TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

Blog

Archives | Mentions:

Page 2 of 212

It’s a girl! U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, partner announce birth of daughter

DENVER — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has announced the birth of a new daughter named Cora.

Cora Polis, born July 4, 2014.Family photo

Cora Polis, born July 4, 2014.

While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman from Boulder said in a statement Friday, “I think I’m going to miss the fireworks for the first time in my life, but my first daughter is far more thrilling.”

Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, already have a son, Caspian Julius, who is 2½ years old and is nicknamed “CJ.”

It was unclear whether Cora was adopted or born through a surrogate.

Polis was the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more

Tags: , , , ,

Filed under: * Trending, Blog

Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

Watch:

Read more

Tags: , , , , , ,

Filed under: Blog, Vlog

Electronic Arts tweets Sims’ support for LGBT Pride

VIA: GAMEZONE
EA

EA

As LGBT Pride Month comes to a close, EA’s community team has shared an image of support on the official Twitter account for The Sims 4.

The image depicts the diverse range of relationships available in the game, including same-sex marriages. It also boasts the slogan: “Be proud in The Sims 4.” Same-sex coupling has been featured in The Sims since day one, while The Sims 3 allowed all adult characters to freely enter relationships and marriages of any kind, including same-sex.

Read more

Tags: , ,

Filed under: Blog

Gay ‘Survivor’ contestant dies in Alabama railway accident

Caleb Bankston (right)  with his fianceCBS

Caleb Bankston (right) with his fiancé Colton Cumbie.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on the “Survivor” reality show, has died in a railway accident in Alabama. He was 27.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates says Bankston, who was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, was thrown from a train in a partial derailment on June 24.

The Alabama Warrior Railway, only a few miles long, is used by industries in Birmingham to haul coal and other materials.

Bankston, of Collinsville, Alabama, appeared on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” in 2013 with his fiancé Colton Cumbie, according to the show’s website.

Officials from Pittsburgh, Kansas-based transportation firm Watco Companies, which owns the railway, said Bankston’s co-workers were being offered counseling.

© 2014, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Read more

Tags: , , ,

Filed under: Blog

Read These Lips

VIA: The New York Times
Sean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.Matt Dunham, AP

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

From out columnist Frank Bruni at The New York Times:

A KISS is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It’s as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain.

And yet a kiss is everything. A kiss can stop the world.

The football player Michael Sam recently demonstrated as much.

[...]

I still sometimes feel panic when my partner, meeting me in a restaurant, gives me a perfunctory kiss on the lips. And yet I feel robbed — wronged — if I sense that an awareness of other people’s gazes and a fear of their judgment are preventing him from doing that.

We shouldn’t be bound that way, and on the day of the pro football draft, in front of the cameras, Sam rightly declared that he wasn’t. He did so with a gesture at once humdrum and heroic, a gesture that connects everyone who has been in love and affirms what every love shares: physical tenderness, eye-to-eye togetherness. It was something to behold. It was something to hold on to.

Read the full essay here.

Read more

Tags: , , ,

Filed under: Blog

California

High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

READ IT AT: The Fresno Bee →

After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self, she says: Karen Adell Scot.

The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot

The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot

The 56-year-old husband, father and award-winning teacher came out to family in April that since early childhood, she’s felt like a female trapped in a male body. Since then, Sconce has been undergoing hormone replacement therapy and transitioning into Scot.

It’s been a scary and emotionally painful transformation, but one she says was necessary. For more than half a century, Scot said, her condition — gender dysphoria — has made her feel like she was suffocating beneath a massive wave, struggling, but never prevailing, to reach the surface for a sweet breath of fresh air.

“It’s like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light,” said Scot of embracing her female identity.

READ THE FULL STORY AT THE FRESNO BEE

Read more

Tags: , , ,

Filed under: Blog, LGBTQ Life

‘New York Times’ illustrated op-ed says Barilla ‘boycott has ended’

An illustrated tribute of sorts to Barilla pasta appears in the online “Opinion” section of The New York Times, and asserts that a boycott by the gay community ended when Chairman Guido Barilla’s apologized for saying that “gays can go eat another brand” of pasta.

The 21-panel illustration by Nicholas Blechman, titled “Pasta Planet,” documents his field trip to a Barilla factory, the world’s largest dry pasta producer.

The feature, which feels more like a promotional campaign than an op-ed, calls brief attention to the September 2013 controversy sparked by Guido Barilla when he his family-friendly company would never feature a same-sex couple in its advertising, and “if the gays don’t like it they can go an eat another brand.”

The illustration notes that Barilla apologized and the boycott ended…

The New York Times

The New York Times

…and suggests that Barilla could rebrand its packaging to better appeal to the LGBT community:

The New York Times

The New York Times

Following Barilla’s apology, the company said it would launch a global online contest in 2014 “designed to engage people on diversity, inclusion and equality,” where entrants can create short videos that represent the “multifaceted nature of pasta” while they enjoy Barilla products.

Read more

Tags: , ,

Filed under: * Trending, Blog

Report: Schools are failing LGBT youth and funneling them into prison

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS →

Hostile school climates pave the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth to spend less time in school and more time on the streets, thus increasing the likelihood of entering into the school-to-prison pipeline.

This infographic comes from the Center for American Progress. Read more

Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress

For more on the topic: Beyond Bullying: How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth by Preston Mitchum and Aisha Moodie-Mills.

Read more

Tags: , , ,

Filed under: Blog, LGBTQ Life

Marriage equality sweeps the nation

MOTHER JONES →

SSMgifEdited4

Almost 10 years after Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, the most striking feature of the campaign for marriage equality is the speed at which it’s succeeding.

CONTINUE READING AT MOTHER JONES

Read more

Tags:

Filed under: Blog

Page 2 of 212