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Laverne Cox Shares Impassioned Post On Deadnaming, Misgendering Trans People

The actress praised a ProPublica report on the issue and addressed "cultural and structural violence" against the trans community.<p>Laverne Cox tweeted an emotionally charged essay on Monday about the impact of deadnaming and misgendering people in the trans community and why it needs to stop.<p>“I …

Transgender

Homophobia Isn't Funny. So Why Do Liberal Comics Keep Using It?

Last week, Sacha Baron Cohen, while in disguise on his new show, got the notorious Joe Arpaio ― the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump ― to say he’d accept an “amazing blow job” from the president.<p>The stunt illustrated, as it was meant to, …

LGBTQI

Christine Hallquist Scores Historic Win In Vermont's Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Vermont Democrats made Hallquist the first openly transgender candidate for governor backed by a national party.<p>Christine Hallquist on Tuesday became the country’s first openly transgender candidate to win a major party’s nomination in a governor’s race.<p>Vermont Democrats made history by selecting …

Washington State

Moms Explain Their 'Fierce Love' For Gay Sons In Heartwarming Video

"I worried about prejudice. I worried about you being safe.”<p>Gay men sit down with their mothers for a frank, and occasionally emotional, discussion about their relationships in this heartwarming video.<p>The video, titled “Mama Said: Gay Sons & Their Moms,” highlights the special ― and often extremely …

LGBTQI

Once Called 'Too Gay' To Make It In Acting, Now He's Using Femininity To Do Just That

When Corey Camperchioli was accepted into the acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he hoped his dreams were about to come true. But after meeting with an agent who offered him a pointed ― and devastating ― critique, his future suddenly felt less certain.<p>“I remember …

LGBTQI

Costa Rica's Supreme Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

President Carlos Alvarado welcomed the ruling, and said, “Our commitment to full equality remains intact."<p>BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica’s top court has ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision seen as a win for gay rights activists and welcomed by the …

LGBTQI

Christine Hallquist May Become America's First Openly Transgender Governor

The CEO's Vermont campaign could make her the first transgender gubernatorial nominee of a major political party.<p>Vermont Democrats could make history by choosing Christine Hallquist, an openly transgender woman, as the party’s candidate for Vermont governor.<p>The former Vermont Electric Coop CEO …

LGBTQI

Joe Biden Launches 'As You Are' Campaign In Support Of LGBTQ Youth

The former vice president's effort is aimed at promoting family acceptance.<p>Former Vice President Joe Biden has teamed up with former NFL player Wade Davis and singer Cyndi Lauper for a new social media campaign aimed at encouraging acceptance of LGBTQ youth.<p>The Biden Foundation announced the launch …

LGBTQI

Hollywood Needs To Improve Trans Representation, Say Nearly 50 Organizations

"The best storytelling is diverse storytelling," a powerful open letter reads.<p>Nearly 50 LGBTQ organizations, production companies, film studios and talent agencies, called on Hollywood Tuesday to represent more transgender people on the big and small screens.<p>“We know that the best storytelling is …

Transgender

Ruby Rose Will Play Batwoman And Make History As Lesbian Superhero

The OITNB star will appear as the iconic character in a crossover event and, hopefully, a full TV series.<p>A new Batwoman has been found.<p>Ruby Rose has been tapped to star as the DC Comics superhero, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The iconic character will appear first in a crossover event in …

DC Comics

Hundreds showed up for the funeral of the boy tortured & killed because parents thought he was gay

When Anthony Avalos died, the 10-year-old boy had endured years of physical abuse and had come out as gay just before he was killed.<p>The Los Angeles …

Crime

The American Red Cross faces a critical blood shortage, but gay donors are being turned away

The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of blood, and has been doing all they can to increase their supply — yet they still won’t accept …

Red Cross

One Of My Son’s Killers Claimed 'Gay Panic' Made Him Do It. Never Again.

I vividly remember the day one of the men who murdered my son decided their defense would include the “gay panic defense” ― to say that he was so shocked and threatened by being hit on by another man, that he lost control. I was gobsmacked that such a ridiculous premise was even a possibility.<p>For …

LGBTQI

This Woman Wants To Be A Stand-In Mom For LGBTQ Couples Who Face Family Rejection

Oklahoma’s Sara Cunningham wants to provide hope for LGBTQ people on their wedding days.<p>An Oklahoma woman has become a viral sensation after offering to be a stand-in mom at same-sex weddings.<p>Sara Cunningham ― who is the author of the 2014 book, <i>How We Sleep At Night: A Mother’s Memoir ―</i> said she …

LGBTQI

Man Who Destroyed Trump’s Hollywood Star Reportedly Offers Bail To New Vandal

James Otis, who smashed Trump's star in 2016, told TMZ he offered to pay Austin Clay’s $20,000 bail.<p>A man who decimated President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickax on Wednesday is reportedly being offered bail from a man who vandalized the same marker in 2016.<p>James …

