Tag: LGBT

The Democrats’ Disappointing Rhetoric on LGBTQ Rights

It was Valentine’s weekend in San Francisco in 2004. The city’s new mayor, Gavin Newsom, had been in office for less than two months when, in defiance of California state law, he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Nearly immediately, people from across the United States flocked to the city, waiting in lines that […]

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Inclusive Language: Merriam-Webster Gives New — and Nonbinary — Meaning to the Word ‘They’

Photo: iStock To paraphrase an LGBTQ activist catchphrase, “‘They’ are here, ‘they’ are queer and ‘they’ aren’t going anywhere” — at least when it comes to a new, nonbinary definition of the word “they,” as announced by the editors at Merriam-Webster. As NBC News reports, after considering things like the increasing number of people who […]

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When the State Enforces “Straight Pride”

The few hundred marchers and supporters who turned out for the Straight Pride Parade in Boston on Saturday were vastly outnumbered by thousands of counter-protesters—that was the main takeaway from the major media outlets that covered the event. But the parade-goers were outnumbered by police, too, as hundreds of officers from throughout the Boston area—many […]

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The White House Responds To Taylor Swift’s Equality Act Petition After Being Called Out At The VMAs

Getty Image Earlier this summer, Taylor Swift launched a petition in support of the Equality Act, the aim of which is to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Swift’s petition urges the Senate to support the bill, and now, after some prodding at the VMAs, Swift has received a response from the White House. While accepting […]

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Trump’s Justice Department Tells the US Supreme Court Civil Rights Laws Don’t Protect Transgender Workers

Hundreds protest a Trump administration announcement in February 2017 in New York that rescinded an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities. On Aug. 16, 2019, the Trump administration in a brief to the Supreme Court said federal civil rights protections don’t extend to transgender workers. Photo: Spencer Platt […]

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Matty Healy Thinks The 1975 Will Be Banned From Dubai After He Kissed A Male Fan During A Show

Getty Image The 1975 frontman Matty Healy isn’t afraid to speak his mind when it comes to issues that are important to him, like climate activism and abortion laws. The band performed in Dubai last night, and while there, Healy addressed local laws that forbid homosexual acts, most notably by kissing a male fan during […]

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The Trans Character in the ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ Reboot Is a Huge Step Forward

In Netflix’s new movie, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, the cast of the hit 90s Nickelodeon cartoon comes back to earth from outer space in 2019. A lot has changed since they left in 1996, like the frenzy over new “O-phone” releases and the advent of hyper-realistic 4D movies. But as series creator Joe Murray […]

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Taylor Swift Explains Why She Decided To Champion LGBTQ Rights On ‘You Need To Calm Down’

Taylor Swift The latest single from Taylor Swift’s upcoming album Lover is “You Need To Calm Down,” which very clearly demonstrates Swift’s support of the LGBTQ community. That is evidenced by the song’s video that features a bunch of LGBTQ celebrities, and by lyrics like, “You just need to take several seats and then try […]

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Andy Cohen Can Try Many Things, but Tituss Burgess Isn’t One of Them

Photo: Scott Eisen (GETTY IMAGES) There are numerous things in this world that you can try, but actor Tituss Burgess is not one of them. GIF: GIPHY On a recent episode of Watch What Happens L!ve, Burgess reminded host Andy Cohen that he was—in fact—not one of Cohen’s little school friends. During the interview, which […]

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Steven Canals Was Told ‘No’ Over 100 Times, But One ‘Yes’ Led to 6 Pose Emmy Nominations

I’ve been gay as hell for some time now. I didn’t always have the language to articulate this, but I’ve had this affinity for a month of Sundays. Growing up, representation was lacking, so black women were what I turned to. I knew good and well I wasn’t a black woman—I wasn’t that blessed—but they […]

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Alphonso David Becomes 1st Black President of Human Rights Campaign: ‘I Will Fight for Each and Every One of Us’

Screenshot: Human Rights Campaign Video (YouTube) The Human Rights Campaign has hired civil rights lawyer Alphonso David as its seventh president. According to the Advocate, he is the first person of color to lead the organization in its nearly 40-year history. He will assume the role in August, replacing Chad Griffin, who served as president […]

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Protecting Pride: Safe Spaces Are Crucial to the Existence of the LGBTQ Community

Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino (GETTY IMAGES) Pride Month is a time of celebration. A time where same-gender-loving men get together to celebrate love, liberty and the occasional Beyoncé. During these celebrations, it is imperative for us to feel safe in the spaces we inhabit. Our mere existence can be viewed as a threat to some, and […]

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, Many States Still Lack LGBTQ Protections

With New York City’s West Village looking as though someone dropped a leaflet bomb filled with rainbows, it’s hard to ignore the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, recognized as a seminal moment for the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for queer rights. Organizers expect the New York City Pride March, which […]

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Remembering Stonewall as It Actually Was—and a Movement as It Really Is

By the time of the Stonewall uprisings, Sylvia Rivera already considered herself a revolutionary, a radical, and an activist—concerned not merely with the fight for queer liberation but also the fights against racism, poverty, and war. It was June 1969, when New York City police raided the packed Christopher Street bar in what was an […]

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FX’s Pose Has Been Renewed for a 3rd Season

Photo: Dia Dipasupil (GETTY IMAGES) On the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall Movement, FX Networks gave to me: Pose, Season Three! That’s right, the category is: Booked, Busy, and Blessed! FX’s groundbreaking, award-winning series Pose has been renewed for a third season. On the six-inch heels of the first episode of this season—you know, […]

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No, the Buttigiegs Are Not Straight

The seriousness of Pete Buttigieg’s pursuit of the Democratic nomination for president is, in no uncertain terms, a stunning reflection of progress. It is remarkable that a gay man—one who lived through a time when his choice of sexual partner, his desire to marry, and his interest in adopting children were all contrary to the […]

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Nigel Shelby’s Mother Says the School System Failed Her Child

Screenshot: National Black Justice Coalition (YouTube) Nigel Shelby, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in Alabama after allegedly being bullied for living his truth, was taken from us too soon. Nigel will never know love, heartbreak, or one day meet his chosen family who would affirm him and make him feel like he had a place […]

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