LGBT History

Icelandic Water Puts Gay Spin On 90s Coke Ad [VIDEO]

The Iceland Monitor reports: Icelandic water company Icelandic Water Holdings has released a new advert for its Icelandic Glacial water, giving a modern, positive, inclusive spin on an advertising classic from the 90s. Speaking to gayiceland.is, Chairman and co-founder of the company Jón Ólafsson says that “it felt like the right thing to do, just very natural, to include a ...

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American Bar Association Honors Evan Wolfson

From the American Bar Association: Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, was a recipient of the 2016 Stonewall Award from the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity during an award ceremony on Feb. 6 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. Wolfson is considered by many as the father of the same-sex marriage movement. ...

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Mattel Issues Barbie Modeled After Out Soccer Star

Mattel yesterday announced the release of a short-haired Barbie modeled after out lesbian soccer star Abby Wambach. Via Gay Star News: If you thought Barbie dolls were all one shape and image, the new Abby Wambach doll goes some way to confronting stereotypes and showing young girls (and boys), that female role models don’t all come in one mold. Wambach, ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 59 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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BALTIMORE: Mayor Gives To Nod To Proposed Divine Monument (Including Bronze Dog Poop)

Via Flavorwire: The corner of Read and Tyson Streets in Baltimore will forever bear the glorious ghost of an iconically filthy moment: Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead), as Babs Johnson in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos, asserting her status as the “Filthiest Person Alive” by watching as a dog poops, approaching the poop, and then eating the poop.Soon — Kickstarter gods ...

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Matt Smith To Play Robert Mapplethorpe In Biopic

The BBC reports: Matt Smith is to take on the role of avant-garde photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a forthcoming film. The Doctor Who star will be directed by the award-winning Ondi Timoner in the biopic simply titled Mapplethorpe, according to Deadline. Zosia Mamet, known for the HBO comedy-drama Girls, has been cast to play Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe’s one-time lover and ...

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MINNESOTA: Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton Names State’s First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday he would appoint Court of Appeals Judge Margaret H. Chutich as associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich would be the first openly gay member on the state’s highest court. She would fill the vacancy left by Wilhelmina M. Wright, who was confirmed by the Senate this week to the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama’s Final SOTU

President Obama’s final State Of The Union address begins at 9PM Eastern. Embedded below is the official White House video stream, which at this writing is broadcasting prerecorded messages from the president and vice president. All eyes tonight will be on Jim Obergefell and Kim Davis, the hero and villain of same-sex marriage. Watch along with us.

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Jim Obergefell To Sit With First Lady During SOTU

This morning the White House announced that Jim Obergefell will be among the guests seated with the First Lady during President Obama’s final State Of The Union address. From their bio on Obergefell: Jim Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled same-sex couples nationwide have the Constitutional right to marry. In ...

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DADT Repeal Was Signed Five Years Ago Today

It was five years ago today that President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law. It was five years ago and every day since then the haters have screamed and screamed while gay soldiers and sailors got married right on their base and held joyous public reunions with their significant others upon return from overseas deployments. ...

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ABC Greenlights LGBT Rights Miniseries

Deadline reports: ABC is reassembling the team of the 2008 movie Milk for another project about the gay rights movement, eight-hour miniseries When We Rise. Milk director Gus Van Sant has joined the mini, written/executive produced by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and executive produced by the film’s producer Bruce Cohen. The project, which had been in development at ABC ...

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Actress Holly Woodlawn Dies At Age 69 [VIDEO]

Extra reports: Holly Woodlawn, a transgender trailblazer known as one of Andy Warhol’s Superstars in the early ’70s, has died at 69. Woodlawn had battled brain and liver cancer, and was mentioned by Caitlyn Jenner in a first-season episode of “I Am Cait” as being in need of thoughts and prayers. Over the summer, thousands of dollars was raised by ...

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Make Your Own Rainbow White House Ornament

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker has sent us the pattern for a do-it-yourself rainbow White House ornament. Click on this link and print out the pattern. You can throw Mr. Baker a buck or two via his PayPal account.

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SHORT FILM: When AIDS Was Funny

WATCH THIS. Vanity Fair has posted a short film titled When AIDS Was Funny. The film compiles audio tapes of the homophobic mocking and belittling of gay people and people with AIDS that took place between Ronald Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes and the White House press pool. They write: Using never-before-heard audio tapes from three separate press conferences, in 1982, ...

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day. Michael didn’t look good. We were at his annual Christmas luau party. Tons and tons of people in the house and the backyard. Standing in his kitchen, wearing a grass skirt and a ridiculous Santa hat covered in sequins, ...

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Obama Becomes First Sitting President To Pose For Gay Title As Out Magazine Names Him Ally Of The Year

Out Magazine has named President Obama its “Ally Of The Year” in their annual Out 100 issue. They write: The 44th President of the United States is our Ally of the Year—a president who came to office on a wave of euphoria, appeared to lose momentum halfway through, and has since rallied, helping us secure marriage equality, among other landmark ...

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CALIFORNIA: Haters Hail Houston In Renewed Push To Repeal Transgender Rights

Emboldened by yesterday’s result in Houston, California’s haters today rushed out a press release urging support for their campaign to place a repeal of transgender rights on the 2016 statewide ballot. They write: The people of Houston have spoken and defeated that City’s proposed bathroom ordinance. But it almost did not happen. The voters were almost denied the right to ...

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Swag Tuesday: Win A Copy Of First Comes Love

We haven’t done a Swag Tuesday in some time, but is a great one. Via press release: First Comes Love is a new book of photographs and love stories that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the U.S. This is the story of our times! The coffee table book, with a foreword by icon Edie Windsor, ...

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BROOKLYN: Hanging With The Gay Foodies

I recently trekked out to Crown Heights, Brooklyn to hang out with the gay foodies, a world in which many of my friends (and you, maybe) are deeply immersed, but one that is, regrettably, rather alien to me. The event was called Gay Food 101, where self-publishing giant Blurb Books hosted LGBT chefs, food columnists, and authors who explored the ...

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Maddow Grills Sanders On His DOMA History [VIDEO]

Last night Bernie Sanders was interviewed by Rachel Maddow about the continuing DOMA flap and his own history on LGBT rights. Lucas Grindley recaps at The Advocate: In Monday’s interview, Sanders explained why it’s important to get the history right, saying, “We live in a tough world and leadership counts.” As one of only 67 people in the House to ...

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