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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 28th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! HISTORY: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, some of the men interned for their homosexuality in Nazi Germany were immediately sent to prison again after World War II, forced to serve the Nazi sentences. full story POP CULTURE: On Monday, “The Daily Show” aired a hilarious segment about the couple’s “father-son” relationship, playing on the right-wing “slippery slope” argument about same-sex marriage and incest. After visiting the couple and asking Esposito why he’s “banging” his son, correspondent Ronny Chieng determines that they have “some gross human equality fetish.” full story AFRICA: The US’s first ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 21st

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! INTERNATIONAL: US Vice President Joe Biden has told business people at the World Economic Forum in Davos to bring do more to combat homophobia and transphobia in countries where LGBTI people face discrimination and persecution. full story POP CULTURE: Nintendo has confirmed that it is removing a plot line from a new game that allows the player to drug a lesbian woman’s drink with a magic potion. full story RELIGION: Retired Bishop V. Gene Robinson wrote a report that examines the way that Jewish and Christian traditions have become more inclusive of trans people. full story RELIGION: In ththe current ...

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The Dating Rollercoaster

Dating, as a gay man, can seem impossible. We have all heard the constant barrage of “dating apps have ruined dating” “every just wants hook ups” “no one wants anything serious.” Well, let’s toss all that aside for a minute because guess who is throwing out those broad generalizations? Yeah, guys in the dating pool that have probably done things to manifest those statements. We can change things. It can get better! Yes, apps have changed how things are done, but we should be real – if you are on Grindr you MAY find a date, but most likely it will be just a hook up. It’s in the name of the damn app! Try venturing into apps/platforms like Tindr...

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My Best Life Advice

As I wrote in a post earlier today, most of the emails I receive are from young people.Recently, I heard from a couple young people who asked for what I would call “life advice”–that is, advice not necessarily related to being gay, at least not directly. After giving their requests some thought, I realized I’m now old enough to be, in most cases, a parent to these young people. And maybe they don’t have the type of relationships with their parents where they feel comfortable asking them what they asked me. Or maybe they don’t even have parents to ask. So, it's in the spirit of being helpful that I offer my best life advice–twelve points that have taken me fifty-six years to learn. I ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 14th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! USA: Axe, makers of grooming products for men, have produced a new ad – entitled ‘Find Your Magic’ – which features a range of men. full story SCIENCE: A new study provides clinical data to support growing evidence that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more prevalent in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria than in the general population. full story INTERNATIONAL: FIFA has fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for anti-gay chants by their national team’s fans. full story USA: full story FRANCE: The leader of France’s far-right Front National Party blames the unflattering photo taken by ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 7th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! HISTORY: “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World” by Michael McConnell with Jack Baker, as told to Gail Langer Karwoski, chronicles the love story behind first same sex marriage in U.S. full story PEOPLE: 29-year-old Jossy Yendall, a finalist in the Miss Galaxy beauty pageant contest, has spoken out – to claim she was disqualified for being trans. full story PEOPLE: Rose Uscianowski, a 26-year-old from Graniteville, New York who approached Ben Carson as he was taking photos with supporters and told him he was full of shit, is speaking out. full story POP CULTURE: Netflix made a huge ...

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Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday Season

During the holidaystreasures arrivein many shapes and sizes, but the joys that our hearts treasure the most are always foundin the love offamily and friends. We'll be back on Monday, January 4th, 2016Have A Great Holiday!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 31st

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! INTERNET: Here’s what comes up if you search Google Images for some common LGBT terms… and how Google portrays you. Bisexuals: Nice try, but we’ve rumbled you. You are a flag. You only exist in flag form. full story PEOPLE: The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau — the private, nonprofit marketing organization for the tourism industry — released an emotional video on Monday featuring the surprise wedding of Christian Alarid and Shayne Barnes, an Oahu couple whose family and friends traveled to Honolulu to see the two men tie the knot. full story PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner and Eddie Redmayne are to ...

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Book Review: "All Out: A Father and Son Confront the Hard Truths That Made Them Better Men"

Lately, any books I've read with a gay theme, that I want to make you aware of, I've written about on the "This Gay Relationship" Facebook page. But this book is so noteworthy, that I want to tell you about it right here.All Out is by Kevin Newman and Alex Newman, father and son. Canadians will know Kevin from the work he's done on various TV programs, such as "Global National" and "W5." Americans will know him as the one-time host of "Good Morning America." Kevin's been both a news journalist, travelling to some of the riskiest, war-torn areas of the world, and a TV anchor and interviewer. In other words, he's credible and respectable. (And, if this matters, he's also very ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 24th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! PEOPLE: Openly gay player Keegan Hirst has spoken out against those who are trying to “force” football (soccer) players to come out of the closet. full story PEOPLE: One year on from Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional coming out interview with Diane Sawyer, the pair will reunite for a follow-up. full story PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner is known for her fierce sense of style – and she looks just as stylish in animated form on the Kardashian Christmas card. full story PEOPLE: Sir Elton John is celebrating two anniversaries this week – ten years after he tied the knot in one of ...

