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A men's rights group, The Canadian Association for Equality, had its permit to march in today's Toronto World Pride parade revoked just days ago—after the stated cutoff date for such decisions. From The Toronto Star: Pride executive director Kevin Beaulieu... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Towleroad
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's Democratic opponent accused him of waffling on the issue of same-sex marriage in the state. The comments came after a tumultuous week and a half for the state's gay couples, who were granted the right to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Towleroad
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Lambda Legal has filed a discrimination complaint against a Washington, DC hookah bar for leaving a transgender woman a bar receipt reading "gay bitches". Amira Gray, whom Lambda is representing, says she went to Bistro 18 in August of 2013... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Towleroad
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Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention "overwhelmingly" affirmed that there are "two distinct genders" and that gender is determined biologically and not in any other way, at their convention yesterday. From Religion News Service: The delegates, known as “messengers,” affirmed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Towleroad
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The Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, claims he does not know if he knew sex with children was a crime and that he does not know when he learned it was a crime, according to video of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Towleroad
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How many of these stories do you remember? Dave Evans, who made the gay supercuts of the '70s and '80s news clips, has released the latest in his series. This video shows clips on an early anti-gay Scouting lawsuit, protests... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Towleroad
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Hong Kong has forbidden the British consulate from performing same-sex marriages of British citizens and their partners at the British consulate. The decision comes in response to a new measure by the British Foreign Office allowing the marriages of gay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Towleroad
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A man was arrested in Philadelphia after a Grindr-related rape and robbery earlier this year. Douglass Casey is alleged to have met a Canadian man on Grindr and then raped and robbed him in his hotel room on April 9,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Towleroad
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A transgender woman known as Kandy, but whom the police identified as Ricky Carlos Hall, was found murdered in a field in Northeast Baltimore this week. She was found at 6:30 am on June 3rd in the 1400 block of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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Oprah's OWN network caught up with the parents of transgender men Ty and Landon at the San Francisco pride parade to discuss their transition and growth. "I remember standing there [at the parade] and I just started crying to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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Fox News' coverage of same-sex marriage victories in the past year has been "largely absent" compared to other major networks, according to a new study by Media Matters for America. Fox News has spent just over 10 minutes covering the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Towleroad
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Actress Rose McGowan hosted a party in support of the staff of the Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as to send a message of defiant love to the hotel's owner the sultan of Brunei. The Dorchester Collection, to which the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Towleroad
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Kordale Lewis, who, with his partner, faced severe social media backlash earlier this year after he posted a picture on Instagram of the two of them with their daughters, has written a book about the incident and his life. From... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Towleroad
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled a new ad campaign encouraging gay men to talk about HIV prevention with their partners. In the ads, the CDC endorses preventative medications like Truvada, saying: Even before the foreplay,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Towleroad
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A Catholic school principal in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has apologized to parents for sending a student-dance invitation featuring a photo of Ellen DeGeneres. Philly.com reports: It was "completely wrong" to use DeGeneres' picture because the lesbian celebrity "lives her life... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Towleroad
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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)—a man whose beliefs are close to the pinnacle of right-wing lunacy—is stepping down to run for the Senate, leaving a large set of clown shoes to fill in Georgia's 10th Congressional district. And it looks like... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Towleroad
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Lambda Legal is pressing the Supreme Court of Alaska to recognize survivor benefits for same-sex couples. Currently in Alaska, where same-sex marriage is not legal, same-sex couples are treated as strangers in the eyes of the law. Peter Renn, Lambda... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Towleroad
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Toronto-based filmmaker Waseem Shaikh has released his latest work, the award-winning short film Cold, online for free. The film "is about one night in Toronto where several lives intersect—each of them oblivious to the loneliness that connects them all," said... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Towleroad
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Students at the University of South Alabama claim they are the target of anti-gay bigotry after their vehicles, which sported Human Rights Campaign stickers, were vandalized The students have filed official reports with the university alleging that in September the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Towleroad
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Check out this spoof ad for Barilla pasta, made in the wake of anti-gay comments from the company's chairman, Guido Barilla. I only wonder why they didn't do a spaghetti kiss, à la Lady and the Tramp. Watch the ad... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Towleroad
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A trailer for a new short film about the persecution of gays and lesbians in the Canadian military has been released. Citizen Jane is written and directed by Cari Green, an award-winning producer of films like The Corporation, Sacred Sacred,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Towleroad
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Jonathan Groff of Glee fame sat down with New York mag's Vulture to discuss his new film C.O.G. in which he plays a young David Sedaris. Groff dishes on meeting the author, his hesitation to play him (given that they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Towleroad
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(photo by dan savage) Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has raised the ire of Russian Consul General after photos surfaced of McGinn holding a "Stop Putin" sign at a protest outside the C.G.'s residence against Russia's recently instated anti-gay laws. McGinn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Towleroad
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DJ Mister Cee, the famed hip hop producer and DJ from NYC's Hot 97 radio station, was caught last week in another scandal involving the solicitation of a trans sex worker. Audio of the encounter was released, causing Cee to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Towleroad
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Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher, a gay priest and "career military man," is the new Chaplain General of the Canadian military. “I equally understand that some people will be excited and encouraged by the openness of my own church, to allow me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Towleroad