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LGBT Wellness Roundup: July 7

JamesMichael Nichols | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic...

Lauren Harries, Once Britain's 'Youngest Tycoon,' Opens Up About Her Transgender Journey

Lisa Capretto | July 7, 2015 | OWN
Lauren Harries never really felt like a child prodigy. Though the young Brit became well known across the pond for having an unusual expertise in selling antiques, it wasn't until 1991 that a 13-year-old Harries fully recognized what the fuss was all about. The curly-haired, bow-tied teen, then known as...

Nigerian Gay, Bisexual Men Report More Fear In Healthcare After Law

Reuters | Reuters | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual men in Nigeria are reporting increased reluctance to access healthcare after the country passed a law last year levying additional sanctions against same-sex couples. While consensual sexual relationships between men were already illegal in Nigeria, the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition...

Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | July 7, 2015 | Politics
Faith is important to former President Jimmy Carter, and he writes about it extensively in his new memoir A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. But his religious beliefs don't keep him from supporting every American's right to marry the person they love. HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill asked...

Queerview: Biggest LGBT Stories For The Week Ending July 3 2015

JamesMichael Nichols | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live takes a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled "QueerView." For The First Time, Trans Detainees To Be Held In Proper...

'Kyle XY' Star Matt Dallas Marries Blue Hamilton

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Dallas is a married man.  The 32-year-old "Kyle XY" star took to Instagram to confirm that he and his musician boyfriend, Blue Hamilton, tied the knot on Saturday, July 5 at an unnamed courthouse. 

Watch This Texas Couple Get A Marriage License From The County Clerk Who Denied Them

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
 A Texas couple is rejoicing after getting a marriage license from the same county clerk's office that tried to deny them their legal right to marry.  Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton wanted to get a marriage license in Granbury, Texas, after last month's Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality. But Hood County Clerk Katie Lang refused to issue any same-sex marriage licenses on the basis of her religious beliefs, the Star-Telegram reported.  “We live in Granbury. We pay our taxes in Granbury,” Cato said from outside the courthouse in Granbury's town square last week. “We do not feel like we have to travel somewhere else for our marriage license. We will stick it out here until we get our license in Granbury.”  The situation reached a boiling point on Monday, when the couple filed a federal lawsuit against Lang for turning them away multiple times. Shortly after the filing, the clerk's office granted the couple's marriage license, NBC Dallas-Forth Worth reported.    Cato and Stapleton, who have been together for 27 years, proudly held up the coveted document for reporters gathered outside the courthouse.  "Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton are delighted that they finally have been issued a marriage license and can get married in their home county," their attorneys, Jan Soifer and Austin Kaplan, said in a statement. "It’s a shame that they needed to hire lawyers and file a lawsuit to make that happen."  Lang's office reportedly claimed it couldn't issue the license initially because of "software issues" and a "lack of guidance" about how to use forms for same-sex couples, The Texas Tribune reported. Lang later said that while she would "personally refrain" from issuing the licenses, others in the office could do so once "the appropriate forms have been printed and supplied to my office." Judges and clerks in states across the country are facing similar litigation after refusing to issue marriage licenses on the basis of their religious beliefs after the SCOTUS ruling, CBS News...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
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. ...

'Nashville' Actor Chris Carmack On Why He Wanted To Play Gay 'Right'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
It was a big moment when country star Will Lexington came out as gay in the season 3 finale of ABC's hit show "Nashville," and the actor behind the role, Chris Carmack, told HuffPost Live on Monday that he wanted to do it justice. Carmack, who recently performed...

19th-Century Lesbian Erotica Is A Truly Salacious Treat (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | July 7, 2015 | Arts
Warning: The following images contain explicit sexual imagery and may not be suitable for work. When daydreaming about the luxurious lives of the Victorian elite, a flurry of poofy hair, poofier skirts, petticoats and corsets flock to mind. Artist Franz von Bayros...

