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Get Your Tickets: Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth Star in ‘I Am Harvey Milk’

September 15th, 2014 No comments
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Image via I Am Harvey Milk

Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris, and Jack W. Batman will be bringing  Tony- and Grammy Award–nominee Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, to the New York Stage for a one-night-only performance on October 6th at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony- and Emmy Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece this theater experience is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.

Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available here. Tickets start at $40 with premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, starting at $500.

 

‘God Loves Gays’ Billboard Gives a Big F U to Westboro Baptist

September 10th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Indiegogo

The person behind the hilarious ‘God’ Facebook and Twitter has used his almighty Internet power to erect a billboard in Topeka that says “God Loves Gays right across the street from the hate-group The Westboro Baptist Church. The billboard is thanks to god’s ‘followers’ who helped crowdfund the campaign. Initially seeking to raise about $50,000 for the project it, to date, raised $80,000. Leftover money will bring the campaign to bus stations and other ads, as well as be donated to end hunger and LGBT youth prevention. Westboro Baptist has already responded to the ad tweeting: “Comedians Billboard Taunts WBC” and added their URL to the bottom the ad.

Click here to donate. 

After 72 Years Together, Well-Traveled Lesbian Couple Marries in Iowa

September 8th, 2014 Comments off
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Thomas Geyer. Image via QCTimes.

It’s a love story 72 years in the making. Two women, who are both in their 90s, finally married at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. The two, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, exchanged vows after 72 years together surrounded by their family and friends. Rev. Linda Hunsaker, who presided over the ceremonies, said “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.” The two grew up together in Yale, Iowa and moved to Davenport in 1947.

The couple has also traveled quite extensively. According to QC Times, they’ve traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice! [QCTimes]

 

After 10 Years Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Marry

September 8th, 2014 Comments off
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If you thought all along that longtime couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were already married, you’d be wrong. The couple confirmed that after ten years together they finally tied the knot on Saturday. “We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family,” Harris’s reps told PEOPLE. According to Harris’s Twitter, the two married, kids in tow, in Italy. “Guess what? David Burtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband,'” he wrote. According to sources, the two wore custom-made Tom Ford tuxes, and the wedding was officiated by Pam Fryman, the director of How I Met Your Mother.  [People]

 

Gay Football Player Michael Sam Cut from Rams’ Active Roster and Fails to Make Practice Squad

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off
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A few months ago, openly gay football player Michael Sam was on top of the world when he was drafted into the St. Louis Rams, but after this week, the defensive end has been left with few, if any, prospects for his football career after the deal cut him and announced that he will not even be part of the ten-player practice squad. While the coach, who met with Sam in person, said that the practice squad will contain only players and positions that the 53-man active roster may be thin on, an official roster shows that the ten-person squad doesn’t contain a single defensive end, prompting many to speculate that Sam’s sexuality is party to blame. [USAToday]

Coahuila, Mexico’s Congress Says ‘I Do’ to Gay Marriage

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport

The northern Mexican state of Coahuila has become the latest region in Mexico to approve same-sex marriage after a congressional vote changed the civil marriage code to give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Mexico has seen a number of regions approve same-sex marriage beginning in 2009 when Mexico City became the first to legalize it. While opposition existed to the Coahuila vote, mainly from the Catholic Church, the Congress approved the change in a 19-3 vote.

Marriages may be instituted beginning as early as next week. [BBC]

Gallup Finds Netherlands the Most Gay-Friendly Country and Senegal/Pakistan the Worst

August 29th, 2014 Comments off
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Based on a survey conducted in 123 countries last year, a new Gallup poll has listed countries in order of most gay-friendly to least gay-friendly by asking residents a simple question: “Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for gay or lesbian people?” Note though, the results are skewed for those countries who were placed on the lower spectrum as Gallup decided that the question was even “too sensitive” to be asked in: Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Nigeria, Bahrain, Bhutan, Iraq, Kuwait, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

Not surprisingly, those who scored in the highest tier (where over 75% of responders said yes) were in Europe, with Canada the only non-European country in the top. Ireland, a country where gay marriage is up for a vote next year, demonstrates the swift change in public opinion toward gay and lesbians. Sexual acts between gay men was only decriminalized in the country in 1993 (note too, divorce only became legal in 1995).

Netherlands citizens overwhelmingly responded yes to the question, with more than 8/10 saying the country is good for gays and lesbians.

9th Circuit Court to Hear Gay Marriage Arguments for Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii

August 28th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

On September 8th the 9th Circuit Court will hear oral arguments beginning at the James R Browning US Courthouse, 95 7th Street, San Francisco. The arguments concern laws banning marriage equality in Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii. This announcement comes just days after the 7th Circuit Court agreed to hear cases concerning Indiana and Wisconsin. Since the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Seventh, Sixth, Tenth, and Fourth Circuits have heard oral arguments in marriage equality cases. The Tenth Circuit issued rulings on June 25th and July 17th in cases from Utah and Oklahoma. The Fourth Circuit issued a ruling on July 28th in a case from Virginia. All three decisions held that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

For the law school-inclined we have more details about who is representing whom after the jump…

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‘Dr. Who’ Lesbian Kiss Causes Controversy

August 27th, 2014 Comments off
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Screen Cap via BBC

A groundbreaking, sci-fi lesbian kiss on the long-running Doctor Who has caused controversy for the BBC. OfCom (the UK’s Office of Communications) logged complaints after a lizard woman named Madame Vastra gave a big-ole’ smooch to her human wife Jenny Flint. According to the Independent: “The moment came about when Jenny holds her breath to escape clockwork droids who can sense humans by their exhalations. As she struggles to breathe, Madame Vastra helps keep her alive with her own oxygen.” While the two have been together in the show for three years, this was their first on-screen kiss, which had some of the seven million viewers claiming the show now has a “blatant gay agenda.”

 

The Emmy’s Big Gay Wins

August 26th, 2014 Comments off
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If you didn’t have a spare three hours to tune into last nights Emmy Awards, don’t worry, we’ve got the low down on what went down. It was another LGBT-heavy year for the award show as Modern Family (again) took home best Comedy Series, Jim Parson (again) took home best Comedy Actor, Jane Lynch won for Best Reality Show Host for Hollywood Game Night, and The Normal Heart took home best movie. The most poignant moment came when Larry Kramer (the author behind The Normal Heart) joined the assemble to accept the best movie award.

Check out the full list after the jump…

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