Let the fun begin! The Grammy Awards are well known for organizing
surprise collaborations between huge artists in the music industry, and
this year is no exception. Madonna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be taking the stage together at the Staples Center in L.A. for the 2014 Grammys, sources confirm to Us Weekly.
Category Archives: Gay Marriage
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, joined by wife Lilibet, sent out a holiday message earlier this month, that featured an image of sailor Jerrel Revels’ proposal to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner back in 2013. This is the first year EVER, LGBT service members have appeared! YES! WE ARE EQUAL! Watch the message.
After 3 years together Lance Bass married his man Michael Turchin!
When asked to describe his wedding, the one word Lance Bass likes to use the most is “unique.”
Just days before they headed down the aisle, the loving couple gushed to PEOPLE about every detail of the festivities, which will be televised as part of an E! special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, airing Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET.
In other wedding news….Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have formally converted their civil partnership to a marriage – with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.
The couple have been hosting a ceremony at their Windsor estate in Berkshire with a number of stars in attendance.
David and Victoria Beckham, musician Ed Sheeran and actor David Walliams were among the guests.
Mr Furnish and Sir Elton, who have two sons, became civil partners in 2005.
How would you like the ever fabulous Lisa Vanderpump to officiate your wedding?
Newly ordained minister and Bravo TV Star Lisa Vanderpump recently officiated her inaugural same sex wedding ceremony in the garden of her new restaurant/lounge PUMP in West Hollywood.
Proposition Love, a fine jewelry company, designed and donated the rings and had the honor of presenting them to the couple on their wedding day. Sam Street and Jonathan Tack, founders of Proposition Love Jewelry, collaborated with Lisa Vanderpump to create the wedding rings for this very special wedding she was to officiate.
“Today I had the honour of officiating my first wedding at PUMP, beautiful couple entitled to equal rights. An emotional exquisite day! #lgbt” – Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump)
Vanderpump worked with Street and Tack for weeks on the design of the rings, an interlocking motif crafted in white gold, symbolizing the love between newlyweds Dominic and Magno and the joining of their lives together.
“It was such an honor to design rings for Dominic and Magno’s special day as well as attending their beautiful ceremony. Lisa Vanderpump was the icing on the “wedding” cake. She is such a great advocate for our community. -Sam Street
Prior to the wave of marriage equality sweeping the country, Street and Tack were married in California in 2008, as they couldn’t marry in their home state of New York. They are one of the 18,000 couples married during the short window of time before Prop 8 went into effect ending marriage equality in California.
It’s encouraging to see support for equality growing in the US, unlike when we were married six years ago in San Francisco’s City Hall.” -Jonathan Tack
Could it be true? NOM may close its doors?!
The Human Rights Campaign issued a press release that contained results from a study they conducted on the National Organization for Marriage’s funding and found the organization is rapidly losing support. HRC examined NOM’s tax filings from 2013 and found that the organization’s funding for the year dropped a whopping 50 percent from 2012, raising only $5.1 million in funds this year. Only two donors account for donating half of those funds alone, which indicates NOM’s support base merely consists of a very few wealthy people and a minuscule amount of the general public.
The NOM Education Fund also dropped nearly $3.5 million in funding; a drop of almost 70 percent since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt. Fred Sainz, the HRC Vice President of Communications, urges NOM to give up the ghost already.
“If I were Brian Brown, I’d be worried that my two or three mega-donors are soon going to come to terms with the fact that they’d largely be better off flushing money down the toilet. Americans certainly aren’t buying what NOM is selling, and it’s only a matter of time before the trickle of money keeping the lights on at NOM HQ dries up.”
Marc Solomon — National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry said ….if the Supreme Court rules for marriage nationwide – this would mean the end of Freedom to Marry, because the organization’s goal would be achieved:
We’ve always been set up as a campaign, and we are a campaign, and when we’ve won nationwide, we’re finished…I want to see some of the really good people stick around in LGBT stuff, or in other progressive causes, but Freedom to Marry’s done. That’s I think a great holding out is put yourself out of business.
“The Gays is a thrill, hilarious, critical, insightful and inspirational film. It is rated R and not recommended for teenagers. There is some nudity involved and very vulgar language. It’s also not recommended to heavily religious people because I don’t think they would like to hear what The Gays had said about Gabriel! Unless you want to shock your super religious grandmother…”
VERY JOHN WATERS! VERY DARK!!
Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!
THE GAYS is New York-based indie writer/director T.S. Slaughter’s second feature, following the release of his darkly comic gay slasher SKULL & BONES (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).
THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.
Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.
— T. S. Slaughter
SAME SEX COUPLE RETIREMENT INFORMATION
LGBT Ally James Lange, an author and CPA/Attorney, Celebrates New Legal Rulings by Offering a Free E-Book for Same-Sex Couples Across the Nation.
Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich is endorsed by the top IRA, Social Security, and legal experts in the country and available as a FREE download for a limited time at www.samesex-equalrights.com
Last week was a historic week of victories for same-sex couples across the nation as 8 more states, West Virginia, Alaska, Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana won the right to marry. The courts struck down the bans to marry in these states, expanding the rights for same-sex couples to marry in over half of the country. Within hours, county clerks in those states were issuing marriage licenses to couples who had been waiting for a decision to come down. Additionally, 4 more states in the 10th circuit and 4th circuit are on the verge of marriage equality as well. Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wyoming have cases pending verdicts and are expected to overturn their marriage bans in the near future. To celebrate these rulings attorney and CPA, James Lange is offering Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich for free for a limited time on his web site, www.samesex-equalrights.com.
Pittsburgh LGBT Ally James Lange of Lange Financial Group, LLC has been working to help same-sex couples understand and take advantage of the tax and Social Security laws since 2002, but his campaign was re-energized when the Windsor case was decided in 2013. The laws and regulations for estate planning, tax planning, and Social Security planning have changed so significantly for same-sex couples over the last year that Jim has dedicated a large portion of his firm’s time and funds toward writing a book on gay retirement planning. Retire Secure! for Same Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich can be downloaded for FREE by going to www.samesex-equalrights.com before October 31st.
Along with the ability to get married, Lange suggests that there are many other points couples in states with marriage rights or on the verge of those rights should consider. “Married same-sex couples who live in states that recognize same-marriages will now be able to enjoy significant Social Security marital benefits and estate planning benefits, particularly if one member of the couples has a significant IRA or retirement plan,” says Lange, author of the book, Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich. Mr. Lange offers four tips for same-sex couples:
- Go Into Marriage with Your Financial Eyes Wide Open. The couples who will benefit the most financially will likely be same-sex couples in their 60s or older where at least one person of the couple has a significant IRA or retirement plan. Some other couples will actually do worse financially. Finances are an important, though not exclusive, reason to get married or stay unmarried. If you are already married, speak to a tax advisor to take advantage of all the marital benefits.
- Consider How Marriage Affects Social Security Benefits. For many couples, one result of marriage is the opportunity to collect a much higher Social Security benefit. If you qualify and it is appropriate in your situation, apply for Social Security spousal benefits. There is a fantastic technique called “apply and suspend,” which is newly available to many same-sex couples in states that have recently changed their laws and to many residents of states that already afforded marriage rights. Most Social Security recipients, however, do not understand all of the possible spousal benefits of Social Security. There are significant advantages while both spouses are alive and after the first spouse dies. Find out the enormous financial benefits for free by going to www.samesex-equalrights.com before October 31st.
- Marriage and IRA and Retirement Planning. Regardless of your state of residence, as long as you were married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages, you and your spouse will enjoy significant tax benefits on inheriting an IRA or a retirement plan.
- Seek Professional Advice. As with all important financial decisions, Lange suggests that couples speak with a qualified retirement and estate advisor, preferably a CPA, as well as an attorney who works with same-sex couples. “Couples need to be sure they have all the knowledge they can to prepare for their financial lives as a married couple,” says Lange. For more information about how to get a FREE copy of Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich or for information on how to schedule a meeting or media interview with James Lange visit www.samesex-equalrights.com or call 412-521-2732.
MORE GROUND BREAKING NEWS FOR LGBT PEOPLE!
U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION OPENS MARRIAGE TO NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF SAME-SEX COUPLES IN THE U.S.
- Recent Williams Institute analyses suggest that the number of married same-sex couples, estimated to be as high as 130,000 in 2013, has increased by more than 50% over the last three years.
- Williams Institute research has analyzed the economic impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry in the 11 states that will now allow such marriages. Combining these states, 45,000 same-sex couples are likely to marry in the next three years generating more than $334 million in additional spending and over $22 million in sales tax revenue. Full versions of the state reports are available here.
