Andy, now going by the name Lilly, is now the sister to Lana Wachowski, who is also transgender. I always think it’s interesting who gendered family names are—the fact that being transgender makes one switch from brother to sister, son to daughter, etc. In her statement to The Windy City Media Group Lilly mentions that she and Lana try to stay out of the press, but also told a very sad story that I think really shows the reality of being trans, of Lucy Meadows.
Seattle Women’s Pride is back for year number three on Saturday, June 18, 2016. A full week before Seattle Pride, Seattle Women’s Pride is the party that gets the ladies out the door – and onto the dance floor. This year’s event will be held at Q Nightclub (1426 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122). Comedian Dana Goldberg, voted by Curve magazine as one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America,” will perform during the event’s iconic comedy show.
Last summer I was told, rather smugly, by three different straight female friends that Hillary actually did not support gay marriage until 2013, and even then only did it because it was the politically advantageous thing to do, and in fact Bernie’s been supporting gay people all along. *WINK WINK* As if because I’m gay, I will automatically vote for whoever said “I support gay marriage” first.
Let’s just say it: Clay Aiken isn’t good at winning. The American Idol runner-up just lost out on a seat in the House of Representatives, but he’s being given a second chance at reality TV courtesy of the Esquire Network. The still untitled four-hour docuseries comes from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn through their company, Lightbox.
After complaints from all over the state and all over the nation, Governor Jan Brewer decided yesterday to publicly announce she was vetoing bill SB 1062. According to the New York Times, one of the final actions that seemed to help SB 1062 get vetoed were petitions against it containing 63,000 signatures brought to the Arizona Capitol building by the Human Rights Campaign.
Republicans Adam Driggs, Bob Worsley, and State Senator Steve Pierce voted for the anti-gay bill to pass that allows discrimination against same-sex couples in Arizona businesses due to religious beliefs (Bill SB 1062). Without their votes, the bill wouldn’t have passed.
A group of anti-gay Nigerians in Abuja, Nigeria took fourteen men accused of being gay from their homes and savagely beat them with clubs, whips, and iron bars. A witness and some Nigerian activists stated that after beating them, the mob then pulled four of the accused men to a police station. But instead of attempting to break up the mob, the police officers just continued to beat the victims.
Police are currently looking for three men who are suspected of assaulting a gay man in Gramercy last month, as originally reported by Gothamist. Authorities have reason to be leave the attack was an anti-gay hate crime.
On the night of August 17, 2013 a 21 year old transgender woman named Islan Nettles was with a group of other transgender friends on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem when they were approached by a group of young men including 20 year old Paris Wilson. What happened next has become clouded and somewhat confused, but one thing is absolutely certain: that encounter led to Ms. Nettles’ death four days later.
On Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed a bill making it a criminal offense to have sexual contact with animals. The bill, SB 151, passed without debate and will next go before the Alabama House for passage.
In 2013 Ohio hosted 22 marriage events at its Statehouse in Columbus. Not one of them was for a same-sex couple. The state charged couples $3,500 for a wedding and $8000 for a wedding-reception combination – catering not included – and has been doing so since 2006 when the Ohio Square Review and Advisory Board began permitting the use of the building and grounds.
Dick Pound, Canadian member of the International Olympic Committee says that Russia’s anti-gay, “anti-propaganda” law isn’t nearly as bad as laws in other countries such as Malaysia or Nigeria where you might be put to death.
The lesbian daughter of Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has written a letter to her father that was published in two Hong Kong newspapers addressing his homophobia. Specifically, Gigi Chao’s letter was in response to her father’s offer to pay $120 million to any man who would marry her.
A pastor for Set Free Ministries of Colorado Springs was arrested for impersonating a U.S.marshall to kidnap and rob a gay man, reports CBS. Rev. Michael Abromovich, who has been charged with three felonies, has shocked his friends and relatives with his actions.
Calling the response among some LGBT activists “apopleptic,” Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller on Monday posted its own reaction to problems with Coca-Cola’s promotional tool launched as part of the company’s sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics.
Nearly three dozen couples were married by Queen Latifah during the 2014 Grammy Awards, and it’s caused a lot of negative reactions toward CBS for allowing the marriages to be between both gay and straight couples.
After a judge ruled the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma unconstitutional on January 14, Oklahoma’s own Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond) has proposed a bill that bans marriage as an institution all together in the state of Oklahoma.
Actress Goldie Hawn sparked controversy when she tweeted a photo of herself with Goodluck Jonathan, the president of Nigeria who is responsible for an onslaught of new anti-gay laws. The caption with the photo stated “Met the wonderful President of Nigeria.” Hawn sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to clear up the debacle.
“Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he has no knowledge of the ‘gay propaganda’ ban being enforced and that he hasn’t heard any complaints from LGBT Russians.” –The Advocate
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in the United States, has done a study of the use of the word “gay” by recent presidents and has found that our current president is well-ahead of his predecessors.
Azerbaijan’s LGBT community is currently mourning the loss of one if their leading activists. The body of 20-year-old Isa Shakhmarli was found yesterday after reportedly hanging himself. Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan Free LGBT, a Baku-based gay rights advocacy group.
Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has told reporters that he will pay $120M as a dowry for any man who marries his lesbian daughter Gigi Chao. The last time he made such an offer, it was for a paltry $60M, and reportedly drew 20,000 applications.
