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  1. Legendary professional wrestling star John Cena in a public service ad he did for the Ad Council. Considering the Cena's aggressive, tough-guy persona in the pro-wrestling ring, he might be considered a surprising choice to do a public service ad on the topic of the relationship among patriotism, love, and inclusiveness for the Ad Council’s series “Love Has No Labels,” but I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed by his extremely polished presentation and apparent sincerity. Starting at about the 2:30 point, he walks under an alternating series of U.S. and Rainbow flags. Total runtime in 3:30. One ad doesn’t constitute a successful campaign, of course, but if Cena were to continue as a spokesman for this theme, he could potentially influence a wide cross-section of the population with a welcome message in polarized times. Coincidentally, Cena was also the guest host for “Saturday Night Live” last night and put on a very credible performance. Like Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) when he hosted SNL about a year ago, Cena showed a keen sense of humor and was very good-natured about the skits that took advantage of his muscular build and tough-guy image. (I’ve always thought Cena was pretty hot-looking — ruggedly handsome with a killer body — but I was very put off by his pro-wrestling persona and the circus-like atmosphere of that “sport." Maybe it’s time for me to re-evaluate my opinion of him!)
  2. The Warwick Rowers are baring (almost) all once again for a steamy calendar they hope will further the “worldwide social movement” they launched nearly a decade ago. The 2018 edition sees the Rowers, who are students at the University of Warwick in England, posing au naturel on the grounds of regal-looking estates in Spain and the U.K. The guys began stripping nude for the project in 2009 to raise funds for rowing gear, and though their earliest efforts were considerably less cheeky, their calendar quickly found an audience among gay men. (Watch a video trailer for the new calendar above.) Once the Rowers caught on to who their most fervent admirers were, they opted to re-conceive their mission. Since 2012, proceeds from calendar sales have been donated to Sport Allies, a U.K. advocacy organization aimed at combating homophobia and gender bias in team sports. Recent editions of the calendar have raised more than $300,000 and are sold in 77 countries. As in previous years, the 2018 calendar features many of the men sunbathing together and lounging around in various stages of undress. In a 2015 interview, rower Tristan Edwards explained that the photos are meant to be more playful than explicit, in hopes of normalizing male-on-male intimacy among both athletes and sports fans. “A lot of the problems around homophobia in sport come from the enforcement of gender norms… people saying what a man is or what a woman is,” Edwards told HuffPost. “We don’t want to be put into a box in terms of what a man ‘should be’ in sport. This is how we think you can act.” As for what would be considered “too hot” for the calendar, he continued, “We know our audience, we know our boundaries and we know what we’re trying to achieve. So we’d never do anything that would brand us as porn.” Catch a sneak peek at the 2018 Warwick Rowers calendar below.
  3. I feel like he has the right amount of scruff to be @Steve's next boy toy 😄. Source: https://www.queerty.com/first-openly-gay-nascar-driver-talks-racing-homophobic-fans-vodka-cranberries-20181014
  4. JackFTwist

    Gay Pride in July

    Apparently, some countries celebrate Pride Month in July instead of June. #1: From Vienna, Austria. #2: on July 2, 2018, the Rainbow flag flew next to the Union Jack on the iconic London Bridge for the first time, marking the beginning of London’s Pride Week. (Just below and to the left of the bridge is the historic and iconic Tower of London, one of the city’s major tourist attractions.)
