It seems like a million years ago that I was an introverted, closeted lesbian, forced to spend every day in a suffocating classroom, in a rural farm community. Looking at me now, you would probably never know that I came from a primarily white, protestant, homophobic town in Southeast Michigan. Now, I confidently wear a James Dean-esque haircut and boxer briefs, but, just six years ago, I was struggling to come out in a high school where it was commonplace for prominent gay figures to be slandered.
This is the image from anti-gay marriage protests in France that many will remember above all others: two young women kissing in the middle of angry demonstrators.
29-year-old Anne Hathway had a quiet, romantic wedding to Adam Shulman in September and now, she's ready to help out those who can't yet officially tie the knot.
This week I'd like to send a huge congrats out to California for becoming the first state to ban "therapy" that aims to change sexual orientation of minors. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown bans mental health practitioners from performing "reparative therapy," which is believed to cause harm.
First, Sofia Vergara got engaged! Now, the set of 'Modern Family' might as well be a chapel with another couple who's ready to walk down the aisle.
It's Facebook official! After recognizing that many of its same-sex married couple members have been using the "married" icons meant for straight couples, Facebook has introduced new "married" timeline icons for gay users, one of which depicts two brides, the other, two grooms.
The struggle for the gay community to be allowed the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts has been an uphill battle for hundreds of years. Although once upon a time in some corners of the world, homosexuality was viewed as normal behavior, it eventually evolved into something that society decided was evil, and those who were gay were denied basic human rights.
From Pres. Barack Obama expressing his support for gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America, to the struggle to repeal Proposition 8 in California, to the misleadingly-named Defense of Marriage Act being ruled unconstitutional, it's been a game-changing year in gay marriage rights.
A monumental ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston today declared the Defense of Marriage Act, the national law that declared marriage as a union "between one man and one woman," unconstitutional. The ruling sets the stage for DOMA to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which could lead to federal approval of same-sex marriages.
When President Obama publicly announced his support of gay marriage on May 9, there seemed to be little question: Obama has the gay vote locked down. Though, of course, not all gays care about gay marriage, nor will all gays be voting Democrat come November. Yes, gay Republicans do exist. Even in the blue states.
Senate Democrats appear to be setting up a fight with the GOP over extending the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans wary about being branded anti-woman object to the inclusion of gays and illegals, and say the Dems are trying to score political points.
At midnight Tuesday, "Don’t Ask, Don't Tell" expired, and Navy Lt. Gary Ross married his boyfriend of 11 years in Vermont. The couple had traveled from their home in Arizona so they could openly marry before their loved ones.
Choosing the perfect wedding attire is quite a daunting task for about almost everybody invited to a nuptial, so here are some tips from The Gloss to guarantee a fashion ensemble that will have you turning heads, but of course, not outshining the brides and grooms.
Honey Davenport was in character, performing his usual set at a Manhattan drag bar. Clad in a rainbow leotard and platform heels, he took a swig of his drink and ripped off his wig—sweaty and exhausted from the hourlong performance. Suddenly cheers erupted: New York's state legislature had legalized same-sex marriage, and on the eve of gay-pride weekend. Davenport's boyfriend made his way to the stage and got down on one knee. "Will you marry me?" he asked.
New York State has officially passed a same-sex marriage bill, 33 to 29, becoming the sixth and largest state to make gay marriage legal in the United States. This vote is particularly historic as Republicans have a majority in the NY state legislature, making it the first GOP-led body to pass a same-sex marriage amendment.