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  • Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO)

    Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO) This week I was invited to join a media conference call immediately following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' favorable ruling in Virginia's Bostic v. Schaefer marriage-equality case. The call was hosted by Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), and included Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring; Bostic's co-counsel, Ted Olson and David Boies; Gregory Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal; and James Esseks, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Project at the ACLU. This marks the second positive ruling by afederal appeals court since last year's historic Windsor decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. This historic decision represents a major milestone on the path toward universal marriage equality in this[…]

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  • 'Being Gay Meant Sadness, Illness, and Death' (VIDEO)

    'Being Gay Meant Sadness, Illness, and Death' (VIDEO) I'm From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit archive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories. New stories are posted on the site every Wednesday.What was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker it was illness, death, and filth. Tom recalls an advertisement he saw when he was just 5 years old: [I]t was of a stormy, volcanic landscape with lightning in the background and an enormous tombstone, which, I later learned, had the word "AIDS" written on it. I think for the best part of the first 18 years of my life, that was what "gay" was. It was sadness and illness and death.As a teenager Tom had an experience that furthered his negative perception of[…]

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  • Your Nightly Briefing

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  • Transgender Woman Raped At Immigration Center Should Be Released, Activists Say

    By David SchwartzPHOENIX, July 31 (Reuters) - Rights activists called onThursday for the immediate release of a transgender womenallegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrantdetention center, accusing authorities of refusing to providefor her safety.The activists say immigration and detention center officialshave shown they are incapable of protecting the 23-year-oldwoman following the alleged July 20 sexual assault at the EloyDetention Center, southeast of Phoenix.The woman, Marichuy, whose legal name is Jesus Leal Gamino,has been detained for more than a year at the 1,437-detaineecenter, which is operated by Corrections Corporation of Americaunder a contract with Immigration and CustomsEnforcement (ICE)."We see no other solution than for ICE to immediatelyrelease her, where her community can take measures to ... helpher heal," said[…]

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  • WATCH: A Trans Girl's Inspiring 'Letter to the World'

    Teen activist Jazz has a message for other youth about the pride, confidence, and strength that accompanies being transgender.read more

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  • Israel & Hamas Agree To Cease-Fire

    Israel & Hamas Agree To Cease-Fire Brokered by the UN and Secretary Of State John Kerry: In a statement released in New Delhi where Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict in Gaza had agreed to an unconditional cease-fire during which there would be negotiations on a more durable truce in the three-week-old fighting. "This humanitarian cease-fire will commence at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended. During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," the statement said. "We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian cease-fire begins, and to fully[…]

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  • WATCH: Man Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing 15-Year-Old Trans Girl

    After a 15-year-old transgender girl was stabbed in the back on D.C. public transit, police have a suspect in custody, and plan to file hate crime charges.read more

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  • Tom Hardy to play twin gangsters in upcoming "Legend"

    Tom Hardy to play twin gangsters in upcoming "Legend" Tom HardyHunky Tom Hardy is set to play twin gangsters in the upcoming film Legend.The Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, apparently made quite the noise back in London organizing The Firm, a gang that ran East London's underworldduring the 50s and 60s.But it wasn't just organized crime the two became known for.The Backlot reports:But perhaps more interesting than the Kray Twins’ penchant for criminality was their love lives. The Daily Mail (always a reliable source…) has gone on to claim that “Ronnie and Reggie Kray were both gay and Ronnie never consummated his marriage [...] although Ronnie admitted his homosexuality in his mid-teens, his brother Reggie was also gay and his marriage to Frances Shea was a sham.”Hardy, commenting on[…]

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  • An Inconvenient Moron

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  • Cult hit "Sordid Lives"to be released on Blu-ray and digital platforms

