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Dad Confronts 13 Y.O. Son About Downloading Photos Of Hot Men, He Blames It On His Mom

There are moments from our lives that are so embarrassing that we still feel a hot ball of shame in our chests after many years, even though objectively speaking we have nothing to feel guilty about. Think really hard about your teenage years: everyone has a handful of memories that make us groan, cringe, and facepalm because of how awkward things got. Memories that make us want to emigrate to Northern Greenland and live among the polar bears, away from all of humanity, until the ice caps melt. Grant Ginder…

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Danica Roem, Trans History Maker, Fights Another Anti-LGBT Candidateand Their Donorsin Virginia

Roem does not shy from the fame that 2017 brought and she remains a vocal LGBTQ rights and equality advocate. But just as in 2017, she seems happiest and most engaged talking about policy and fighting for her 13th District constituents, encompassing Manassas, Manassas Park, Gainesville, and Haymarket. She is proud of voting to expand Medicare to 400,000 uninsured Virginians, including 3,800 of her constituents. She is especially happy to talk about her major passion: transportation, and the legislation she has introduced to fix 28as in resolve the congestion problems…

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Straight Allies Should Do More Than Just Wave Rainbow Flags at LGBT Pride

In 2019, the straightas far as we knowleaders of the Trump administration are no allies to LGBT people.a Straight Pride Parade, an anti-LGBT event that both echoed the Trump era's hostility, and served as a reaction against LGBT pride and progress itself. Some of the Straight Pride pushers and movers come from a far-right organization with a penchant for anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric, the Daily Beasts Will Sommer reported in early June. Sounds crazy, right? Weeks later on June 26, though, The response was mixed, as it always is when…

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Stephen Colbert Makes Another Homophobic Trump-Putin Joke

Late last year, in a column titled SNLs Homophobic Trump-Putin Jokes Need to Stop, our writer Kevin Fallon took on Saturday Night Lives tired (and offensive) bits insinuating that Fallon wrote. The baseline idea here is that guys in love is inherently funny. No other observation or take needs to exist to elicit a laugh; its simply funny because theyre dudes. Dudes in love. Dudes who have sex together. Ha! (?) Hes right: Theres nothing funny about the Trump-Putin gay jokes. Theyre lazy at best and homophobic at worst. And…

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Frenchie Davis: As a Queer Black Woman, Shoutout to Our Sister, Marsha P. Johnson. God Rest Her Brave Soul

In this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacyBroadway performer, and soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer; former contestant on American Idol When/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of it? I feel like Id been hearing about Stonewall for my whole life, but I didnt fully grasp all of it until my teens/early adulthood. What is their significance for you? Its significant for me in a multitude of ways. Particularly as a…

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He Gave Birth to His Sonand Filmed It for You to See

Its not an unusual occurrence: Child care needs and work commitments have forced single dad Freddy McConnell and me to shuffle our interview appointment a few times. So when we finally connect and I can hear the faint cries of a child in the background, I am surprised and delighted. Is that his son? No, McConnell laughs, explaining that hes taking the call from the beach in Deal, England, where he lives. Thats another random baby. Wants an ice cream, I think. Though McConnell spent three years extensively documenting his…

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How Mayor Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Are Working to Lock up the LGBT Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C.One week before he is expected to formally announce his not-so-long-shot candidacy for the White House, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leaning into his personal connection to a devoted Democratic constituency for whom politics has always been a fight against the odds: LGBT voters. As a voting bloc with strong ties to the Democratic Party and with a vast network of well-funded political organizations battle-tested in the nationwide war over same-sex marriage, LGBT voters are a prize target for any Democrat seeking the partys nomination. But a keynote address at…

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The Danger of Calling Mike Pence a ‘Decent’ Man

