2. Patrick, Agustin, and Dom have partners of various ethnicities, ages, and social groups. They discuss politics or social issues in passing, just like the rest of us. They don’t exist to teach us lessons or preach about gay rights, nor to incessantly navel-gaze about their problems. They’re just three regular guys who happen to like guys. In 2014, that’s (sadly) still remarkable.


  4. Outing is no longer fascism. It’s mainstream. The proper skepticism applies to how outing is done. We out carefully, because we respect what is at stake more than the person who we are outing. Gay rights has become a majoritarian cause. A lot of gay Republicans have already been outed. Some have chosen to come out. The “closeted gay Republican” has become a trope.

  5. 65

    The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail.  In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment.  In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.

    India’s gay sex ban shows why the LGBT movement must go global


  6. The evolution of pro sports’ acceptance of gays: A timeline

    New York Mets pitcher Mike Piazza, concerned by implications in an article in the New York Post, holds a press conference to announce, “I’m not gay. I’m heterosexual.”

    Kobe Bryant tweets: 
    Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #


  7. msnbc:

    “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

    Jason Collins makes history becoming the first male athlete playing in a major pro-sport to come out as gay: http://on.msnbc.com/1888nO2FB



  8. Dick Cheney publicly supported allowing gay couples to marry in 2009 — what took the rest of these folks so long?

  9. What a difference a decade makes. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday shows that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing gay marriage and only 36 percent oppose it. In 2003, it was the reverse: 37 percent favored same-sex marriage and 55 percent opposed it. How did we get here? Let’s take a look back at America’s gay-marriage evolution. 

    Photo: Genora Dancel (left) and Ninia Baehr, plaintiffs in a Hawaiian anti-gay marriage case, in 1996. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


  10. Let me be clear about this, as the Republican Party hasn’t always been in years past: If you’re a gay American, we love you. We want you to know that this is a party dedicated to helping lift all Americans. You can disagree with us on some issues. That’s fine. That’s okay. But we love you and we want you to join us. And if anyone says you shouldn’t be allowed to visit your partner in a hospital — I will personally show up and give them a piece of my mind. This is a party for all Americans.
    — The speech Marco Rubio should give, written by Matt Lewis

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. "She’s completely taken advantage of the sympathy and goodwill of hundreds of thousands of people." — Ashley Burns, With Leather

    On July 22, former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star Charlie Rogers, 33, crawled screaming from her Lincoln, Neb., house naked and bleeding with a cross cut in her chest, slashes all over her body, and anti-gay slurs carved on her arms and abdomen. Rogers, a lesbian, told police that three masked men had broken into her house and assaulted her. An outpouring of support rolled in from the community and gay rights supporters nationwide.

    Then, on Aug. 21, police arrested Rogers for allegedly staging the brutal “hate crime” herself. If convicted of making a false police report, Rogers faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

    What makes them think she staged the crime herself? Lots and lots of evidence

    (Source: theweek.com)


  12. Brave’s Merida, the celebrated first female hero of a Pixar film, is a tomboy. She’s a skilled archer, she fights, she detests girly clothes, rejects all her male suitors, and explicitly expresses that she does not want to get married. So, asks Adam Markovitz in a controversial article at Entertainment Weekly, "Is Merida gay?"

    It isn’t just that the character bristles at “traditional gender roles” that raises suspicion, Markovitz says. It’s the timing of Brave's release to coincide with major parades in New York and San Francisco in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which he thinks was an intentional decision. The argument sparked a firestorm of commentary.

    Is Merida a thinly disguised gay character, and, if so, does it matter?


  13. Between the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing Santas and thrift-store empire, people often forget that the international group "is actually a Christian church organization with many conservative tenets and a military-style structure,” says Zach Ford at Think Progress. And recently, Maj. Andrew Craibe, the media relations officer for Australia’s southern territory, reminded us of that fact by agreeing on-air with two gay radio hosts that the Salvation Army believes gay people “should die.” The group quickly scrambled to clarify Craibe’s remark — after all, the Salvation Army’s mission is to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination” — but this is hardly the Salvation Army’s first run-in with the gay community.

    Here, a look at the influential charity’s challenging history with homosexuality and gay rights:

    • 1865 — Former Methodist minister William Booth founds the Salvation Army in London, giving his religious mission a military structure and trappings, including its own flag, military-style uniforms, hymns, and ranks
    • 1880 — The Salvation Army sets up shop in the U.S., Australia, and Ireland
    • 1986 — The Salvation Army collects signatures for a petition to stop the New Zealand legislature from decriminalizing homosexuality. The Homosexual Law Reform Act passes anyway.
    • May 1, 2001 — An internal document from the Salvation Army says the charity has a “firm commitment” from the Bush administration for a national regulation shielding it and other religious charities from city and state laws barring discrimination against gays and lesbians, The Washington Post reports. The Salvation Army never discriminates in who it serves, says senior official George Hood, but being forced to hire gays “really begins to chew away at the theological fabric of who we are.”
    • July 11, 2001 — The Bush administration turns down the Salvation Army’s request 
    • 2004 — The Salvation Army threatens to leave New York City if Mayor Michael Bloomberg enforces a new ordinance requiring all groups with city contracts to offer benefits to the same-sex partners of employees. Bloomberg, who opposed the ordinance, doesn’t enforce it. 
    • Feb. 14, 2006 — The New York State Court of Appeals upholds Bloomberg’s right to ignore the ordinance, leaving future enforcement decisions to the discretion of whomever is mayor 
    • July 2006 — The New Zealand branch of the Salvation Army apologizes over any remaining “hurt” from its prominent role in trying to stymie the Homosexual Law Reform Act 20 years earlier
    • Nov. 21, 2011 — Bil Browning at The Bilerico Project promotes a drive encouraging gay-rights supporters to give their holiday donations to other charities that don’t “actively discriminate against the LGBT community” 
    • June 21, 2012 —Maj. Andrew Craibe, the Australian Salvation Army spokesman, goes on the radio program Salt and Pepper, where gay hosts Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon ask him about his organization’s assertion in its officialSalvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine that practicing homosexuals “deserve to die.” “So we should die,” Ryan tells Craibe, who replies: “You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.”
    • June 23 — In a statement, the Salvation Army “sincerely apologizes” for Craibe’s “miscommunication” and the “serious misunderstanding” of the group’s beliefs. The scripture in question “is not referring to physical death, nor is it specifically targeted at homosexual behavior,” says Maj. Bruce Harmer of Salvation Army Australia. Instead, the church believes that “no human being is without sin, all sin leads to spiritual death (separation from God),” and that “it would be inconsistent with Christian teaching to call for anyone to be put to death.”