Thursday, December 7, 2017

Australia Gay marriage approved

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

The federal Parliament has removed the final area of discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians by giving them the right to marry.

In a historic moment of social reform, the House of Representatives voted just before 6pm Thursday to legalise same-sex marriage, paving the way for weddings in the New Year.

As the vote was announced, the public galleries of Parliament, stacked with people who had spent years fighting for equality, and waited all day for the vote, erupted in cheers and applause. Rainbow flags were unfurled and people sang.

6:15 p.m.

Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

The bill passed Thursday by a majority that was not challenged, though the five lawmakers' positions opposing the bill were recorded.

The bill changes the definition of marriage from a union between a man and a woman to "a union of two people."

After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month.


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The Australian Parliament has voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a man to "a union of two people." The votes were not counted because the majority wasn't questioned.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12. After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month, with the first weddings expected about a month later.

Amendments meant to safeguard freedoms of speech and religion for gay-marriage opponents were all rejected, though those issues may be considered later.


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Gay rights advocates have celebrated outside Australia's Parliament House in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours.

Scores of men and women joined in singing on Thursday ahead of what is scheduled to be Parliament's final sitting day of the year.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to vote to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation. The amended legislation would then have to go back to the Senate for ratification.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Character Just Came Out As Bisexual

The Fox sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" dropped some big information about one of its characters during its 99th episode Tuesday night: tough-as-nails detective Rosa Diaz revealed that she said: "I'm bisexual and dating a woman".

When co-worker Charles attempts to support her, she brushes him off at first, only to apologize later and say she didn’t think who she dated was anyone’s business.

Diaz’s revelation might surprise some fans, but not Stephanie Beatriz, the actress who plays her. She told Entertainment Weekly there were hints as far back as the first season. (The show is now in its fifth season.)

“There’s a great episodeSeason 1’s ‘The Vulture’] where Jake and Rosa mention Tonya Harding, and Rosa off the cuff says, ‘Yeah, she’s thick,’ as a compliment to Tonya,” Beatriz explained. “Ever since the episode, which was pretty early on, I thought, ‘Oh, Rosa is not heterosexual. She’s much more open to being bi or queer than I would have thought before.’”

I was hyped watching “99,” but I got even more excited after the episode when both Entertainment Weekly and Variety published interviews with Stephanie Beatriz. I’ve been doing this job for ten years and the most consistently frustrating thing is trying to get TV writers to listen and believe me when I explain why something is important, why something is harmful, and what makes gay storylines resonate. It feels like yelling at a wall most of the time. But then there’s Stephanie Beatriz, an openly bisexual woman in the room where TV happens. When she pitched the idea to them about Rosa being bi, they told her they’d actually been planning to pitch that to her anyway. And then they sat down with her and talked about what it’s like to be a bisexual Latina in this world.

Beatriz herself revealed that she identifies as bisexual people on Twitter in July 2016. She became engaged to actor Brad Hoss in October.

Before the current season, Beatriz had planned to suggest her character might also be bisexual, only to find out the show’s writers were on the same page.

“I was really excited about it,” she said. “I hadn’t really seen much of that representation in television that I personally watch. I know it’s out there, but often times it’s written in a specific way. ‘Let’s introduce a gay character and quickly kill them off,’ so you have the ride of the complexity of this amazing character, but also [you do] not necessarily deal with them over the course of our entire show.’”

Beatriz said because her character is already an established part of the show, the writers won’t be able to fall back on other tropes that befall bisexual characters, such as being “hypersexualized and sometimes duplicitous.”

“That’s not to say that every bi character on TV is like that, but … a lot of them are, and that’s disappointing to me as somebody who identifies as bi or queer, because I’m not duplicitous or villainous,” she said.