Joe Biden should have taken Ms. Fernbachers advice: by not saying anything at all. broke Gay Twitter by calling his successorBidens would-be competition in 2020, Pete Buttigieg, did run afoul of the Fernbacher Edict, however. The South Bend, Indiana mayorwho is just the second gay man to ever run for commander-in-chiefWashington Blade that Pence is a super nice guy who just so happens to occupy a different reality than the rest of us. If decent implies moral fortitude and nice suggests kindness, Pence is neither of those things. He is…

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Jeff Sessions Religious Liberty Task Force Declares Holy War on LGBT People

Sadly it is no exaggeration, no hyperbole, to say that Attorney General LGBT people, LGBT equality, and LGBT rights on Monday. He declared war on anything that could be perceived to trespass on the "religious freedom" or "religious liberty" of Christianswhich is loosely defined enough to be construed as trespassing on pretty much anything he and his allies choose it to mean. Sessions said this was because there was a dangerous movement to erode the Christian right to worship. There isnt, of course; its an invented bogeyman for a ravenously-pursued…

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20+ Of The Best Comebacks To Homophobic Comments Ever

All across Twitter, Facebook, and even in text messages to family members, people have taken it upon themselves to profess their homophobic views. Well, you can fight fire with fire or you can take another route. Below is a list from Bored Panda of people who had some pretty hilarious and perfect responses to homophobic comments (I think it’s safe to say George Takei is the comeback king). Scroll down below for all the snapbacks and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

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LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order

In a Thursday morning Rose Garden ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order creating a new faith initiative that will be tasked with working on Religion News Servicewill help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply-held beliefs, Trump said. But if those last three wordsdeeply-held beliefssound familiar, its because they are often used to justify anti-religious freedom. Indeed, LGBT advocates say that the executive order is yet another federal action that could potentially encourage…

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Your Coachella Money Is Going to a Right-Wing Billionaire Who Funded Anti-LGBT and Anti-Marijuana Causes

This weekend, hordes of music lovers and teepee enthusiasts will descend on Indio, California, for the annual Coachella Music Festival. The worst of the worst: entitled rich kids in knockoff Native headdresses, bankers in bindis, and Fyre Festival, but financially solvent. A few years ago, The Washington Post festivals issues went way beyond appropriative accessories. A 2016 report on Americas enemies of equality is often cited as blowing the lid off Coachella and its founder, Philip Anschutz, the owner of entertainment conglomerate AEG. The Freedom for All Americans Post, the…

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The New Heathers Is a Trumpian, LGBT-Bashing Nightmare

The intersex peopleand it only goes downhill from there. If you believe that kids these days are fragile snowflakes, that political correctness is running amok, and that peoples gender pronounswhich is odd because its clearly being marketed to a young and therefore progressive-leaning audience who may not remember the 1988 original. The original Heathers were a group of croquet-playing WASPy socialites; the new Heathers are comprised of a plus-size girl, a genderqueer student, and a black girl. In other words, this is less a reboot and more an intentional inversion…

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Its Official: America Suddenly Isnt Comfortable With LGBT People

The theory that new survey commissioned by the Accelerating Acceptance report that GLAAD has witnessed a decline in LGBT acceptance. This year, the acceptance pendulum abruptly stopped and swung in the opposite direction, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis wrote in the 2018 report, noting the sharp contrast between this years results and the last three years of watching Americansreport being more comfortable with LGBTQ people and more supportive of LGBTQ issues. The annual GLAAD survey asks non-LGBT Americans to describe how comfortable they are in several scenarios involving…

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Sore Alabama Senate Race Loser Roy Moore Goes After Doug Jones Gay Son

Judge Roy Moore cannot accept that he lost the race to become Alabama senator to Democrat Doug Jones. Eight days after his loss, he has not conceded the race. He appears to be the sorest and most deluded of losers. Having attacked LGBT people for years, and used homophobia as part of his campaign, now in the ashes of self-denial surrounding his defeat he has turned to homophobia again to stoke his supporters. On his Facebook page today, Moore, or a member or members of his staff, posted an interview…

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