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"I have a message for the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda: You are on the wrong side of history." -- Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg in a video for the Human Rights Campaign in which she presented a call to action for the LGBT community in countries where LGBT rights are being oppressed. Uganda and Nigeria both have laws ... [Read]

"This has been a complete surprise. Honestly, we were doing this for a fundraiser to raise money for our organization. We didn't think there was much of a desire for an activity like this on the island, but it has actually blown up. We were hoping to sell 75 tickets to get some lesson-learned activities for different shows in ... [Read]

Wall Street stocks rose quite a bit higher today, perhaps aided by an extra set of high heels. Drag superstar RuPaul Charles rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ exchange today. His reality competion show, RuPaul's Drag Race, is about to begin its 6th Season on the Logo TV network. The NASDAQ closed up 30 points, reportedly at a 14-year high of ... [Read]

Hollywood actress Ellen Page spoke at a Human Rights Campaign conference for gay, bi and transgender youth on Friday, Feb. 14. She offered her support and sympathy to those in the room who had committed themselves to LGBT equality, and also to young people in need. However, near the end of her speech, Page made headlines by announcing, nervously and with ... [Read]

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan brought Janet Mock, a writer and transgender woman, back to his show on Wednesday night to follow up on their discussion the night before. Don't miss Janet Mock's new Metro Weekly interview (Photo by Aaron Tredwell) After their pre-recorded interview was broadcast, Mock took to Twitter to express some dissatisfaction with the innacurate, on-screen title card ... [Read]

Morning TV host Robin Roberts used her Facebook page to thank those who have helped her recover from a rare and serious blood disorder. Somewhere between her expressions of gratitude to God, her dog and her GMA fans, Roberts seems to have acknowledged, perhaps for the first time, that she has a female partner: "I am grateful for my entire family, ... [Read]

A group of African-American males from Mobile, Alabama marched as the final Christmas Parade contingent for the nearby town of Semmes. Some of the event's observers said they should have been warned about who The Prancing Elites were in advance. Town residents have told reporters that they were upset because the men wore make-up and feminine santa outfits; and that ... [Read]

Economist Stephen Dubner used his recent Freakanomics podcast to ask, "Are Gay Men Really Rich?" Back in October, Dubner's fellow economist, Steve Levitt, attempted to rationalize how one might go about choosing a hometown. He explained that "amenities," the kinds of things that people were willing to pay for, were key to an area's appeal. Levitt explained that places which had lots of amenities in ... [Read]

Rising from the culture war over Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and his anti-gay, religious rants, came this unexpected tidbit from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Posted on its Facebook feed Friday: "Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate ... [Read]

Actor and MSNBC talk show host Alec Baldwin spoke with Gothamist about recent events in which he allegedly used a gay slur against paparazi. In a video posted to TMZ on Nov. 14, he was shown in an agitated state, telling a photographer to get away from his wife and daughter. Circling around his car, Baldwin threatened a videographer to ... [Read]

Last week, a news report was widely circulated about a lesbian waitress, Dayna Morales, being left an unkind message instead of a tip at her New Jersey restaurant. An image of the receipt was posted on Facebook. Handwriting on the piece of paper seemed to say: "I'm sorrybut I cannot tip because I do not agree with with yourlifestyle & ... [Read]

"[H]ollywood is a pretty accurate reflection of the way most of the world is looking. And the fact that they can have actors who are openly gay... is not something you should thank or congratulate Hollywood for. You thank and congratulate the culture that Hollywood recognizes, accepts, things like that.... Hollywood is the thermometer that is thrust up the ... [Read]

"It's wrong, you know, we can't have this anymore in our society.... Feeling like I wanted to die myself, and knowing I couldn't -- I had more family -- I needed to fight back. And so, it come to me to walk ... trying to educate people on acceptance. The bullying comes from not accepting people for who they ... [Read]

ABC's Friday edtion of 20/20 included a long segment on Kaitlyn Hunt. It was the first public interview from the 18-year-old high school student who has since pleaded no contest to having sexual conduct with an underaged, female schoolmate. The case garnered national attention and became increasingly controversial as the explicit details emerged. Kaitlyn Hunt's mother, Kelly, said the unnamed girlfriend was ... [Read]

On Wednesday, pasta company chairman Guido Barilla remarked that he would not depict "a homosexual family" in Barilla's advertisements because he "didn't agree with them."  Reaction on social networks and in the media was swift and harsh, with some calling for a boycott even after the world's largest pasta maker issued apologies. On Thursday the company wrote on Facebook: "At Barilla, ... [Read]