Oftentimes bi characters are hypersexualized and sometimes duplicitous, and they’re playing both sides, or they’re simply defined by their sexuality and not by anything else. That’s not to say that every bi character on TV is like that, but … a lot of them are, and that’s disappointing to me as somebody who identifies as bi or queer, because I’m not duplicitous or villainous. [Laughs.] At least I try not to be most of the time in my life. And let’s say you live in a place that you don’t know very many bi people, or you haven’t had access to many people that identify as LGBTQ in your life, and you’re gathering information from television — or let’s say you’re a kid who’s still figuring stuff out about yourself and you haven’t come out, and you don’t even know who or what you are and you’re seeing images of parts of yourself reflected in TV — the way other characters respond to a mirror of yourself, those messages are big. And they’re really taken in by all of us. There’s a reason that people sometimes think bi sexuality is not something that’s a real thing, which is so mindboggling to me, but I can see how that might happen if that access isn’t there. How are you ever going to appreciate, I don’t know, the color blue if you’ve never ever seen it, you’re just going to be terrified of this weird thing — there’s this weird mix of green and yellow, and you don’t understand it at all.

Executive producer Dan Goor told Variety that Beatriz’s own choice to come out did influence the plotline.

“That idea was definitely generated by the real life fact that [Beatriz] came out recently as bisexual,” he said. “It felt like an interesting journey for the character to take as well, and a story we were really excited to tackle.”

Viewers will learn more about Diaz’s life away from the police station on next Tuesday’s episode, but Goor said in the short term, the writers will likely have her date different people rather than one significant other.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bisexual rapper Lil Peep died

The 'Post-Emo' rapper come out as bisexual on Twitter in August.

Budding rap artist and fashion trendsetter Lil Peep died on Wednesday of a suspected overdose of Xanax in his tour bus ahead of a performance in Tucson, Arizona.

The musician, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, spoke candidly about being bisexual and about his battles with mental illness. His first full-length album, "Come Over When You're Sober, Part 1," was a confessional project that explored themes of substance abuse, suicide and depression.

His death came a day after he posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption:"When I die, you'll love me."

Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who worked with Lil Peep last year, has released a statement confirming the news of his death. "I am shocked and heartbroken," she said.

I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic.He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends.

Greenesmith said ostracization in predominantly heterosexual spaces and traditional LGBTQ spaces also contributes to bisexual mental health disparities, something corroborated by a recent American University study.

"Bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated [and] stigmatized in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities," Ethan Mereish, an assistant professor at American University and the study’s lead author, told NBC News in a September interview.  "Given that isolation and discrimination, bi people might be experiencing increase factors that might make them more lonely or isolated."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardiff vice-chancellor: I'm bisexual

The vice-chancellor of Cardiff University has revealed he is bisexual, saying he fears people like him are "invisible".

And he said: "I wanted to show it was a good thing, to help stop making bisexual people feel invisible."

Colin Riordan, 58, said he never intended to keep his sexuality a secret but decided to come out after he was referred to as the "straight friend" of the university's gay community.

He made his announcement in a monthly email to staff about academic news and campus matters.

Professor Riordan, who has held the job for five years, also kept his sexuality private in his previous post as vice-chancellor or Essex University, but said it was not an intentional decision.

"I never deliberately kept it a secret but I never felt the need to mention it either," he said.

That said, speaking out about his bisexuality dating has not been easy.

"Although this is not a big thing for me, I knew it would be seen as a big thing by others.

"It feels quite exposing, and I knew some people might react badly.

"I don't suppose I'd have done it had I not felt it to be so important."

Reaction to the news, however, has been nothing but positive - with staff emailing him to say it has helped give them courage and think about their own issues.

But perhaps most surprising of all, has been Prof Riordan's own relief.
He said: "Already I feel more myself and that a weight has been lifted. I am now being truly honest with those around me, and there is a certain freedom in that."

More young people in the UK identify as LGBT, Bisexual, disabled and looking for love.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Doctor Who Star Michelle Gomez will be bisexual and have a lesbian affair

According to the Daily Star, stars from the long-running BBC Once science fiction children’s TV show have suggester 35-year-old Jodie’s Doctor could be bisexual.

Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy in the sci-fi hit, dropped a plot spoiler when discussing Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker. Though her casting attracted a backlash – an asinine backlash, we might add – from a vocal minority of Internet users, Jodie Whittaker’s appointment as the Thirteenth Doctor has been hailed as a progressive step in the right direction for Doctor Who.

“Now we have a got a female Doctor so there is going to be girl on girl,” Michelle teased in a chat with the Daily Star.

We know that Doctor Who has featured LGBT storylines in the past, given Pearl Mackie’s character Bill Potts fell head over heels for a female alien before they set off to explore the cosmos together. Even still, the framing of the Daily Star’s report itself is lewd from top to bottom, and there’s a very good chance Gomez’s quote about “girl on girl” isn’t sexual whatsoever and has instead been lifted out of context. Because let’s face it: the Daily Star isn’t exactly known to be a bastion of journalistic integrity.

The most recent series of the show already broke down LGBT barriers by having the first ever lesbian companion of The Doctor with Pearl Mackie ’s character Bill Pots. In closing, when asked about the possibility of a bisexual doctor, Mackie chimed in during the Star’s interview and noted: “It is Doctor Who. Never say never.”

Despite rumours producers wanted to cast a man as the next companion, Michelle’s comments suggest they will continue with a woman in the role.

A lesbian love story is set to send ratings through the roof.

And Michelle seems to be behind the idea of a bisexual people fronting the show.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen

It’s turning out to be a boffo summer for powerful women on the big screen, with “Wonder Woman” smashing box-office records worldwide. Early buzz around “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron, suggests the spy thriller is poised for similar success.

The movie, which comes out in a few weeks, sees Theron kick ass while playing agent Lorraine Broughton, further shattering stereotypes which were already reeling from the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman.

Plus, instead of hooking up with male co-star James McAvoy, as dictated by heteronormative movie tradition, she has sex with another female spy, played by Sofia Boutella.

But the female empowerment motif is just one aspect of the film that excites Theron. In a new interview with Variety, the 41-year-old Oscar winner said she was thrilled to step into the role of top-level MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton, in part because the character is bisexual ― and unapologetically so.

“I just loved it,” Theron said of shooting a steamy love scene with co-star Sofia Boutella, who plays Delphine, another female spy. “For so many reasons: My frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her.”

Lorraine’s sexuality, Theron added, allowed the character to break the mold in terms of female representation in film as a whole.The first reason, she said, was her “frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. “And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her,” Theron continued. “It just felt there was a way through that relationship and the fact that it was a same-sex relationship to show a woman not having to fall in love, which is one of those female tropes.

She continued,The actor and producer also promised that the film would not shy away from displaying the lesbian love scene properly, saying: “James Bond doesn’t have such hot you-know-what. “I loved that we didn’t hide under the sheets.”

Theron, who is an outspoken LGBTQ rights advocate, has previously explored same-sex relationships on screen. The star picked up an Academy Award for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was by varying accounts a lesbian or bisexual women, in 2003′s “Monster.”

“Atomic Blonde,” which also stars James McAvoy and John Goodman, hits theaters July 28.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hundreds of thousands gather for LGBT rights in Madrid

Hundreds of thousands of people marched for LGBT rights in the WorldPride parade in Madrid on Saturday.

The rally was led by all of Spain’s major political parties, both left and right, who carried a large banner that read “For LGBTI Rights All Over the World.” Behind them came a slow-moving mass of people decked out in rainbow flags and colorful outfits, dancing to music under the southern European sun.

The march included several groups from other countries, including the United States and Britain, as well as groups ranging from rural lesbians to gay and lesbian police officers.

Since its inception in 2000, World Pride is held once every several years in major cities across the world to promote rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)communities.

Over 10 days, the Madrid festival has hosted events ranging from a global human rights conference to a race in which men sprinted along a central street in towering three-inch heels.

Madrid World Pride coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride protest in Spain.

