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!! OMG, turning the tides of hip-hop: Frank Ocean’s coming out !!

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“Will rap and hip-hop ever be ready for a successful openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender artist? The question has been asked repeatedly ever since Jay-Z and other leading hip-hop artists came out for equal marriage–and explored recently at EBONY–but said nothing about hip-hop’s entrenched homophobia. DJ Baker and others in the gay hip-hop movement are cautiously optimistic after Frank Ocean’s announcement. ‘I’m interested in seeing the reaction of rappers, especially the bigger names like Jay-Z. I hope some of the bigger names will come forward and say it’s okay.'”

Rod McCullom writing for EBONY magazine on why Frank Ocean‘s coming out will have more impact than Anderson Cooper‘s

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!! OMG, finally free? Anderson Cooper’s Fourth of July !!

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“How great for Mr. Cooper that he will celebrate Independence Day liberated, finally, from the preposterous burden of having to pretend to be something he’s not. Whatever they tell themselves, public figures who haven’t followed his lead are still prisoners. The closet is still a closet, even if it’s a duplex on Fifth Avenue or a mansion in Beverly Hills.”

— Daniel Mendelsohn, a writer and critic, in a column for The New York Times reflecting on Anderson Cooper’s understated coming out

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!! OMG, there’s nothing he can’t do: Eagle Scout Zach Wahls takes on BSA !!


Here’s a look at our future President, Zach Wahls (think about it, it’s not a bad idea), taking a stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to reconsider its position on allowing openly gay leaders into the organization. He’s even already organized an initiative, Scouts for Equality, to put pressure on BSA. Next up: North Korea.
(via Queerty)

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!! OMG, she deserves that crown: The new Miss USA on allowing trans competitors !!

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“I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women. But today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it’s a free country.”

— The new Miss USA Olivia Culpo (formerly Miss Rhode Island) in answer to her interview question asking whether or not it would be fair for a trans woman to win Miss USA

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!! OMG, one bigot at a time: Kid protests Westboro Baptist Church !!

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“Josef was determined to make his own statement so we went to the car and with pencil and his sketch pad, he made up his own little sign that reads ‘GOD HATES NO ONE.’ Those people are scary but he stood strong, was respectful and stood by his convictions. He will be a good man, I have no doubt.”

—Patty, the mother of a 9-year-old boy, on her son’s personal protest against Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas
(via Towleroad)

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