Lowe and Partners Worldwide, a UK-based advertising agency, released an apology from its Johannesburg office for producing an ad deemed to be homophobic.  The advertisement was for a "healthy," buttery spread called Flora. The ad's image featured a bullet-shaped message speeding toward a heart made of porcelain. The message read: "Uhh, Dad. I'm gay." In the lower-right corner a ... [Read]

LGBT news quotes for August 29, 2013

Ricky Martin, Cory Booker, Larry Silva, Sidney Crosby, Pat Robertson

Posted by JD Uy
August 29, 2013 2:03 AM |
“I used to look at gay men and think, ‘I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that, that’s not me.’” Ricky Martin admits that when he was younger his “internalized homophobia” led him to bully gay people. (GQ Australia) ----- “Some in the gay community … they want to get people so if they got [HIV] they’ll have a ... [Read]

Chelsea E. Manning is the new, female name of Bradley Manning, the Army private who has been convicted of sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks. Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, appeared on the Today show to explain how he plans to secure hormone therapy for Manning while she is incarcerated. According to a written statement, Manning, in part, had this to say: "As ... [Read]

James Kirchick, a writer who has contributed to a variety of news organizations, recently appeared on the RT network (aka Russia Today). The panel discussion was supposed to be about Bradley Manning, but Kirchick took the opportunity to challenge the station itself and the Russian government over the infamous law "against promoting homosexuality to minors."  Kirchick strapped on a pair ... [Read]

Wentworth Miller is gay. And he strongly opposes a Russian law which forbid's public displays of support for LGBT people in that country. On Wednesday, Miller responded to an invitation he had received to be "Guest of Honor" at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival with a public letter of dismay. As relayed by GLAAD, Miller's letter read: "Thank you for your kind ... [Read]

YouTube star "Fred" tells the world he is gay

Posted by JD Uy
August 20, 2013 10:53 PM |
Lucas Cruikshank came out today on his YouTube channel. If the actor's name is not familiar, his goofy alter ego "Fred" likely crossed your computer or TV screen at some point. Fred Figglehorn, a squeaky voiced, turbo-charged character who appeals to children has had nearly one billion views on YouTube. His fame has been broadcast to a wider audience through two movies, ... [Read]

Glenn Greenwald reported in The Guardian UK that his partner, David Miranda, had been detained for a full 9 hours at London's Airport under a "Terrorism Act" and that Miranda's phone, computer and storage devices had been seized. "At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call ... [Read]

Darren Young came out as gay earlier this week in an impromptu interview with a TMZ videographer. On Friday, the "WWE Superstar" followed up on his unexpected revelation by appearing on the Today show. Young told Matt Lauer that he was not only glad to finally step forward, but that he was also in love and a lucky man to be ... [Read]

Robert Griffin, III (aka RG3) told GQ magazine that he thinks now is the time for gay football players to come forward. In a series of outtakes from his new interview, RG3 was asked if an active player might come out in the near future: "Yeah, man. I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for ... [Read]

WWE proud to support gay wrestler Darren Young

Harvey Fierstein happy and humbled by wrestler's tweet

Posted by JD Uy
August 15, 2013 2:40 PM |
"On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young (Fred Rosser) revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay. WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A STAR anti-bullying rallies in ... [Read]

A reporter for gossip site TMZ caught up with WWE wrestler Darren Young at  LAX airport. He asked the WWE superstar if a gay wrestler could be successful in that business. Young seemed to surprise the reporter by replying that he was gay: "Absolutely, look at me. I'm a WWE Superstar, and I'll tell you right now, I'm gay and I'm ... [Read]

Dawn Tuckner, a Minnesota woman, told Fox 9 that she was married to another woman in Canada back in 2004. Their relationship, however, ended three years ago. Now, Tuckner may be the first person seeking a same-sex divorce in her state. Minnesota began recognition of equal marriage rights last week on August 1. Tuckner indicated that the dynamics of her relationship changed ... [Read]

Don Ennis made headlines in May when he came out publicly as Dawn, a transgender woman. The New York Post reported that he had been fed female hormones as a child which may have affected his physical identity. In a May 3 Facebook post, Ennis said he had tried for years to reverse the involuntary changes taking place in his body. He said ... [Read]