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August 1, 2013
No one is forbidding a sportsman with a nontraditional sexual orientation to come to Sochi. But if he goes out on the street and starts to propagandize it, then of course he will be held accountable. Even if he’s a sportsman, when he comes to a country, he should respect its laws.
Russian minister of sports Vitaly L. Mutko • Discussing a policy, to be enforced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, banning the open display of “homosexual propaganda”—corresponding with a broadly-written law banning the outward display of “nontraditional” sexual relationships in the country. Mutko’s statement goes against an International Olympic Committee claim last week “that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.”
22:24 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2013
pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”
— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”

— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

11:40 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho. I kept this hidden for many, many years.
Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz • Revealing his homosexuality in an Associated Press interview — making him one of the first openly gay professional athletes still in active competition. The 31-year-old Cruz, who has a WBO Latino title match in two weeks, made the announcement with the full support of his family. Response has been positive so far, by the way — as it should be.
20:32 // 2 years ago
September 27, 2012
Pro-gay marriage ads using straight people to push message: This may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it’s not. “The moderate tough guys we need to flip to win a couple of these races are still the ones who say that gays are gross,” explains fundraising consultant Andy Szekeres (who, by the way, is gay). “Pushing people to an uncomfortable place, it’s something you can’t do in a TV ad.”

Pro-gay marriage ads using straight people to push message: This may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it’s not. “The moderate tough guys we need to flip to win a couple of these races are still the ones who say that gays are gross,” explains fundraising consultant Andy Szekeres (who, by the way, is gay). “Pushing people to an uncomfortable place, it’s something you can’t do in a TV ad.”

8:36 // 2 years ago
July 4, 2012
Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?
Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons • Discussing R&B artist Frank Ocean’s decision to publicly reveal that his first love was a man. (He did so in a Tumblr post, posting an image that was initially intended for the record sleeve in his upcoming album, Channel Orange.) That makes him one of the few mainstream hip-hop musicians to openly discuss having a same-sex relationship. He was careful, however, not to describe himself as gay. While Simmons and fellow Odd Future cohort Tyler, the Creator (who has himself faced heat for using homophobic slurs) were quick to give Ocean credit, a quick Twitter search shows that not everyone agrees. But considering hip-hop culture once birthed the catchphrase “no homo,” this seems like a pretty big step.
20:30 // 2 years ago
May 24, 2012

Today in Anderson Cooper making people look stupid simply by asking questions: This lady. It may be the best entry in this subgenre of news since this video(via pbump)

19:15 // 2 years ago
February 21, 2012
My friends, whether they be homosexual or not, know me, and they know that I’m not bigoted.
Chris Christie • Regarding his recent veto of a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in New Jersey. Politicians who oppose marriage equality use this defense a lot, because hey, it’s easy to speak on behalf of your unnamed gay friends and say that they’re cool with your anti-gay marriage views. Any of Christie’s gay friends care to come forward and confirm this? source (viafollow)
21:40 // 2 years ago
January 8, 2012
A member of my cabinet was gay.
Mitt Romney • Validating his gay-rights record. Rick Santorum got the question, too, in which he claimed that, if his son was gay, he’d love him just as much as he did the second before he said it.
9:55 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011
Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights. …This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.
A statement by Rick Perry • Criticizing President Obama over a memorandum he issued today, which stated broad support for advancing LGBT rights and protecting them from violence. It explicitly mentions the efforts of foreign governments to criminalize LGBT persons (the state of affairs in Uganda the last few years being one such galling example), and states that foreign aid will be directed to promote LGBT human rights. Rick Perry (clearly attempting to spark some momentum for his flat-lined bid for the GOP presidential nomination), decided to pounce, saying further: “Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong. President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.” source (viafollow)
15:41 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

Take a moment of your time to reblog this, to show respect for the man who was beaten and burnt to death for being gay.

likeaprettylittlebluebird:

Rest In Peace Stuart Walker. A 28 year old, gay man who was beaten and tied to a lamp-post at the earlier hours of Saturday morning. He was then set on fire, and burnt to death. Homosexuality is found in over 400 species, homophobia is found in one. So, which is natural now?

This made me tear up. I don’t want to understand people anymore.

For those needing context, The Telegraph has more about this awful story.

(via brooklynmutt)

1:36 // 2 years ago