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Gay And Dealing With The Holiday Blues

The holiday season is here – hooray! What’s that you say? You don’t feel like celebrating? The time between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Day is one of the most stressful times of the year. Even if things are going well, there’s a lot to do: presents to buy, cards to mail, schedules disrupted by fun stuff that somehow can feel a little like a burden.  And if things aren’t going well – you’re alone, you’re broke or unemployed – the holidays can be a real setup for unhappiness. No wonder that stress, anxiety and depression run rampant this time of year. Stop and take a breath. First, know that if you’ve got the blues, you’ve also got lots of company. Feeling melancholy during the holidays doesn’t make...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 17th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! POP CULTURE: An Australian ad for a Lynx hair product is one of the most-complained about this year. full story POP CULTURE: In 2015, with a landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage case on the horizon, the number of videos depicting same-sex couples marrying multiplied. By a lot. full story AUSTRALIA: Australian Marriage Equality has released a practical video letting the public know the plan of action to get marriage equality over the line. full story AUSTRALIA: Tasmania state government will introduce legislation next year to expunge historic convictions for gay sex. full story CAMBODIA: Cambodia’s information ministry has told ...

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Letter to my Gay Teenage Self

If you could write a letter to your gay teenage self, what would it say?(From out.com.)This is the genesis of this post. But I feel I need to explain what I hope you'll take the time to read below, especially if you're young and wondering how you'll ever get through the probability you're gay. Nearly two years ago, I read The Letter Q, and it moved me deeply. The honesty with which well-known gay writers wrote to, in some cases, their much younger selves floored me. The promise they gave their younger selves, that they'd grow out of the misery they were going through–and, most importantly, wouldn't take their own lives, and stick around, and see what the future held for them–made me ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Courtney Goldman Photography, Atlanta, Georgia

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Courtney’s approach to photography is simple – she want you to be relaxed, enjoy yourself, and to not worry about her or the photos she’s taking. With this method Courtney is able to capture the most genuine moments in any situation. Courtney Goldman is a full time professional photographer dedicated to providing her clients with beautiful images. If you’d like any referrals, just ask – her clients are her biggest fans! See Courtney’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Georgia The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Courtney Goldman Photography, Atlanta, Georgia...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carolyn Burke – Wedding Officiant, St. Louis, Missouri

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Carolyn Burke is a St. Louis area wedding coordinator and officiant – she would love to work with you to arrange an event that you and your guests will never forget. Carolyn is available in both St. Louis, Missouri, and in Metro East Illinois. Effective November 2014 – Same sex marriage is legal in St Louis City and St Louis County. You can apply for a license and use it anywhere in the state. See Carolyn’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Missouri The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carolyn Burke – Wedding Officiant, St...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 22nd

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! PEOPLE: A former US marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has shared her transition online to inspire other transgender women. full story AUSTRALIA: Port Hedland, a Pilbara town known for its harsh landscape and male dominated fly-in, fly-out workforce, is an unlikely addition to a group of local councils across Australia who are using their limited legislative power to advocate for marriage equality. full story POLAND: A Polish priest who was fired by the Vatican ...

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Gay Relationships: Rejection Sucks! A Gay Guy’s Primer On Dealing With It – Part 2

( Continued From Yesterday )    Tips For Coping With Rejection: The following are some ideas to help you reframe the way you think about rejection so it doesn’t seem so unbearable. Your negative beliefs can have a strong hold over you because they’re trying to protect you against perceived threat or harm, so some of these tips might inspire an “oh please!” or “yeah right!” attitude. Let your mind be open and pick and choose those that might best fit your personality and style. View any resistance you may feel as an indication that your self-protection mechanisms may have been triggered and refuse to be held victim by them any longer. * View rejection as a success. The fact that that guy doesn’t want ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 15th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! ARGENTINA: Diana Sacayán, a trans rights campaigner, was stabbed to death in Argentina yesterday. full story AUSTRALIA: But Labor’s proposal to return registered partnerships back to civil unions has been greeted with barely a peep from the community. full story FRANCE: For the first time, a French court has recognised a person as ‘gender neutral’. full story INDIA: As a gay Indian I am reminded every day of the violent and abusive attitude our fellow citizens ...

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 8th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! POP CULTURE: Chris Burns, the assistant men’s basketball coach at Bryant University, has come out as gay, and is the nation’s first Division 1 coach to do so. full story POP CULTURE: America’s Next Top Model contestant Nyle DiMarco revealed on Twitter that he is sexually fluid. full story OPINION: When I was 14, I found the word bisexual through a Google search. I did not know you could have crushes on both girls and boys. full story CANADA: Harbaljit ...

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carl’s Guest House, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Provincetown Guest House centrally located in Ptown, within an easy walk of all town activities and beaches. We offer comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations in the heart of Provincetown. If you are looking for a great place to stay in town, give us a call. See the Carl’s Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors The post Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carl’s Guest House, Provincetown, Massachusetts appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch.

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