Emmys Confirm New Wave Of Lesbian Visibility: ‘Everyone Is Reveling In It’
When Sarah Paulson won a lead actress Emmy, her first, on Sunday, for her role as Marcia Clark in The People v OJ Simpson, her girlfriend, actor Holland Taylor,tweeted: “Still in New York. Still swooning. @MsSarahPaulson.” She wasn’t the only one swooning. Lesbians everywhere were, or screaming – full-on, girly shrieking at the TV in delight. And pride. First there had been Kate McKinnon gliding up to the stage in a spectacular red gown and bawling her eyes out for joy as she was awarded her first Emmy, for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, Saturday Night Live. The SNL and Ghostbusters star has come a long way since The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo TV almost a decade ago. Right on her high heels came suited-and-sneakered Jill Soloway, a tornado of a feminist writer whose multiple award-winning creation Transparent has been acclaimed as the most progressive, raw and entertaining family drama about the transgender experience ever produced. Winning her second Emmy, in her speech she called for the toppling of the patriarchy – but also thanked Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, whose streaming service Amazon Prime commissioned the show. Adding to the mood of heightened and […]
22 Sep 2016 in Blog, by
National LGBT Museum Sets Its Sights On New York City
Despite years of planning to build in Washington D.C., a proposed National LGBT Museum is now looking to make the Big Apple its home. After leaders discovered that the museum would not be eligible for tax breaks in D.C., and that the attempt to score a location near the National Mall continually turned up unsuccessful, the board turned to New York City as the next best option. “What we found most appealing was opening a museum in our nation’s capital,” said Tim Gold, co-chair of the museum’s board. “When we had to rule out identifying a space near the Mall, it was no longer a museum in the nation’s capital, it was a museum in the city of Washington. And tourism numbers drop off significantly when you go away from the Mall.” An annual survey in Out Traveler has continuously ranked New York as the top gay tourist destination, making the city the perfect new spot for the planned museum. The board currently has three potential sites that they’re looking at, but they’re keeping the locations private for now. “The logistics are more difficult, but the opportunities that we have here are far greater than the opportunities we had in the […]
25 Jan 2016 in Blog, by
State Takes Legal Action to Seize $135K From Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple
Aaron and Melissa Klein were ordered to pay $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. (Photo: Patchbay Media/The Daily Signal) The agency that ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple began the legal process last week to seize the money the Oregon bakers are refusing to pay. “Our agency has docketed the judgment and is exploring collection options,” Charlie Burr, communications director for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, told The Daily Signal. “They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.” Docketing the judgment is a preliminary step the agency must take in order to seize the Kleins’ house, property, or other assets in lieu of payment. On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 for the emotional, physical, and psychological damages they caused Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for refusing to make a wedding cake.  Since then, the Kleins have been vocal about their plans to resist the order, and they told The Daily […]
05 Oct 2015 in Blog, by
Major Companies Form Group to Push for LGBT Rights Globally
A dozen corporations, including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Coca-Cola Co., are joining a new coalition to push for LGBT rights in the workplace in places beyond the U.S. and Western Europe. The organization is partly a response to the recent setbacks for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in countries like Russia, Uganda and the Middle East. The Human Rights Campaign-led group will push for protections in the workplace globally, including in countries where LGBT individuals face legal discrimination or harassment. “They deserve a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families no matter where they live,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. Corporate America has been cited as a force in the push for gay rights in the U.S., with some companies offering LGBT protections and same-sex partner benefits going back decades. Hundreds of companies signed statements advocating for same-sex marriage when the issue to the Supreme Court earlier this year. The coalition members are: the consulting firm Accenture, AT&T Inc., software company CA Technologies, Coca-Cola, Destination Weddings Travel Group, Google, IBM, Microsoft, home furnishings maker Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co., china and glassware company Replacements Ltd., and Symantec […]
29 Sep 2015 in Blog, by
This Transgender Artist Is ‘Not A Boy, Not A Girl’
A new web series from German filmmaker David Steinberger is documenting the lives of urban dwellers with unique stories to share. Called “MY FEW LIVES,” the first season of the web series focuses on a handful of New Yorkers who take Steinberger to places significant to them as individuals. The opening episode for this season, “Not A Boy, Not A Girl,” focuses on Nitzan Krimsky, previously featured on The Huffington Post in conjunction with “Boi — Song Of A Wanderer,” a documentary, photobook and exhibition chronicling Krimsky’s transition. “I was most compelled by Krimsky’s thoughts on what a gender transition meant psychologically and what his overall experience was like day-to-day,” Steinberger told The Huffington Post. “Every day we undergo transformations in our lives as well, but typically not ones of this magnitude or of such existential gravitas. But nevertheless, I think everybody can relate to that notion of change. I felt immensely happy and fortunate that Nitzan was so open about how he felt about life and his place in it. I think his glowing personality transcends the screen. I received a lot of great feedback from viewers on how intrigued and moved they were by him and his story.” Other individuals featured […]