Politicians from across the political spectrum walked ahead of the parade, passing through the Spanish capital which was decked out in rainbow flags to mark the occasion.

“Madrid wants you to remember, and to never forget, that whoever you love, Madrid loves you,” Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The parade took place amid heavy security measures, with a massive police presence throughout Madrid.

The next World Pride will take place in New York in 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall demonstrations, when members of the gay community protested against violent treatment at the hands of the police.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Halsey accused Demi Lovato For Exploiting Bisexuality

In a new interview with Paper magazine, singer Halsey got brutally honest about her feelings about bisexuality being exploited in the music scene. 

And she’s seemingly even called people out by name… well, by their lyrics if you want to be exact.

“There’s bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There’s a lack of acceptance”, Halsey revealed.

Bisexual people Halsey has opened up about the problematic way bisexuality is often portrayed in pop music, suggesting that singers like Demi Lovato and Katy Perry exploit it to sell records.

“There’s bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There’s a lack of acceptance,” the 22-year-old singer explained to Paper. “It happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks.”

She continued that “it happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks”.

She went on to say that this problem isn’t just confined to TV, but also to pop music, which she described as “really ostracizing.”

“It’s just a shame that it’s so hard for marginalized or minority people to get the same pop music experience as people who are heterosexual or generally part of the majority,” she said. “They deserve the same pop music experience.”

To provide this experience for her LGBT fans, Halsey penned “Strangers,” an explicitly same-sex love song featuring fellow bi pop star Lauren Jauregui. The track, as the interviewer pointed out, differs from other “queer” pop songs, which are usually “sung by straight women… and [are] more about experimental hookups.”

“Oh, yeah. Bisexuality as a taboo. ‘Don’t tell your mom’ or ‘We shouldn’t do this’ or ‘This feels so wrong but it’s so right'", Halsey continued, appearing to get quite specific.

“That narrative is so fucking damaging to bisexuality and its place in society. That’s something I’ve had to fight my whole life and something I still fight.”

Fans immediately called Halsey out on the use of lyrics in her answers as she referenced two pretty big singers: Katy Perry and Demi Lovato.

Twitter users thought that ‘Don’t tell your mom” is probably a reference to Demi’s “Cool For The Summer” whilst “this feels so wrong but it’s so right” is more than likely a reference to Katy’s “I Kissed A Girl”.

However, Demi being Demi was keen to hit back and posted a bit of a fiery message on Twitter.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Supreme Court to take case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay couple

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge from a Colorado cake baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Jack Phillips, a born-again Christian and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, cites religious beliefs as the reason he shouldn't be obligated to create the cake.

The couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, then filed a civil rights complaint in Colorado.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission pits a baker represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm, against two, married gay men represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Supreme Court's ruling should help resolve tension that's been brewing since the high court legalized same-sex marriage two years ago.

The high-profile case originated in 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig stopped in to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver to ask about a cake for their wedding reception. When the store's owner, Jack Phillips, realized that they were the couple being wed, he said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to take part in the event.

The couple's social media post about the interaction went viral, and the ACLU helped them take legal action.

Southwest Florida lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans and lgbt activist Stephanie Burns said she will be watching the Supreme Court case closely.

"It could extend to other types of discrimination as well, if we start using the standard that someone has a personal religious objection to providing services to a whole class of people," Burns said.

"If any harm remains in leaving these wedding professionals free, it is only the tension we all face in living with people who disagree with us on the most personal matters," wrote Ryan Anderson, a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation, in his analysis of the case for The Daily Signal.

However, legal experts on the other side of this debate say that no Americans should have a right to discriminate, even if they can point to religious teachings that justify their behavior.

"The basic question is whether David and Charlie and others throughout the country will be protected from discrimination," said Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the ACLU, on a Monday press call. She offered examples of the high court protecting persecuted groups from religiously motivated discrimination in the past, such as when it rejected private, religious schools' efforts to stop black students from enrolling.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Turkish police stifle Istanbul LGBT Pride rally

ISTANBUL -- Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor. The Latest on the banned LGBT march in Istanbul (all times local): 6:45 p.m.

