Tag Archives: LGBT History

Tweet Of The Day: Dan Savage

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Conchita Wurst WINS Eurovision 2014!!!

Austrian gender-fuck artist Conchita Wurst won Eurovision 2014 tonight after a stunning performance at the finals held in Copenhagen. The audience was clearly on Conchita’s side during the vote tally and as each nation reported points for Austria, the screaming was crazy. Conchita Wurst: “This night belongs to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. We are …

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HISTORY: First Same-Sex Couple Legally Marries In Southern State, Witnessed By Lawyer Who Brought Down Arkansas Ban

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports. An Arkansas clerk issued the state’s first gay marriage license on Saturday, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago. Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, of Fort Smith. They had slept in a Ford …

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Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today the playing field for marriage equality suddenly got a LOT better. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that– for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that– I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now– I have to tell you that part of my hesitation on this …

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EW Cover Story: The Normal Heart

Entertainment Weekly on the decades-long journey from stage to screen for The Normal Heart: Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theater until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who …

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Two Years Ago Today

“The good news is that as more and more Americans become to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out is what– what all marriages, at their root, are about.  Whether they’re marriages …

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Two Muddy Pills

Gentle readers, many of you who’ve been here since the early years will recall that this here website thingy launched as a place for my short stories. In honor of today’s tenth anniversary of JMG, below is a piece from my cache of unpublished stories. I first read this story in public before an audience of several hundred at last …

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates 10 Years

Last night I attended the tenth anniversary celebration of Freedom To Marry. The evening included a performance by Tony winner Laura Benanti and a gorgeous short film based on a new poem by Richard Blanco, who read his work at Obama’s 2012 inauguration. (The film will debut at Cannes next month.) Pictured above: CNN commentator Margaret Hoover,  Freedom To Marry …

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PHILADELPHIA: Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, Is Closing

The nation’s oldest LGBT bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, will close on May 17th. Via Philadelphia Gay News: Ed Hermance, who has owned the store for 38 years, announced his plans for retirement in the fall, planning to sell both the business and the two buildings it encompasses. He announced a potential sale agreement several weeks ago, but told PGN this week …

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Haters Have The Harvey Milk Sadz

“Harvey Milk was a very dishonorable man — a sexual anarchist who hated sexual boundaries, a homosexual predator of teens and boyish-looking young men, and a brazen attacker of moral standards and parental rights. The intolerant homosexual-bisexual-transsexual movement is guilty of trampling religious freedom, free speech, private property rights, parental rights and the innocence of children, If you believe in …

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30 Years Ago Today

“First, the probable cause of AIDS has been found: a variant of a known human cancer virus. Second, not only has the agent been identified, but a new process has been developed to mass produce this virus. Thirdly, with the discovery of both the virus and this new process, we now have a blood test for AIDS. With a blood …

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TRAILER: Compared To What: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank

Open this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. Executive producer: Alec Baldwin. Variety has the story: When husband-and-wife directing team Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler approached Barney Frank about making a documentary, their pitch sounded lighthearted. In late 2011, Frank was preparing to retire from his Massachusetts seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, after a 40-year career in public …

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USPS Begins Milk Stamp Pre-Orders

Via press release from the White House: The U.S. Postal Service officially revealed the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp today. The stamp’s official first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place May 22 at the White House. The public is invited to attend the May 28 Harvey Milk Forever Stamp special dedication ceremony in San Francisco. Details on the time and location will be …

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Lawyer Who Defended Prop 8 At SCOTUS Is Changing His Mind On Gay Marriage

Protect Marriage attorney Charles Cooper, who last year argued against the overturn of Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, says his opinion on gay marriage is “evolving” now that his own daughter is planning to marry a woman. The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court …

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Queens Street To Be Named For PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford And Son Morty

JMG reader Brandon tips us that street in front of the former Queens home of late PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford and her son Morty Manford will be renamed their honor. Final approval of the change is expected before the naming ceremony next weekend. Jeanne passed away in January 2013 at the age of 92. Morty Manford, an assistant New York …

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Harvey Milk Stamp To Be Dedicated At White House Ceremony On May 22nd

Via press release from the White House Office of Communications: The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House May 22. Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of …

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HBO Cast Discusses The Normal Heart

The cast of HBO’s coming The Normal Heart chatted with the Hollywood Reporter during a shoot for the magazine’s current cover.

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Beloved West Village Diner Closes Today

Vanishing New York reports that the much-loved West Village diner Manatus will close tonight in the face of a rent increase to $50K per month. This is a sad day for the Village. Manatus has been in business since the mid-1980s, catering to the local LGBT clientele, and it is the last affordable, down-to-earth place to eat in that hyper-gentrified …

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JMG Reader Email On Andrew Sullivan

Yesterday’s quote from Andrew Sullivan generated a firestorm of scathing responses here on JMG – as posts about Sullivan typically do. At this writing there are over 500 comments on that post. This morning a JMG reader emailed to complain about the tone of many of those comments. Here is his message is full: The reader comments for your latest …

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Brooklyn Nets Clinch Playoff Berth

Last night the Brooklyn Nets clinched a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs with their 14th consecutive home win at Barclays Center, setting the stage for Jason Collins to add a another item to his list of first-ever accomplishments when he enters a playoff game with his Matthew Shepard-honoring jersey. Most of the hubbub about the NBA’s first openly gay …

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