  5. JackFTwist

    LGBTQ Wrath Month

    (Not that the author feels strongly about this or anything….) Opinions Pride Month is over. Welcome to LGBTQ Wrath Month. By Anthony Oliveira — July 4, 2018. Anthony Oliveira is a pop culture critic and teaches at the University of Toronto. Welcome to LGBTQ Wrath Month. Perhaps you are confused. “#LoveIsLove!” you tweeted. “Love wins!” you said. And you meant well. You always mean well — the beer brands that used to mock us, the banks that denied us loans. The bachelorette parties that use us as props, the straight boys who assure us they are “cool with it” but do not get why we have to be so “in your face.” So quick to fly our flag, and even quicker to take it down. But now that June’s Pride Month is over and we’ve entered the muggy July heat, we are ready for a different celebration. By now you will have seen the observance of Wrath Month forming online. Now we find ourselves wondering: What is it that your love has cost you? And what makes you believe you have any right to hold it equal to ours? We do not know what “love is love” means when you say it, because unlike yours, ours is a love that has cost us everything. It has, in living memory, sent us into exterminations, into exorcisms, into daily indignities and compromises. We cannot hold jobs with certainty nor hands without fear; we cannot be sure when next the ax will fall with the stroke of a pen. You have co-opted our pride, but you cannot have our rage. It is difficult, as with any meme that reaches critical mass, to tell how this month of wrath began, but it originated online almost certainly as a joke: What comes after Pride? Wrath. It hinges on an old dig, one straight people have been making as long as we’ve been willing to stand up “with pride” — that pride is among the worst of the seven deadly sins and that we have adopted it proudly, an ineluctable sign of our spiritual damage. Theologically speaking, pride turns itself inward; it beholds the self and deems it sufficient. But what happens when we turn that gaze outward? As the Overton window lurches to the right, it is again de rigueur to debase queer celebrations of self-worth. Annual heterosexual outcries of “Where’s our parade?” are plentiful and meant to insult the queer community they parody. This year, the vice mayor of Dixon, Calif., proclaimed July “Straight Pride American Month,” toasting “healthy . . . keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans.” Two years ago, 49 people were killed as they dared to share a space as a queer community; one year later, a meme sprang up to declare the anniversary “Heterosexual Pride Day,” straight people posting photographs of themselves kissing to celebrate the murders and their own “Pride.” The Pulse nightclub massacre was followed not by an outpouring of change, of protections, of gun control, but the election of Donald Trump — and the transgender military ban , anti-LGBTQ momentum on the Supreme Court and a vice president so opposed to policies benefiting queer people that the president has joked he wants “to hang them all.” The banks, the bachelorettes, the beers who beautify themselves with our feathers fall curiously silent on these points. A hashtag — #LoveIsLove — certainly will not be what stops the onslaught. In place of passive arcs of history bending to justice and calls for civility (lest the jackboot on our neck be scuffed), I might offer Shakespeare’s 116th sonnet: Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. You have probably heard it at a straight couple’s wedding. But Shakespeare’s sonnet is about a man, loving another man, imagining the impossibility of marriage with him, and sensing the whole engine of the world turned against them. “When is love not love?” it wonders, across an enjambed line. It is a trick Shakespeare uses again in “King Lear,” when the king of France dares to love someone who will cost him everything he has worked to gain: . . . Love’s not love When it is mingled with regards that stand Aloof from th’ entire point. The sentiment is one that the best poet — a queer poet — of the English language spent a lifetime trying to articulate: The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is not love when you do not have to fight for it. Stonewall. The White Night Riots. ACT UP. Wrath Month is a chance to remember that before our symbol was a rainbow, it was a hurled brick. Civility be damned, then, along with everything else about us. Let justice be done, though the heavens themselves may fall. To our people: Let nothing stand which offends your dignity. To our allies: Help us, really help us, or get out of the way. To our enemies: This army of lovers will stamp out your bigotry. And to all: I wish you a furious Wrath Month. Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pride-month-is-over-welcome-to-lgbtq-wrath-month/2018/07/04/c67305ce-7ee8-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html?utm_term=.60100529e403
  6. June is Pride Month, and while many people are openly able to celebrate in massive colorful parades and other fun festivities, the LGBT movement wouldn't be where it is today without the icons, trailblazers, activists, lawmakers, artists and more who paved the way in the last century. Here are 23 people to know for their important role in the LGBT rights movement. Brenda Howard A month after the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Brenda Howard, a bisexual woman, organized the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the first Pride parade. The next year, she coordinated another march on the one-year anniversary of the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade. Her passion and gift for organizing LGBT events sparked the Pride parade movement and earned Howard the nickname "the mother of pride." Gilbert Baker Gilbert Baker was an activist and artist who designed the iconic Rainbow Flag. A self-described "gay Betsy Ross," Baker was often called on by others in the gay rights movement to make banners for protests and marches, and in 1978, Harvey Milk asked him to make flags for a gay pride event in San Francisco. He assembled eight strips of hand-dyed fabric into rainbow flags, and his design, now reduced to six colors, has become a universal symbol for LGBT pride, love and acceptance. Sylvia Rivera Latina transgender activist Sylvia Rivera was a participant in the 1969 Stonewall Riot and fought to keep the concerns and voices of transgender people, LGBT people of color and low-income queer people in the gay rights movement that evolved from the incident. Rivera was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), an