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Curtis M. Wong is the Senior Editor of Queer 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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Lawmaker Says He'll Help Target Leave Texas Over Transgender Policy

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:29 PM

The national debate over whether or not to allow transgender people to use the restroom that best corresponds with their gender identity continues to intensify. 

More than 950,000...

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Get A Sneak Peek At The Queer Movie You'll Soon Be Raving About

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 12:29 PM

A gay Cuban man dreams of becoming a drag queen in Paddy Breathnach's "Viva," but for all of its glitz, the heart of the queer-themed drama is a father and son's journey toward mutual acceptance. 

In this exclusive clip from the film, Jesus (played by Héctor Medina) opens up about his sexuality in an emotional discussion with his estranged dad (Jorge Perugorría). 

The movie, which opens in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on April 29, was a hit at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival and was Ireland's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year. The Miami Herald called the film "surprisingly effective," while The Hollywood Reporter praised its "fresh setting and superb performances."

Breathnach, who also helmed the films "Man About Dog" and "Shrooms," said he was inspired to make the film after seeing some drag shows during a recent visit to Cuba. 

"Screenwriter Mark O'Halloran and I wanted to explore a theme of transformation and the alchemy of connecting to deeper truths through the use of artifice," he said in press notes. "I wanted to tell a story where we find light in a dark place and where what is perceived as weakness transforms to be seen as...

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Caitlyn Jenner Drops By The Trump Tower To Use The Ladies' Room

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Caitlyn Jenner took Donald Trump up on his vow to allow transgender people to use the restroom that best corresponds with their gender identity. 

On Thursday, the Olympian posted a video on her

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게이 쌍둥이가 서로에게 커밍아웃한 이야기를 공개하다

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:45 AM

지난 해 허핑턴포스트는 아버지에게 커밍아웃한 게이 쌍둥이 오스틴 로즈와 아론 로즈의 이야기를 소개한 바 있다.


그들의 감동적인 커밍아웃 동영상은 지금까지 무려 2천2백만 명이 봤다. 그런데 한 가지 더 궁금한 것이 있다. 그들은 어떻게 서로에게 커밍아웃했을까?



로즈 형제는 새로운 동영상에서 어떻게 서로의 성정체성에 대해서 알게 됐는지를 공개했다.


오스틴 로즈는 아트와 올슨 자매에 대한 서로의 공통적인 관심사를 이야기하며 "우리는 서로가 게이라는 사실을 정확하게는 몰랐다. 그러나 몇몇 짚이는 신호들이 있기는 했다"고 말했다. "우리는 한 번도 거기에 대해서 대화를 한 적이 없다. 언제나 일종의 타부였다."


그러나 고등학교 고학생이 되자 생각은 바뀌었다. 아론이 다른 남자와 사귀기 시작했을 때, 형제는 홀리스터 매장에서 함께 일하고 있었다. 어느날 아론은 형제인 오스틴에게 자신의 성정체성에 대해서 밝히기로 결심했다.


아론이 자신이 게이라는 사실을 커밍아웃하자 오스틴이 이상할 정도로 조용해졌다. 그래서 오스틴의 답변은? "나도 남자를 좋아해...."


아론은 이렇게 쌍둥이 형제의 커밍아웃을 정리했다. "그건 최고의 게이 친구 두 명이 우연히 형제로 태어난 것과 마찬가지인 일이다"


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허핑턴포스트US의 Gay Twins Reveal How They Came Out... To One Another를 번역, 편집한...

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Caitlyn Jenner Says GOP Is 'So Off' On Transgender Issues

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Caitlyn Jenner has repeatedly made headlines for her staunchly Republican views, but she isn't afraid to criticize her party's presidential hopefuls. 

In fact, the 66-year-old Olympian

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Gay Twins Reveal How They Came Out... To One Another

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Last year, YouTube personalities Austin and Aaron Rhodes shot to viral fame when they filmed a video of themselves both coming out as gay to their father over the telephone. 

Their emotional, eight-minute video has been viewed over 22 million times since its release. Still, for many of their followers, the clip begged the question: how did The Rhodes Bros come out to one another?

In their latest video, the brothers open up about how they broached the subject of their respective sexualities to one another. 

"We didn't really know, exactly, if the other [was] gay, but there were signs," Austin Rhodes said, pointing to their interests in the arts and the Olsen Twins. "We never really talked about it. That was always a taboo subject." 

Added Aaron: "Even the thought of coming out to my family...the two of us having to come to them...just scared me so much. So I would just try not to think about it." 

Things changed their senior year of high school, however, when Aaron began a relationship with another boy. The brothers were both working at Hollister, and after one shift, Aaron decided to open up about his sexuality to his brother during a lunch visit to Panera Bread. 

After Aaron revealed he was in a relationship with another guy, he said, “It got kind of awkward and Austin got quiet.”

Austin's response? “I like guys, too.” 

Although their story may not be as dramatic as their nearly 550,000 YouTube subscribers may have hoped for, The Rhodes Bros wouldn't have it any other way. 

"It ended up with two little gay best friends who happen to be brothers," Aaron...

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Liberty Counsel President Says She'll Bring A Gun Into Target's Bathroom

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 3:01 PM

A lawyer in the right-wing group that represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year is back with...

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Ellen Celebrates First Transgender Man To Compete On An NCAA Division 1 Men’s Team

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Harvard University's Schuyler Bailar, who is making history as the first transgender athlete to compete in a NCAA Division 1 men's sport, opened up about his journey in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday. 

The 19-year-old collegiate swimmer told Ellen that he always knew he was transgender even though he "didn't always have the vocabulary to explain it." During his high school years, Bailar said he struggled with an eating disorder, but when he took a gap year off after graduating, he realized there was a deeper issue at hand. 

"I don’t think that I hated my body because of how it looks," he said. "I didn’t like it because it didn’t represent the gender that I feel."

Bailar, who originally hails from Virginia, was remarkably frank about the physical adjustment he has experienced in his athletic prowess since joining Harvard's men's swim team. 

"I'm not winning anything," he said. "I'm not awful, so I keep up with my teammates and I keep up with people around me, but I'm not winning anything like I used to and that's definitely humbling." 

Still, he said there's a surprise benefit, as he's learned "to love swimming just for swimming." 

"I think that there's a lot of other kinds of glory in that," he...

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'Family' Group Plans Target Boycott Over Store's Trans Bathroom Pledge

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 1:20 PM

Target's pledge to allow its transgender employees and customers to use the bathroom or fitting room that best aligns with their gender identity isn't sitting well with one...

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Woman Says A Family Dollar Clerk Refused To Serve Her Because She's Gay

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:34 AM

A Louisiana woman claims she was denied service at a Family Dollar store in New Orleans because she's a lesbian.  

Melissa Langford told NOLA.com that she visited the store April 22 to pick up some gifts. While standing in the check-out line, Langford said she overheard a cashier loudly expressing homophobic statements. 

In a Facebook post that day, the 34-year-old elaborated on the encounter. "It started off with the cashier loudly voicing her opinion on how much she hates gay people," she wrote. "After five or six minutes (or at least it felt like that long) of listening to her yell and preach to each customer about how 'gay people need to get 'the f*ck,' they got somethin' wrong in they head, *edit* that she had the right to refuse service to anyone she wants, gays are sick' etc., I started to writhe away internally."

Eventually, Langford said she "spoke up," introducing herself as "very, very gay" and telling the cashier she was really offended by her remarks. At that point, she said the cashier promptly refused to serve both her and a male customer who came to her defense.  

Langford captured a series of short videos on her phone after her initial confrontation, which mostly show the male customer loudly arguing with the cashier. She included those videos in her Facebook post, which has been shared over 1,600 times. 

Eventually, she said, another store clerk did ring her up. 

"I think everybody's entitled to think what they want," she told 12 News. "But as a representative of a company, like a national chain, it's completely inappropriate and a blatant disregard for other people's feelings." 

She told The Huffington Post that the response from locals "has been very supportive" now that her story has gained media attention. She said she reached out to Family Dollar immediately after the incident, but has yet to hear anything in response. 

"I'd like for them to at least acknowledge me; that'd be nice," Langford said, adding that she'd like to see the clerk and the store's manager reprimanded for the situation. "Apologies are only words, and I don't even know if they would mean it." 

Family Dollar's Public and Media Relations Manager Bryn R. Winburn told HuffPost in an email that the situation was currently under investigation. 

"We take incidents like this very seriously," he wrote. "[Our code of ethics] specifically forbids unprofessional conduct and comments on sexual orientation, among other matters. Any activity that goes against this code is simply not how we expect our stores to do business." 