Turkish police have prevented people from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul as small groups continue to make ad hoc demonstrations despite a ban issued by the governor.

Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride called for the march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march." The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the event — for the third year in a row — citing reasons of safety and public order.

Police established checkpoints in the area on Sunday, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back people who they deemed were associated with the march.

At least a hundred protesters gathered in a nearby neighborhood, beating drums and chanting slogans such as, "Don't be quiet, shout out, gays exist!" and "Love, love, freedom, State, stay away!" They carried a banner that read, "Get used to, we are here."

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and activists said plastic bullets were also used. Riot-control vehicles and buses were dispatched to the area. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said "an estimated 20 people" were detained after protesters did not heed warnings to disperse because the march did not have a permit.

Police barricades, riot-control vehicles and buses were dispatched to the area where activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans and intersex rights say they plan to launch a pride march that the governor banned.

The governor's ban cited safety concerns and "serious reactions by different segments of society" as several nationalist and religious groups called for the march's cancellation.

But Pride organizers said in a statement Sunday that the threats themselves should be dealt with rather than limiting demonstrations.

The statement said: "Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom."

LGBT activists have long lobbied unsuccessfully to have sexual orientation and gender identity covered by Turkish laws protecting civil rights and prohibiting hate speech.

Homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since the republic's founding more than nine decades ago.

The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against LGBT individuals and that current laws already protect each citizen. It also insists that perpetrators of hate crimes are prosecuted.

Turkish authorities allowed pride marches to take place for more than a decade since the first one was held in 2003. Up to 100,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014.

But in 2015, police dispersed crowds using tear gas and water cannons after a last-minute ban. In 2016, amid a spate of deadly attacks blamed on the  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or on outlawed Kurdish militants, the event was banned again but participants still tried to gather.

Pride organizers think the celebrations have been banned since 2014 because they coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and a rise in conservatism.

Friday, June 23, 2017

California bans travel to other states over anti-LGBT laws

AUSTIN — California is now prohibiting any state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Texas, citing a new law that gives legal cover to religious adoption agencies that turn away prospective parents because they're gay.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday. "While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back.

Bacerra added Texas to the list because of a law signed recently by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that allows child welfare groups to deny services and adoptions to families because of “Sincerely held religious beliefs,” the Sacramento Bee reported. The AG’s office said he believes that allows these groups to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans, and othre lgbt family.

“There are consequences to discrimination,” Becerra stated. “Restricting state-sponsored travel is a consequence.”

It's unclear what practical effect California's travel ban will have. The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017. Travel to conferences or out-of-state trainings are examples of trips that could be blocked. Becerra's office couldn't provide information about how often state employees have visited the newly banned states.

Texas was added to the list because of a law that lets child welfare organizations deny services and adoptions to families because of "sincerely held religious beliefs" that Becerra's office says would allow LGBT discrimination. Similar laws were enacted in Alabama and South Dakota. Kentucky's new law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools, according to Becerra's office.

Burrows reacted to the action by the California AG with a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. His response states:

Today, the California Legislature prohibited the expenditure of its state funds for state employee travel to Texas because of our morals and ethics. Months ago, I offered an amendment to the Texas state budget to counter this type of nonsense — my amendment would have reciprocated if another state did this very thing. Texans are the most inclusive, welcoming people in the world — what Texans will not do is allow another state to determine our policy and culture.

Fresno State, a public California university, is scheduled to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. A request for a legal opinion on whether public university sports' travel is exempt from the ban has been filed with Becerra's office, but no ruling has been issued.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A couple recreated LGBT March photo 24 years later and the internet is in love

In April 1993, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the March on Washington for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and other lgbt community. Among them were Nicholas Cardello and Kurt English, a young couple who traveled to the nation’s capital from Florida to participate.