16 Sep 2015 in Blog, by
8 Hot Guys Who Actually Used to Be Women
Someone’s decision to change their gender is very complex for many people to wrap their heads around. It raises a host of questions. But for those whose internal gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth, they feel imprisoned in a body that’s not their own. They feel insecure about their bodies, and are sick of living a lie, of not being happy and fulfilled. Despite the stigma surrounding the transgender community, after much soul-searching, countless people have chosen to take on the journey to reinvent themselves. A 2011 report from the Williams Institute estimates that there are nearly 700,000 transgender people in the US. For a female who identifies as male, this transition can include a number of options, including  hormone replacement therapy (HRT), top surgery (having their breasts removed), or sex reassignment surgery. FTM is shorthand for transitioning from “female to male.” The brave souls featured in the pictures below were all born female, but now identify as hot men. Rocco Kayiatos, also known as Katastrophe, is credited with being the first openly transgender singer in hip hop.     Aydian Dowling came out as a lesbian when he was a teenager before identifying as transgender. He is an activist for […]
18 Jun 2015 in Blog, by
NYC St. Patrick’s Day Chairman Says Gays Will “Have A Problem” Marching in 2016
John Dunleavy, the chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, is shopping the parade broadcast rights to other local networks because NBC insisted on the inclusion of a gay marching group in this year’s event, multiple sources tell the Irish Voice. Also, speaking at a parade lunch in April, Dunleavy said gay groups would “have a problem” securing a slot in next year’s line of march. The local NBC affiliate, Channel 4, has aired the Fifth Avenue parade live for several years, but was prepared to end its coverage in 2015 if organizers failed to include a gay marching unit, a divisive issue that caused controversy for decades. OUT@NBCUniversal, NBC’s LGBT support group, was given a place in the line of march – with the approval of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was named grand marshal — NBC once again provided four hours of live TV coverage, and sponsors that had withdrawn support from the march in 2014 returned. The Irish Voice has learned that the local Fox affiliate, WNYW Channel 5, has already passed on the chance to air the 2016 parade. Dunleavy and his allies on the committee have also reached out to WPIX Channel 11, […]
11 Jun 2015 in Blog, by
Catholic Priest: I Was Fired For Supporting LGBT Community
The Newark Archdiocese allegedly fired a Seton Hall University priest because of his support of gay and lesbian students. The Rev. Warren Hall, who was among the school’s visible employees as director of campus ministry at his alma mater, stunned students by announcing his own ousting via Twitter on Friday. “I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT `NO H8,’ ” he wrote, according to NJ Advance Media. “I’m sorry it was met with this response. I’ll miss my work here.” That statement was no longer on his Twitter feed by Sunday morning. But a follow-up tweet remained, with Hall urging students to keep bringing up gay rights to campus leaders. “Grateful for all the support. Don’t be angry!!” he wrote. “Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus.” Seton Hall school confirmed Hall was relieved of his duties, but passed the buck to the Newark Archdiocese, which runs the university. A rep for the archdiocese said Hall will be transferred to a new job in Newark and labeled his removal from SHU a regular and routine change of assignment. Hall’s ousting came at a bad time for […]
18 May 2015 in Blog, by
On Learning to Love My Body: Because Summer Is For Fat Girls, Too
Here in Michigan, we often joke that we really only have two seasons: cold and hot. It’s actually more true than I will usually admit. Within just the last few days, things here in the mitten have finally made their transition from “risking frostbite” to “risking sunburn,” and I’ve been incredibly excited to finally pack away my thick sweaters and thermal tops and break out the summer wear. After spending a day out running errands in shorts and a tank top, I was struck at just how absurd the very idea of going outside dressed like that would have felt for me just a couple of years ago. The obvious broadness of my shoulders, presence of arm chub, and bit of thigh cellulite would have had me covering up instead of basking in the warm spring sun. It made me appreciate just how far I’ve come in learning to love the body I have. As a fat transsexual woman, the world isn’t exactly lining up to tell that I’m beautiful. On the rare occasion that beautiful trans people are celebrated, it universally seems to be those who fit within standard cisnormative beauty standards, which include the preference for thinness. In […]
15 May 2015 in Blog, by
10 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Bisexual Girl in a Mono Relationship
1. “Oh, so you’re straight now that you’re with a man, or lesbian now that you’re with a woman?” No, no. I’m bisexual. All the time. When I go to the toilet in the morning I’m bisexual. When I make myself a coffee I’m bisexual. When I buy that polka dot dress I can’t really afford I’m bisexual. When I date a boy I’m bisexual. When I date a girl I’m bisexual. When I date someone genderqueer I’m bisexual… It doesn’t change. Saying that a relationship with one gender automatically makes me straight or lesbian, even though I’m capable of attraction to more than one gender, is like saying that my sexuality is now entirely focused on that one person. Like I’m now “Laura-sexual” or “Brian-sexual” or whatever. Which means that someone exclusively attracted to women could easily be “Lisa-sexual” or “Jane-sexual” or whatever if they’re just with one woman. Nah. Doesn’t work.   2. “Does your partner know you’re bi?”   The happiest relationships for bi people to be in tend to be the ones in which they don’t feel the need to erase their identity and history just so they don’t upset their partner. Keeping your bisexuality from […]
08 Apr 2015 in Blog, by