WENN]

New York Times Takes A Look At Why Some LGBTQ Couples Refuse To Get Married

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I didn’t expect a can-usually-be-counted-on-for-fluff article about marriage in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times to be so damn depressing. But I suppose that’s a conclusion to be expected when one starts wondering, what’s the point of it all? Keep reading »

Figure Skater Johnny Weir Defends His NBC Olympics Gig In Russia Despite The Country’s Gay Discrimination

“I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting. … It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been gay my whole life. … I don’t need to break any laws or wear a rainbow pin to show people that I support gay rights. I think I’ll do that just by being in Sochi and supporting our people there and know they are not alone. … The gay community has not reacted well to me because some people think it’s my responsibility to be an activist. They’re expecting me to hate Russia because I haven’t been given equal rights in Russia. … If it’s good enough for Elton John, it’s good enough for me. Every country’s going to have its issues.”

My gay BF Johnny Weir isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. That includes defending himself from criticism that he should boycott the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, instead of covering figure skating for NBC as an openly gay man married to another man (who is Russian!). Russia is a notoriously anti-gay country, brutally abusing gays and lesbians and recently criminalizing homosexuality. But Weir, who has had Russian coaches and traveled to the country many times, said it is possible to support gay rights without choosing to exclude yourself from something you love. What do y’all think? [New York Times] [Image via Splash News]

Cory Booker Kicks Off Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey

  • Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker married seven same-sex couples minutes after midnight this morning. New Jersey has officially begun recognizing gay marriage, making it the 14th state in the nation to do so. Mazel tov to all the happy couples who can finally tie the knot! [Guardian UK]
  • Tyra Banks is open to adopting a child and says she’s dating someone who is “not famous.” [ONTD]
  • Cee Lo has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman after slipping Ecstacy in her drink. However, he will be charged with the felony of possession of Ecstacy. [TMZ]
  • Ashley Judd and her estranged husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, are giving their marriage another go after a separation. [Fox News]
  • “Bridesmaids” star Chris O’Dowd is in talks to join James Franco in a Broadway revival of the John Steinback novel Of Mice and Men. [Playbill]
  • Danielle Fishel from “Boy Meets World” married her boyfriend, Tim Belusko, this weekend; her former co-star Rider Strong married his longtime girlfriend this weekend, too. Congrats! [People] Keep reading »

New Jersey To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Couples On Monday!

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  • New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state must start issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning on Monday. Last month, an NJ judge ruled the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does. NJ will become the 14th state to recognize gay marriage, plus D.C. Congrats, everybody getting married because of this wonderful news! [NBC News]
  • A Catholic school in Arkansas fired a lesbian teacher who had worked at the school for 15 years after she married her partner. [Jezebel]
  • Juana Villegas, an immigrant who was forced to give birth in shackles while in detention, has won a settlement from the city of Nashville. [Colorlines]
  • Here’s another fantastic response to the Slate/Emily Yoffe article about teenaged girls, drinking and rape. [Salon]
  • Meanwhile, here is a response today by Yoffe to her critics. [Slate] Keep reading »

Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen Who Dated Younger Student, Enters Plea Deal For 4 Months In Jail

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Kaitlyn Hunt, a lesbian teen in Florida who was charged with having sexual relations with a minor after her younger girlfriend’s parents objected to their consensual relationship, has entered a plea deal which will require jail time for four months. Hunt, who dated her 14-year-old girlfriend while she was 18, will also have two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring and nine months of monitored probation.
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NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

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  • A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times]
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and other organizations filed a federal lawsuit to block portions of the severely restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas from going into effect in late October. [RH Reality Check]
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that guarantees overtime pay for domestic workers like some nannies and home health aides, a largely female workforce. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Why the real mommy wars are against mothers who don’t have choices. [Salon] Keep reading »

Lesbian Blogger Explains Why Telling A Woman She’s “Too Pretty To Be Gay” Is Insulting To All Women

In a piece published yesterday in the Huffington Post, DapperQ Managing Editor, Anita Dolce Vita, does a bang up job of explaining why, not only is telling a gay woman “she’s too pretty to be a lesbian” or “you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a boyfriend” or “you don’t look like a lesbian” NOT a compliment (as some men seem to believe), but an insulting form of homophobia. “Most people who spew such nonsense expect me to delight in their backhanded praise and are surprised when I inform them that telling someone that she is too pretty to be a lesbian is actually not a compliment,” she writes. “Believing that there is a point on some arbitrary scale at which a woman is too attractive to be gay is based on the assumption that heterosexual women are inherently better-looking, and that’s just plain homophobic.” Keep reading »

Cher Refuses To Attend Russia’s 2014 Olympics Over Anti-Gay Bigotry

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  • First Andy Cohen, then Wentworth Miller, now Cher — everyone is telling Russia where to stuff it. (Well, not President Obama. Oh, Syria.) Cher revealed that she refused an invitation to serve as an “ambassador” at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to the country’s horrid criminalization of homosexuality. [Pink News UK]
  • Looking back on the Steubenville rape one year later. [Jezebel]
  • A doctor in Texas shamed a woman for sporting a big ol’ hickey. [Raw Story]
  • Remembering the four little girls who died in a Birmingham, Alabama church bombing — credited with igniting the civil rights movement — 50 years later. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
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