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Curtis M. Wong is the Deputy Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post. He has written for The Prague Post, Passport Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Business Insurance Weekly, Abu Dhabi's The National and Ohio's Akron Jewish News, among other publications.

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Nation's First FM Radio Station Dedicated To LGBT Community Launches In Minneapolis

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:35 PM

The Minnesota airwaves just got a whole lot gayer. 

In June, iHeartMedia Minneapolis-St. Paul launched the nation's first FM radio station dedicated exclusively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) listeners. The new 96.7 Pride Radio debuted, appropriately, with 24 straight hours of Madonna tunes June 11, followed by two...

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The Artist Behind The Gay Pride Flag Mistaken For ISIS Speaks Out

(24) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:58 PM

CNN became the butt of numerous jokes after devoting a segment to a purported ISIS flag that appeared at London Pride festivities last week which turned out to be a cleverly-designed banner featuring images of dildos and other sex toys in place of Arabic script.

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Girl Scouts Return $100,000 When Donor Demands It Not Be Used For Transgender Girls

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:38 PM

 

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington have rejected a $100,000 donation after its donor insisted the money not be used for transgender participants. 

The group's CEO, Megan Ferland, told Seattle Metropolitan Magazine that she and her associates were initially "thrilled" by the donation, which represented nearly a quarter of her council's annual fundraising goal and would pay to send 500 girls to camp. That jubilation was shattered, however, when Ferland received a letter from the donor. 

"Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls," the letter read, according to CNN. "If you can’t, please return the money."

Ferland won't reveal the identity of the donor, calling their relationship with the Girl Scouts "complex," but called the decision to return the money a no-brainer.  

"Girl Scouts is for every girl, and every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to," she told Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. 

After the money was returned, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington launched an online fundraiser calling for donations to replace the amount in full. 

"Our vision at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is that EVERY girl in our region — regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location — is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world," officials wrote on the fundraising page, which can be viewed here

So far, over $165,000 has been raised.

This isn't the first time the Girl Scouts have come under fire for their inclusive policy regarding transgender girls. Earlier this year, the American Family Association launched a petition demanding the Girl Scouts rescind that policy, arguing that it would allow for "boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents" to participate, and put young girls at risk. 

Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts USA's chief girl expert, explained to CNN that the policy simply "conforms with our continuous commitment to inclusivity." In a blog post that same month, Archibald noted that the scouts have "valued and supported all girls," not just "one type of girl," since the organization was founded in 1912. 

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Terrence Higgins Trust's #TogetherSummer Video Stresses The Personal Side Of HIV Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 10:23 AM

The Terrence Higgins Trust, a British charity and advocacy group for those living with HIV/AIDS, kicked off its latest campaign with a stunning video at London's Pride festivities over the weekend.

Dubbed #TogetherSummer, the feel-good clip showcases a variety of couples, including two gay men,...

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Matt Bomer Talks 'Magic Mike XXL,' Coming Out And Channing Tatum

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:07 PM


 


Matt Bomer received praise from the LGBT community when he subtly came out by thanking his now-husband, Simon Halls, and their three children in a 2012 acceptance speech. Still, the 37-year-old "Magic Mike XXL" star says he wouldn't necessarily encourage others in Hollywood to...

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LGBT Couples Share Their Travel Experiences In Airbnb's Moving New Short Film

(26) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Lesbian, gay and transgender couples open up about their travel experiences, good and bad, in a moving new video for Airbnb.

Titled "Love is Welcome Here," the short film casts the spotlight on a number of couples who've made foreign and domestic travel a part of their annual routine....

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게이 커플이 아바나에서 음악으로 즐거운 청혼을 하다(동영상)

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 9:54 PM

크레이그 영은 오래 사귄 남자 친구 마이클 디 지롤라모와 함께 이 달 초에 여행 갔을 때 일생일대의 놀라운 일이 생길 줄은 모르고 있었다.

41세의 배우인 영은 45세의 디 지롤라모가 몰래 준비해둔 게 있다는 건 몰랐다. 보기 전엔 믿을수 없는 브루노 마스, 카일리 미노그, 마돈나 등의 히트곡을 동원한 정성들인 음악 프로포즈였다.

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Gay Men's Chorus Of Washington Offers Rousing Performance At Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:43 PM




The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. celebrated the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage this morning with an emotional performance. 


Dressed in matching blue T-shirts, the men crooned a rousing version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the steps of the Supreme Court itself.


On Friday afternoon, celebrations were going on around the country, including in New York and San Francisco, often cited as the respective birthplaces of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement.  


 


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'Queercore' Rockers Pansy Division Return To New York For Pride

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Pioneering "queercore" band Pansy Division is back in New York and ready to party.

Although their June 26 performance was booked weeks ahead of the history-making U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, members of the punk rock group were already planning for a victorious...

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Hot Dudes Parody 'Stacy's Mom' In The Hillary Tribute You Never Saw Coming

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:15 PM

The hunky stars of “Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet” are back and getting into a presidential swing with their new video.

The group -- comprised of first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Chris Marchant, violist Trevor Wadleigh and cellist Daniel Shevlin -- puts a topical spin on...

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Gay Man Surprises His Boyfriend With Incredible Musical Marriage Proposal In Havana

(17) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Craig Young didn't realize he was in for the surprise of his life when he accompanied his longtime boyfriend, Michael Di Girolamo, to Cuba earlier this month.

Little did the 41-year-old actor know that Di Girolamo, 45, had a few tricks up his sleeve -- namely, an elaborate musical...

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男性の筋肉美を鑑賞しながら食事する「フーターズ」男性版とは?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:19 AM

セクシーなウェイトレスが人気のアメリカのレストラン「フーターズ」。その男性版が、テキサス州ダラスにオープンした。食事を運んでくれるのはピチピチのタンクトップにショートパンツを着たセクシーな男性たちだ。

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Iowa's Görtz Haus Learns That Refusing To Host Gay Weddings Is Bad For Business

(198) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:50 PM

The Christian owners of an Iowa wedding venue that turned away a gay couple in 2013 are shuttering their business.

Located in Grimes, Iowa, the Görtz Haus has been operating as an art gallery, bistro and wedding venue for 13 years, but has...

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Η Caroline "Tula" Cossey, το πρώτο τρανσέξουαλ μοντέλο του Playboy, μιλά για πρώτη φορά μετά από χρόνια

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Η Caroline “Tula” Cossey, η γυναίκα που έγινε η πρώτη τρανσέξουαλ στην ιστορία που πόζαρε για το φακό του Playboy to 1991, μίλησε για πρώτη φορά μετά από 20 χρόνια στο τελευταίο τεύχος του περιοδικού.

Στα 70s, η Βρετανίδα Cossey φωτογραφήθηκε για τεύχη της Vogue Αυστραλίας και του Harper's Bazaar,...

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'Spider-Man' Co-Creator Stan Lee Defends Sony Requirement For Character To Be Heterosexual

(162) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:24 PM

"Spider-Man" co-creator Stan Lee has responded to leaked documents which claimed that the Marvel Comics icon should not be portrayed as gay.

A licensing agreement that was leaked as part of the 2014 Sony Pictures hacking specified that Spider-Man should "not be homosexual"...

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'플레이보이' 역사상 첫번째 트랜스젠더 모델이었던 여자(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 3:09 AM

모델이자 배우인 캐롤라인 “툴라” 코시(Caroline “Tula” Cossey)는 지난 1991년 9월, ‘플레이보이’에서 화보를 촬영했다. 이 사진은 플레이보이의 역사에 중요한 사건으로 기록됐다. 코시는 플레이보이 역사상 처음으로 화보를 찍은 트랜스젠더였기 때문이다. 최근 코시는 20년 만에 ‘플레이보이’에 등장해 인터뷰를 가졌다.

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1954년 영국에서 태어난 코시는 1970년 호주...

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Caroline 'Tula' Cossey, Who Became Playboy's First Transgender Model, Looks Back

(71) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who became the world's first transgender model to pose for Playboy magazine in 1991, opens up in her first media interview in two decades for the publication.

In the 1970s, the British-born Cossey appeared in issues of Australian Vogue and Harper's Bazaar...

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Perez Hilton Introduces His Daughter, Mia Alma, In Stunning Photos

(33) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Perez Hilton marked Father's Day by releasing the first images of his new daughter, Mia Alma Hilton, to the media.

The 37-year-old celebrity blogger and multimedia entrepreneur shared an album of 26 stunning photographs, shot by Danny Dottavio, on his official...

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A Sneak Peek At The Drama Desk-Nominated 'Pageant' Musical Cast Recording

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:35 PM

The first cast recording of the Drama Desk-nominated musical billed as “Miss America meets ‘The Birdcage’” hits stores June 22 after two successful off-Broadway stagings.

“Pageant,” which played New York’s Davenport Theatre in 2014 after a special five-show engagement benefiting Broadway...

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Esurance Backs Gay Marriage With 'Equal Dreams' Commercial And Social Campaign

(7) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Esurance is kicking off LGBT Pride Week with an all-inclusive commercial and social media campaign.

The auto insurance provider is releasing a video, #EqualDreams, in which children and gay teen guests at a June 13 wedding are asked to describe their own dream ceremonies. The...

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