Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional marriage has evolved several times over since the bible was first written. Keep reading »
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- A lesbian in Indianapolis, Indiana, said she has been banned by her partner’s homophobic mother from visiting her partner at St. Francis Hospital. The mother is technically the next-of-kin for Jennifer Clemmer, who was hospitalized from a prescription drug overdose. But her girlfriend, Sarah Bray, with whom she lives and raises a child, is being blocked from hospital visitation. [IndyStar.com, Queerty]
- The gender wage gap is worse for African-American and Latina women, according to new report by the National Women’s Law Center. [Clutch Magazine]
- On that ridiculous naked Oprah dress. [ColorLines]
- Burt’s Bees pulled their moisturizer after catching flack because the packaging read “let the catcalling commence.” [New York Observer] Keep reading »
Village Voice: How do you feel about the critiques from the LGBTQ community about Macklemore being the figure delivering this message?
You mean, someone that’s a straight white male speaking on behalf of the entire gay community? [Laughs]. I’ve definitely heard that, and I understand where people are coming from. I think it’s also important to acknowledge what intention is and the actual lyrics of the song because the song is not appropriating the struggle of a gay person. It’s coming from his experience which is an ally. And I think he does it in a really peaceful, thoughtful way. I think anyone, to be on such a massive platform, who gives a nod to this, I think it’s really commendable. And sure, it would be great if it were someone else who were gay. The good news is that I’m gay and part of the song, too! [Laughs]. I feel like it’s just all the right pieces of the puzzle. It’s interesting how people are so negative! It’s important to question and deconstruct the straight institution, but it’s also important to stand back and think about [the fact] that this song actually exists and has taken off.
Mary Lambert is the voice who sings the heartstring-tugging chorus on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ smash hit “Same Love.” Although I know she’s been vocal about coming out in the Pentecostal church, as well her sexual abuse and bipolar disorder, I haven’t read her thoughts before on the criticisms that have been lobbed against Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty). Keep reading »
“Blue Is The Warmest Color,” a French film starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, about teenaged lesbians, won this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. But what do actual lesbians think about the sex as depicted onscreen? In this NSFW video (just wear headphones), real lesbians give a “meh” review. “Kind of like an infomercial for a kitchen product,” said one woman. “There were moments that wanted you to barf up your Bolognese,” said another. And: “In lesbian sex there’s a whole lot more crying.” My own BFF saw “Blue Is The Warmest Color” last week and said it was pretty hot but that the “scissoring” was “obviously the idea of some straight guy.” Got it. No scissoring. I will probably stick with the French graphic novel by Julie Maroh, Blue Is A Hot Color, upon which it is based. [YouTube]
- A bouncer at Atlanta restaurant Don Pollo Bar & Grill refused to allow Alissah Brooks, a drag performer, inside last week. Brooks presents as a woman but carries an ID card which lists her gender as “male,” which was a point of contention for the bouncer. [Queerty]
- Private schools in Pakistan have banned Malala Yousafzai’s book. [NPR]
- Ariel Levy penned an article for The New Yorker about her miscarriage. [The New Yorker]
- Here’s one Orthodox Jewish woman’s three-year fight to get a divorce from her husband. [New York Post] Keep reading »
- Great news! The Senate voted today to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination by their employers. It’s the first time-ever that ENDA, which has repeatedly failed in Congress, included protections for trans folks. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. [New York Times]
- Sexual assault complaints in the military increased by 46 percent during the last year to 3,553 total, the Pentagon has said. In my opinion, this is probably due to the increased focus by Congress on sexual assault within the military. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »
In today’s depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state’s recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to “convert” gay teenagers into being straight. Because it’s complete and utter quack psychology bullshit.
But! These horrible parents, who have remained unnamed, claims their 15-year-old son doesn’t want to be gay and “needs” the conversion therapy. Their son has contemplated suicide and has, in their words, “unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.” I don’t think it’s particularly presumptuous to assume that his parents’ — and perhaps, community’s — disapproval is a major factor in his unhappiness. I guess they’re not concerned with that, though. They feel that their rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being violated. (The American Association for Christian Counselors has filed a separate lawsuit over the bill.) Keep reading »
5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work
Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender).
This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, includes protections for trans folks. Workers are already protected by federal law from discrimination based on race, gender, religion and age.
The Senate is expected to vote on ENDA this week with bipartisan support. However, it still must work its way through the House of Representatives and faces some Republican opposition. Here are five things to know about this very important bill! Keep reading »
- Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, crowned lesbian couple Lili Cohen and Greta Melendez its dual homecoming queens. Melendez is actually the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and said lots of students voted for her and her partner because they’re accepting of everyone. Congrats, ladies, and thank you for showing not everything that comes out of Calabasas (um, the Kardashians) is totally lame. [SheWired, Los Angeles Times]
- Black and Asian girls in the UK are less likely to get the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer, according to a new study … [BBC]
- … and also, one shot of the HPV vaccine instead of the current three shots might be just as safe. [USA Today]
- Some abortion clinics in Texas have stopped performing abortions following the court ruling last week. [MSNBC, New York Times]
- Sex workers in California held an Obamacare enrollment party. [CNN] Keep reading »
- Yanel Valenzuela of California told a gym trainer that she is a transgender woman, hoping to get an exercise routine tailored to her health needs. But instead, she alleges, the trainer shared that information with others and an L.A. Fitness manager barred Valenzuela from using the women’s locker room entirely. They realize she’s a woman and doesn’t belong in the men’s locker room, right? This is grossly discriminatory against trans folks and completely inappropriate. [Queerty, Huffington Post]
- This piece about an Oklahoma couple’s struggle to terminate a pregnancy after they discovered the fetus has severe birth defects is incredibly sad. This is how taking away women’s reproductive rights affects poor families. [MSNBC]
- The Cutting Season author Attica Locke has won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, a $10,000 literary prize for African-American writers. [Clutch Magazine]
- The web site She’s A Homewrecker is all kinds of come-the-fuck-on. [Huffington Post]
- Why is Russia taking DNA samples from conservative Muslim women before the 2014 Olympics? [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »