In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today SaksFifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating that Title VII covers transgender people. This is the first time that the Department has made clear that Title VII prohibits any type of discrimination against transgender people, not just discrimination based on gender stereotypes.
Find out more about the case after the jump…
A video that showed Nanshan police intervening in a fight between two gay men became an Internet meme thanks to one of the men’s little red hat and snappy attitude. The attention, even got the man signed to a talent agency, but the man, Mu Yi, has said that the video involuntarily outed him, because of the viral nature of the video and is now suing his company who fired him because of the video. This is the first time someone is believed to have sued China’s first-ever sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit. “Worst thing of all, when I was on break, the company lowered my salary substantially, which is clearly discrimination against me. I can find another job but the discrimination is unbearable. That’s why I decided to file the lawsuit,” Mu said. [Shanghaist]
You can see the video after the jump and one of the remixes made (OK it’s kind of awesome)…
Passport presents our annual Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruise voyages for 2015. From brand g to family-friendly r Family Vacations, our list of cruises will sure to inspire (especially if you’re snowbound!).
US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of equality, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Granade, appointed by President George W. Bush, stated in her ruling:
There is no law prohibiting infertile couples, elderly couples, or couples who do not wish to procreate from marrying. Nor does the state prohibit recognition of marriages between such couples from other states. The Attorney General fails to demonstrate any rational, much less compelling, link…the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama. [HRC]
Rick Owens is known for his controversial runway shows, and this year’s Fall-Winter 2015 show was no exception as he sent men—in all their glory—down the runway for his new collection. It takes a lot to shock the fashion elite in Paris during this week, but when the designer didn’t put pants on his models, the crowd was obviously in shock. “Nudity is the most simple and primal gesture,” the designer told reporters backstage at his show. “It packs a punch. It’s powerful. It’s a straight world now. It says something about being independent. Who else can really get away with this stuff? It’s a corporate world! This was our private moment.”
Try to stop your heart from melting into a pile of mush when you watch this adorably addictive new video from the LA-born heartthrob Andy Grammer. From his second studio album, Magazines of Novels, the song Honey, I’m Good, features couples from all walks of life. From a gay couple that has only been dating for a year to a straight couple that has been together for over 60, check out the video after the drunk and just try not to smile.
A recently formed organization is about to take the LGBT movement into a whole new demographic. Arguably the most important demographic, our future generation, kids. One Million Kids for Equality has recently launched a website and Facebook.
The website reads:
We each have a story. Many of us have been bullied for being different, some of us have been teased for having two moms or two dads, and still others have been beat up for standing up for a friend or loved one. Each of us has a dream. Some of us want to be able to walk hand in hand with the person we love without being stared at, some of us want to see our two moms married in our home state, or for our dad to be able to keep a picture of our family on his desk without fear of losing his job. Whatever your story, we invite you to join us as we will be build a movement to show that
We Are. We Love. We Stand. United.
According to a new report, the National Institutes of Health has spent nearly a half a million studying users’ behaviors on GPS hookup/dating apps like Grindr. The US government gave $432,000 to Columbia University to research the connection between gay and bisexual men and their use of such apps in regards to the likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior.” “Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM)…Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM,” the grant said. “The overall study goal is to understand how sexual risk behaviors among MSM may be facilitated by the nature of GPS-enabled smartphone applications, the way they are used, and the process by which sexual partnering occurs via smartphone applications.”
The findings have not been released yet.
Because Amazon’s most successful new show Transparent is so important, the Internet mega-company has decided to give the public free access to the entire first season beginning tomorrow. The Golden Globe–winning show, which is usually only available for purchase or with an Amazon Prime account, will be streamed for free beginning at 12:00 A.M. If you want to be ready for the second season, Amazon is also offering a $72 membership to Amazon Prime, in celebration of the Golden Globes’ 72nd year.
Taking a lesson from Yanis Marshall and co., two dancer/models are giving life on a treadmill. The two are seen wearing pink high heels and running on, while also throwing in a sky-high kick. Are Harper Watters and Rhys Kosakowski gearing up for next year’s D.C. high-heel race?