Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's 45-minute speech to Congress has been described as a shocking affront. Hopefully, it will backfire on him at home and on Congress here. I'm telling you, 2016 can't get here fast enough.
ABC Family's The Fosters has to have set a record for the youngest-ever same-sex kiss on TV. Wasn't it just 10 minutes ago that people were stressing about the lesbian wedding on Friends? No, it was so long ago these characters weren't even born yet. Kudos.
When I worked in the teen biz, it always shocked me how risky ABC Family was, content-wise. I love that it has that name yet is not right-wing/conservative.
Unlike Madonna, Britney didn't fall following a catastrophe. But her hair did...
Bobby wearing Double Crossed Trainer Jockstrap
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In 2009 David Bahati made a name for himself by introducing an early version of what would eventually become Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Colloquially known as the “Kill The Gays” Bill, Bahati’s proposal argued in favor of punishing those thought to be “recruiting” children into the “homosexual lifestyle” with death. By the time the law was passed in 2013 the penalty of death had been reduced to life in prison, but the sentiment became emblematic of Uganda’s social climate in regards to its gay population.r
The law was repealed as a result of a procedural technicality, but Bahati and other members of the Ugandan Parliament have made clear their plans of reintroducing a similar bill. This past weekend Bahati reaffirmed his resolve to a new anti-gay bill and confirmed that the planning process is moving forward.r
This time around, however, Bahati and Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni are likely to be faced by increased opposition from pro-gay Ugandan activists. Writing for The Daily Beast, Janson Wu, the executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defender, explains that despite the country’s hostility toward queer people, those on the front lines are mobilizing much in the same way LGBT activists organized in the US.r
Rather than attacking the law individually, Wu explains, Ugandan activists are turning their sights towards the manifestations of institutional homophobia that paved the way for the law’s creation:r
“On a recent trip to Uganda, I met with local LGBT activists – and one lesson consistently emerged as key to their strategy: the fight for LGBT rights must be situated within a broader campaign for human rights and civil liberties.r
This is how the early American LGBT movement began as well. It focused not solely on the equal rights of LGBT people, but on the constitutional liberties that all U.S. citizens – including LGBT people – are supposed to enjoy.r
As the LGBT movement developed, the focus shifted to equal rights for LGBT people specifically. This was justified in its time: equal treatment and protection of LGBT people under the law (removing all “gay exceptions” from the books) is essential to equal citizenship and dignity. However, as we begin to move beyond formal equality in the law in some areas of the country, we must also broaden our sights if we truly are to achieve equal justice for the LGBTQ community.”r
Read the full piece here.
By a vote of 51-28, Slovenia's Parliament today passed legislation that would amend the current marriage and family relations act to allow same-sex couples to legally be married and adopt. As STA reports, "A coalition of conservative groups has already announced efforts for a referendum." Slovenia is the 12th European nation to recognize same-sex marriage.r
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An estimated 23 gay rights activists were arrested in Idaho yesterday morning after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers, attempting to pressure lawmakers to pass anti-discrimination protections reports Boise State Public Radio. The activists, wearing black shirts that said, "Add the 4 words Idaho," warned they would not leave until legislators added sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Protesters risked arrest if they did not disperse before the House and Senate convened; Police began to arrest protesters that refused to leave on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, two of whom were juveniles. The group issued a statement to the media on the matter.r
"Plain and simply, it is time the Idaho Legislature to use its voice to set the field level for those who live quiet lives in all our communities, those who are your own daughters and sons, those who deserve for our state to set in law that unfair businesses practices and intentional cruelty and discrimination against them is wrong."r
This protest follows similar protests held during 2014s legislative session; up to 100 protesters were charged and arrested with misdemeanor trespassing during those protests. Republican lawmakers rejected legislation that would have amended the state’s Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity earlier this year. A House committee heard over 20 hours of testimony, with most in favor of passing the bill however, concern over the bill’s impact on religious freedoms caused the panel to vote the measure down.
In a move that will have conservative pundits champing at the bit to claim that they'll be forced to marry their dogs before the year is out, three gay men in Thailand have entered into what is thought to be the world’s first three-way same-sex marriage, reports The Mirror.r
Art and Joke have been together since 2010. The couple met Bell and after he was hospitalized with a congenital disease, Joke and Art proposed a three-way marriage.r
"Some people may not agree and are probably amazed by our decision, but we believe many people do understand and accept our choice. Love is love, after all."r
Joke added that the three men "love each other and live together like brothers", something he hoped the world could understand.r
Although same-sex marriage is not recognized in Thailand, the trio were able to marry under Buddhist law.r
According to Time Out, that’s the number of dates you should go on with that new beau of yours before the two of you have sex for the first time. Time Out surveyed 11,000 people across the world in major metropolitan cities asking them a wide variety of questions about what turned them on in potential partners and their general dating habits. Respondents reported finding British accents the most attractive, meeting the bulk of their dates online, and thinking that halfway through the fourth date was as good a time as any to take a roll in the hay.r
What say you all? How many dates should one go on before letting things get physical? Sound off in the comments.
Joey Bada$$ for Brooklyn Magazine Spring 2015
Since we have to assume you, like us, don’t keep too up to date on your ABC Family programming, there’s a show called The Fosters that first aired in 2013 that follows the lives of the coincidentally named Foster family — an interracial lesbian couple raising a mix of biological, adopted and foster children. How’s that for diversity?
Fans of the show have been following the budding friendship of 13-year-old foster child Jude Foster and his schoolmate Connor Schoolmate. Oh, no sorry it’s just “Connor.”
It’s made clear early on that Jude is probably gay. In one of their scenes together, Connor paints his nails in solidarity after Jude is bullied for doing the same:
Which is pretty damn cute. But the cuteness doesn’t end there.
After a camping trip where something happened in the tent, the two are at a movie together and engage is some sickeningly sweet pinky holding:
And then in the most recent episode, Jude blows up at Connor for all the mixed signals, telling him, “You kissed me! Remember? In the tent? And then at the movie theatre you held my hand. And now all day you’ve been…I just… I don’t get this. I don’t get you.”
And that’s when Connor goes in for the kiss, which by all accounts is the youngest same-sex kiss to be shown on television: