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How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy
What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
Dan Reynolds Says His LGBTQ Activism Invites Backlash On All Sides, But 'Everybody Has to Do Their Part'
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
Scotland is officially requiring schools to include LGBTI history in their curriculum
Barbra Streisand & GLAAD Send a Message to Voters: 'America Is Better When We Stand Together'
Barbra Streisand has partnered with GLAAD to encourage LGBTQ voters to hit the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.
Barbra Streisand Says She Has to
The religious right is already waging war on LGBTQ legislation in the next Congress
All the signs point to a blue wave on Tuesday that will return the House of Representatives to Democratic control. (On the other hand, the Senate is a long shot, at best.)
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have all but conceded that Republicans have virtually no chance of holding onto their majority. That includes religious right leaders, who are now laying out their strategy to stop Democrats from passing any legislation that would help LGBTQ people.
In particular, they have declared war on the Equality Act, a measure that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing civil rights protections.
The Equality Act Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination. Will It Ever Be Passed?
Transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says Trump 'wants to eradicate my community'
Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality
Tradition remains law here on the land of Navajo Nation, a Native American territory occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
And the words of elders are treated as gospel.
But ahead of the US midterm elections on 6 November, national debates over same-sex marriage within indigenous communities are prompting the country’s largest Native American tribe to have a rethink.
14 evocative images of naked and semi-naked men in protest of Trump (NSFW)
‘There’s so much to be outraged by everyday with regards to this administration – unless you are really paying attention and follow specific news feeds, the policy changes which negatively effecting the LGBTQ community go unnoticed.’
Ron finally added: ‘Many people, straight or gay, are unaware of the steady dismantling of our rights and protections. I hope through this project raises some awareness.’
Gay Star News
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Donates $50,000 at GLAAD Benefit Concert
During a recent interview with The San Diego Tribune, Reynolds spoke about his stance on politics in music. "I think the whole reason for art, for music, for a voice, is to speak to the truth and to fight for what you believe," he declared. "Whether it’s injustices being done or just a simple song about love and what your beliefs on love are, I think every artist, if they’re not speaking their truth and not standing up for what they believe in — not just in (song), but in interviews — they aren’t deserving of that platform and it should be given to someone else who will make use of it."
Detroit Pistons’ Reggie Bullock donates $25,000 to GLAAD in memory of his sister and goes purple with the NBA and WNBA for Spirit Day
Today, Detroit Pistons player Reggie Bullock announced his participation in GLAAD’s Spirit Day and anti-bullying campaign, sending a message of acceptance to all LGBTQ people. Bullock has been an outspoken, brave, and true ally to LGBTQ people, and especially transgender women of color, since he lost his transgender sister, Mia Henderson, in 2014.
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.
Dua Lipa On the Importance of LGBTQ Activism: 'You Have a Duty to Speak Up'
During Dua Lipa’s visit to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast earlier this week, she spoke at length about why supporting the LGBTQ community is so important for her.
Taylor Swift calls out a Republican for opposing LGBTQ rights
Michelle Visage, Kim Petras, Ross Mathews and More Speak Out Against LGBTQ Bullying For GLAAD Spirit Day
How a 'heartbroken twink' became Malaysia's new queer pop icon
"Orange Is the New Black" Actor Samira Wiley Said She Was Outed as Gay by a Costar
Switzerland made transphobia and homophobia as illegal as racism
Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.
The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.
Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.
Gay Star News
Gay man sues Washington Teachers Union for discrimination
A gay former employee of the Washington Teachers Union filed a lawsuit in federal court on Sept. 18 accusing the union, its president, and its former chief of staff of subjecting him to a hostile work environment and later firing him because of his sexual orientation.
Upper Marlboro, Md., resident Barry Hobson, 36, charges in the lawsuit that he was subjected to unfair and discriminatory treatment and harassment by WTU’s then chief of staff, Dorothy Egbufor. The lawsuit says Egbufor served as Hobson’s immediate supervisor shortly after he was hired as a receptionist and office assistant on Jan. 15, 2017.
Hobson’s attorneys filed the lawsuit on his behalf in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition to Egbufor, the lawsuit names as defendants Washington Teachers Union President Elizabeth Davis and the union itself, which represents 5,000 D.C. public school teachers.
D.C. Man Says Five People Attacked Him and Friend Because They are Gay
New D.C. resident William Southern says he and his friend Robbie Barletta were attacked by a group of five people because they are gay. Southern, who said the attack happened on Sunday afternoon, later posted a slideshow of his facial injuries and bloodied t-shirt to Instagram along with news of the assault.
Hate groups from around the nation will meet to plot ways to harm LGBTQ people
Lesbian Couple Attacked in England in Possible Hate Crime
Priest defies Cardinal Cupich, burns LGBTQ flag on church grounds
Texas Republicans are so desperate they’re insinuating some Democrat candidates are ‘crossdressers’
Hotelier Tells Lesbian Couple They 'Should Be Put in a Cage'
School Superintendent Comes Out Under Threat From Christian Group
Art Gallery Owner Posts Sign to Stop Church from Taking His Parking Spaces: ‘Only for Gay Conversion Therapy’
Game of Thrones star: Hollywood has a 'big problem' with homophobia
At the Toronto International Film Festival, currently ongoing, Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington sat down with other Hollywood figures to discuss their industry’s problem with homophobia.
Harrington is in Canada to promote Xavier Dolan’s new film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
‘There’s a big problem, I think, with the idea of masculinity and homosexuality, that they can’t somehow go hand-in-hand,’ he told Variety while discussing the film.
Gay Star News
India just abolished a 157-year-old law banning gay sex
Gay sex is legal in India. That was the judgement of the the Supreme Court in New Delhi Thursday, which struck down a colonial-era law that banned homosexual acts with the threat of prison. The ruling sparked jubilant scenes across the country, the culmination of a decades-long struggle for India’s LGBTQ movement.
The landmark ruling from the five judge bench overturned the 157-year-old law known as Section 377, which banned sex “against the order of nature.”
Decriminalization of gay sex sets up cultural battle in conservative India