Open thread 7/3

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Mormons give money in support of the Utah Pride Center

The Mormons have made a donation to the Utah Pride Center. This is the first time the religious group has recognized the LGBT community with monetary assistance. Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reports that the amount of the offering was $2,500 which went to ... more…

Hilary Swank Discusses ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ And The ‘Beautiful’ Progress Of LGBT Rights

Back in 1999, Hilary Swank's portrayal of real-life transgender man Brandon Teena became one of the first mainstream depictions of a largely marginalized sector of the LGBT community. Nearly 16 years later, the Oscar-winning actress marvels at how far America has come in recognizing and supporting those who aren't afraid to be who they are and love who they love. Swank dropped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to discuss her work with Duracell to honor the sacrifices made by military families, which she knows well as the daughter of an Air Force father. During the conversation, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani asked about the dichotomy between the era of "Boys Don't Cry" and now, when high-profile trans Americans like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are on magazine covers and same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. The actress said she was at home when she heard the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage, and she had an emotional, joyful reaction. "I broke into tears. It's been a really long time coming, and it's just such a beautiful moment for everybody," Swank said. She added that her role in "Boys Don't Cry" and her long relationship with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a New York City center for LGBT youth, has made it easier to identify with people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions. "With the work that I've done, just scratching the surface and walking in someone's shoes who lived that life, it gives you a little bit of a deeper understanding of what the world is like for some other people, and to celebrate our differences is a beautiful thing. It's a beautiful thing," she said.Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Hilary Swank here.Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. more…

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 3rd

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! HISTORY: The Dallas Voice has put together a timeline of […] The post Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 3rd appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch. more…

Love wins 5-4, marriage equality nationwide

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of full marriage rights for all couples nationwide in an opinion released June 26 in Obergefell v. Hodges, one of several cases brought to the court. more…

After marriage, where from here?

The Supreme Court’s decision opening marriage equality to all 50 states was met with jubilation among LGBT people across the nation and world. A long fought legal, activist and political battle led ultimately to a national ruling, putting to bed a debate over LGBT marriage recognition begun nearly 50 years ago. more…

Quick Facts: Marriage Equality

Here's a quick list of facts to know about marriage equality. more…

Locals celebrate landmark ruling

Across the Queen City, the LGBT community and its allies celebrated with jubilation after the Supreme Court's June 26 decision on marriage equality. more…

Charlotte Black Gay Pride to celebrate 10 years

Jermaine Nakia Lee can still remember the pushback and the controversy. Racist emails and letters, questions from other community leaders and confrontation with some. more…

Dixie Longate can’t be stopped

Dixie Longate is anything but your typical Tupperware lady. Longate is a hard-drinking, hypersexual single mother, thrice widowed, from Mobile, Ala., who affectionately refers to her audience as “hookers.” more…

‘Brothers’ Web Series Premieres Its Second Season

It's not often that you see authentic portrayals of the diverse experiences of trans masculine men. For this reason, we're big fans of the web series "Brothers," which released the first episode of its second season this week. We brought you news abou... more…

Randy And Phillip’s Story From RaiseAChild.US ‘The Let Love Define Family’ Series

