Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs joins the growing ranks of celebrities and public figures who have declared their sexual orientation.
The 31-year-old American singer-songwriter, who rose to fame when her single "Fuck Was I" was featured on the TV series Weeds, came out in a June 12 post on the appropriately titled Everyone Is Gay, an advice website for queer youth, during Music Week. Her fiancée, Kristin Russo, is a cofounder of the site and was part of her inspiration to come out.
Congratulations to Jenny on contributing to social progress.
By now, you've probably heard about the online backlash that a Cheerios ad called "Just Checking" triggered when it simply portrayed—shockingly—a biracial girl talking to her white mother and black father. Because apparently such things shouldn't exist in 2013.
In fact, there was so much vitriol that Cheerios had to turn off the comments section on YouTube.
(On this side of the border, mixed unions are on the rise, with Vancouver leading the way. It's even going to the subject of a forthcoming Canadian reality TV show about interracial, crosscultural weddings.)
While everyone's been caught up in Rob Ford's crack, here are the Toronto mayor's other cracks when it comes to queer things.
Like the previous years since being elected mayor of Toronto in 2011, Ford won't be feeling any Pride this year.
Unlike the three previous mayors who marched in the parade, he has avoided the parade to spend time at his family's cottage in Muskoka on Canada Day weekend when the parade is held. He said on June 1 on a radio show that he'd do the same again this year.
The U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 are expected to come sometime this month.
DOMA, as you might not know, deprives legally married same-sex couples of the rights to immigration laws that allow American citizens to petition for a green card for their foreign spouses. In fact, DOMA denies gay Americans of over 1,100 federal rights.
A gay Conan viewer named David attempted to find a mistake on O'Brien's show in a segment called "Fan Corrections".
But how can O'Brien ever be wrong when he's got George Facebook Royalty Takei on his side?
Besides, as soon as someone calls out "heterophobia", you know it's game over.
If you witnessed a parent berating his or her transgender teenager in public, how would you react?
That's what the program Primetime: What Would You Do? asked.
The ABC series, hosted by John Quiñones, stages scenarios of conflict performed by actors in real-life contexts. But what bystanders don't realize is that what they're witnessing is not real. Nor are they aware that they're secretly being filmed.
The footage exposes how people react with or without compassion towards others who are caught in vulnerable or emotional situations.
The show regularly tackles issues concerning race, gender, sexual and gender identity, abuse, moral dilemmas, and more.
If you were an expectant parent and you were told you were about to have a gay child, how would you feel?
That's what an Australian campaign for same-sex marriage, called What R U Having, explores in a new video, in which a heterosexual couple is receiving an ultrasound scan.
What R U Having was launched by Shelley Argent, the Australian spokesperson for PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
The ad is designed to drive home the message that since anyone can be born gay, marriage equality should be important to everyone.
An Australian bill to legalize same-sex marriage was defeated last September.
After much speculation, former Glee star Charice Pempengco has come out of the closet.
In an emotional TV interview on The Buzz which aired in the Philippines on June 2, the 21-year-old Filipina singer, who rose to fame with appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, said “Opo, tomboy po ako,” in Tagalog, which translates as “Yes, I’m a lesbian.”
“Now I feel free," she said. "I can go out of the house without fear and certain that I’m not stepping on anybody’s toes.”
She also both thanked and apologized to her fans.
Surrey mayor Dianne Watts and council have proclaimed the date for the city’s 14th annual Pride Festival, with the theme “All for Pride–Pride for All”.
On Monday (May 27) Jen Marchbank, Surrey Pride Society president, requested continued support from Watts and council for the Pride Society and to declare Sunday, July 7, the date of the Surrey Pride Festival.
After Marchbank’s presentation—which detailed the benefits from the society to the LGBT community and the city of Surrey, such as supporting and raising funds for charities through events like community barbecues—the mayor and council agreed.
The festival will take place once again at Holland Park, from noon to 5 p.m.
Councillor Judy Villeneuve said she was looking forward to attending the festival.