The composite image of Nick Cardello and Kurt English captures their love together at Washington Pride in 1993, and then again at the same parade this year.

The two images, placed side-by-side, were reposted by multiple accounts until one Twitter user framed it with the remark: “it's just a phase”.

“Someone else copied it to Twitter, Instagram & Reddit. That’s when it really took off. A reporter from Brazil said it had over a million likes there.”

“We could never have imagined the incredible response to this that we received," Cardello told NBC Out on Facebook Messenger. "We were deeply touched by people's personal stories and comments from around the world about the challenges that they experience in their personal lives and in their particular cultures. Many times we have been moved to tears by reading the comments.”

Nick explained that the original idea behind the post was to show that they were still together 24 years later, and still marching for bisexual people.

Cardello said the couple's viral Facebook post is unique in that photos of lasting same-sex relationships are rare to see in the media.

“People need to see same-sex couples just being couples. We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models,” he said.

Cardello, now 54, and English, 52, had their first commitment ceremony back in 1993, before same-sex marriage was legally recognized anywhere in the U.S. The couple was then legally married in Massachusetts in 2008, and when same-sex marriage was recognized federally in 2015, they tied the knot that year in their home state of Florida.

“The youth needs to see that it is possible to find a loving partner, and that the relationship can last.

“A loving partner can be a difficult thing to find, once you do you must protect it and nurture it,” he said.

“We feel it’s important to represent,” Cardello said. “We also participate to show gratitude to all those who came before us and paved the way for the rights we have today.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seattle professional sports teams to support LGBT equality

Seattle Sounders FC held, in conjunction with its fellow Seattle professional sports teams and national nonprofit Athlete Ally, a coordinated commitment to supporting and celebrating LGBT equality ahead of team Pride Month activities. The efforts mark an unprecedented partnership between a city's professional sports teams as they join in a cooperative endeavor to stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other lgbt community.

The Seattle Sounders joined fellow local professional sports teams — the NWSL's Reign, MLB's Mariners, NFL's Seahawks and WNBA's Storm — on Tuesday for a joint press conference to support LGBT equality.

The five franchises partnered with Athlete Ally, a national nonprofit committed to supporting LGBT equality in sports. Representatives from each team composed a panel that consisted of Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor and pro ambassador Mary Harvey, Mariners owner and CEO John Stanton, Storm owner Ginny Gilder, Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, Seahawks General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs Ed Goines, Sounders defender Brad Evans and Reign forward Megan Rapinoe.

One of the largest obstacles facing closeted athletes around the world is the fear, and often potential danger, of coming out. For Evans, he takes it upon himself to make sure the Sounders locker room is as safe a space it can be and to also be an advocate for lesbian girls, gay boys, bisexual people in every capacity he can.

“I do feel obligated [to act] in all the right ways,” Evans said. “I feel like I have a duty to do what I think is right…I grew up in a household that was extremely inclusive. Everybody was always at our house, it was part of why I love being part of a team.”

Monday, June 19, 2017


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated every June in honor of the raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. The first gay pride march was held in 1970 in Chicago, and since, pride celebrations have cropped up across the world. But this year, in light of the Trump administration’s attacks on not only the LGBTQ community, but minority groups across the country, pride parades have taken on a theme of resistance.

Recently, London Pride came under fire for not including bisexual groups in their parade this year. They later retracted their decision, but including bisexual people at Pride has been a long-time struggle.

“I was in charge of a bi stall at Pride once when someone came up and told me she didn't believe in bisexuality,” says Libby Baxter-Williams, editor of the UK bisexual magazine Biscuit, to Curve. “She was wearing a t-shirt that said 'Don't tell me who I can love'.”

Last weekend's pride parade in Los Angeles was renamed the “Resist March,” and in Washington, D.C., supporters of gay rights in the nation’s capital had an Equality March. During Trump's campaign for president, he promised to be a “friend” of the LGBTQ community, but after taking office things have changed. His administration revoked protections for transgender students and he is considering a “religious liberty” executive order that would legalize LGBTQ discrimination.