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas! In today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, contributing writer Beth Hallstrom shares the story of a gay couple, their adopted children, and the village of loving friends they’ve enlisted as their extended family. Call it fate, kismet, or even providence, the journey of Randy Noble and Phillip Mueller of Cedar Park, TX, from single guys to devoted Dads, was marked with many signs that their happy family of four was destined to be. Randy, 39, an occupational therapist who manages the rehabilitation department of a skilled nursing facility, and 38-year old Phillip, an actuary, married in 2010 after meeting on Match.com five years before. Each knew the other was "the one" on their first date, although, Randy said, "We won't talk about all the fails before we found each other." They also acknowledged on that first date that family was very important to both of them. "One of the first things we talked about was having a family. We had both pretty much given up on the idea of kids because we were around 30 and still unattached but, after we were together for a while, we began talking seriously about adopting," Randy explained. Randy and Phillip initiated the adoption process in June, 2012 through Pathways Youth and Family Services. Fate stepped in again with an email from their Pathways caseworker. "We were matched with these kids even before we were certified. The subject line of the email read, 'I know you're not licensed yet, but...,' and there was a flyer attached with their photos and we looked at each other and said ‘Oh my God, those are our kids!’" They were three siblings, little brother Adrian, then nine, sister Jovanna, then 11, and an older sister who was 14 at the time. "We took it as a sign," Randy said. "We both come from three-kid families. We are the youngest and both have two older sisters. It just felt right.” They finally had their storybook ending -- almost. "The first time we met the kids at their foster home, the older sister was a little standoffish and we figured that was normal for a teenager. Then, they came to spend the weekend with us and were told that at the end of the weekend, each of them could choose to stay or go. The younger two said they wanted to stay but their sister said, "no," Randy explained. "She absolutely did not want to be adopted and dug in her heels, believing that things would change with her biological family and she would be able go home, " he continued. "She wouldn't let go of them. The last we heard of her, she was in juvenile detention.” "The older sister tried to sway her younger siblings not to stay with us. But, Adrian and Jovanna said they always wanted a family and they didn't give up on that. They told us they were choosing us to be their family," he said. Randy said it was a dark time for the fledgling family, but Adrian and Jovanna came to terms with their sister's decision not to join them. Jovanna, especially, had a difficult time but eventually told her Dads, "She made her choice and I've made mine." "She is a brave, mature girl and we are very proud of her. They are both such wonderful kids. We're sorry their sister chose the path she did, but at least we could help the two of them," Randy noted. But fate wasn't through with the Noble-Mueller family. After Jovanna turned thirteen, she came out as a lesbian to her fathers, who had long-suspected their daughter's sexuality. Randy explained, "She told us she knew she liked girls since first grade and we said, ‘Yeah, we know.’ She was crying and asked what was wrong with her and we told her absolutely nothing. She looked at us and said she felt so much lighter. The weight of the world was off her shoulders. "She said she didn't know why she was so worried about telling us she is gay. Who better to understand than two gay men? She is so happy now. She blossomed and she can be herself. It makes my heart smile to see her so happy. What a great time for her to grow up. She's going through all the normal teenage crap but she has a girlfriend, so it's with the right gender. She can work it all out now, unlike me, who dated girls and didn't come out until I was twenty. Then I had to go through it all over again." It seems Adrian and Jovanna, who will be twelve and fourteen, respectively, in July, and their Dads got their happily-ever-after ending. Both kids are happy, busy teens doing well in school and reveling in the large, extended group of friends and family that surround them. "They are both so open and loving. Adrian is turning out to be quite a comedian -- he jokes about being the only straight person in our family," Randy said. "Adrian and Jovanna are definitely being raised in that ‘it-takes-a-village method.’ Phil is from this area and still friends with people from his grade school. We have such a feeling of family. Everybody knows everybody's parents and our group has straight couples, lesbian couples, families with children and families without children. It's great for our kids to see so many different types of families. "We go to t-ball and band concerts and they are close with their three cousins who live nearby,” Randy adds. “Adrian and Jovanna were in foster care for four and a half years. Now they are surrounded by so much love and family. It makes up for all that lost time."RaiseAChild.US is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adopting to meet the needs of the 400,000 children in the foster care system. RaiseAChild.US recruits, educates, and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. For information about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.RaiseAChild.US. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. more…

Stonewall Riots: Tribute to Drag Queen Sylvia Rivera

In 1969, much of our LGBT progress began with a riot. I think we sometimes forget that act of rebellion, especially in a banker city like Charlotte, N.C. Today we remember the Stonewall Riots with Pride festivals, parades and orderly marches. But I cho... more…

History reinforces her teachings this Independence Day

There’s a reason I love history and why I’ve devoted so much of my academic and personal pursuits to its study. She’s a brilliant teacher and, at times, a remarkable creator of beautiful meaning and symbolism. more…

LGBT organizations speak out on Confederate battle flag

No state should embrace a symbol that so clearly stands for bigotry, violence, division and hate. No government entity should fly a flag that once divided this nation in bloody conflict and now reminds millions of people in the United States of the rac... more…

Same-sex marriage ruling a revelatory moment for Christians

God speaks. Some people listen, some don’t. That’s the way it has always been. We have read it in our various religious texts. We have experienced it in our own lives. Revelatory moments. more…

On Charleston: The Blessing in the Storm

It is the eye of the storm that is most horrific. It is also in the eye of the storm that God’s voice rings the loudest. It’s the storm that produces life’s most amazing miracles. more…

U.S./World: New bishop elected

Bishop Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina made history when he was chosen as the Episcopal Church’s 27th presiding bishop at its general convention held in late June. more…
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