Erika Pey

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We Can't Forget About Gay Literature

Growing up, I lived inside my head. When I wasn't creating worlds with Legos, I spent my time reading, slipping into the lives of the characters in my books. So often on my own, it was through these substitutes that I set out on adventures, that I discovered my heroes. Given today's youth -- …

Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' Goes Classical, Turns Into A Giant Dance Party

In the spirit of absurd (but most certainly divine) combinations of today, the Seattle Symphony -- under the direction of Gabriel Prokofiev, London-based composer, producer and DJ -- debuted its arrangements of some of Sir Mix-a-Lot's iconic tunes. Naturally, the headliner, and the only song that …

When (Gay) Boy Meets (Gay) Girl for the First Time

It's the classic story of "boy meets girl" -- only it's not like that at all.<p>Having a kid who comes out as gay in first grade isn't very common, but I'm not the only one. Thanks to these blog posts, I've been able to connect with other parents of young, self-identified gay kids all over the …

Lesbian Couple Finally Gets Prop 8 Lawyer to Change His Mind (VIDEO)

Since the mid '90s Charles Cooper has been one of the country's leading attorneys fighting to prevent gay couples from marrying. And until recently he was one of the main lawyers defending Prop 8 in court.<p>But now he says that his views on marriage equality are evolving, and it's all thanks to his …

This Is What the Next Generation of Engineers Looks Like

In college and during her career, Kimberly Bryant often found herself the only black female scientist in the room. The biotech engineer founded the …

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Hollywood: Too few women on screen, new study finds

By Amelia Butterly<i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p>Female characters were "dramatically under-represented" in the biggest films of 2013, according to a new US study.<p>It said women made up just 15% of lead characters, 29% of major characters and 30% of all speaking characters on film.<p>The research, from the Centre …

What Happens When 20 Strangers Are Paired Off And Asked To Kiss? Magic

In seconds, a first kiss can go from insanely awkward to completely perfect.<p>Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva managed to capture that transformation in her short film, where she pairs off 20 strangers and asks them to kiss.<p>Watch above as the couples' uncomfortable introductions turn into small, sweet …

Teen Explains Why He Had Sex With A Hot Pocket

We don't know for sure if we're alone on this planet or if the universe is actually just a hologram, but we do know why this kid had sex with a ham and cheese Hot Pocket.<p>Thanks to First We Feast, we're now blissfully aware of what made this 18 year old, who goes by the codename VERSACEPOCKETS, …

First priest to defy Church ban on gay marriage for clergy

Church of England facing stand-off with its own clergy as first priest openly defies ban on gay clerics marrying<p>The Church of England is facing a rebellion within its own ranks over same-sex marriage after a vicar became the first priest to publicly defy its ban on gay clergy marrying.<p>Father Andrew …

Gays and Rights

<b>It is never too late to give up our prejudices. Henry David Thoreau</b>, <i>Walden</i><p>There are things to be grateful for. Our bigotry is much more civilized than bigotry found in other countries. Just compare.<p>In Abuja, Nigeria in early February, a mob attacked young gay men, dragging some of them from their …

Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

Sports are supposed to be separate from politics, but athletes and games can't always be kept separate from life and death.<p>Scores of people were killed in Ukraine this week, as the security forces of President Viktor Yanukovich opened fire on anti-government protesters in Kiev's Maidan, now called …

Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Religious-Based Discrimination

The bill, which opponents say opens LGBT people to discrimination, now travels to the state house where it is expected to pass. Arizona Democrats say the bill "conflates discrimination with religious freedom."<p>The Arizona Senate voted Wednesday to approve legislation that would expand religious …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Uganda's President Will Sign the 'Jail the Gays' Bill Into Law

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced his intention to sign his country's brutal new anti-gay …

Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.<p>This is huge progress for transgender rights, but it also …

Celebrities React To Ellen Page Coming Out In The Most Beautiful, Supportive Way

"Juno" star Ellen Page came out as gay Friday night (Feb. 14) in a perfectly eloquent, candid and heartwarming speech at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas. Soon after, numerous celebrities took to social media with an outpour of love and support for the 26-year-old actress.

