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Reality series features couples agreeing to get ‘married at first sight’

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This is the “sanctity of marriage” that conservatives are fighting to protect: From the FYI Network comes a news series documenting the stories of six individuals, “yearning for romance and a loving partnership,” who agree to a provocative proposal: getting married at first sight?

After four weeks, the three couples must decide whether they want to stay married.

“Married at First Sight” premieres July 8 on the FYI Network (formerly the Biography channel).

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Apple video commemorates LGBT pride: ‘Inclusion inspires innovation’

| Monday, July 7, 2014

In a new video posted on its YouTube page Monday, Apple documents its participation in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride parade on June 29, where approximately 5,000 Apple employees marched in the company’s first ever officially sanctioned Pride parade.

Via Apple:

“On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.”

The short film is set to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.”


Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at the San Francisco event to greet employees and their families early in the morning, but did not march in the parade himself.

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Burger King ‘Proud Whopper’ wrapper for sale on ebay for $1,000

| Monday, July 7, 2014

Burger not included:



The “Proud Whopper” was available for only a few days at one San Francisco Burger King location during the city’s pride festivities. Customers were not told what is in the burger, which came wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside the wrapper stated, “We are all the same inside.”

Update: As of Tuesday, there are still no bids on the wrapper.

Here’s a video of diners trying to figure it out.

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Is a gay ‘showmance’ blossoming in the Big Brother house?

| Monday, July 7, 2014

Is a gay “showmance” finally blossoming in the Big Brother house?

This year’s very “politically correct” season of CBS’ Big Brother is a far cry from last year’s edition, in which viewers were treated to a seemingly endless display of racist, ethnic, homophobic slurs that resulted in reports of at least two houseguests being fired from their jobs.

Now in its 16th year, Big Brother may finally have its first gay “showmance” — or at least, the closest thing to it.

Houseguests Frankie Grande (self-described internet personality and brother of pop singer Ariana Grande) and Zach Rance (a golf enthusiast from Florida, who says he is straight) are regularly seen sharing intimate moments and admiring each other’s “assets.”

And in one televised segment, houseguest Cody Calafiore recalls that Zach once said he wanted to sleep with Frankie (although he allegedly use more colorful language).

Watch a clip:

If the “Zankie” showmance doesn’t work out, gay viewers may be able to look forward to a budding “bromance” between houseguests Devin Shepherd and Caleb Reynolds. In a segment televised Sunday, Shepherd offered to cuddle with Reynolds, who said he’s in need of some close companionship.

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014

This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other.

Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge.


Miss any of these stories? Check the links below under “Related Articles” for the full reports.

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

| Friday, July 4, 2014

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.

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Uber celebrates LGBT Pride, marriage equality by marrying eight couples

| Thursday, July 3, 2014

In celebration of San Francisco’s LGBT pride and to commemorate the anniversary of marriage equality returning to California, eight couples — gay and straight — said “I do” in a ceremony on Saturday sponsored by Uber, the transportation network company based in San Francisco.

Among the officiants was Campbell, Calif., mayor Evan Low, who in 2009 became the youngest openly gay, Asian American Mayor in the nation.

Here are some highlights on the day:

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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.


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.


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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