A spokeswoman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring confirmed on Wednesday that the AG has concluded that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. As a result, the state of Virginia will no longer defend the ban in federal court. Instead, the AG’s office intends to file briefs in Norfolk on Thursday in support of a suit intended to overturn the ban brought by two couples to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Pavel Lebedev, a gay Russian protester, was arrested on Saturday after being tackled by members of the Russian Security Forces for unfurling a rainbow flag in the town of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
A former member of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party who defected upon passage of the measure to allow same sex marriages last year claims that the UK is being divinely punished with storms and floods.
Seven years ago, Mubarak Ibrahim says he was seduced by the male principal of his high school in Bauchi, Nigeria. On Thursday Mubarak, now 20 years old, received 20 lashes with an animal hide whip by order of Judge Nuhu Mohammed after being convicted of “sodomy” in an Islamic Sharia court in the same city. As reported in The Independent he only escaped the death penalty by virtue of the fact that he had shown “great remorse” by pleading guilty to the offense.
Claiming that Russia is more liberal than other countries with respect to LGBT rights, its president, Vladimir Putin, announced on Friday that homosexuals attending or participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics will be safe. Saying that the situation in Russia is better for homosexuals than in other countries, including the US, where same-sex activity is “punishable by law” in some states, Putin asserted that all will be well for gays during the Russian games.
Not everyone is excited about Oklahoma’s unexpected, but much-needed, ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. Conservatives have gotten themselves in a tizzy over the recent decision.
It’s a bad time to be gay in Nigeria, not that there was ever a particularly good one. Police have arrested 38 gay men in Nigeria’s northern Bauchi state, reports the Associated Press. Police have a list of 168 suspects, the names allegedly obtained through torture.
The runner up on the second season of American Idol is looking to get into politics, reports the Washington Blade. The 35-year-old singer would be challenging Rep. Renee Ellmbers (R-N.C.) to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. Ellmers has held the seat since 2010, the first Republican in a long line of Democrats.
It’s not like Robin was doing a lot to try to convince America she was a woman of the penis-loving variety, but she finally makes it clear for those Middle Americans in denial. She writes, “I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good…
Even if you didn’t know the feminist group from their protesting performance art, you’ve probably heard about the imprisonment of three of the group’s members for “hooliganism”. Now that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina,25, have been released (Yekaterina Samutsevich, 31, having been freed on probation in October), they are calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, a Black Sea resort in Russia.
Uganda’s parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill on Friday that could sentence citizens convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” to life imprisonment, said Helen Kawesa, a spokesperson for Uganda’s parliament. The promotion of homosexuality is also banned by the bill, and you can also be imprisoned for not reporting gay people.
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding German GQ’s brilliant campaign, “#Mundprapoganda – gentlemen against homophobia,” which begins with the January edition, now on newsstands. The initiative features thirteen heterosexual German hunks, athletes, actors and musicians locking lips for the cause.
Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema claims to know the real reason gays want to get married, and it’s not because they want to spend their lives with the person they love or start families. According to Agema, it’s because they want free healthcare to treat AIDS, as originally reported by Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon.
Meredith Baxter, star of 1980s sitcom Family Ties, wed her longtime partner on Sunday afternoon. Baxter has previously been married three times, but this is her first marriage to a woman, contractor Nancy Locke.
Baxter came out in 2009 when she said, “I feel like I’m being honest for the first time,” and has been in a relationship with Locke for seven years.
The Eternal City has become the center of controversy due to the local council’s decision to string rainbow-themed Christmas lights along its famous shopping street, the Via del Corso. Some have responded negatively to the decision to take a stand against homophobia, reports Agence France-Presse.
A Colorado baker was ordered earlier today to serve same-sex couples despite his religious beliefs, as originally reported by Ivan Moreno. Administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer told Denver’s Masterpiece Cakeshop it will be fined if it continues to refuse service to gay couples who are looking for wedding cakes. Shop owner Jack Phillips could face fines of $500 per case if he refuses to comply with the order.
Croatia, I love ya, but you’re killin’ me. You held a national referendum yesterday to amend your constitution to define marriage as a union between one person with a penis and one person with a vagina, effectively banning marriage equality.
The vote wasn’t even close, with something like two-thirds of your people voting for the ban. I just don’t get it. When I vacationed on your tourism-funded shores last decade you were endlessly kind to me. What happened? Was it something I said? I know the Catholic church is kind of your ish, but did you learn nothing from those not-so-distant mass murders of Muslims? That shit was only fifteen years ago.
For the second straight year, Friendfactor is holding its MBA Challenge. Less than halfway through the competition, initial standings have been released. Currently in the lead is the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, surging on the back of an ally pledge campaign held during October’s National Coming Out Week. Northwestern and MIT currently round out the top three. (Someone should kindly ask Tyra where her beloved Harvard is.)
This morning at midnight Hawaii officially became the 17th state/district to legalize marriage equality. To everyone who worked on this effort we say, “Mahalo!” You may have been the last to join the union, Hawaii, but you’re certainly not the last to this party.
You may know Maria Bello as the brazen Lil from Coyote Ugly, the ill-fated ex-wife of Johnny Depp in Secret Window, or the unfortunate spouse of Kevin James in the Grown Ups films. However you know her, there’s something else she’d like you to know – she’s also in a lesbian relationship.