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Anti-Gay Baker Breaks Down at Values Voter Summit

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Anti-gay baker Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa burst into tears at the Values Voter Summit while describing the time she used to spend meeting with a bride to plan the perfect cake...unless of course that bride was a lesbian like couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman who attempted to order a cake from Melissa, but were refused because they were gay. 

The backlash from Melissa's refusal to bake their cake included boycotts of the business, national media attention, and a state investigation for anti-gay discrimination, which may be supported by the Kleins' agreeing to bake cakes for an "ex-gay" group. Doh! The couple is now fighting a $150,000 lawsuit from the state over their actions, which probably has a lot to do with why Melissa is bawling while remembering the good ole days of baking cakes for straights only.

Sweet Cakes By Melissa eventually chose to shut down their storefront rather than make cakes for gay couples, but the bakery is still operating out of a home kitchen and taking orders online.

Minnesota Paper Gets Flack for Full-Page Anti-Trans Ad

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Minnesota’s Star Tribune is under fire for running a full-page anti-transgender ad in Sunday’s paper that reads:

“A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU ok with that?”

The ad is in response to a proposed policy change by the Minnesota State High School League that would allow transgender athletes to participate in the gendered team of their choosing with physician documentation and, in some cases, having begun hormone therapy.

The ad was paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League (MCPL), who earlier this year, also opposed the anti-bullying Safe And Supportive Schools Act before it was signed into law.

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The Minnesota State High School League votes on Wednesday.

University of California to Create Gender Neutral Restrooms and Use Preferred Name

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Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California will create more gender neutral restrooms and allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

Under the directive announced Monday, all existing single-stall bathrooms in UC buildings will be made available to users of any gender instead of reserved for a single sex. Single-stall restrooms open to all genders will also be considered in plans for new and renovated buildings.

The name directive builds on policies that already permit students who have not legally changed their names to choose a “preferred” name that will be used for class rosters, student ID cards, campus directories and other situations where a legal name is not required, such as a course transcript.

The two changes were based on recommendations from a task force that started meeting before  Janet Napolitano assumed the Univesity of California president’s job a year ago and which she has expanded into an ongoing advisory group that comes up with suggestions for how the university can be more LGBT-inclusive.

UK Survey Says 16% Think Gay Sex Should Be Illegal

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A survey of 1,052 UK adults has revealed 16 percent think gay sex should be made illegal by the government. 20% weren’t against gay sex legally but morally. In 2008, that number was 24 percent that number actually improved. And 60 percent support gay marriage and gay couples’ right to adopt children, up from 50 percent in 2008.

Of course, a survey of 1000 people seems a bit tiny to me!

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NOM Co-Founder Says Duck Dynasty Responsible for Drop in Marriage Equality Support

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Maggie Gallagher, the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage claims in an article for the National Review that the reality show Duck Dynasty is responsible for a drop in support for marriage equality. Maggie said:

“Something happened over the last year to give traditional Christians second thoughts about what gay marriage would mean.

“The most likely candidate is A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after he expressed, rather colorfully, rather standard orthodox Christian views on gay sex.”

Phil Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty for less than two weeks last year, when he questioned in an interview to GQ why gay men would prefer “a man’s anus” over a vagina – and has since claimed STIs are God’s punishment for gays. Maggie also cited the case of Brendan Eich, who stepped down as CEO of Mozilla after members of his board protested at donations to anti-gay marriage groups.

“Other cases have not received the same widespread attention as Duck Dynasty and Mozilla, but they are beginning to mount, raising fears that gay marriage means tolerance for thee and persecution for me.”

So, basically, Maggie is worried she'll be persecuted like those of us gays already are. 

A Pew Research Center poll revealed last week that support for same-sex marriage had dropped by about 5% down to 49%, but analysts said the five percentile point drop may just been an “anomaly”.

 

John Bird on How To Determine Whether Someone is a Top or Bottom by the Way They Dance...or Not!

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British vlogger/anthropologist John Bird has a video on how to tell a gay man’s preferred position by observing the way he moves on the dance floor.