Although, some supporters have suggested staging a demonstration outside the store, Langford said she doesn't "believe in protesting in any negative way." 

"If I were to protest, it would have to be just gathering a bunch of gay people together in their parking lot and all making out silently with each other," she said. "That would be the most [effective] way to get the point across without even having to open our mouth." 

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Gay And Women's Rights Pioneers Come Together In New Musical Works

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 1:50 PM


Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will reunite with composer Andrew Lippa to bring two trailblazing American historical figures to life onstage for two nights in Maryland this weekend.


Chenoweth will star as the title character in “I Am Anne Hutchinson,” which is making its...

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Westboro's Protest Of A School's Gender-Neutral Restroom Turns Violent

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:40 AM

A Los Angeles high school was the scene of a violent brawl between students and members of a group known for its vehemently anti-LGBT views

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Ellie Goulding Helps Gay Couple Have A Romantic Onstage Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Ellie Goulding made a gay fan's dream come true at a California concert earlier this month when she helped him pop the question to his boyfriend

Video footage of Goulding's April 6 performance at the SAP Center in San Jose shows the singer-songwriter taking a moment...

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Texas Won't Let This Same-Sex Marriage Opponent Marry His Laptop

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:41 PM


A former Tennessee attorney and outspoken marriage equality opponent is suing for the right to tie the knot with his laptop computer. Yes, you read that correctly. 


Chris Sevier has filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court alleging that he and his 2011 Apple MacBook were...

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Belinda Carlisle Says Governor Is Making It 'Hell On Earth' For Mississippians

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:29 PM


Belinda Carlisle is using her upcoming performance in Mississippi to speak out against the state's anti-LGBT law


Teaming up with local LGBT rights advocates Brandiilyne Magnum-Dear and Kaylee Bradshaw, the lead singer of the '80s pop band, The Go-Go's, wrote a letter...

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James Franco: 'I'm A Little Gay'

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 4:23 PM


James Franco's affinity for gay-themed film projects have prompted widespread speculation about his sexuality for years. Now, however, the acclaimed actor-director is coming out. Sort of. 


In a candid interview with New York magazine, Franco, 37, criticized what he described as...

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Gio Benitez And Tommy DiDario's Wedding Photos Are Everything

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:54 AM

Months after their Parisian engagement photos took the world by storm, Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario are married

Benitez, an ABC News correspondent, and DiDario, an actor and lifestyle blogger, made it official April 16 in Homestead, Florida. The men, both 30, exchanged vows they'd written...

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Ricky Martin Makes Red Carpet Debut With Rumored New Boyfriend

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 10:29 AM

Ricky Martin introduced the world to his new love interest on Saturday, strolling hand-in-hand with artist Jwan Yosef at the 2016 amfAR Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday. 

Martin, 44, and 31-year-old Yosef...

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The Most Powerful Queer Person In America Is...

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:44 PM


Hats off to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has been named the country's most powerful queer person by Out magazine. 


Cook, 55, topped Out's annual Power 50 list for the second year in a row. The rest of the top 10 was...

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Here's Your First Look At 'Broadway Bares: On Demand'

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 12:43 PM

The sizzling new images for the 2016 installment of "Broadway Bares" are a very literal interpretation of "boob tube." 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS officials released some steamy shots and behind-the-scenes video ahead of "Broadway Bares: On Demand," which hits New York's Hammerstein Ballroom June 19 with a cast of more than 150 of the city's hottest dancers. (WARNING: Some images may be NSFW) 

The 26th installment of the Broadway-meets-burlesque fundraiser will feature a "must-see TV" theme, with saucy vignettes depicting a game show, a sports game and even "The Bachelor." The show will be directed by Nick Kenkel, who was the associate choreographer on the 2011 musical, "Catch Me If You Can." 

"Whether you’re searching for the thrill of victory or just your moment of zen, 'Broadway Bares: On Demand' will feature everything you love about television with a brand 'nude' look," officials wrote in a press release.

The event, which was created in 1992 by Tony Award-winning "Kinky Boots" director Jerry Mitchell, has raised more than $14.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a non-profit group dedicated to AIDS-related causes across the U.S., over the years. Previous installments of the show have ranged from 2012’s sexy storybook “Happy Endings” to 2015's "Top Bottoms of Burlesque." 

Check out some teaser photos below, and read more about “Broadway Bares: On Demand”

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