Transgender Teens Speak To Themselves 10 Years From Now

With the transgender conversation taking center stage in American culture, Mashable set out to talk to real teens to see what their lives are really like in 2015. We asked them to talk to their future selves 10 years from now. -- This feed and its co... more…

ACLU files contempt charges against Kim Davis, she could face jail

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed two motions against Kim Davis with the Kentucky district court today. This is in response to the Rowan County Clerk’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering her to do so. These motions ask that Davis be held in contempt of court and if accepted, Davis could face heavy fines and jail time. Davis will again head to courtroom on Thursday to answer to a judge, explaining why she failed to follow orders and refuse to issue the licenses in her district. Back to court she goes, Davis will have to answer to a judge for disobeying orders. read more more…

Here’s Why Conversations About Campus Sexual Assault Need To Include LGBT People

Mainstream conversations about rape often fail to acknowledge sexual assaults that happen against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. But John Kelly, a genderqueer activist and survivor of sexual assault, wants to remind everyone that rape does not discriminate against gender or sexual identities.Kelly, a student at the Harvard Divinity School, opened up to HuffPost Live's Zerlina Maxwell last week about their -- Kelly's preferred pronoun -- experience reporting sexual assault to Tufts University, where they went for their undergraduate years. Kelly said they faced a lot of "roadblocks.""I was told by administrators that it couldn't happen because it was between two male-bodied people," Kelly said. "I was told by an administrator that the real problem was not, sort of, the 'actions' that had happened but my drinking problem, because during my sexual assault I was incapacitated due to alcohol poisoning."Kelly said that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are "absolutely" left out of conversations about sexual assault, despite high statistic rates for LGBTQ people who have been assaulted. Kelly explained that inherently "oppressive" systems like police enforcement and universities have deterred queer students from reporting."So there aren't necessarily those resources to go and receive help to try to achieve some form of justice or safety on your campus," Kelly said. "And so I think that's about administrators committing to doing this work, to being in these communities, to communicating with these students that they're there for them. That their identities are going to be respected and appreciated and loved and cherished, and that their experiences of violence are valid and need to work through what's going on there."Watch the full segment on what we can do to respond to campus sexual assault, and click here to watch HuffPost Live's seven-part series on the epidemic. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new 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!Also on HuffPost:-- 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…

Video of heated exchange between Kim Davis and same-sex couple

Heated confrontations played out in front of cameras today as Kim Davis was approached by David Moore and David Emold for a fourth time to get their marriage licenses. Only yesterday did the U.S. Supreme Court order Davis to abide by the law, but today she continues to agitate the system. Davis, in the video stands before Moore and Emold saying, “I have asked you all to leave, you are interrupting my business.” The couple then refuse to do so, asking Davis to call the police if she wants them removed: Video shows a rather collected Kim Davis brushing off a couple who want their marriage license. read more more…

How To Have The Sex Talk With LGBT Children

Talking to a child about sex is tricky -- and often stressful -- for parents who want to strike a balance between being open, honest and truthful without veering into territory that could be inappropriate for a young age. But the conversation becomes even more complex with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children, who often need an extended discussion about gender and sexuality that may be unfamiliar to heterosexual parents who haven't experienced those issues firsthand. So what's the best way to handle such an important parenting moment? HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd talked with a panel of parents and sex experts on Monday to answer that very question. Watch part of the discussion above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about sex-positive parenting.Also on HuffPost:-- 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…

Toddler’s Impassioned Rendition Of ‘Les Mis’ Classic Goes Viral

A toddler's viral rendition of "Do You Hear The People Sing?" is earning accolades from parents, "Les Misérables" fanatics and even Broadway stars. Mom Erin Frehner uploaded this brilliant video of her 3-year-old son Koen passionately belting out the famous anthem -- with his own adorable touches. Koen sings lines like "The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of Fwwwwance!" with enough fervor to make anyone want to join the revolution. The video has over 260,000 views on YouTube, and even the famous Jean Valjean actor Alfie Boe has taken note. "This is amazing. A future Enjolras," he tweeted.We're hoping Koen gets his chance on the Broadway stage a little bit sooner. Heck, he'd make a great Gavroche.H/T TodayAlso on HuffPost:-- 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…

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In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual

A high school student I've known most of her life came out to me a while back. (Seeing as I had just come out to her, it seemed like a reasonable thing to do.) Laughing that both of us thought the other knew, we finally got around to talking about just where we stood out of the closet, so to speak. "Bisexual," I said. "You could say bi," she wrote back about herself. "I identify with pansexual, but it's easier to say bi." Huh? Pan-what? After nearly four-and-a-half decades on earth, I had finally come to understand I was bisexual. Now there was another word I had to consider? No wonder I get headaches. I was reminded of this when I saw last week that Miley Cyrus had told the world she was pansexual. As confused as most people are now, I was then. As I so often did, however, I went and talked to some of my students in the GSA during lunch. Much more current on, well, everything, I thought they might know what this word meant. I got some interesting answers: "You like everything." "You like cookware." "You like that Greek guy who's half horse." "He's not half horse, he's half goat." "I know that guy! He was in the first Chronicles of Narnia movie!" At this point, I realized "more current" does not always apparently mean better. Not that I was much help, either: "If you like everything, wouldn't that be a globalsexual?" And with that, lunch was pretty much shot to hell. To her credit, however, one of my students wandered off into the Internet that week to discover just what pansexual meant. She came back to the next meeting with a number of things that began to clear it up: • "Bisexual people are attracted sexually and romantically to both males and females, and are capable of engaging in sensual relationships with either sex.... pansexual people may be sexually attracted to individuals who identify as male or female; however, they may also be attracted to those who identify as intersex, third-gender, androgynous, transsexual or the many other sexual and gender identities." • "Both bisexual and pansexual people might feel desire towards people of any amount of genders. People who feel desire towards people of more than one, more than two, many, multiple or all genders can identify as bisexual or as pansexual (or really anything else): The word people use to name their sexual identity does not predict or convey the number of genders they might desire." I should note at this point that there are literally thousands of different websites where you can find this information. I liked these two because they discussed the topic in a clinical, non-emotional manner. (Unlike sites like Yahoo Answers which seem to just as often be filled with idiots as intellectuals. You have to ask yourself: What kind of site allows people to vote on what is the best answer? If you're asking about a gumbo recipe, fine. But when the topics involve facts and information, there is correct and incorrect. Letting people -- many of them idiots -- vote on such things is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.) Anyway, back to lunch. All of us sitting there listening, even when she was done we were fairly silent. Finally, one of us broke the silence: "There are more than two genders? Oh, come on! I just figured out I liked two of them!" Yeah, that was me. In all fairness, however, some of the other people at lunch said it as well. They just weren't as loud. Or they didn't want to spit crumbs at people, so they waited until their mouths weren't full. Whatever the reasons, however, the idea that there are more than two genders is not one you see discussed much. I teach in a fairly liberal school, and they certainly don't talk about more than two sexes in biology. In English classes, when there's the rare LGBTQ character of discussion, they're almost always gay or lesbian. On TV and movie screens, there are straights, gays and bisexuals. Until Miley, however, I'd never even heard the word "pansexual" on TV, although I only get basic cable, so maybe that explains it. So to hear there are more than two genders is sort of mind-blowing to some people. Honestly, it goes so completely against the grain that some people's brains just kind of stop. They switch over to less challenging things, like where to find a good gumbo recipe. I hate doing that. (Not thinking, I mean; I love gumbo.) So I tried to understand the whole multi-gender thing in my own way. It wasn't simple. For the moment, however, it helped me to think of it this way: If I were to ask you to raise your fingers to show me how many genders there are, you'd probably raise your hand in a "V" pattern. Two genders, two fingers, there you go. Now raise two digits again, but this time using your thumb and your pinky. You are now fully prepared to "hang loose" and go surfing in Hawaii. More, however, you can better understand more than two genders. Because just as there are now three fingers between your other two digits, there are other genders between just the two that you know. Too many to name here: It's all in there. Indeed, just about any issues of sexuality, identity or expression between consenting adults fits is in there somewhere. Because gender is not a binary thing, consisting of just the plumbing in your persons. It's a function of many things, many choices and things that aren't choices at all. And with that, I'm sure it's all cleared up! Or not, as I'll admit it's still all rather a mind bender. Indeed, I understand now why my young friend originally said to me, "... it's easier to say bi." Because she's right. Hopefully someday she won't be. -- 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…

Ky. clerk defies Supreme Court on marriage

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Clinton emails reveal interest in LGBT rights

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Vandals Torch Vehicle Of Metro Atlanta Gay Couple

Project Q reports that vandals targeting a lesbian couple in Forsyth County continued their assault last Wednesday, this time apparently torching the couple’s 2008 Saturn. Read the full story from Project Q   more…

