MARTIN LUTHER KING JRs EXPANSIVE DREAM

It is not enough to talk about institutions and workplaces that fracture and separate people based on race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. We must also look at the ways that we ourselves manifest these bigotries — how we are the very ones who uphold and are part of these institutions and workplaces. Often, we…

WV HIGH SCHOOLER COMES OUT, DANCES WITH HOMECOMING KING

Michael Martin, an all-state soccer goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, came out publicly this fall in an epic way: by slow dancing with the homecoming king. He writes on Outsports: Growing up in rural West Virginia, it’s not the easiest place to be a gay teenager and it took me a long…

D. C. BANS DANGEROUS, DISCREDITED ‘EX-GAY’ THERAPY

Yesterday, the Washington, D.C. city council unanimously voted to ban so-called “conversion therapy” — a dangerous and discredited form of psychological abuse that falsely claims to change people from gay to straight — from being performed on minors. The Washington Post reports: The bill, authored by council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), bans efforts by licensed…

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR LEA DeLARIA SHOUTS DOWN ANTI-GAY SUBWAY PREACHER

Yesterday may have sucked politically, but here’s your feel-good moment of the day. Here’s the deal: Tuesday morning, Lea DeLaria, who plays the charmingly rambunctious lesbian Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black, proved she’s in tune with her on-screen counterpart when she shut down a homophobic preacher on an NYC subway on her way to the…

THIS LGBT HISTOR MONTH, WE HAVE WORK TO DO

October is LGBT History Month. It originated in 1994 when Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher in Missouri, had the idea that a month was needed to commemorate and teach this history, since it has been perennially excluded in the schools. He worked with other teachers and community leaders, and they chose October, since public…

NEW CHEERIOS AD FEATURES GAY FAMILY

Cheerios is launching “The Cheerios Effect,” a new ad campaign across Canada this week that stars a gay family. Marketing reports: The Cheerios Effect,” is the colloquial name some have given to a phenomenon that anyone who’s eaten a bowl of the cereal knows: when two Cheerios float in milk, they tend to attract one another thanks to surface…

UFC FIGHTER STRIPS DOWN FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Mixed martial artist and UFC light-heavyweight fighter Kyle Kingsbury made a bold statement of support for marriage equality during a pre-match weigh-in last weekend in San Jose. The bearded stud, a certified fireman who recently became engaged to his girlfriend, took to the stage wearing a black T-shirt, blue shorts, a white baseball cap, and an awkward-looking…

APPLE RELEASES HEARTWARMING PRIDE VIDEO

Yesterday, Apple released a heartwarming video on its YouTube page documenting the company’s preparation for and participation in last week’s San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade. Apple writes: On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far…

THE MOST LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE CITIES IN EVERY STATE

Ever wonder what the most conservative or liberal city is in your state? Wonder no more… Clarity Campaign Labs has created an interesting map that shows which towns are at either end of the political spectrum in each US state. According to Business Insider: Clarity Campaign Labs used its national models and the Co-Op voter file from SmartVAN to…

CATHOLIC TEACHER WITH GAY SON REFUSES TO SIGN ANTI-GAY CONTRACT

In March, we reported here at Bilerico on a new anti-LGBT provision that the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio inserted into its teacher contracts for next year. The provision forbids educators not just from coming out as gay or marrying a same-sex spouse, but even from publicly expressing support for LGBT equality, both at school and in their personal lives. For at least…

FL COUPLE’S FINAL JOURNAL SHOWS WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS

Some of the most beautiful, tragic, and heartbreakingly poignant stories in the fight for marriage equality are the stories of couples who encounter illness and death. Some of them — like Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer of New York and John Arthur and Jim Obergefell of Ohio — were able to hold  on just long enough to tie the knot….

NEWLY-OUT TYLER GLENN RESPONDS PERFECTLY TO CRITICS

“I don’t think I’m special for being a gay man. That’s not why I came out. I didn’t come out so all of you could say ‘I knew it’ based on the clothes I wear or the way I dance. I never even thought I’d have to come out. “I’d be the 50-yr-old living with…