“Some people actually believe that they can tell a person’s ‘position’ from their gyrations.”

Bottoms, he explains, use “smooth hip movements” not dissimilar to “a mating call,” whereas tops either don’t dance, dance badly, or in a “very typical macho way.” John breaks out some moves to demonstrate before saying that you should just get to know the person instead of relying on stereotypes.

I have to admit his demonstrations look just like me (the hip swiveler) and my GF (stands there not dancing) at the club so maybe there's some truth to the stereotypes after all!

TV Show The Flash May Have Gay Villian

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The new TV show The Flash will have a gay super villain. According to TVLine.com’s Matt’s Inside Line blog, the Pied Piper will be among the villains on the show, appearing mid-season, although the part appears not to have been cast as yet.

The Pied Piper, real name Hartley Rathaway, is a protégée of Dr Harrison Wells, the physicist who built the particle accelerator that exploded giving The Flash his superpowers when he is struck by lightning. The Pied Piper lost his hearing in an accident and this allows him to use sonic weapons on people without feeling their effects himself.

The Pied Piper was one of the earliest gay characters in the comic book world.

The Flash premieres October 7  on The CW.

La Church Kicks out AA Group Under Misguided Fear They'd Have to Host Gay Marriages

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A Louisiana church kicked out a local Alcoholics Anonymous group over the pastor’s irrational fears he might also be forced to accommodate same-sex weddings.

KSLA-TV reports that Pastor David Venable of the Westwood Baptist Church in Keithville, La., sent a letter to the AA chapter saying “constant and aggressive attack from the homosexual and lesbian community” could force the church to host same-sex wedding ceremonies if it continued to allow other public groups (such as AA) to gather at its facilities:

“As I am sure you are aware, God’s church, his written word, and its values and principles have come under a constant and aggressive attack from the homosexual and lesbian community,” the letter states.

“Churches and Christian businesses alike, across our nation, are being forced, by our legal system, to accommodate these groups in the use of their buildings/facilities to perform marriage ceremonies, receptions, etc. The court’s decision was based on the fact that the churches/business were accepting and accommodating other public entities, and therefore must also accommodate the homosexual and lesbian community.”

The pastor says he was following advice from the Louisiana Baptist Church Message that gave suggestions for "safeguarding against gay weddings" but People Acting for Change and Equality political director Adrienne Critcher said the church is misguided.

“Even if we have legalized gay marriage throughout the country no church will be forced to marry gay people if they don’t want to."

Expect Lots of Gay Sex on How To Get Away With Murder

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How To Get Away With Murder was one of the new shows I was looking forward to watching this season and now I have one more reason! Of course, like a dumbass, I missed the Thursday premiere, but now I'm going to have to go back and watch! I apparently missed out on both cunnilingus and gay sex (see above video) in the premiere of the show, but according to creator Peter Nowalk, there's more where that came from!

"We never got any pushback about [the sex scenes] from the network."

He explains that there will be lots of gay relationships with sex because "It's part of life":

"I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex. And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn't see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it's a lack of vision that you don't see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I'm gonna keep it going."

 

Ellen Rewards Bullied Girl and the Homecoming Queen Who Handed Over Her Crown

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When high school bullies pranked Lillian Skinner by telling her she'd been nominated for homecoming queen, her longtime friends Naomi Martinez and Anahi Alvarez, who were nominated, made a pact that if one of them won, they'd turn over the crown to Lillian. The night of the homecoming game when Anahi won the crown, she called Lillian up onto the field and turned over the crown. Ellen took notice of this act of kindness and brought the three girls onto her show and had some big surprises for them! 

I admit it - I got a bit teary! It seems so simple to be nice to each other, but it's actually so rare!

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Ricky Martin's Awesome Answer to "Was I in your Belly?"

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During an interview on Univision radio’s Enrique Santos Show, Ricky Martin revealed his answer to questions from his six-year-old twin sons, Valentino and Matteo about where they came from. Ricky used a surrogate who was a close friend. When asked whether he would tell the kids about their birth mother, he said the boys have already started asking questions, saying they once asked: “Papa, was I in your belly?”

