DOMA & Prop 8 Will Be Under Review
The US Supreme Court announced today that they will take under review two legal cases dealing with marriage equality in this country. In one case, the Court will determine the legality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — an act that the US government has decided it will stop defending because it no longer believes in its legality (and has been ruled unconstitutional by lower courts). Section 3 of DOMA deals with federal taxes due from couples in same-sex marriages. The second case will determine the legality of California’s Proposition 8, a proposition that was voted into law overturned the legalization of same-sex marriage in the State of California — and has since been ruled unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Needless today, it’s big news that the Court would take up either of these cases … that they have decided to take up both cases means the Court is ready to make a resounding statement about the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States of America. More »
"I hadn’t been happy in so long"
Back in July, Odd Future singer Frank Ocean came out publicly as a gay man. Today we learn that Frank opens up a bit more about his coming out in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine. Frank is included in GQ‘s yearly wrap up Men of the Year issue and he uses the opportunity to talk about the letter he posted online that revealed to the world that he is a gay man. I can’t get enough of Frank or his music so this GQ piece is a very welcome one for me. Click below to see a photo from Frank‘s GQ spread and read some excerpts from the accompanying interview. More »
Posted under: Frank Ocean, GQ Magazine
Duh, He's Hot
Earlier this year, singer Frank Ocean came out publicly as a gay man. Since that time, folks have been wondering if Frank had himself a boyfriend. Now, as gossipy as it sounds, I couldn’t help but be curious myself. Frank is a very attractive man and, well, it would be a crime if he were to be single. New photos of Frank posing with a male model named Willy Cartier seem to suggest that the guys are together … tho, neither one has said so explicitly. Check out the photos below of Mr. Cartier and read some deets about his reported relationship with Frank Ocean. More »
History Is Made in America
Last night’s election win was a big one for President Barack Obama, reelected to serve as our nation’s leader for a second 4 year term, but it was also a monumental and historic night for equality. For the first time ever in this country, same-sex marriage proposals were passed by voters in 3 states and an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in another state was voted down by voters. People, this is very significant. Marriage Equality has been passed in this country by way of judicial ruling and by legislation … but it was always voted down by voters when the matter was put to popular vote (Proposition 8 here in California, you might remember, took away the right to same-sex marriage here 4 years ago). For the first time ever, voters in not just one state but 4 states stood up for equality for all. I’m just stunned and elated. History was made in other ways last night as well. Tammy Baldwin was elected as the first openly gay US Senator (she is also a veteran) and in New Hampshire, the State is now governed by all women! The governor and entire Congressional contingent are women! If all of this combined doesn’t prove that America is ready to move FORWARD with progress, then I don’t know what does. Read on to learn about all of this history and very good news. More »
My good friends Emma Bates and Michael Serato put teamed up with some of LA’s most beloved drag queens — Willam Belli, Detox, Vicki Vox, Pandora and Ozma — to put together a video that is aimed at women voters. As you can see in the clip above, these queens have very strong opinions on the very important women’s issues in this presidential election and they want YOU to hear what they have to say. Take a listen, see what you think.
A Leopard Rarely Changes its Spots
Earlier this week we learned the somewhat surprising news that the blatantly anti-gay company Chick-Fil-A has decided to stop donating funds to anti-gay organizations. Honestly, I felt the reversal was too good to be true but I tried to keep an open, optimistic mind. Today we learn that it seems like we’ve been duped. CFA owner Dan Cathy has NOT confirmed that his company will stop funding anti-gay organizations and has, in fact, participated just this past weekend in a fundraising event that raised money for an anti-gay organization. Despite the hope that the company has seen the light, it appears that they are just trying to find new ways to continue their homophobia in the shadows. More »
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But I Won't Believe It Until Dan Cathy Confirms
According to a press release announcement from The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Chick-Fil-A has begun distributing an internal memo companywide announcing that they have decided that they “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.” Additionally, TCRA maintains, Chick-Fil-A has also decided that they will no longer donate funds to anti-gay groups or organizations. Now, as fantastic as this news sounds … let’s be clear here. This information is coming from a group that has nothing at all to do with CFA business and, as far as I can tell, no official from CFA — including owner Dan Cathy — has yet confirmed any of this as true. Still, as you may recall, CFA brought down upon them a firestorm of controversy this year when they made their blatant anti-gay beliefs very public this Summer. Protests, Boycotts and blind support for the company raged over the Summer at every single CFA franchise across the country … so it is possible that they have finally seen the light. Click below to read all the deets about this supposed change of heart by CFA and see what you think. More »
Meet Billy the Vampire Slayer
Back in February we learned that Buffy Summers, more famously known to the world as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be facing the realities of abortion in the comic book series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9. Today we learn that there are more big changes on the way for Buffy and the Scooby Gang in BtVS Season 9. The comic book series will feature the introduction of a new vampire slayer … and for the first time ever, this slayer is male. And how can there possibly be a male vampire slayer when only females can be slayers? Well, apparently, it turns out that gay males can turn into vampire slayers, too. Click below to get your first look at the first ever male vampire slayer and learn more about how he will come to be. More »
Anderson Came Out as Gay WAY Before He Came Out as Gay
Back in July, CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper came out publicly as a gay man. This week, on the premiere episode of his new show Anderson Live, Cooper opened up about his coming out by explaining to viewers that he had already come out as gay … way back in high school. Check out the video above to hear Anderson talk about his coming out for the first time since his most recent coming out … which took place years after his first coming out in high school. For a guy who some say took a long time to come out, he surely has come out a lot.