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Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Battling Expulsion, “Lewd” Charges For Consensual Same-Sex Relationship

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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 »

The Soapbox: Just Because I’m Gay Doesn’t Mean That I’m Attracted To You

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Amanda's queerness includes attraction to men and that's OK. Read More »
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Moving through the world as someone who identifies as bisexual or queer, I’m always navigating difficult experiences that compartmentalize my sexuality. I’ve been labeled “indecisive” for not being more assertive in which sex I prefer to date. I’ve been called “disgusting” because my desire to date women makes some people uncomfortable or possibly more accurately, question their own sexuality. And, of course, I’ve been told that my experience is a phase that will soon become a distant memory as I evolve into heterosexuality, find the perfect man, marry and become a Quiverfull woman who embraces domesticity and leans away from my career.

But none of these experiences trouble me as much as a recent experience I had in which I, and women like me, were named sexually perverse. The U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding California’s ban on same-sex marriage has surfaced some polemic debates on the rights of the LGBT communities. In my experience, when opponents to marriage equality aren’t being downright nasty they’re crafting negligently harmful stories that characterize same-sex loving people as menacing. We’ve all heard some of the narratives: “Gay people will convert our children,” “Giving gays the right to marry will compromise the institution of marriage,” “Gay people lack a moral compass which is why they’re okay with being gay,” and “What’s next, sex with animals?” Keep reading »

Trans Woman Ally Robledo Uses Women’s Bathroom, Charged With Trespassing

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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
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Fox News illustrated a story about trans folks with "Mrs. Doubtfire" graphic. Read More »
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Transgender 1st grader challenges Colorado school's bathroom rules. Read More »
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How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for “trespassing” after she uses the women’s bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year.

Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was “peeing standing up” in the women’s room. Oh, you didn’t know the way you pee could get you in trouble with the cops, did you? Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Queerness Includes Men & That’s OK

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Jessica hooked up with a woman for the first time. Read More »
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Erika is a lesbian who loves Channing Tatum. Read More »
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Rachel Rabbit White on her bisexual marriage. Read More »

Jared’s* question came during a sex party a few months ago, after some steamy foreplay organically led to this discussion: “Can I fuck you now?”

It caught me off guard, but not in an unpleasant way. Men had asked me this question before, and I was half expecting to decline, like I usually did. But I’d been fantasizing about having sex with him for months. This was opportunity knocking.

“It’s okay if you don’t want to,” Jared continued, directing this at both me and my husband, Paul. “But it seems like the logical next step here.”

It was. “Are you okay with that?” I asked Paul. He nodded reassuringly, excited to watch me take this new step. I smiled. “Then, yes. Let’s give it a try.”

So we did. Jared became the second man I’ve ever had intercourse with, signifying a change I never thought would come: an interest in sleeping with men. Keep reading »

Analouisa Valencia: The Miss South Carolina Pageant’s First Lesbian Beauty Queen

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Miss Montana Alexis Wineman could be the first Miss America with autism. Read More »
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Miss San Antonio lost her crown for eating tacos. Read More »
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The Miss International Queen Competition is a transgender pageant. Read More »

Beauty pageants usually get the sideeye from The Frisky for their perpetuation of tired old beauty standards, so we are delighted to hear about Analouisa Valencia of South Carolina. Valencia, a 19-year-old singer who has been competing in pageants for over a decade, is African-American, Latina and a lesbian — and she’s gunning for the Miss South Carolina crown! She’s been out since 9th grade and in a relationship for the past three years with the same woman. If she wins Miss South Carolina, she hopes to make it all the way to Miss America. Not surprisingly, she isn’t looking for world peace but “equality for everyone.” LOVE. [Madame Noire, Huffington Post]

Gigi Chao Responds To Dad’s Million Dollar Offer To Marry His Lesbian Daughter & Make Her Straight

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  • Remember Gigi Chao? She’s the lesbian daughter of Chinese billionaire Cecil Chao who offered millions to a man to marry her into heterosexuality?  While many offered, all were refused.  Gigi Chao is sticking with her female partner of seven years, Sean Ev.  Chai recently appeared on the cover of Hong Kong Tatler, where she displayed a great deal of humor and grace when talking about Cecil Chao, the many marriage offers and helping others come out in conservative Hong Kong. [After Ellen]
  • Men are faster at changing diapers, according to a new study, and there’s a new argument that suggests economic growth if they actually stay home and put that skill to use.  Hence why The New York Times Magazine has an article out discussing the merits of paid paternal leave. [New York Times Magazine]
  • At this rate the Kansas State Legislature will continue to hold a spot on my shit list for another week: the state House of Representatives is pushing forward an abortion bill that would place new restrictions on current abortion providers and change the state constitution to stipulate that life begins at conception.  Left OUT of the bill, and deemed Republicans as “little gotcha amendments,” abortion exceptions for rape and incest.  I have no words. [ThinkProgress] Keep reading »

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
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Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
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Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
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Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

Last week, we uttered a collective, “UGH, ARIZONA!” over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we’re heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption:

Given what’s happening in Arizona now, I thought this might be a good time to show off this photo, taken by my partner Dave at his doctor’s office in Manhattan.

Well done, Doctor Dave! [Towleroad]

Michigan Republican Says Being Gay “Leads To Early Death”

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Escobar suspended for writing anti-gay slur on his face. Read More »
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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »

Michigan Republican National Committee member Dave Agema didn’t get the memo.  Support for LGBT equality is at an all time high, poll numbers show that gay marriage is widely accepted — especially by younger generations.  OH WAIT and beyond polls and numbers the LGBT community deserves to be treated like every other American with full rights, free from stigma because that’s just a decent human thing to do.  Even Agema’s own party is beginning to see the light — or at least 21 of them who asked the RMC member to resign after posting anti-gay comments on Facebook. Keep reading »

NBC’s Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk Come Out As Lesbians

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  • NBC newscaster Jenna Wolfe came out of the closet today by announcing she’s in a relationship with Stephanie Gosk, an NBC foreign correspondent, and they are expecting a baby in August. “I don’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is,” Gosk told People. Mazel tov! [NY Daily News]
  • An open letter to Edith Windsor, 83-year-old lesbian marriage equality activist, on the day of her DOMA hearing. [AfterEllen] Keep reading »

UFC Host Slams Trans Fighter Fallon Fox, Says She’s Not Really A Woman

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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
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Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
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Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »
  • Joe Rogan, the voice of the UFC fighting league, says that Fallon Fox, the MMA fighter who recently came out as a trans woman, should not be allowed to fight with cisgendered women (i.e. people who are born female). Most offensively, Rogan said Fallon Fox is not really a woman. “I don’t care if you don’t have a dick anymore,” said Rogan, in a long, crass commentary. “You’re a man without a dick.” [TMZ]
  • Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for advocating on behalf of girls’ education, has returned to school, now in the UK, today. [Reuters]
  • Employers in Missouri are no longer allowed to deny contraceptive coverage in their employees’ insurance based on their own beliefs following a ruling by a federal judge on Monday. The law is an unconstitutional violation of the Affordable Care Act. [Feminist.org]
  • An Air Force instructor from Joint Base San Antionio-Lackland has been sentenced to four years in prison for raping a female trainee. [ABC News]
  • Last week, a mother in New York City attempted to commit suicide with her baby strapped to her body. The child survived, but Cynthia Wachenheim did not. She seems to have been suffering from postpartum psychosis, which brings up the question of whether new mothers are getting the mental healthcare support that they need. [Slate] Keep reading »
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