Ricky answered:

“You were in my heart and you are still in my heart. There is a woman who I adore with all my heart who helped me bring you to this world and she lent me her belly so that you could come and when you were born, she put you in my arms.”

Ricky wants more kids including “not one, four!” little girls.

“I’m just getting started with this fatherhood thing."

Tom Daley Takes Dustin Lance Black on Mountain Top Date Via Helicopter

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That sound is a thousand guys saying, "Oh great, now my boyfriend is going to expect ME to take them on a mountain top date via helicopter." Proving you might as well go big or go home, Tom Daley arranged for a helicopter to take him and boyfie Dustin Lance Black on romantic sunset dinner on the top of a mountain.

DLB posted this helicopter pic saying: 

A little #TBT to last night's dinner commute. You know... just hangin' with the #GoodyearBlimp in downtown LA.

Tom apparently organized the date himself and kept it a secret until the helicopter came to pick them up. DLB said:

So he said he had a date night surprise... Thank you@tomdaley1994 for the most magical date night ever. #MountainTopPicnic #OrbicAirFollow

Tom seemed to enjoy the view:

Date night last night ❤️

Stop it you two with your cutesy hearts!

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Says He Got Outed as aTeen Because He Stole Gay Porn

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Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson admitted in an interview with Aisha Tyler this week on her podcast, Girl On Guy that he got outed because he got caught stealing gay porn:

“I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14, I always consider that my coming out. It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while, I had quite a little a collection.

I had been stealing porn and I had three magazines underneath my shirt. I guess the certain magazine that I picked up had a sensor in it, and I set off the alarm. I had to go back to the woman who asked me if I had anything in my backpack – she was giving me the benefit of the doubt.

I couldn’t be like, ‘some porn fell inside my pants’ – I lifted up my shirt and I had tears in my eyes. She took me to the back room and they brought my dad in, showed him the nature of the material that I was stealing. It was really, really humiliating.”

God, how much did it suck to be a teen pre-Internet age! Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC.

Enjoy this hamburglar gif and pretend the Hamburgler is Jesse and the food is gay porn!

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Jaason Simmons Talks about How Baywatch Co-Stars Knew He Was Gay Before he Came Out

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Jaason Simmons, who played a sexy Aussie lifeguard on the hit TV series Baywatch, says his costars knew he was gay even before he publicly came out in 2008 and were great about it. Jaason talked to TooFab about the 25th anniversary of the hit series and said:

“Everybody knew, I just didn’t speak about my private life, I’m pretty shy and introverted. So to go in a show when you’re like that, it takes a lot of adjusting. I was like, baby steps. I was in a relationship for the whole time and they were all aware and it was fantastic and no issue.”

 Jaason and his partner, Irish actor John O’Callaghan, adopted a Ugandan boy in 2006. You can watch the video here.

Hundreds Rally for Changes to PA State Hate Crimes Law While Philly Introduces Proposal

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During a rally held in Philadelphia’s LOVE Park and organized by state Rep. Brian Sims, hundreds of people protested, asking for changes to the state’s hate-crimes law after the beating of a gay couple in downtown Philadelphia gained national attention. They want Pennsylvania’s anti-hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation.

The suspects in the Philly gay bashing were charged with criminal conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment and were released on bail. 

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia City Council will likely pass a new ordinance introduced Thursday that would make crimes motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability be considered hate crimes in the city.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced the proposal with Councilman Jim Kenney and it was co-sponsored by everyone on the city council. It could become law as soon as Nov. 2.

The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus Talks about Playing Daryl as "Prison Gay"

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The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus is on the cover of October's GQ and inside they interview him about his love of darker roles and why you'll never see him as the romantic lead in a romcom (you can read the entire GQ story here), but one interesting part is Reedus talking about how he plays Daryl Dixon like he's "prison gay."

"I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season, we were at a party in L.A. He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?' I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay. Like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like, What the f***? He will never admit it.' I was like, 'That'll blow minds -- let's do that.' And he said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.'" 

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"The Walking Dead" Season 5 premieres Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.