organization to help homeless queer homeless youth. Dan Choi Former Army officer and West Point graduate Dan Choi became an activist and face of the movement to end the U.S. government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which banned LGBT people from serving in the military openly. Choi came out during an appearance on "The Rachel Maddow Show" in 2009 and later attended a rally at the White House where he handcuffed himself to a fence while in uniform. He was then discharged from the National Guard for "homosexual conduct," one of more than 12,500 servicemen and women who were dismissed since 1993 under DADT, according to ABC News. He appealed his termination directly to President Obama in an open letter and appeared at events and on television discussing DADT, which Obama finally repealed in 2011. RuPaul Charles Performer, singer and TV host RuPaul Charles is considered the most successful drag queen in the U.S. and brought drag into the mainstream in 2009 with his hit reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race." He's won two Primetime Emmys for the series and was named to 2017's Time 100 list of the most influential people. Before building a "Drag Race" empire, RuPaul hosted his own VH1 talk show, the first to have a drag queen as host. Through the show and its international spinoffs, Mama Ru and other queens have been able to raise awareness about issues facing the LGBT community and people of color around the world. Laverne Cox As a breakout star on the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to ever be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as well as the first to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. She also became the first transgender woman to win a Daytime Emmy for producing the documentary "Laverne Cox: The T Word." Cox describes herself as "an actress first and activist second," and she has used her fame to advocate for trans and LGBT rights, collaborating with organizations like the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign. Christine Jorgensen Former G.I. Christine Jorgensen became a celebrity in the U.S. long before Laverne Cox. Jorgensen underwent hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery in Denmark in 1953 and became front page news upon her return stateside. She became the first nationally known transgender individual and used this visibility to be an advocate and spark discussions among both the general population and medical professionals about gender, sex and identity. As a trailblazer, Jorgensen still faced ridicule and discrimination. For example, Jorgensen was denied a marriage license in 1959 as her birth certificate listed her as male, and her fiance lost his job when news of their engagement was published. Edith Windsor Edith Windsor became a gay rights icon when she sued the federal government to recognize her same-sex marriage, which eventually went all the way to the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor. The decision in her favor struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage for federal purposes as between a man and woman, thus barring married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. Windsor married her partner of more than 40 years in Canada in 2007 because it still wasn't legal in their home state of New York. When her wife died two years later, the IRS slapped her with a bill for more than $300,000 in estate taxes, which she would not have owed had the U.S. government recognized their marriage, according to The Guardian. Windsor died in 2017, a hero of the LGBT rights movement. Anthony Kennedy Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has authored three key pro-gay-rights Court decisions, making him, according to The New York Times, "the most important judicial champion of gay rights in the nation's history." Kennedy was nominated by Republican president Ronald Reagan in 1987 and came into the role with a track record of ruling against gay rights claims. Despite initial misgivings from the LGBT community, his 2013 opinion in the United States v. Windsor case struck down DOMA. Barney Frank Barney Frank was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a member from Massachusetts in 1980, and seven years later, he became the first U.S. politician to voluntarily come out as gay. In 2012, when he married his long-time partner, he became the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office. Perhaps the most prominent gay politician in the United States, Frank retired in 2013 after a career marked by voting for, promoting and proposing pro-civil rights and gay-rights legislation. Harvey Milk In 1978, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. Milk encouraged LGBT people to "come out of the closet" during his speeches and passed a gay rights ordinance in the city of San Francisco. But 11 months after his election, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. Despite his short time in office, Milk was hailed as a martyr and gay icon. In 2009, Milk was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. His life was the subject of a biographical film called "Milk" starring Sean Penn. Penn won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, while openly gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won for Best Original Screenplay. Henry Gerber In 1924, Henry Gerber founded America's first gay rights group, the Society for Human Rights, in Chicago. The group's newsletter, "Friendship and Freedom," was also the country's first recorded gay rights publication. As a German-American gay man, Gerber was sent to a prisoner-of-war internment camp during World War I because German immigrants were considered enemy aliens. He was also briefly admitted to a mental institution for his homosexuality. The society was short-lived, as police arrested Gerber and other members in a raid, causing Gerber to lose his job and spend his life savings to defend himself in court. Though Gerber cooled his activist efforts after this, the Henry Gerber House, where Gerber lived when he founded SHR, was designated a Chicago Landmark and then a National Historic Landmark for the ripple effect his bold risk created. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a German writer who is considered the first modern gay activist and the first person to publicly "come out." Ulrichs was a lawyer and writer who attempted to coin a new term for men attracted to other men before the terms gay or homosexual existed. He wrote a series of essays, first under a pseudonym then under his real name, about his sexual identity and became the first LGBT person to publicly defend gay rights. He appeared before the Congress of German Jurists calling for the repeal of anti-homosexual laws. Ulrichs later inspired his friend Magnus Hirschfeld to create the world's first gay rights organization, the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. Jason Collins Jason Collins became a pioneer for LGBT men in professional sports when he announced he was gay in 2013. That's because Collins became the first openly gay active player in the NBA and openly gay active athlete in any of the four major American pro sports leagues. He revealed the news in a first-person piece in Sports Illustrated that began: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." According to Outsports, Major League Soccer signed openly gay player Robbie Rogers a month later, and less than a year later, Michael Sam came out as gay and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Collins retired in 2014 after 13 seasons in the NBA. Martina Navratilova Living tennis legend Martina Navratilova holds the record for career titles and Grand Slam titles for both men and women and is one of the world's most prominent lesbian athletes. After defecting from Czechoslovakia, Navratilova came out voluntarily in 1981, the first sports superstar to do so. Navratilova told Outsports that she believes this move cost her tens of millions of dollars in endorsement and sponsorship deals during the 1980s. Navratilova has used her visibility to be an advocate, participating in a lawsuit against the anti-gay Amendment 2 in 1992 and attending and speaking at LGBT events. Ellen DeGeneres In 1997, comedian Ellen DeGeneres was at a career high, starring in the successful ABC sitcom "Ellen." DeGeneres risked it all by appearing on the cover of Time magazine under the headline, "Yep, I'm Gay." Degeneres later appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," then hours later, her character on "Ellen," Ellen Morgan, also came out as a lesbian to her therapist, played by Winfrey. The episode was a ratings hit and earned DeGeneres and its writers an Emmy, but there was also extreme backlash against her, Winfrey, ABC and more. But a year and half later, "Will & Grace" premiere on NBC. Then in 2001, DeGeneres got her own talk show, ushering in a new era of LGBT visibility on TV. DeGeneres has since won numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. George Takei Best known as Lt. Hikaru Sulu from the original cast of "Star Trek," George Takei parlayed his Hollywood fame and nerd cred into a position of influence for the Asian-American and LGBT communities. Though he was involved in the community for years, he officially came out in 2005 in Frontiers magazine in response to then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of California's same-sex marriage legislation. Takei often uses humor on his large social media platforms to address hateful rhetoric from other celebrities and politicians and promote equality. Janet Mock Writer, TV host and transgender activist Janet Mock began her transition in high school and was living and working in media as a woman before coming out publicly as trans in a 2011 Marie Claire article. She became a go-to voice writing about trans issues for Marie Claire, Elle and the Huffington Post and appearing on television news and talk shows. She penned her own book about her experiences in 2014, the first book written by a trans person who transitioned as a teen. Mock appeared in and produced the HBO documentary "The Trans List," and became the first trans woman of color to be hired as a TV writer for Ryan Murphy's 2018 show "Pose." Bayard Rustin A civil rights activist who served as an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who organized the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin also lived as an openly gay man, a liability that forced him to be a more behind-the-scenes figure in the movement. It wasn't until the 1980s that he began working as an LGBT activist. He attempted to bring the AIDS crisis and gay discrimination to the attention of the NAACP as the next big civil rights issue. Rustin's legacy was celebrated in the 2002 documentary "Brother Outsider," and he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2013. Barbara Gittings Barbara Gittings is considered to be the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement because of her work organizing some of the first public demonstrations for gay and lesbian equality in the 1950s and '60s. In 1965, she took part in one of the first gay rights pickets of the White House to draw attention to the government's ban on employing gay men and lesbians. Although the Austrian-born Gittings lived in Philadelphia, she started the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the USA's first lesbian civil rights organization. In the '70s, Gittings successfully campaigned for the the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders. Gittings also worked to promote gay literature in libraries around the country. Dan Savage Writer and activist Dan Savage is known for his nationally syndicated sex advice column "Savage Love," as well as for co-founding the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth in 2010 with his husband, Terry Miller. He and Miller were among the first group of couples to get married in Washington after the the 2012 legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. Savage has used his column to address many political LGBT issues, including famously slamming anti-gay remarks made by then-Senator Rick Santorum. Audre Lorde A self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," Audre Lorde worked as a librarian for years before publishing her first works, which address issues of race, gender and sexuality. She also documented her decade-long battle with breast cancer. Lorde co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher by, for, and about women of color. She also started Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa to help black women under apartheid. Her 1989 essay collection won an American Book Award, and Lorde was poet laureate of New York from 1991-92. Larry Kramer Author and provocative AIDS activist Larry Kramer penned the play "The Normal Heart," a piece of the literary canon for gay America, according to Time, which was adapted into a 2014 movie by Ryan Murphy. In the 1980s, Kramer co-founded GMHC (originally known as the Gay Men's Health Crisis) and ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), two of the main organizations that responded to the AIDS crisis.