Caitlyn Jenner Shares Inspiring Message With Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | July 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Caitlyn Jenner continues to inspire in a new promo for her upcoming docu-series, "I Am Cait." The clip, which was released on Monday night, shows the 65-year-old among friends celebrating Caitlyn with a toast. Then we see Jenner meeting with her mother, who admits she initially felt like she lost her son after Jenner's announcement, only to realize she had actually gained a daughter.  The former Olympian is also seen sharing a tearful moment saying that she just wants her daughters to "be proud of their daddy."  In a particularly emotional and important clip, the Vanity Fair cover star is seen speaking to a group of transgender youth. Throughout her whole transition, Jenner has made it known that she wants to get to know the LGBTQ community and educate others about the issues they face.  "Hang out with people that love you and respect you," she tells them, "We're all beautiful."  "I Am Cait," is set to premiere on July 26 on E! To subscribe to our HuffPost Entertainment WhatsApp account:1. Download WhatsApp on your phone.2. Save this number, 347-334-1794, in your phone’s contacts.3. Text "POP" to that number via your WhatsApp account.You can unsubscribe at any time by texting “STOP" to the same number....

Watch Young Women Destroy Gender-Based Barriers #LikeAGirl In Under 3 Minutes

Alanna Vagianos | July 7, 2015 | Women
A powerful new ad is reminding young women that they can conquer their limitations -- like a girl. On July 7, Always released a video called "Unstoppable," featuring young girls talking about the ways society limits them because of their gender. The spot is a follow-up to Always'

Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Raises Money For LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | July 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
Zea Bowling, the Ohio girl who became an Internet sensation last week when she calmly and quietly waved a rainbow flag as a homophobic preacher screamed at her, is using her newfound fame to make a difference. An image of Zea (pronounced "Zay-uh") was turned...

Baylor University Quietly Drops 'Homosexual Acts' From Its Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | July 6, 2015 | College
Baylor University, a private Baptist institution in Texas, has removed "homosexual acts" from its sexual misconduct policy but is stopping short of declaring approval for same-sex relationships. The new policy was first endorsed by Baylor's Board of Regents on May 15, but received little notice from the public until a...

Michael Musto On The Future Of The LGBT Movement And Homophobia Within The Community

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | July 6, 2015 | Gay Voices
Journalist Michael Musto has a few predictions for what's in store for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He explored his thoughts about the "gay future" in a recent piece for The Advocate, and he stopped by HuffPost Live last week to expand on what's to...

Rick Perry Goes From Freaking Out Over Gay Service Members To Accepting Them

Sam Stein | July 7, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waved the white flag on allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, telling ABC’s "This Week" that “the horse is out of the barn” on that particular policy. Considering the time that’s lapsed since the end of...

Tennessee County Names Interim Clerk After Predecessor Exits Over Gay Marriage

Reuters | July 6, 2015 | Politics
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 6 (Reuters) - A Tennessee county on Monday named a temporary county clerk after the person in the position resigned rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses that she said violated her religious beliefs. In Decatur County, 100 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, Mayor Mike...

This 1-Minute Ad Shows Just How Fierce The 'American Woman' Is

Alanna Vagianos | July 6, 2015 | Women
The American woman is competitive, diligent and never gives up -- basically, she's a straight-up badass. A new Nike commercial puts that badassery on full display, starring the women of the U.S. National Soccer Team who triumphed over Japan in the finals of the World Cup on...

20 Photos That Highlight The Beautiful Diversity Of Plus-Size Bodies

Alanna Vagianos | July 6, 2015 | Women
Corissa Enneking is here to remind everyone that there is a lot more diversity in the plus-size community than the few plus-size women we see in magazines and on the runway. In June, the fat-positive writer and fashion blogger created a body-positive campaign...

Kenyan Politician Tells Obama To Leave The 'Gay Agenda' At Home

Katie Sola | July 6, 2015 | World
Dozens of Kenyans rallied in Nairobi on Monday against homosexuality and a lawmaker said U.S. President Barack Obama should not push a pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later this month. Obama has hailed last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage but few share his views...
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