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 Putin supports signing the bill into law.
Don’t worry, Russia! If you pretend things don’t exist, they just disappear on their own! Keep reading »
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 discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. Keep reading »
Ever wonder how the first men figured out how to reproduce? Are we all naturally inclined to go for “samesies”? John McKeever and his merry band of early men debate the relative merits of same and opposite sex copulation. Guess which one wins? [YouTube]
French teenagers! Lesbianism! Philosophy! Jean Paul Sartre! “Long, explicit sex scenes”! This year, the prizewinning film at the Cannes Film Festival was after our own hearts! The three-hour long drama, “Blue Is The Warmest Color,” by director Abdellatif Kechiche, took home the prestigious Palme d’Or, which he shared with lead actresses Adele Exarchopolous and Lea Seydoux. “Blue,” which is based on a French graphic novel by Julie Maroh called Blue Is A Hot Color, has not announced a release date yet, but that’s okay. It gives you plenty of time to brush up on your existentialism. [Slate]
On Monday in New York City, thousands of people marched in honor of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old man who was shot to death this weekend for being gay. Protesters, which included the openly gay City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, shouted, “We’re here. We’re queer. Homophobia has got to go!”
Yet across town, hate crime violence persisted: more men were attacked in NYC because of their sexual orientation that same evening. Keep reading »
An 18-year-old Florida high school senior has been expelled from school and is facing charges of “lewd and lascivious battery” for her consensual same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old from her basketball team.
Kaitlyn Hunt, formerly a cheerleader, choir singer and basketball player at Sabastian River High School, met the unnamed teen at school when Hunt was 17. They began dating after Kaitlyn turned 18, which, according to Hunt’s mother, Kelly Hunt Smith, prompted the girl’s parents to call police about the age discrepancy in their relationship. But it isn’t statutory rape the parents are worried about — it is homosexuality. Smith wrote on a Facebook page that the girls’ parents believe Kaitlyn Hunt “turned” their child gay, yet “Kaitlyn’s girlfriend denies that Kaitlyn ever pressured her and is adamant that their relationship is entirely consensual, but her parents are out to destroy Kaitlyn’s life.” Keep reading »
Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man, was murdered on Friday night in a hate crime that has rocked New York City’s famously gay-friendly West Village.
Carson was shot in the head with a .38-caliber revolver by ex-con Elliot Morales, 33, who yelled numerous gay slurs before the shooting. He’s been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to NY1, and is being held without bail. Keep reading »
Aww! This week’s cover of The New Yorker gives a big shoutout to moms who don’t get enough props on the cover of mainstream magazines on Mother’s Day: same-sex moms. Biracial lesbian moms, specifically. Because moms of all types cry over their Mother’s Day cards. [The New Yorker]
In a moving piece in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, veteran basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay today. The center, who’s spent the past 12 years playing with the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, among other teams, says he was inspired to go public in the wake of the Boston bombing.
“The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?” he wrote. “No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly.”
Collins is the first openly gay NBA player. Keep reading »