- Nearly two-thirds of same-sex couples in the U.S. will now live in a state where they can marry, up from 50% prior to today’s decision.
- 6 out of 10 Americans will now live in states that allow same-sex couples to marry, up from 4 in 10.
- Williams Institute research suggests that there were 690,000 same-sex couples in the US in 2013 raising an estimated 200,000 children. As many as 30,000 of those children are being raised by married parents.
- In Indiana, there are more than 11,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 17% are raising more than 3,200 children in their homes.
- In Oklahoma, there are more than 6,100 cohabiting same-sex couples, of which an estimated 21% are raising more than 2,500 children in their homes.
- In Utah, there are more than 3,900 same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 1,600 children in their homes.
- In Virginia, there are more than 14,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising more than 4,000 children in their homes.
- In Wisconsin, there are nearly 9,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 3,200 children in their homes.
- In Colorado, there are nearly 12,500 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 16% are raising nearly 4,000 children in their homes.
- In Kansas, there are more than 4,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 22% are raising nearly 1,800 children in their homes.
- In North Carolina, there are nearly 18,300 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising nearly 6,600 children in their homes.
- In South Carolina, there are more than 7,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 19% are raising nearly 2,750 children in their homes.
- In West Virginia, there are nearly 3,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising nearly 1,030 children in their homes.
- In Wyoming, there are nearly 700 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 25% are raising approximately 350 children in their homes.
IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE GAY! Same-sex marriage will be the law of the land — inevitably but not immediately.!
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative.
To promote his new book, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, the recently married actor released a trailer to give you a taste of what his ‘choose your own adventure’ style bio will be like, as BuzzFeed points out. In the video, a host of Neil Patrick Harrises proliferate onscreen, looking like a very NPH Brady Bunch.
In each separate window Neil offers an entertaining alternative from hearing him talk about his new book. Our favorite definitely has to be the “romantical” moment in the upper left hand corner where Harris and husband David Burtka share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, recreating the iconic first kiss scene from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.
BUY THE BOOK Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Gay Marriage in Denmark celebrates
Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of it kind and an inspiration for same-sex marriages, partnerships, civil unions and family laws in countries all over the world.
On the occasion of the ”Silver Anniversary”, an exhibition: ”Equal Love Silver Anniversary, Copenhagen 1989-2014” will be held September/October 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall where the first couple said yes to each other 25 years ago.
In connection with the exhibition we want to collect wedding pictures and rainbow family photos from all over the world. To that end we hope that you will mention the Equal Love Silver Anniversary in your magazine so that your readers may send us their photos by uploading them to Twitter and hashtag them with #equallove25 or send them by mail to email@example.com – You can read more about the Equal Love – Silver Anniversary celebrations on www.lgbt.dk/equallove25.
We want to show everybody that it was not the end of the world when the first same-sex couple was married 25 years ago. Life goes on. For better. For worse. And for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Danish National Organisation for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons
London based Out singer/songwriter Matt Fishel’s new cover of CeCe Penniston’s “Finally” celebrates international Gay Love and Pride with photos sent in by fans from around the world!
“A HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed photos for this video and helped to make this a very special project and a celebration of international Pride! I had so much fun going through all the fabulous pics which you sent in from all over the world, representing the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Lithuania, Cuba, Thailand and China. Thank you all and I hope you enjoy the results! Mx”
Download the song on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/pks36ea
From the EP ‘COVER BOY’ – OUT NOW!
Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/ohzql7p
NINE YEARS ago the couple celebrated their civil union with a shindig and 600+ guests.
But the Daily Mail reports:
But as Sir Elton John, 67, and David Furnish, 51, announce plans to marry in May, this time the celebrations will be a lot more low-key.
After gay marriage was made legal in England and Wales on Saturday, the couple revealed they are planning to tie the knot again.
Despite Sir Elton’s love of hosting large parties, the couple are planning a small celebration for their gay marriage, with just their two sons Zachary, three; and Elijah, 14 months; and a few witnesses in attendance.
David explained: We do like big parties. Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor.
READ MORE HERE
Here is an amazing story about a gay man suing his ex-boyfriend for essentially being in the closet. The court papers were filed on Valentine’s Day this year.
The gay man is claiming damages for money invested in his ex while not initially knowing he was in the closet and not knowing how the ex was conflicted out his sexuality due to religious teachings. The suing man is essentially saying that it’s unfair he invested money in him without knowing to what extent he was closeted and to what extent he was conflicted about his sexuality. Additionally, the suing man is claiming emotional distress damages.