Donald Trump

'Queer Eye' Star Antoni Porowski Is Opening A New York Restaurant

Netflix's avocado aficionado promises a fast-casual menu at the new eatery.<p>“Queer Eye” food expert Antoni Porowski will officially expand his culinary empire with a New York restaurant.<p>Porowski will partner with restaurateurs Eric Marx and Lisle Richards on a “fast-casual” eatery focused on “a …

Antoni Porowski

Jane Fonda Says A '9 To 5' Sequel With Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin Is In The Works

The follow-up to the 1980 classic will reflect women’s issues in the modern workforce.<p>Word to the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” bosses of the world: The women of “9 to 5” are coming back.<p>Actress Jane Fonda confirmed on Wednesday that she and co-stars Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin …

Lily Tomlin

Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter #EraseHate to Honor Matthew Shepard

A new PSA features an original song benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation.<p>The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project have joined …

Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Welcome A Son, Robert Ray

Becoming a father is "the most magical moment of my life," Tom Daley wrote.<p>Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are officially new dads.<p>The couple, who married in May 2017, announced the birth of their son, Robert Ray Black-Daley, on their respective Instagram accounts Saturday.<p>Their baby was born …

Swaziland's LGBTQ Community Celebrates Its First Pride Parade

Male homosexuality is outlawed in the small African country.<p>Swaziland, officially renamed eSwatini in April, held its first pride parade this weekend — marking a joyous, historic milestone for the southern African nation’s LGBTQ community.<p>Photos and video posted on social media showed hundreds of …

Christian Group Surprises Pride Crowd, Apologizes For Anti-LGBTQ Views

“I’m sorry I’ve rejected and hurt your family in the name of family values,” one banner read.<p>A Christian group’s refreshingly heartfelt message to thousands of revelers at a Pride march in the Philippines this weekend has struck a chord with LGBTQ people worldwide.<p>Members of the Church of Freedom …

The First Thing My Mom Did When She Learned I Was Gay... and the 'Miracle' That Occurred After

Growing up as a gay kid in the south was not easy. The constant fear of people discovering who you really were and the inevitable shame that would fall upon you and your family dictated how you lived your life everyday. Luckily for me, I was fortunate enough to move to places where it wasn't a …

Jesus

Istanbul's LGBTQ Community Rallies After City's Pride Parade Is Banned

"Our laughter, our exclamations, our slogans still echo in these streets," organizers said.<p>ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Members of Istanbul’s gay and transgender community gathered for a rally on Sunday instead of the annual pride march, after they said the parade itself had been banned by the city’s …

LGBTQI

Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker's Memoir Will Be Published In 2019

"Rainbow Warrior" will hit shelves on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.<p>The long-awaited memoir of rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker will hit bookstores next year.<p>Chicago Review Press has announced plans to publish <i>Rainbow Warrior</i> in June 2019. The book will explore Baker’s childhood …

LGBTQI

New Jersey Gov. Signs Bills Giving Transgender Residents More Rights

Genderqueer residents can now have their birth and death certificates amended to reflect their gender identity.<p>New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed three bills into law on Tuesday that offer more rights and protections for the LGBTQ community.<p>The first two measures, SB478 and SB493, allow birth …

LGBTQI

Grandfather Writes Letter To His Daughter After She Kicks Out His Gay Grandson

This man may deserve to win "Grandfather Of The Year."<p>In this incredible letter, a grandfather passionately addresses his daughter's decision to kick her gay son out of the house after he decided to come out of the closet. Though we don't have the full details surrounding the incident, the …

93 Percent Of Straight Men In This Study Said They've Cuddled With Another Guy

Yes, straight men sleep together.<p>That’s according to a new study out of Britain on the changing social habits of heterosexual males. Published in the journal of Men and Masculinities in March, the study revealed that 98 percent of the study’s participants -- all white, college-age male athletes -- …

Mom's Birth Announcement For Transgender Son Is Something To Celebrate

All birth announcements are meant to be celebrated, but an ad written by one Australia mom for her 19-year-old transgender son is particularly special.<p>Yolanda Bogert, of Jimboomba, recently took out an ad in the birth section of Australia's Courier-Mail newspaper for her son, Kai, who came out to …

Here's How 'Queer As Folk' Depicted LGBTQ Pride Back In 2002

It's amazing to see what the iconic series predicted -- and what it completely missed, Matt Baume finds.<p>When “Queer as Folk” debuted in 2000, the Showtime series was ahead of its time in its portrayal of LGBTQ people on television.<p>Based on a British series of the same time, “Queer as Folk” …

No, My 10-Year-Old Son Isn't Looking for a Girlfriend. He Likes Boys.

At the beginning of this semester, our kids' school sent home a list of extracurricular clubs available to the students. My husband sat down with the list and our two elementary-school-aged sons. They could pick a club, any club. Our middle son, a second grader this year and the most loveable of …

Parenting