  7. Wikipedia provides a succinct summary of the significance of the 1969 Stonewall Riots: The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. [Emphasis added. — JFT] (According to news reports from the event, it was specifically a group of drag queens who led the initial resistance to harassment and arrest by the police, starting the first riot. The wider LGBT community began to join the fray in the next night. You go, girl!) It’s a happy coincidence that this anniversary falls two days after the anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized Gay marriage in the United States. On the other hand, it’s an ironic and sad coincidence that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court yesterday. Kennedy was the “swing vote” between the liberal and conservative wings of the Court in its 5-4 decision and wrote the Majority Opinion in the Obergefell v. Hodges case. If Justice Kennedy’s replacement on the Court has a different legal view on LGBT rights, and on Gay marriage in particular, future Supreme Court decisions might leave the basic marriage decison in effect but limit Gay rights in important marriage-related policies that weren’t a direct part of the Court’s 2015 opinion, such as parental rights, family leave, and entitlement to some pension benefits. Bottom line: The struggle continues, and it’s likely to become even more difficult in the years ahead. See: https://www.hrc.org/blog/the-anniversary-of-stonewall-reminds-us-of-the-urgency-of-resistance For more information about the Stonewall riots, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots
  8. Today is the third anniversary of the June 26, 2015, landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing Gay marriage. Something else to celebrate during Pride Month! Rainbow and marriage-equality flags in front of the Supreme Court: The front of the White House on the evening of June 26, 2015, in observance of the Supreme Court's decision on Gay marriage:
  9. June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969 in New York. The backlash against a police raid on gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn was a catalyst of the gay-rights movement, and there have been many strides along the way as gays and lesbians have run for office, marched, organized and pressed for change. Here are 12 important moments in the pride movement and the fight for LGBT rights. Early organizing In 1924, the Society for Human Rights was founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago. It was the first documented gay rights organization in the U.S. and meetings were held in his home. The Henry Gerber House, pictured, is now a National Historic Landmark. Talking about transgender Christine Jorgensen, a former U.S. Army private, made headlines in the 1950s after having sex-reassignment surgery and talking widely about her experience, one of the first people in the U.S. to do so. Her gender conversion began with hormone injections in 1950, when she was 24, and was completed in 1952 with surgery at the Danish State Hospital in Copenhagen. On the front lines Barbara Gittings, pictured at a rally, was a prominent gay and lesbian rights activist who, a decade before the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, was battling for the rights of homosexuals. In the late 1950s, she founded the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first national organization for lesbians, The New York Times reported. In the early 1970s, she helped lobby the American Psychiatric Association to change its stance on homosexuality; in 1973, the association rescinded its definition of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Fighting back Early on June 28, 1969, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. The raid set off a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughed up customers, leading to six days of protests and clashes with police. The Stonewall riots were a defining moment for the nascent gay-rights movement. Pride parades are born The first pride parade was held in New York on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall raid on Christopher Street. A few thousand people took to the streets in New York, and gay activist groups on the West Coast held a march in Los Angeles and a march and Gay-in in San Francisco. In Chicago, people marched the day before New York and marked the Stonewall anniversary with a week of events. The events ended with approximately 150 people walking in a Gay Power march. Today, millions around the world march and rally for LGBTQ pride around the world, including in West Hollywood, pictured, which has one of the biggest and best-known pride events in the country. PFLAG is started The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York's Christopher Street Liberation Day parade, the precursor to today's pride parades. In March 1973, the first meeting of what would become PFLAG was held. The group went national as Parents, Families andFriends of Lesbians and Gays in 1982. Winning elected office Gays and lesbians also made strides in the 1970s by running for office. Kathy Kozachenko became the first openly LGBT American elected to public office when she won a seat on the Ann Arbor, Mich., City Council in 1974. Elaine Noble was the first openly gay candidate elected to a state office when she was elected to the Massachusetts State legislature, also in 1974. And, Harvey Milk won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk, whose image is pictured on a stamp, was loud and unapologetic about his sexuality, earning widespread attention. His remarkable career was cut short when he was gunned down about a year after taking office. Pop culture representation Billy Crystal, pictured in 1998, played one of the first openly gay characters in a recurring role on a prime-time television show on "Soap," which ran from 1977-1981. Making noise Writer and AIDS activist Larry Kramer's work with ACT UP and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis brought attention to the AIDS crisis at a time when many people preferred ignorance. He loudly demanded attention for the disease that was felling thousands of gay men and his writing, including the play "The Normal Heart," captured the ordinary lives caught up in the ordeal of AIDS. Political action The Democratic Party added “sexual orientation” to its platform’s anti-discrimination protections at the 1980 convention in New York. It was the first American political party to officially incorporate such a plank. Jimmy Carter and his running mate, Walter Mondale, along with their wives, are pictured at the convention. Same-sex marriage In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to make it legal for same-sex couples to wed. It followed a controversial decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Nooni and Alicia Hammarlund, pictured, were among the couples securing a license on May 17, 2004, the first day for legal marriages. Supreme Court ruling On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a person's right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision.
  10. Source: The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/06/15/the-gay-glass-ceiling-researchers-find-gay-men-are-frozen-out-of-top-management-spots/?utm_term=.62f3a9d3f3ef [Note that this study is based on a very large sample of working-age adults in the United Kingdom, not the U.S. Data sets with comparable information on U.S. working-age adults are based on much smaller sample sizes, so the results would be less precise. — Jack ] Wonkblog Analysis By Andrew Van DamJune 15, 2018 Email the author The good news for gay men? A new analysis of U.K. data shows they are more likely to be supervisors and managers than their straight counterparts. The bad news? Gay men are far more likely (7.9 percentage points, to be exact) to be stuck in low-level management jobs at the bottom of the organization chart or at smaller, less prestigious organizations — the shift manager at a retail store, for example. They’re significantly less likely (2.2 percentage points) than straight men to be high-level managers — the people who run trading floors and manage entire regions. The worst news? Gay men of color are hit hardest. They face an even worse disparity than you’d expect based on adding the gap for gay men to that for men from racial minorities. To map these glass ceilings, researchers in Britain analyzed the responses of more than 645,000 working age adults to the annual U.K. Integrated Household Survey from 2009 to 2014. Thanks to the survey’s size, it included more than 6,000 respondents who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Combined with the U.K. survey’s detailed questions about management responsibility and sexual orientation, the large sample allowed for analysis which would not be possible in the U.S. “I’ve written in this literature for a long time,” author Christopher Carpenter, a Vanderbilt University economist, said. “Those samples are ten times larger than what most surveys will give you.” The researchers also found that women and minorities in the U.K. faced similar-glass ceiling effects to those in the U.S. That suggests the gay glass ceiling discovered in the U.K. study may be similar for gay men in America. 'It's possible society holds gay men to a higher standard' Gay men typically don’t get as far as straight men with similar skills and qualifications, the analysis shows. Seventy percent of gay men in top management positions have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to just 57 percent of straight men. After accounting for other possible reasons for the disparity including education, race, ethnicity, location, family status and occupation, the researchers concluded (based on established statistical methodology) that the most likely explanation is good old fashioned discrimination. “It’s possible society holds gay men to a higher standard,” Carpenter said. “Gay men really have to get a ton of education to overcome the disadvantage in the workplace that comes with being gay.” By way of explanation, the authors suggested that the stereotypes of successful manager and gay man may not have much overlap. “Gay men may be penalized for not being perceived to have the stereotypically male heterosexual traits thought to be required among managers,” they write. Hitting the glass ceiling The glass ceiling may lead to gay men earning less than they should. Not surprisingly, high-level management tends to be more lucrative. Male high-level managers earn 43 percent more than similar men without managerial positions, while lower-level managers only earn about 16 percent more. It also helps to perpetuate existing inequalities. While there has not been direct analysis of LGBTQ managers, research has shown that having more females in senior management positions leads to better treatment of women (and a lower earnings gap) throughout the organization. The authors suggest increasing senior management representation could also help gay men avoid harassment and discrimination that they might otherwise face in the workplace. The study is complicated somewhat because homosexual men and women in the U.K. were more likely to be employed, younger, childless and educated than their straight counterparts, but Carpenter and his collaborators — lead author Cevat Giray Aksoy (economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Jefferson Frank (economist, University of London) and Matt Huffman (sociologist, University of California — Irvine) — controlled for these factors. While researchers found less evidence of a glass ceiling for lesbians compared to other working women, Carpenter pointed out that it’s hard to get a direct comparison because of the many forces, particularly family responsibilities, that can keep some straight women out of the labor force. Bisexual men and women are less likely to be supervisors or managers at any level, though their lower numbers made it harder to reach significant conclusions.
