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In My Tribe, Part 2: Gay culture, traditionalists and ‘the new wave’

Sunday, June 10, 2012
One of the biggest issues and sources of controversy in the gay community today is the very nature of our community moving forward. Society is changing as a new generation comes of age, and the gay tribe is beginning to change as well. Those changes have resulted in a good deal of tension between what I’ll call “traditionalists” and the “new wave.” [ Read more → ]

Best Buy releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Sunday, June 10, 2012
RICHFIELD, Minn. -- Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, has released its contribution to the "It Gets Better" campaign, an emotional video featuring 18 Best Buy employees from around the U.S. who share their personal journeys on how life has gotten better for them. [ Read more → ]

American Apparel, GLAAD offer equality tees; ad features transgender model

Saturday, June 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Just in time for LGBT Pride Month, U.S. clothing retailer American Apparel has teamed up with GLAAD on a new line of equality tees, featuring an openly transgender model. [ Read more → ]

In My Tribe: Gay culture, traditionalists and ‘the new wave’

Saturday, June 9, 2012
The gay community has joined together into a tribe because we share something basic and important that non-gays don’t share. We understand each other, our joys, our fears, and our very natures. In a world that has historically been unwelcoming, the gay tribe provides comfort, camaraderie, and the ability to relax and be ourselves. On a group level, it gives us the opportunity to band together to seek and demand respect and equal rights. For many of us, it has provided the key component of our very identity... [ Read more → ]

Retired NFL player Wade Davis reveals he is gay

Friday, June 8, 2012
Former pro football player Wade Davis publicly announced this week that he is gay. The 34-year-old corner back who played with Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins spoke with Outsports and SB Nation about being a gay athlete and his current work with disenfranchised lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and non-conforming youth. [ Read more → ]

Conservative rabbis provide guidance on same-sex wedding ceremonies

Sunday, June 3, 2012
The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the Conservative branch of American Judaism which sets halachic policy, last week voted to provide guidelines on performing same-sex ceremonies, nearly six years after lifting a ban on ordaining gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Social media giant Facebook receives recognition award from GLAAD

Sunday, June 3, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Social media giant Facebook was honored Saturday night at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. [ Read more → ]

Presidential Proclamation: Obama declares June LGBT pride month

Friday, June 1, 2012
The White House on Friday issued this proclamation by President Barack Obama, declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, calling on Americans to “eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” [ Read more → ]

‘In the Life’ documentary to celebrate LGBT Latino pride, culture

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
NEW YORK -- Award-winning news magazine "In the Life" will celebrate Latin pride in June with "Orgullo Latino," a look at the complexity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos in the United States. [ Read more → ]

Cynthia Nixon marries longtime girlfriend Christine Marinoni

Monday, May 28, 2012
Actress Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") and longtime girlfriend Christine Marinoni married Sunday in New York City. Nixon, 46, and Marinoni, an education activist, 45, have been together since 2004, and had been engaged for three years. [ Read more → ]

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Jim Parsons outed in NY Times profile

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jim Parsons, the Emmy Amward-winning star of the CBS' sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," has confirmed publicly for the first time that he is gay and in a long-term relationship. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights pioneer, groundbreaking author Rev. Robert Wood, turns 89

Monday, May 21, 2012
In 1960, the young Reverend Robert Wood (1923-present) published a first-of-its-kind book, entitled “Christ and the Homosexual,” in hopes of inspiring a movement of dialogue, new writing, and deeper understanding regarding the gay community, particularly by the Church. [ Read more → ]

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia observed around the globe

Thursday, May 17, 2012
GENEVA, Switzerland -- LGBT rights advocates observed the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (or IDAHO) in more than 95 countries around the world Thursday, commemorating the 1990 decision by the World Health Organization that decategorized homosexuality as a mental disorder. [ Read more → ]

Donna Summer dead at 63

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Donna Summer. She was disco's biggest star. From the orgiastic "Love to Love You Baby," to the bittersweet "Last Dance" and "On The Radio," she could claim some of the most enduring hits of the era. Sadly, TMZ is reporting that the 63-year-old Summer died today, quietly, in Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: NovaLei Gonzalez, ‘I’m from Hawaii’

Sunday, May 13, 2012
After having suicidal thoughts from being bullied and taunted in school, NovaLei went home to his grandfather, who offered advice that NovaLei still remembers today... [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: Robbie Maris, ‘I’m from New Berlin, Wisc.’

Saturday, May 5, 2012
In this video story from "I'm from Driftwood," Robbie Maris tells that, after coming out to his religiously conservative parents, he was sent to “ex-gay” ministry, Exodus International. [ Read more → ]

Parents of gay Mormons tell their kids, ‘It Gets Better’

Monday, April 23, 2012
A group of Mormon parents are defending their gay children in a new "It Gets Better" video which challenges the Mormon church's disapproval of homosexuality and same-sex relationships. [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: John W. McLaughlin, ‘I’m from Medway, Maine’

Sunday, April 22, 2012
In this video story by "I'm from Driftwood," John McLaughlin shares his story of falling into and pulling himself, with the help of loved ones, out of drug addiction. [ Read more → ]

Interview with Steven Fales: A gay Mormon boy grows up

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Actor/playwright Steven Fales first came to my attention with his groundbreaking solo play, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, which was a hit off-Broadway and in cities around the world. The play chronicles Fales’ heartbreaking journey from being a devoted sixth-generation Mormon and father of two, to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. [ Read more → ]

Olympic diving champion comfortable as role model for gay athletes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SYDNEY, Australia — Openly gay Olympic gold medalist diving champion Matthew Mitcham, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday, said he’s comfortable being seen as an icon for the LGBT community and a role model for gay athletes. [ Read more → ]

Study: Parental support of ‘coming out’ helps improve long-term health

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"Coming out" may be good for your health, particularity when your parents support the decision, according to a new study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

Paul Iacono: ‘Yes I’m gay. And yes, it does get better.’

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Paul Iacono, the 23-year-old actor and former star of MTV’s "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" on Wednesday announced via Twitter and in an interview with The Village Voice that he is gay. [ Read more → ]

Study: Homophobia is often the manifestation of repressed same-sex desire

Monday, April 9, 2012
Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals who harbor unacknowledged attraction towards the same sex, and who grew up in authoritarian households where parents forbade such desires, according to a new series of psychology studies. [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: Spouse changes gender, couple stays married

Sunday, April 8, 2012
Shellie and Randi Ruge have been married for more than 13 years. Years into their marriage, their commitment to each other would be put to an unexpected challenge... [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: Brooks Smith, ‘I’m from Charlotte, N.C.’

Sunday, April 1, 2012
In this "I'm From Driftwood" video story, Brooks Smith comes out to his mom, a therapist -- which leads to some awkward, uncomfortable and possibly inappropriate questions. [ Read more → ]
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