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!! OMG, congratulations: Missouri defensive linesman Michael Sam comes out in advance of 2014 NFL Draft !!

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Michael Sam, a guy who plays sports n’ stuff — professionally — came out this week to his entire team, and then the entire world!
Michael is the defensive linesman for the University of Missouri football team and is expected to be picked up in the first rounds of the NFL draft. I mean, that takes balls to come out before you’ve been drafted, especially considering how hetero football usually presents itself. (What?! Don’t laugh! It’s super butch!)

“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am. I’m Michael Sam: I’m a college graduate. I’m African American, and I’m gay. I’m comfortable in my skin.”

Congratulations to Michael! A very brave thing for him to do, considering his circumstances and his industry, and it’s really good for the gays. I mean, we could always use another tight end or wide receiver, but a defensive linesman will just have to do! Check out Michael’s interview with the NYT below!

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!! OMG, shake a fist: ANNIE debuts Putin protest video with track “RUSSIAN KISS” !!

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Norwegian pop singer Annie may sometimes present herself like a tiny mouse with a soft delivery, but her new track and video protesting Vladimir Putin‘s anti-gay laws in Russia — are anything but placid!
Annie and producer Richard X took a cue from producer Lil’ Louis‘ classic house track “French Kiss” on this, then rinsed her protest in ACID, and shot a video for it all featuring a big homo kiss-up! A little about the video from Annie’s Official Site:

The Winter Olympics are not just skating styles, waxing techniques and jump lengths. The Winter Olympics are also deep emotions: interpersonal, national, and global. Millions of TV-viewers are witness to these emotions. Usually, they find their expression in embraces and kisses. You can observe this at the finishing area and during the medal ceremony — teammates embracing each other, winners kissing their partners.
This may be difficult when the Olympic Games take place in Sochi in February. As we know, Vladimir Putin has introduced laws prohibiting gays and lesbians to show their love in public in Russia. Furthermore, it is prohibited to talk positively about homosexuality in public. This is the reason why an increasing number of leaders worldwide have decided to boycott this year’s Olympics. In Norway, the political leadership has rejected calls to remain at home. As a great power in winter sports Norway is in a unique position to flex its muscles in a situation like this. This could have been an occasion for Norway to stand up for the fundamental right to express your feelings towards the one you love.
In Norway, many gays and lesbians — and not only gays and lesbians — have reacted against this. One of them is one of Norway’s best-known elite artists: The New York-based artist Bjarne Melgaard (http://stabfrenzy.com/). Therefore, at the beginning of December, together with the Norwegian songwriter and performer Annie (http://anniemelody.com/), he took the initiative to Russian Kiss: a short movie about the right to kiss one’s beloved — regardless of sexual orientation — wherever one likes.

Check out the video below, (which also happens to feature Toronto photographer Petra Collins, the woman behind American Apparel’s controversial “Period Power” t-shirt). RUSSIAN KISS is available for purchase today, and a portion of the iTune proceeds go to gay rights advocacy non-profit AllOut.org!

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!! OMG, fight for your rights: Madonna shares the stage with Pussy Riot for Amnesty International Human Rights Concert !!

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, and Maria Alyokhina, center, of Pussy Riot appeared Wednesday at Amesty International‘s concert for human rights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The pair were introduced by key supporter, Madonna, who said she wanted to thank the two women “for making pussy a ‘sayable’ word in my household. Now, my 8-year-olds say it all the time.” Classy! Madonna also talked about the death threats she received during her Russian tour, while Pussy Riot were on trial.

“Eighty-seven of my fans were arrested for gay behavior — whatever that is,” she said.

Nadezhda and Maria chose to speak in Russian with aggression and passion. A translator related the women’s speech.

“Freedom is not a given,” she translated. “It is something we have to fight for every day. It is our duty to speak for those who are still behind bars.”

Others involved in the night included Blondie‘s Deborah Harry who performed, Yoko Ono, who spoke, and Susan Sarandon, who was the evening’s co-host.
[via nydn]

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!! OMG, time to break out the kilts and the bagpipes! Scotland becomes 17th country to approve same-sex marriage !!

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Big-ups and a big congrats to Scotland who became the 17th country to approve same-sex marriage yesterday! Very exciting news.

“Today will be remembered in history as the day that lesbian, gay and bisexual people were finally granted full legal equality in Scotland, and given an equal right to marry the person they love,” said Tom French, Policy Coordinator for the Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT advocacy group.
“This is a profoundly emotional moment for many people who grew up in a country where being gay was still a criminal offense until 1980. Scotland can be proud that we now have one of the most progressive equal marriage bills in the world, and that we’ve sent out a strong message about the kind of country we are,” said French.

Now that I think about it, the kilt was kind of made for the gay wedding!

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!! OMG, the times, they are a changin’: The Disney Channel’s ‘Good Luck Charlie’ Debuts Episode That Features 2 Lesbian Moms !!

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Sunday’s episode of The Disney Channel‘s “Good Luck Charlie” emphasized a diverse addition to the neighbourhood. The episode, “Taylor Has Two Moms” features a pair of lesbian moms and according to TheBlaze:

A Disney Channel spokesperson told the publication that the episode was “developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
When Amy told Bob that Taylor’s parents would also be joining them while the girls played, the two began debating Taylor’s mother’s name. Both said they had individually met the woman, but while Amy said her name was Susan, Bob remembered meeting a parent named Cheryl.
Since they weren’t together at the time of the interactions, the two remained at odds.
When the doorbell finally rang and Taylor arrived with her mothers, Charlie’s parents realized that they were both right: Susan and Bob were, indeed, speaking about two separate women.
“Taylor has two moms,” Bob said after answering the door.
“Nothing gets past you, Bob,” Amy said.

Of course, One Million Moms (AKA One Million Muffin Tops), the same group who famously stage a failed boycott against JC Penney after they chose Ellen as their spokesperson — are pissed about this! They’re already making a stink about the couple appearing on the show and say:

“Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Disney decided to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly programming.”

We think this is awesome and a total step in the right direction! A great example of acceptance to set for such young viewers! Nice one, Disney! Check out the clip below:

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