Rosie O'Donnell Reveals Cosmopolitan Stopped Her From Coming Out As Gay In 1992 Article

Rosie O'Donnell had planned on coming out as gay to the public ten years earlier than she did, but a major magazine editor axed her big reveal.<p>The talk show host sat down with Marlo Thomas and talked about how life has changed for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families over time. In …

Mom's Homophobic Response To Gay Dads' Birthday Invite Was A Radio Show Hoax

The alleged homophobic note sent by a mother in response to a birthday invite from two gay dads was apparently all just a hoax concocted by a local New York radio station.<p>Earlier this week, the story of two gay dads from Baldwin, N.Y., went viral after Long Island's K-98.3 publicized a supposedly …

'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Trailer Is Short But Totally Worth It

"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 is just around the corner and Netflix has gifted fans with a short teaser trailer.<p>Sure, it's just 17 seconds, but we learn a few things about the women in orange and the men that look over them. Pornstasche wears aviator sunglasses and kind of has a mullet, we're …

Attractiveness Could Actually Make People's Faces More Forgettable

Do you remember what that really attractive woman you saw at the restaurant last night looks like? Or that good-looking man who walked past you on the street earlier today?<p>If their faces didn't have a particularly defining feature, chances are you don't, according to a new study in the journal …

Hong Kong tycoon's daughter defends lesbian relationship

Gigi Chao, the daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon has urged her father to accept she is a lesbian, after he offered millions to find her a husband.<p>In a open letter Ms Chao says Cecil Chao should accept her partner and "treat her like a normal, dignified human being".<p>Ms Chao, 33, who married her …

Archbishops criticise Nigerian and Ugandan anti-gay laws

<b>The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, after being asked about laws there penalising gay people.</b><p>The letter said homosexual people were loved and valued by God and should not be victimised or diminished.<p>Nigeria and Uganda have both passed …

'Two new poems' by Greek poet Sappho recovered

<b>A fragment of ancient papyrus given to an expert at Oxford University contains two previously unknown works by Greek poet Sappho, according to his findings.</b><p>US papyrologist Dr Dirk Obbink asserts they "clearly come from Sappho's first book", one of nine volumes the writer is believed to have written.<p>…

Obama Picks Staci Michelle Yandle, Black Lesbian Judge, For Federal Judgeship

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama prides himself on the diversity of his judicial picks. But on Thursday, he charted new territory by nominating Staci Michelle Yandle, who, if confirmed, would become the second-ever out black lesbian federal judge.<p>Obama picked Yandle, who has been in private …

HUFFPOLLSTER: Utahns Evenly Split On Gay Marriage

<i>There is division on gay marriage...in Utah. Obama is up on one daily tracker but down on another. And New York City is optimistic about its new mayor. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, January 16, 2014.</i><p><b>UTAH NOW SPLIT ON GAY MARRIAGE</b> - Brooke Adams: "A new poll for The Salt Lake Tribune shows that …

The Key Passage in Church LGBTQ Debates

This week the <i>Boston Globe</i> asked the question "Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?" Now that most mainline Christians decline to label LGBTQ folk as a special class of sinners, and now that the larger society has less patience for sexual intolerance than it once did, the evangelical …

Phil's Fish Market 'Where Are You From' Map Looks Unbelievable, But It's Real

Phil's Fish Market is located in Moss Landing, a small inlet near the coast of San Francisco. The cozy family eatery is famous for its <i>cioppino</i>, but other than the simple fish stew and local marine research center, there's not much to speak of in Moss Landing-- with just over 200 residents, the …

On Beyoncé

If you're attacking Beyoncé's feminist credentials because she chooses to use her husband's surname, because she chooses to be a mother, because she sometimes adopts a submissive perspective in her music, then it's <i>your</i> feminist credentials that are in question.<p>Feminism isn't about encouraging women …

Ugandan MPs pass life in jail anti-homosexual law

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1038000/1038622_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524614923_e129ea5150126cc3bb05d4ec4d75d895<p><b>Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.</b><p>The anti-homosexuality …