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Demi Lovato Shows Her Pride And Dedicates Video To Equality


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

This guy has a ‘Burn In Hell’ poster. You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves ALL“. The words come from pop sensation Demi Lovato who performed at the L.A. Pride parade just weeks ago, and they open the video for her new hit song  ‘Really Don’t Care’.

Demi Lovato has always been an avid supporter of the LGBT community and with this video she steps it up a notch by showing lots of footage from the parade showcasing everything from leather bears, bulges and french-kissing boys and girls to drag queens, unicorns, rainbows and sexy go-go boys. Celebrities like Perez Hilton, FENUXE favorite and Vampire Dairies star Kat Graham and even beau Wilmer Valderrama make brief appearances in the clip, and, of course, the interluding rap is undertaken by Cher Lloyd.

The video and song both ooze of confidence, carefree attitude … and of course PRIDE. Which is why we love it already. And we’re so digging the cool undercut ms. Lovato is flaunting on stage!

Take a look at the video below and tell us that you won’t be singing along to this tune on a dance floor some time soon? And if you’re not or of the message of the song and video don’t agree with you? Well, as the song says: We really don’t care!

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HBO Tackles Prop 8 In Award-Winning Film Airing Tonight


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

The riveting HBO documentary “The Case Against 8″ takes an in-depth look at the historic federal lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. Shooting over five years, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Case Against Prop 8″ won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category and the SXSW Audience Award in the Festival Favorites category.

FENUXE Magazine chats with Ryan White, Atlanta native and “The Case Against 8″ film director and producer.

Ryan WhiteHow do you expect or desire to impact society with this documentary?

Our goal in making the film isn’t to impact society or change people’s minds — our goal was to make a character film about the journey that these four incredible plaintiffs took part in for five years, and hopefully by the end of the film our audience feels like they went on that journey too. If we’ve done that, then we’ve done our job well. And our audience can decide in the end when they watch the two couples get married if they feel like it’s a right that they deserve.

In your opinion what are the top two reasons that folks refuse to support same sex marriage (SSM) even when they have LGBT family and friends?

I think there are many reasons people don’t support same-sex marriage, and what’s important is to keep those conversations going. Don’t close people off, because as David Blankenhorn exhibits in our film, there’s a lot of power in someone changing their mind. I have seen a lot of my own friends and family change their mind on the issue over the last few years, and I think we’re at an incredible tipping point in the country as we watch public opinion polls continue to move.

Does the issue of raising children within LGBT families strengthen or weaken arguments for SSM?

I think it strengthens the argument. Kris and Sandy are wonderful mothers of four great boys. All they want is for their family to be treated equally under the law. As Justice Kennedy pointed out in the oral arguments, someone has to speak up for these children with LGBT parents, because often their voices are lost in the politics surrounding the issue.

What can individuals do to help the movement of equality?

I wasn’t particularly active in the No on 8 campaign, probably because no one really thought that it would pass and I took that for granted. Following the lawsuit the past 5 years has given me a whole new perspective on activism, and the biggest way that manifests I think is by telling our stories. Kris and Sandy and Paul and Jeff lived openly and honestly about who they are — and they were willing to do it in a very brave and public way — and I think that humanity holds a lot of power in winning people over on marriage equality.

Prop 8 is California-centric, how exactly will it help or hinder other states decisions?

Some version of Prop 8 still exists for 31 states around the country. Each of those states currently has a lawsuit waging challenging the ban. So, while Prop 8 was California-specific, the arguments that were made in court — that this violates the 14th amendment and the human dignity of LGBT people — are the same principles that LGBT people nationwide are experiencing and deserve to be heard.

Can you describe why SSM is not the same as domestic partnership and why the more than 1,138 federal rights to civil marriage are so important to same sex couples?

I think the word marriage is a lot more than a word. Benefits aside, when LGBT kids grow up feeling different because they and their relationships are classified in a different way by their government, they can’t help but feeling the weight of that discrimination.

Tune in to HBO tonight (June 23 at 9 p.m.) and watch this informative documentary. For a sneak peek take a look at the trailer below:

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June Is Officially LGBT Pride Month


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Just as pride season commences all over the world, President Barack Obama gave LGBT rights another push in the right direction during a Presidential Proclamation on May 31, where he declared June the official LGBT Pride month of 2014.

In the declaration he urges Americans to eliminate prejudice “everywhere it exists”, but also asserts that even though we have moved forward there is still work to do.

“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect – our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains,” President Obama states in his declaration.

The President also writes that last year saw substantial victories with the Defense of Marriage Act being repealed paving the way for marriage equality in many states, but “… despite this progress, LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And in the years ahead, we will remain dedicated to addressing health disparities within the LGBT community by implementing the Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.”

The President also mentioned the 45 anniversary of the Stonewall riots and acknowledges the nascent movement it spawned saying: “following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity — because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.”

So, with those words, we urge you to get out there and celebrate LGBT Pride Month! You could do that by visiting one of the many pride festivals here in the U.S. or abroad – so make sure to pick up the new issue of FENUXE this coming Thursday which includes a guide to pride festivals all over the world.

Source: whitehouse.gov

 

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PRIDE Kickball: A Kick In The Grass


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

Atlanta has long been known as the gay capital of the South, and it’s no secret that LGBT residents of the ATL are not afraid to show their PRIDE. In fact, this October will mark the 44th year that LGBT Atlantans and our supporters will take to the streets to celebrate our community and all of the fabulousness we embody. So, when the owners of Go Kickball decided it was time to create a PRIDE division, there was only one city considered to act as host to the flagship group of PRIDE players. This summer, Go Kickball is proud to bring you PRIDE Kickball!

Go Kickball was actually started right here in Atlanta as well. In 2005, a group of friends decided that it would be a good idea to develop a social activity where grown-ups could relive a few childhood memories while breathing in the great outdoors… and maybe downing a few beers in the process. Since its inception, Go Kickball has grown to a network of over 60,000 players in over 40 cities across the U.S. As the premier adult social experience, Go Kickball is an affordable and fun way to meet people and make new friends. Best of all, Go Kickball is still growing at an incredible pace. PRIDE Kickball is expected to follow suit and grow just as rapidly.  

Just like Go Kickball, PRIDE Kickball will feature 16 teams per league and eight week seasons. This summer, the first season kicks off in June right here in Piedmont Park. The registration fee of $62 includes a full season of playing (every Monday night for eight weeks), a team t-shirt, and an end-of-season tournament and closing party. Blake’s on the Park, our bar sponsor will also host post-game cocktail hours each week, including drink specials that are available only for PRIDE Kickball team members. The Spotted Dog Agency is leading the pack in signing up team captains You can contact them at 404-428-0497 for help getting your team started today.

PRIDE Kickball is now accepting registrations for the summer season and is open to anyone 21+ who is either LGBT or a proud supporter of the LGBT community. Registration information and other details can be found at http://www.gokickball.com/atlanta/. The Atlanta PRIDE league plays on Monday nights at Piedmont Park. Use code ‘pride’ when registering for the league. So, come on Atlanta, show your PRIDE and join PRIDE Kickball today!

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Bert’s Big Bike Ride – Atlanta Moon Ride


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

If you are in the know in Atlanta, you’ve likely heard of Bert’s Big Adventure. You probably also know that Bert Weiss of Q 100’s Bert Show started Bert’s Big Adventure in 2002 to offer an annual, memorable experience to children who endure chronic illness. Well listen up, my shrewd know-it-all friend.  What may be news to you is that last year an exciting fund-raiser now known as The Atlanta Moon Ride was implemented to support Bert’s Big Adventure.  The inaugural ride featured over 600 riders having a blast and raising money for a very worthy cause.  See for yourself what the excitement is all about:  

The successful Atlanta Moon Ride is now in its second year and, as Bert has said himself, promises to become an Atlanta institution. Now, we all know that when something is to be an Atlanta institution, it means a fabulous hello is in order from the LGBT community. Actually, it seems there were costumes last year, so how is it even possible that we’re late to this party?  I digress; we’re here now. Let’s talk about what we need to be doing to be prepared, shall we?  

This year’s ride is scheduled for Friday, June 13th. Don’t panic. There is still time for us to register and secure our places among the pack. Let’s really show the streets of Midtown Atlanta what it means to have the LGBT community show up to support a cause. Registration is simple and can be completed online. Even better, registration is a crazy affordable $25 (although there is an opportunity to make an additional donation to Bert’s Big Adventure at registration…so, dig deep into those bike shorts and dig out all that loose change, honey).  

Oh, and did I mention costumes? You and I both know that where there are costumes, there must be a costume contest.  So, let’s just settle down and get to it. The prize for the best costume is a one-night luxury stay at the W Hotel Midtown with Pool Cabana (fruit plate, champagne, flat screen – sorry, cabana boy not included) and dinner for two at Trace. Side note, ladies and gents – a full moon is already predicted for the evening of the ride, so you may feel free to keep yours covered. I am as disappointed as you are, but let’s focus on the mission at hand.    

After the ride: while the 6.5 mile loop both kicks off and culminates at Park Tavern, riders are also invited to an after party at Blake’s on the Park where drink specials and drag queens will be waiting to thank you for your support. Thanks in advance for what I know will be a great showing of support for the Atlanta Moon Ride and Bert’s Big Adventure.  

Don’t have a bicycle? Need help with costumes? Call the Spotted Dog Agency at 404-428-0497 and they will get you riding. 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

Same-sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Idaho

Federal U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale issued an injunction on Tuesday stopping the enforcement of Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. The injunction is the result of a lawsuit filed by four Idahoan couples who sued after voters amended the state constitution to make gay marriage illegal. According to the decision, Idaho will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Friday at 9 a.m. However, that could be stopped by Idaho Governor Butch Otter (that’s really his name… we swear) who has announced that he plans to appeal the injunction.

Source: Reuters

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New Study Suggests ‘Sexuality Is An Innate Characteristic”

A new study out of China found that the affect male or female pheromones has on a person depends on their sexual orientation. “To test their hypothesis, Wen Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences set up an experiment in which participants looked at a video in which human figures rendered in a connect-the-dots style (shown above) were shown walking,” Jason Koebler wrote for Motherboard, “Participants were then asked to guess whether the figures were masculine or feminine. When exposed to androstadienone, heterosexual women were more likely to suggest that the wire figure was a man—but the pheromone had no effect on heterosexual men. Perhaps most importantly, homosexual men also responded to that pheromone, suggesting that gay men innately perceive (and are perhaps affected by) male pheromones. Straight men, meanwhile, were more likely to perceive the figure as feminine when exposed to estratetraenol. Straight women showed no effect, while lesbian and bisexual women showed a response somewhere in between.”

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Danish Health Minister Pressured To End Gay Blood Ban

Just like the United States, Denmark bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood. However, six different Danish political parties are now pressuring the country’s health minister to abolish the ban all together because there is no scientific evidence supporting it. Several other countries around the world have already lifted their bans on gay blood like Uruguay, Mexico and Portugal. In 2011, the United Kingdom decided to life the ban on gay blood for men who hadn’t had sex within the last year. Finland and Sweden also have similar waiting periods for gay men who wish to donate blood.

Source: Copenhagen Post

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

MLS Soccer Studs Coming To Atlanta

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that its newest team will be right here in Atlanta starting in 2017. The team owner, Arthur Blank, is the same man who controls the Atlanta Falcons. So it should be no surprise that the new team’s colors will be red and black. Other details about the team (like what they will be named) haven’t been decided yet. However, we do know they’ll play in the new football stadium downtown which will be soccer-friendly.

Source: WSB-TV, AJC

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Tom Of Finland Honored With Stamp Collection

Finland is honoring artist Touko Laaksonen, more commonly known as Tom of Finland, with a stamp collection that it describes as “confident and proud homoeroticism.” Tom of Finland is the creator of iconic gay illustrations enjoyed around the world. However, as Slate points out, “Finland isn’t notably LGBTQ-friendly; gay marriage has yet to be legalized, and citizens can only legally change their gender if they are surgically sterilized. (Before you gasp, note that 16 other European countries require the same).”

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Netflix Teases With Season 2 Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Trailer

What do you think? Excited for Season 2?

Catch Up With This Week’s ‘Gay Of Thrones’

Can you believe what happened last Sunday? We totally weren’t expecting that so soon!

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Egyptian Gays Fear Anti-Gay Government Raids

Gay life in Egypt is almost entirely underground– for good reason. Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt. However, the country still has “a flourishing underground gay community,” to use The Guardian‘s description. Until recently most gay Egyptians could avoid arrest by staying away from publicized gay parties and hangouts, however, gay Egyptians are now being arrested in their homes. “The latest and most concerning raid saw four men seized from their east Cairo apartment on 1 April within hours of signing the lease, according to activists. Within a week, the four were given jail terms of up to eight years – sentences unusual for both their length and the speed at which they were handed down,” The Guardian details.

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Commissioned For A Better Atlanta


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Joan Garner is originally from Washington D.C. but she has called Atlanta home since 1978. In fact her love for the city prompted her to become a Fulton County Commissioner in 2010 – a job she appreciates so much that she will be running for re-election this year.

In 2010, Joan Garner made history by becoming the first openly gay commissioner to serve Fulton County, GA. She has since proven her worth to the residents of Fulton County by performing official duties l like setting policy, approving the county budget and providing funding for Grady hospital. Her 2010 campaign focused strongly on building healthy communities and her 2014 re-election campaign’s focus remains overall the same: “Healthy citizens means you have a healthy county where people are able to work and create value,” Commissioner Garner explains, “I strongly endorse preventative measures that will create a strong and healthy work force and I will continue to do so in my new campaign.” In her mind, it is important to address the needs of all citizens, which for her means taking a bird’s eye perspective on things when it comes to promoting health and building a better community.

Because of her personal relationship – she is married to Judge Jane Morrison and they reside in the Old Fourth Ward – Garner also has an eye on current LGBT issues in Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.

“Discrimination is still a factor when you look at it broadly,” Joan Garner says, “There are still issues that directly target our rights as LGBT people. Gay marriage is still not legal and gay people still experience discrimination when it comes to housing and employment. The same goes for parenting and adoption where LGBT people just don’t have the same rights as others.” She also sees HIV/AIDS as a major issue for Atlanta’s gay community. Although the fight against HIV/AIDS is largely improving, it still has the power to instill fear in others and, for example, prevent people from coming out in the workplace. “It is still a group of citizens whose rights are not protected and, of course, I want to work toward changing that,” Commissioner Garner says, “The fact that I am an out lesbian provides me with a unique lens that I use when looking at legislation policy to make sure it becomes more inclusive.”

In the big picture, the U.S. has come a long way concerning gay rights, but zooming in on Georgia there are still major breakthroughs to be had. Gay marriage is still not recognized and legislation here seems to move very slow. Also, there have recently be en attempts made to approve bills that could potentially legalize discrimination against gays. Garner acknowledges that there is a long way to go: “Personally, I cannot sit still and let this happen, because I know what discrimination feels like—albeit from another arena. I’m not sure it will go away, but I do see an opportunity here. Because if there is something that needs to be protected, let’s come together and make that happen. I believe that out of push-back and out of friction comes growth.”

And how about gay marriage? When will it become legal in Georgia? Will it ever? Commissioner Garner remains optimistic here also. Being married herself (they tied the knot in Massachusetts), Garner strongly believes in the official union of two people: “I’ve been married four years now, but I don’t think Georgia is there yet. But I think we have a strong case with a lot of legislators that back it up. We have a good civil debate and also the mayor has come out in support of gay marriage—kudos to him on this action. It’s people like him and other fair-minded legislators that have voiced their support who will help turn this around for us. So maybe we won’t see legalized gay marriage this year or not even next year. But it is gaining momentum.”

The primary election for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is May 20. Republican-led redistricting means Garner, elected to the District 6 post, is running for the District 4 seat. Garner’s re- election bid has been officially endorsed by Georgia Equality.

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

NYC Pride Calls Anti-Gay Catholic Leader’s Bluff

The anti-gay president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, was not very happy when New York City public officials and major corporations boycotted the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In an effort to get even with the gays, Donohue decided the submit an application to NYC Pride asking to march in the Pride Parade. He wanted to march in the parade with a banner reading “Straight Is Great.” (Let’s editorialize here for a moment: This was a stupid and hateful plan. Straight is great, we agree. But being gay is great, too!) Donohue must have anticipated that his application would get denied which would open the door for him to attack the LGBT community and the annual NYC Pride celebration. However, NYC Pride called Donohue’s bluff and they accepted his application and invited him to march. So, is the Catholic League going to show up and march behind their Banner? No. But why not? Donohue claims NYC Pride forces parade participants to attend “gay training sessions” and he’s not up for something like that. Like many other large parades throughout the country, NYC Pride requires parade participants to attend training sessions before the day of the event. It helps things run smoothly when there are half a million people attending. The march director, Dave Studinski, explained the training sessions to Gawker: “We hold March information and safety sessions, referred to as group leader trainings, so our participants are fully aware of rules and procedures come event day. These trainings address line-up times, check-in locations, our moment of silence, dispersal activity, NYPD safety policies, attire and vehicle/sound permits. It is imperative group leaders know this information.”

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Executive Says There Were Openly Gay Players In NFL Years Ago

Troy Vincent used to play in the NFL. Now he’s the Executive Vice President of Football Operations and he thinks openly gay players won’t be a big deal for the NFL. “I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room,” Vincent told the Palm Beach Post, “No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members. … We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was.”

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Obama Highlights Support For Gay Rights Before Talks With European Leaders

President Obama spoke at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels on Wednesday before talking with NATO and European Union leaders. He was there to discuss Russia’s military takeover of Crimea, however, the President also pointed toward Russia’s anti-gay laws. “Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights,” CNN quoted Obama saying, “Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That’s what will make America strong. That’s what will make Europe strong. That’s what makes us who we are.” These remarks were also made the day before Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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College To Offer Course On Supporting LGBT Students For Future Teachers

The Ontario College of Teachers offers many different classes to prepare future educators for the rigors of the job. However, the school wants to expand their course offering with a new class called “Teaching LGBTQ Students.” The idea for the course came in response to teachers asking for advice on how to teach and support gay students in the classroom. According to The Record, the course has to be approved by the Canadian provincial government before the school makes the class available to students.

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Artist Creates Kickstarter Campaign For “The Gay Men Project”

Brooklyn artist Kevin Truong wants to create “the largest collection of stories of gay men around the world” and has started a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen. “The idea behind the Gay Men Project is quite simple,” Truong writes on his Kickstarter page, “For the past two years I’ve been traveling to different cities across the world and photographing as many gay men as I can. So far, I’ve photographed nearly 400 men, in 15 cities, 7 countries, and four continents. I then ask each man to write down his story, and publish all of these photos, along with the personal testimonials of each individual at: www.thegaymenproject.com. My goal is to create a platform to challenge stereotypes, and a resource and sense of community for others who may not be as openly gay.  I think it’s great when a professional athlete comes out, or an actor, or news anchor.  But let’s take a moment to celebrate the story of the kid that came out to his high school basketball team as well.” So far Truong has raised over $28,000. His goal is $30,000 and he only has 5 more days to attract more backers. “This project will only be funded if at least$30,000 is pledged by 

 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

From Georgia being one of the largest consumers of gay porn in America to South Carolina cutting college funding because professors assigned gay themed books, it’s a busy week for gay news headlines. Here are the seven headlines we’re discussing at FENUXE’s editorial meeting today: Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia // Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial // South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books // Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out // Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade // Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players // ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

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Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia

“Pornhub discovered that every single state in the South watches [gay] porn at a higher percentage than the average of states where gay marriage is legal,” Buzzfeed announced on Wednesday. Mississippi  watches the most gay porn. It is closely followed by Louisiana in second and Georgia in third.

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Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial

Can you be dismissed as a juror because of your sexual orientation? Abbott Laboratories (you may know them as the makers of Androgel, Norvir, Humira, Ensure nutritional supplements, Selsun Blue, etc.) and SmithKline Beecham are currently involved in a lawsuit over HIV drug marketing and pricing. “A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Lawyers for SmithKline Beecham objected, and to shorten a long story, the matter wound up before the 9th Circuit,” NPR is reporting. The 9th Circuit ruled that a juror cannot be dismissed because of their sexual orientation. “The 9th Circuit said it based its ruling on U.S. v. Windsor — the case in which the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — and that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subjected to ‘heightened scrutiny,’” NPR explained. This is a major step forward for the LGBT community. Anti-gay laws will have a hard time getting past heightened scrutiny. If this precedent holds water then the government must show that any existing or new anti-gay law is necessary and fair to the LGBT community. This ruling could help put the final nail in the coffin for gay marriage bans.

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South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books

The House of Representatives in South Carolina has “approved nearly $70,000 in cuts to two public universities on Wednesday in retaliation over reading material containing homosexual themes,” Fox News is reporting. The College of Charleston asked students in its “College Reads!” program to read “Fun Home” and the University of South Carolina asked students to read “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.” The first book is graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel who is a lesbian. She is also the author of the “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. Bechdel explores growing up with a closeted father and her own coming out. The second book was co-written by an associate professor at the university, Ed Madden, and gay rights activsit Candace Chellew-Hodge. The book was born from Madden’s radio show “Rainbow Radio: The REAL Gay Agenda” that airs on Air America in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the lovable and loyal Hodor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” came out to the world during an interview this week with winteriscoming.net.  The interviewer asked: “I have some friends in the gay community, “bears” as they’re wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?” Nairn responded: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it, yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”

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Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Allied War Veterans Council, the group that organizes and sponsors the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will once again ban gay veterans “from making any reference to sexual orientation during the parade.” Groups annually fill out applications to participate in the parade. They create banners with their group name and march through Boston during the parade with bagpipes keeping their beat. But the no gay rule makes it functionally impossible for the group LGBT Veterans for Equality to participate in the same way. MassEquality, a group that advocates for the gay community in Massachusetts, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had been working with the Allied War Veterans Council for weeks so that gay veterans could participate. He was able to convince the parade organizers to allow 20 gay veterans to march in the parade. However, the Boston Globe is reporting that LGBT Veterans for Equality won’t participate because the rules would force them to hide who they are and what their group stands for.

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Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players

Major League Soccer has decided to “expand training for players and will post a Player Code of Conduct in home and visitor locker rooms underscoring that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not allowed,” the Huffington Post reports, “The new measures are part of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” anti-discrimination initiative, which launched last year.” It has been a little over a year since Robbie Rogers, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a winger and second striker, announced that he was gay.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states,” the AP announced on Thursday. The gay couples are asking for a federal judge to declare Florida’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages unconstitutional. This case asks the court to consider a different legal question from the gay marriage case previously filed this year. It asked a federal judge to strike down Florida’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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