Pennsylvania’s first out state legislator Brian Sims announced this morning that he is running for Congress. Sims will run in the 2nd Congressional District primary race.
Sims joins two other democrats, 9th Ward leader Dan Muroff and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Gordon, in vying to unseat an 11-term incumbent, Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Democrat.
“They need a champion, someone who will stand up for justice, for equality, for women, to the NRA,” said Sims, a clear favorite among LGBT voters and progressives, Philly.com reports.
Fattah has remained unchallenged (for the most part) since 1994, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. But the Congressman is skating on thin ice after being indicted on corruption charges earlier this year. Fattah continues to deny allegations that he used public and charitable funds to give kickbacks to donors.
A YouTube video released today by the Sims campaign emboldens America’s mounting civil rights fronts.
“We face blatant racism on the presidential stage, hatred spun as faith, discrimination in the workplace, and bloodshed in our streets,” Sims says in the video. “I haven’t walked in everyone’s shoes, but I’ve logged enough miles in my own to know I’ll never back down.”
You can watch his campaign announcement video below:
Australia could see a record $710,000,000 if the country legalizes gay and lesbian marriage. According to the ANZ report, businesses that cater directly for weddings would benefit the most, but that an increase of international travelers (and domestic travelers) will benefit the economy as a whole. Within the first 12 months, the country could see an additional $355,000,000 or more (the study’s authors called the estimate conservative).
An average wedding in Oz sets couples back $36k and that’s without a honeymoon.
The figure shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for those in the know, figures have shown major boosts to countries and states that legalized gay marriage. [GSN]
Two gay couples have filed a lawsuit against Kansas in a federal court because the state refuses to change their children’s birth certificates to identify both same-sex parents. The state will only issue birth certificates listing a biological parent. Filed with the help of the ACLU, the lawsuit says that the state is disobeying the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges.
Courts ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional in Nov. 2014.
Throughout a series of ads, Campbell Soups features “real life” families, and the inclusive series of spots features a gay couple and their son. The tagline “Made for Real, Real Life,” is the brands new campaign hoping to depict “real food that matters for life’s moments.”
According to AdAge:
Yin Woon Rani, Campbell’s VP-marketing activation, said the company wanted to show a diverse mix of American families in the spots and to add a “a wink and a smile” to the brand’s messaging. According to the company, Campbell’s brand products are already found in 88% of American households. Still, it needs to push shoppers to buy more, especially as other areas such as fresh foods continue to gain ground over packaged items. Campbell has acquired brands such as Bolthouse Farms and Plum, is working on removing more artificial colors and flavors and is cutting costs as it tries to gain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing environment.
Watch the ad after the jump…
The openly gay British singer Sam Smith openly admitted that the new theme song for James Bond Spectre took him only 20 minutes to write, but it’s a powerful ballad that will sit comfortably (though probably won’t stand out) with the long line of Bond James Bond anthems. The song, “Writings on the Wall,” premiered a couple weeks ago, and now we’ve got a video.
Watch the video after the jump…
More Than 35k Sign Petition Calling for Resignation of Church Official Responsible for Pope Francis’ Kim Davis Meeting
According to press reports, one man was likely responsible for Kim Davis’s invitation: Carlo Maria Vigano, a conservative church official who was appointed by Pope Benedict as Vatican ambassador to the United States (formally called the “apostolic nuncio”).
Having created an opportunity for right-wing evangelicals to dishonestly hijack the message of the pope’s visit to the United States, Vigano must now resign.
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) October 1, 2015
The Westboro Baptist Church was met with a huge protest in Gladstone, Missouri and were chased out of the small town thanks to a group of high school students. The God-Hates-Fags church were blocked by signs of love and tolerance as their messages of hate were met by the crowd shouting: “Love live the queen.”
Watch after the jump…
Hillary Clinton made an appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Life, and in an awesome skit, the presidential hopeful admits that she should have supported gay marriage sooner. Clinton nails it as a bartender talking to another Hillary.
Check it out after the jump…
We’ve moved New York’s wildly popular Halloween charity ball across the country to San Francisco for what promises to be the biggest Hollyween yet! Join Passport the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a night of cocktails, auctions, and dancing to benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Hollyween will take over Madame Tussauds San Francisco on Thursday October 29th. Enjoy the open bar courtesy of Stoli and Barefoot and a variety of hors d’oeuvres all night long. For guests coming from out of town, Hotel Zephyr is offering a special Hollyween package. Guests who book the package will receive 15-40% off the room rate, one VIP ticket to Hollyween, discounted tickets to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and (bonus!) Hotel Zephyr will donate 10% of all package proceeds to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Come join over 350 of your closest ghoul-friends at Hollyween in San Francisco! This event sells out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets here.
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ latest single, “She Used to Be Mine,” is out now, off her upcoming debut Broadway musical, Waitress.
The 35-year-old singer has written and recorded a variety of songs exclusively for the new musical. Her upcoming album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress is slated for release later this fall.
Also on the horizon for the “Lovesong” singer is an upcoming book. “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far),” an introspective autobiography, hits shelves on October 6.
Be sure to check out when Sara sat down with us in our VIP Lounge to talk about travel, her music, and her connection to the LGBT community.
So, how does the single stack up?
Have a listen to Sara’s electrifying new song after the jump…