What’s more, the suing man is homeless living out of an automobile and claims his ex promised to pay him for a gym membership so he could access showering.
The suing man is YouTuber Jeff 4 Justice. WATCH HIS VIDEO
This case could set an interesting precedent regarding gay couples. This is a small claims case set in Los Angeles for 4-21-14.
Those poor One Million Moms…they boycott every company who does a gay friendly commercial! They are are going to have no cars to drive, no clothes to wear and nothing to eat! HA!
For nearly 90 years, Honey Maid has been a wholesome part of snack time, and today the brand launches its latest integrated marketing campaign that celebrates a continued commitment to making nutritious products for every wholesome family. With the new “This is Wholesome” campaign, Honey Maid recognizes that while the makeup and the day-to-day lives of families have evolved, the wholesome family connections remain the same.
It is no secret that the traditional American family has changed; today, in the U.S., there are nearly 20 million single parent households1, 11.6 million Hispanic family households2 and one in 12 married couples in the U.S. are interracial3. The new Honey Maid integrated marketing campaign highlights the ways in which the family dynamic has transformed over time, paralleling it with Honey Maid. Just like the Honey Maid products have evolved, Honey Maid believes that no matter how things change, what makes us wholesome endures.
Among the real-life stories featured in the campaign include Joey, a punk-rock musician and his wife Terry, who bond while cooking with their daughter, Moxie; when mom is done tutoring and dad gets home from touring the world with his band, all three enjoy one of their favorite family treats, graham crackers with a thin layer of icing. Another family is that of Jason and Tim, who are raising their two sons in a same-sex household and love playing board games and enjoying a night relaxing together on their family heirloom swing. A third, RJ, is a single father who is featured with his son Travie, who make every Friday “Sweet Friday” with a movie and ‘Cracker Stackers.’
Each family in the campaign embodies an evolving family dynamic and demonstrates those special family connections that align well with the Honey Maid brand attributes.
TAKE THAT One Million Moms!
and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to perform together at the 2014
Grammys on Sunday, Jan. 26, sources confirm to Us Weekly; the
entertainers will sing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit song “Same Love”
Let the fun begin! The Grammy Awards are well known for organizing
According to an article in New York Times this week, gay marriage is not for all gay couples.
Now that same-sex couples in 14 states have all the rights and
responsibilities of straight married couples, gay couples are rushing to
the altar, right? Not exactly. Plenty of gay couples do not want to
marry, and their reasons are as complex — and personal — as any decision
For some, marriage is an outdated institution, one that forces same-sex
couples into the mainstream. For others, marriage imposes financial
burdens and legal entanglements. Still others see marriage not as a
fairy tale but as a potentially painful chapter that ends in divorce.
And then there are those for whom marriage goes against their beliefs,
religious or otherwise.
“OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER” – GAY HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, October 27
from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah hosts a conversation about being gay
in America with actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes, “Modern Family” star
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and “Scandal” Emmy award-winner Dan Bucatinsky.
The actors share when they knew they were gay,
how they came out, the reactions from family members and the process of
They discuss the state of television and the impact being
gay has had on their careers in Hollywood. Together they also talk about
parenting, marriage equality and the importance
of role models within the community.
Followed by – “BRIDEGROOM”
Sunday, October 27 from 10 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET/PT
“Bridegroom” is a documentary film by
director Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) that tells the
emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young
men in a loving and committed relationship that was
cut tragically short. The story of what happened after Tom’s
accidental death– of how people in relationships without the legal
protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and
ostracized by family members – is poignant, thought provoking
and sheds more light on the issue of marriage equality and human
On the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a
year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute
to his partner entitled “It Could Happen to You.” The video went viral
and has garnered over four million views.
Although it was a cathartic process for Shane and a tribute to the
love of his life, more than anything, he wanted it to serve as a warning
to other LGBT couples, and to show the world what can happen when two
people are legally barred from having equal rights
and protections that are granted to others under marriage laws.
The film has earned numerous accolades,
including audience awards at the TriBeca Film Festival, where it was
introduced by President Bill Clinton, and Outfest Los Angeles Film
Festival. Shane continues to work alongside organizations
including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign to promote equality, and
received the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award in 2012. “Bridegroom” will
be available on DVD on November 19, 2013.