  11. Please take a moment tonight (Tuesday) to remember that this is the second anniversary of the mass murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida (June 12, 2016). The shootings killed 49 people, plus the gunman himself. Many of those directly and indirectly affected by the massacre are still in grief and are struggling to cope with the emotional trauma of this horrific event.
  12. Just a few reminders that the legal victories for LGBTQ+ rights in recent years don’t mean the “war” is over — or even that those newly won rights are even secure yet. This shouldn’t really be a surprise. Napoleon won a lot of battles in his day, but in the end, he ultimately lost the ones that really mattered. And although the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1868 and ratified by the required number of states a few years later, it wasn’t until the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 — a century later — that serious progress even began to be made. Even today, over 50 years after that landmark legislation, the Civil Rights Movement for Blacks still faces serious obstacles, yet recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have weakened some of the key voting rights provisions of the 1964 Act! (And don’t even get me started about the long road ahead for Gays in the Armed Forces, even after the end of the notorious “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.) Bottom line: the national and state organizations that defend LGBTQ+ rights in the U.S. still need our support. Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, American Civili Liberties Union, etc. — take your pick and support them with your money and/or your volunteer effort. SC Republicans want to call your relationship a ‘parody marriage’ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/02/sc-republicans-want-call-relationship-parody-marriage/ Americans don’t think businesses need a religious excuse to discriminate https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/12/americans-dont-think-businesses-need-religious-excuse-discriminate/ But there’s still good news about victories on small fronts and enlightened judges in the most surprising places that give us hope: This Arkansas judge got tired of waiting for equality, so he shut things down https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/12/arkansas-judge-got-tired-waiting-equality-shut-things/
  13. Like whaaaa crack these jokers be smoking. Claims made despite overwhelming evidence that supports climate change as probable factor in devastating storm http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/gay-people-hurricane-harvey-blame-christian-leaders-texas-flooding-homosexuals-lgbt-a7933026.html A number of Christian leaders have blamed LGBT people for causing Hurricane Harvey. Despite overwhelming evidence that supports climate change as a factor in the devastating storm and subsequent flooding, a handful of evangelical leaders have ludicrously suggested the LGBT community are to blame. Minister Kevin Swanson, who holds notoriously homophobic views, said Houston had sinned by having a "very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor." “Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish,” he told his radio show. “That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America.” His comments come just days after Christian radio personality Rick Wiles linked Houston's progressive attitudes with the storm. "Here’s a city that has boasted of its LGBT devotion, its affinity for the sexual perversion movement in America. They’re underwater," he said. Ann Coulter, right wing media pundit and climate change sceptic, also weighed in to the debate. "I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change'," she wrote on Twitter But her comments were met with a punchy comeback from Annise Parker, a former mayor of Houston who was one of the first across the US to hold a position of power and be openly gay. "Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather," she wrote
  14. Today (that is, already Friday in Australia), the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives voted in favor of same-sex marriage in that country. The Australian Senate had already passed the bill last week. The royal Governor-General immediately signed the bill on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s official Head of State. Ian Thorpe, who won multiple Gold and Silver Medals for Australia in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, was prominent in the celebrations. He came out as gay in 2014. (Many of us who were paying attention to those Olympic Games were openly drooling over the studly swimmer. Not the most handsome of Olympians, maybe, but still….) The timeline at this link reads in reverse chronological order, with the most recent events first. https://www.washingtonpost.com/e8db6d8e-dbb1-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html
  15. From the 1950s until 1992, many public servants that Canada’s government suspected of being gay were interrogated, forced to sit through humiliating tests that sought to expose their sexual orientation, and expelled from their Canadian government positions. That treatment happened on “a timeline more recent than any of us would like to admit,” Trudeau said Tuesday, calling the oppression “an often overlooked part of Canada’s history.” One of the most egregious tools used was the “fruit machine,” a device he mentioned by name Tuesday that claimed to reveal a person’s sexual orientation based on their response to various sexual stimuli. “It is my hope in talking about these injustices, in vowing to never repeat them, acting to right these wrongs, we can begin to heal,” Trudeau said. Crazy to think this is happening in Canada compared to what’s going on with this current/soon to be ex administration.
