"I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore"
It is a Happy Independence Day for R&B singer Frank Ocean, of the music collective Odd Future, because today he is celebrating the freedom to be himself by coming out publicly as a gay man. Last night, Ocean posted a poignant and poetic letter on his official website making very clear that he is a gay man. Other outlets are suggesting Ocean‘s letter shows him to be bisexual but that is not at all the interpretation that I get from the letter. Like many gay men, Ocean tried to have romantic relationships with women (in order to try and fit in with convention) but, as his letter makes clear, those relationships were not fulfilling … not like the first love he felt for another man. Just because he attempted relationships with women does not, necessarily, make him bisexual. Click below to learn more about Frank Ocean‘s brave coming out and read the text of his beautiful letter in full. More »
Yesterday, CNN reporter and talk show host Anderson Cooper came out publicly as a gay man. In the wake of the outpouring of support that he received on Twitter, Anderson posted a short but sweet tweet in appreciation of all of the messages he received. It should come as no surprise that Cooper is off on assignment this week so he’s a bit bizzy to be tweeting up a storm but he did take the time to share a quick message with fans, which you can read in full below. More »
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Relationship Status: Married
Back in May Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend/fiancée Priscilla Chan but over the weekend, another Facebook founder got himself hitched. Chris Hughes, who founded Facebook alongside Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moskovitz, got himself hitched to his longtime boyfriend/fiancée Sean Eldridge at their home in Garrison, NY. Click below to see a couple of adorable wedding photos of the happy grooms and read some deets about their relationship and wedding. More »
"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be"
Um, you guys, Anderson Cooper just came out as a gay man. Andrew Sullivan, one of Anderson‘s good friends and writer for The Daily Beast, published a lengthy email written by Cooper that plainly states that he is a gay man. His email statement sounds genuine and could be, perhaps, the only way that Anderson Cooper felt comfortable coming out with his sexuality (ie. because he is a newscaster, maybe Anderson feels it would be more appropriate for someone else to share his news for him). Click below to read Anderson Cooper‘s statement in full and see what you think. More »
"Within a year, people of the same sex will be able to marry ..."
Gay Pride Month may have just ended here in the US but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cause for celebration elsewhere in the world. This Spring, France elected Francois Hollande as their new president partly because he ran on a campaign that promised the advancement of marriage equality in that country. Today we learn that Hollande‘s administration has announced the amazing news that they plan to legalize same-sex marriage nationally in France sometime next year. More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
That-Ish-Cray of the Day
Well, Trent called it when he first shared the news of the rainbow-colored cookie with us last week, and now the official hateration has arrived. The organization One Million Moms has started a boycott against Oreo/Kraft Foods. The other current issues that appear on their website are TV Land‘s Soul Man (starring Cedric The Entertainer), because it “blasphemes Christ,” and they recently attempted a boycott of JCPenny on Father’s Day, as the company had an ad that featured a gay couple. Just so you know who we’re dealing with here. That-Ish-Cray (but not especially shocking) Of The Day deets inside.
So I got lost in a Zooey Deschanel vortex and ended up on the website she shares with her two friends. It’s called hellogiggles and it’s as adorkable as it sounds. But it also has some really informative pieces that make for great discussion. Recently they shared a piece written by a 6th grade girl who had recently discovered a tumblr/campaign started by Duke University students called, “Who Needs Feminism?” I for one, can think of a lot of people in the entertainment industry who could use a healthy dose of Feminism 101. I won’t mention their names ((LilWayneTerryRichardsonRihannaAdamLevineetc.)). Anyway, according to the site, we all need it. Agree or disagree? Check out what the campaign’s participants have to say inside.
Posted under: Duke University, Feminism
Haters Gonna Hate
June is National Gay Pride Month and to celebrate, Oreo released a very fun, very colorful promo photo of a fictional rainbow-colored Oreo cookie on Twitter and Facebook. The overwhelming response to the image has been very positive (I love it) but, of course, homophobic fanatics have responded with their usual hatred and malice. Click below to see how cool the rainbow creme filled Oreo looks and learn more about the controversy that has sprung up. More »
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June Is The New Pride
LightBox is a blog where TIME magazine’s photo editors share new projects and works in progress. Recently, they published these brilliant black and white photographs by Samantha Box, whose project is called Invisible Youth. Samantha‘s a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn and her images of homeless transgender youth in NYC are as poignant and beautiful as they are gritty and unflinching. See the pictures and read more of the story inside.
Posted under: 'LightBox', Time Magazine