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Joan Rivers uses transphobic slur to describe First Lady Michelle Obama

| Thursday, July 3, 2014

Comedian Joan Rivers caught a reporter by surprise on Tuesday with a very matter-of-fact statement that First Lady Michelle Obama “is a tranny,” which, she says, makes Barack Obama the first gay president.

Rivers, 81, who officiated a same-sex couple’s impromptu wedding at book signing event earlier this week, was asked by a reporter what she thought the likelihood of the U.S. having either a woman or a gay president in the near future.

“We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny,” she said.

The unidentified reporter, seemingly unsure of what he just heard, followed-up: “I’m sorry. She’s a what?”

“A transgender,” Rivers replied. “We all know.”

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Burger King diners try to figure out what’s different inside the Proud Whopper

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Just for the San Francisco Gay Pride 2014, Burger King introduced a new burger: the Proud Whopper. What made this burger different? People were surprised, delighted and even a little shocked to find out. Watch the Proud Whopper unwrap for the big reveal.

Customers were not told what is in the burger, which comes wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside the wrapper states, “We are all the same inside.”

The idea is that the Proud Whopper is no different from the regular Whopper, despite its colorful packaging.

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More on the Proud Whopper is here.

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Joan Rivers officiates gay couple’s wedding at NY book signing

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Comedian and author Joan Rivers on Monday officiated an impromptu wedding of a same-sex on at a book signing in New York City.

Entertainment Tonight reports:

Rivers, 81, was taking questions from her fans when Jed Ryan and Joe Aiello, a couple of three years, raised their hands and ask if the comic – who is an ordained minister capable of officiating weddings – would marry them right then and there.

It was a no-brainer for Rivers who quickly got them up on stage, had them hold hands, and then came up with some funny and touching vows on the spot.

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Rivers is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. Her new book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” was released this week.

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Clipped Wings: The personal side of the Boy Scouts’ discrimination

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014

“Clipped Wings,” a short documentary about the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America, tells the story of Liam Easton-Calabria, a candidate for the rank of Eagle who came out before the Boy Scouts allowed openly gay scouts.

The film also follows the story of Geoff McGrath, a Washington state scoutmaster who was ejected from scouting because of his sexual orientation.

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The film was made by award-winning Ballard High School film students Leo Pfeifer, Duncan Gowdy and Coleman Andersen. Between them, their films have been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and various regional, national and international festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.

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Elton John says he believes Jesus Christ would support marriage equality

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sir Elton John, who plas to marry David Furnish — his partner of more than 20 years — in a “low-key” affair next year, says in a new interview with Britain’s Sky News, that he believes Jesus Christ would support marriage equality.

“The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up in arms about it but times have changed. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this [gay marriage] could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about.”

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In 2010, John stirred controversy when, in an interview with Parade magazine, said, “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.”

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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.

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Electronic Arts tweets Sims’ support for LGBT Pride

VIA: GAMEZONE | Monday, June 30, 2014
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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.

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Gay ‘Survivor’ contestant dies in Alabama railway accident

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
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.

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Marriage Equality USA: Interview with Edie Windsor (Part 1)

VIA: MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA | Thursday, June 26, 2014

One year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the LGBT community. Since then, every single one of the 15 court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision.

All this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York (now MEUSA) volunteer decided she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Windsor decision and in appreciation for all of your support for Edie, Thea, MENY, MEUSA and the entire marriage equality movement, today we launch our first in a series of intimate MEUSA interviews with Edie.

Contact Marriage Equality USA to find out more about our work.

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Jon Stewart lampoons Texas GOP’s endorsement of ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jon Stewart lampooned Texas Republicans on Tuesday, mocking the party over its adoption of a platform that endorses the controversial practice of gay-to-straight” reparative therapy, and Gov. Rick Perry’s recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Stewart suggests that the Texas GOP seek therapy to cure themselves:

“Being gay is not a choice. But being a Texas Republican is. So my advice is the next time you feel the urge to be a Texas Republican — to replace science textbooks with pictures of humans riding dinosaurs or ban same-sex marriage, or put on [a stuffed elephant] hat, shit in a jar and sniff it! It won’t cure you … but do it anyway. Hopefully it will remind you of what assholes you’re being.”

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