  16. DAVE | May 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Adam4Adam Blog | Credit Gay Youtuber Davey Wavey got the set visit most gay guys dream about when he was invited to go watch the behind-the-scenes happenings of a Men.com porn shoot. Together with fellow gay Youtuber Riyadh K, Wavey went to the set of “Secret Affairs Part 1” starring Paddy O’Brian, Sky Knox, Diego Reyes, and directed by Alter Sin. He then made a six-minute video about the experience with the title “OMG At A Gay Porn Shoot!” Early on in the video, both Youtubers talk about their feelings about going to the shoot. Riyadh admits to being half excited and half terrified about the experience, while Wavey is afraid that it will demystify pornography for him. Additionally, they both express their fear of getting hard on set. The video then switches to Wavey quizzing O’Brian about his “real” 8-inch cock before showing the guys in a car on the way to the shoot. O’Brian and Knox share a kiss in the backseat to break the ice, since it’s the first time the pair are meeting before the shoot. Once on the set, both Wavey and Riyadh are amazed at the set and the apparent sophistication of the whole shoot. Wavey remarks that it feels like being on set for a movie, while Riyadh compares it to being on the set of a sitcom. We get a short interview with the director halfway through the video, a shot of Sky Knox shirtless and starting to take off his pants, and O’Brian fondling his dick through his jeans. That’s about as explicit as it gets, though, because the video is on Youtube. The video closes on Wavey and Riyadh sharing their thoughts on the experience, with Riyadh saying that he felt it was missing an “organic, real, loving, close element.” Wavey, on the other hand, found it fascinating and even empowering. You can watch the video here: What do you guys think about the video? Do you agree with their thoughts? What porn shoot would you like to see the behind-the-scenes of? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
  17. It’s official. 12.7 million voted with a 79.5 per cent turnout. The Yes vote wins with 61 per cent of the vote.
  18. A tragic tale that reminds us to be careful when we arrange a date or other hook-up online. The love of his life was lured into a deadly trap. Then so was he. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-love-of-his-life-was-lured-into-a-deadly-trap-then-so-was-he/2017/11/12/81a4cd30-b93e-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_mexicomurder-8pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
  19. Sometimes life’s little ironies are just too sweet! http://www.allmale.com/blog/fox-news-anchor-now-gay-porn-star/ But they left out what his porn name is
  20. “Heterosexuality - A Queer Perspective,” an essay by Pierre le Roux. A droll take on the differences between hetero- and homosexuality, addressing such burning fundamental questions as, “Are straight people born that way, or is it just a lifestyle choice.” http://www.wingerjock.com/2014/12/30/heterosexuality-a-queer-view/ In an episode of the 1998-2006 hit NBC TV comedy series “Will & Grace,” the character “Jack McFarland” (played by Sean Hayes) had one of my favorite lines of the series: “Straight sex — it’s just so wrong!” Yep, got that right. And straight parades really are boring!
  21. Thank goodness they caught this fucking lunatic before he could do any harm. "Heavily armed man detained before Calif. gay pride event" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/06/12/after-orlando-massacre-man-with-weapons-and-other-dangerous-material-detained-in-calif/?tid=pm_national_pop_b&utm_term=.bc151db2337d
  22. Washington State Supreme Court rules against florist who turned away gay couple https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/17/washington-state-supreme-court-rules-against-florist-who-turned-away-gay-couple/
  23. Subtle (very) ‘gay moment’ in new Disney film generates buzz https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/subtle-very-gay-moment-in-new-disney-film-generates-buzz/2017/03/03/fab7b2bc-0059-11e7-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html?tid=pm_entertainment_pop
  24. In N.Y., White House poised to create first monument to gay rights struggle https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-poised-to-create-first-monument-to-gay-rights/2016/05/03/0811810e-1154-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation

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