“Bi people stand out in the history of the LGBT movement for our bravery, and for stubbornly going out on a limb to save lives, no matter the consequence,” prominent bisexual activist Faith Cheltenham writes in the South Florida Gay News. “Whether its bisexual politico Emily Dievendorf launching a petition to boycott Mitchfest's transgender exclusionary practices in 2014 or bi icon Dr. David Lourea creating safe sex workshops for gay and bisexual men facing an AIDS epidemic in 1984, bisexuals don't hide from the work.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Evan Rachel Wood speech about Being Bisexual

Actress Evan Rachel Wood delivered a powerful and heartfelt speech in North Carolina over the weekend at a Human Rights Campaign Gala, opening up about being bisexual people and the responsibility she feels as an LGBTQ public figure.

The 29-year-old actress confessed she found herself attracted to women at age 12 but didn’t think it was unusual.

“I thought women were beautiful,” Wood says. “But because I was born that way, I never once stopped to think that was strange or anything to fear.”

“I also thought that men were beautiful,” Wood adds.

Wood, who said she “grew up a tomboy in North Carolina,” struggled to understand her own attraction to both men and women as a teenager. But when she heard an actress say the word “bisexual,” a light bulb went off. Having a recognizable term for her feelings, she said, “made [her] feel less crazy.”

She explained that learning to use her voice, despite being taught to stay silent, gave her hope. In a speech laced with quotes from civil rights leaders Audre Lorde and Nina Simone, Wood stressed the importance of artists using their voices to reflect the times.

Wood came out as bisexual on Twitter in 2012.
“As an actor, my job is to look at a stranger and find myself in them ― to connect the dots, to have such empathy for a character that I can read someone else’s words and be moved to tears,” Wood said in her speech. “Turning empathy into vulnerability... and it wasn’t until I saw the effect that it had on other people that I really started to see how powerful really allowing your most vulnerable parts to be seen was. I saw another side to what I did, and it was the power of visibility.”

“There was a time, despite what it may have looked like on the surface, that the fear had gripped me so tight, and I felt broken and unlovable. And I did not think I would see tomorrow,” Wood continues.”But because of the voices I listened to, because of the people I identified with, the films I had watched, the music I had heard, because of words like ‘bisexual’ and the doors that it opened, I’m still here. And I didn’t miss out on the most beautiful thing I’ve seen yet, and that was my son.”

Wood ended her speech by paraphrasing a powerful quote from E.E. Cummings: "To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting." 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chance The Rapper's Brother Taylor Bennett Came Out As Bisexual

Chance The Rapper's Brother Taylor Bennett revealed Wednesday he is bisexual. Bennett, an artist and Chance the Rapper's brother, celebrated a birthday on Jan. 19 — and he used the milestone to come out as bisexual, opening up about a part of himself he's always felt "indifferent" about.

Taylor said he's using the coming year to be more open and honest with himself, and that means being honest with everyone else, too. In a series of tweets, Taylor said he wanted his fans to know that he's bisexual because it might help some of them feel more comfortable with themselves. His honesty, he said in his tweets, could help others who "struggle with the same issues" that he does.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bisexual Amber Rose says she wouldn’t date a bisexual man

Bisexual model Amber Rose admitted on her “Loveline” podcast that she couldn’t see herself dating a bisexual man.

When a listener asked Rose if she would ever date a bisexual man, Rose revealed “No,” Rose responded, almost immediately. “Personally—no judgment—I wouldn’t be comfortable. I just wouldn’t be comfortable with it and I don’t know why.”

When pressed, Rose said it’s possible she’d get jealous when he’s out with his male friends: “I think it’s amazing when a guy is bisexual and he’s comfortable with it. But in my personal life, in my sex life, in who I choose to love, I just think that I would think about it too much…Maybe I’m not secure enough to be with a man that likes other men because I would feel like when he’s out with his boys, it’s just more of a moment.”