Philippine Church Leaders Urge Opposition To Gay Marriage

News24 reports that leaders of the Philippines’ dominant Catholic Church have called on individuals and politicians to actively oppose same-sex marriage, after new efforts by activists to have same-sex unions legalized in the conservative nation. […] more…

Ireland President Signs Same-Sex Marriage Into Constitution

GayStarNews reports that Irish President Michael Higgins has signed gay marriage into the constitution. Read the full story from GayStarNews  more…

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court Order On Gay Marriage

The BBC reports that a Christian official has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky despite exhausting all of her legal options. Read the full story from the BBC more…

Sleep With The Lights On — New ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Teasers Are Here

Just in case the first two teasers for "American Horror Story: Hotel" didn't convince you to avoid checking into hotels for a while, these new ones definitely will. In three new teasers, which Ryan Murphy tweeted on Monday night, the titular Hotel Cortez gets even creepier.In one called "Jeepers Creepers," we get a look at the hotel's room 64, which we know is the room of Evan Peters' Mr. James March, the charming murderous psychopath who built the hotel in the 1930s. But is that him snooping through the peephole? As one fan on Reddit pointed out, Peters doesn't have blue eyes, so perhaps this is the eye of a victim in his room. Either way, we're bound to see Mr. March snooping at some point this season, since Peters' character is partly influenced by Howard Hughes, who was known to stay in room 64 at the Chateau Marmont and supposedly used it to spy on women down at the pool.The second teaser, "Towhead," shows a group of pale, blonde children standing in an eerie hallway. Could some of these be the blood-drinking kids of Lady Gaga's Countess?The third teaser changes the entire meaning of sleepwalking. Perhaps you should avoid your mattress tonight and sleep with the lights on.Murphy also shared two new character photos over the weekend, including one of The Countess and one of a masked man who may be Mr. March.The Countess is bringing back The Turban in a major way. pic.twitter.com/KRedLDrYla— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 29, 2015Who is this AHS all star behind the mask? pic.twitter.com/Dqp5Rlmwyz— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 30, 2015Still not scared? Don't worry, on Monday, Lily Rabe posted a photo on Instagram of the contacts used to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos on "Hotel." That means Murphy & Co. are already shooting the two-part Halloween episode, which we know will feature a dinner party of the most infamous serial killers. Prepare to not sleep for a while. "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres on Oct. 7 on FX.Also on HuffPost:For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber. -- 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…

Kentucky Clerk Refuses To Issue Marriage License To Gay Couples In Heated Exchange

WASHINGTON -- A Kentucky county clerk on Tuesday refused to issue marriage licenses for two same-sex couples despite a Supreme Court ruling ordering the clerk to do so.A video posted to Facebook by WKYT shows the gay couples repeatedly demanding that the clerk, Kim Davis, issue them marriage licenses."We are not issuing marriage licenses today," Davis says in the video."Under whose authority are you not issuing licenses?" asks one of the men."Under God's authority," Davis responds.The Rowan County clerk then asks the men to leave, before retreating to the back of the office herself. Davis comes out to speak to another couple denied licensePosted by Hillary Thornton WKYT on Tuesday, September 1, 2015For more from The Huffington Post, download our app for iOS or Android. -- 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…

See Eddie Redmayne As Lili Elbe In The First Trailer For ‘The Danish Girl’

In the first trailer for Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," Alicia Vikander's Gerda Wegener sketches her husband, played by Eddie Redmayne, in bed as a woman. In the film, Redmayne plays transgender icon Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo successful gender confirmation surgery. Assigned male at birth in Denmark, Elbe visited Berlin in 1930 to undergo several experimental operations. Hooper's film is based on David Ebershoff's 2000 novel, a fictionalized account of Elbe's story.The trailer shows Gerda asking her husband to pose in a dress for a sketch, followed by the two going out with Lili dressed in women's clothing. But things begin to change after Gerda finds Lili kissing a man (Ben Whishaw) who sees her for who she truly is. "I think Lili's thoughts," Redmayne says as Lili. "I dream her dreams. She was always there.""The Danish Girl" opens Nov. 27.Also on HuffPost: For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber. -- 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…

Kentucky clerk is invoking ‘God’s authority’ to continue denying gay couples marriage licenses.

ROWAN, Ky. - Kim Davis returned to work this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant her the authority to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on Monday. The Kentucky County Clerk continued to deny licenses this morning, saying she is doing so under “God’s Authority.” David Moore and David Emold once again came into her office for the fourth time this year, and still the clerk turned them away, asking them to leave. Rowan County Clerk still refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses. read more more…
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