    Cult hit "Sordid Lives"to be released on Blu-ray and digital platforms Cult hit movie "Sordid Lives" will finally see a Blu-Ray release on September 30th.Plus, on August 29th, the flick will be available on digital platforms like iTunes and WolfeOnDemand:From WolfeOnDemand:In this cult classic comedy from writer-director Del Shores, a gay West Hollywood actor returns home to his small Texas town for his grandmother’s funeral. As we meet the three generations of his dysfunctional family, the hilariously trashy truth of their “sordid lives” is revealed.Sordid Lives features an all-star ensemble cast, including Olivia Newton-John (Grease), Delta Burke (TV’s “Designing Women”), Bonnie Bedelia (TV’s “Parenthood”), Beau Bridges (TV’s “Masters of Sex”) and Leslie Jordan (The Help) as the Tammy Wynette-obsessed institutionalized gay uncle, Brother Boy. The soundtrack features such country standards as[…]

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  • Petition launched to honor Orlando Bloom for taking a punch at Justin Bieber

    Petition launched to honor Orlando Bloom for taking a punch at Justin Bieber Earlier this week, one of the biggest celebrity stories had to do with actor Orlando Bloom taking a swing at singer and constant punk Justin Bieber.There's basis for friction between the two as apparently Bieber flirted with Bloom's wife Miranda Kerr back in 2012, leading to their divorce. Then, Bloom is rumored to have spent time with Bieber's ex-girl friend Selena Gomez.Two days ago in Ibiza, things escalated at a local hot spot making Bloom an international hero to those folks who have lost patience for the childish antics of Bieber:“Justin was at one table, and Orlando was at another,” a source told us. “But when Bieber and his party were later walking past Bloom’s table, Orlando refused to shake Bieber’s[…]

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  • It's Not Just About the Meds

    It's Not Just About the Meds ACRIA researchers Dr. Stephen Karpiak (left) and Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing at the International AIDS Conference in MelbourneACRIA, founded in 1991 in response to the slow pace of government and academic research on HIV, is no newcomer to either research on HIV treatments, community education efforts, testing initiatives, HIV treatment adherence or steps forward and painful steps back. Our groundbreaking Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH) study placed the spotlight on the emerging HIV epidemic in adults age 50 and over, who will make up 50 percent of the HIV population by 2015. This study, which received considerable attention worldwide, brought to light the unique issues affecting this population. Today, ACRIA is the global authority on HIV and aging, and[…]

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  • Who Gives A Buck?: Special Offer For Anyone Buy-Curious About Mr. Man!

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  • BSA: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, But They Still Can't Be Leaders

    Despite its insistence that 'there is no relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,' a BSA spokesperson said there is no current plan to review the discriminatory ban on gay adult leaders.read more

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Supreme Court Won't 'Duck' Gay Marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier.Attitudes have changed swiftly in favor of same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, Ginsburg said in her wood-paneled office on the court's main floor.She predicted that the justices would not delay ruling as they did on interracial marriage bans, which were not formally struck down until 1967."I think the court will not do what[…]

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  • FIRST LOOK:No Singing, No Dancing First Teaser Trailer of “Into The Woods” Released – Video

    From the recap: Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack […]

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  • Seattle: Admitted New Years Day arsonist of gay club sentenced to 10 years in prison

    Seattle: Admitted New Years Day arsonist of gay club sentenced to 10 years in prison Musab Masmari, who has admitted to setting a fire at a gay bar in Seattle on New Year's Day, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.About 15 minutes after midnight, Masmari poured gasoline in a stairway to Neighbours’ balcony and lit the pool of fuel. The fire was quickly doused with a fire extinguisher; there were about 750 people in the club at the time.Masmari, a California native also known as Musab Musmari, was arrested days later on his way to Sea-Tac Airport after buying a one-way ticket to Turkey.In a letter to the court, Masmari, 31, explained he’d consumed a bottle of cheap whiskey in the hours before he set the fire. He claims not to remember[…]

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  • Pastor Rick Scarborough: God Would Be Perfectly Justified In Nuking America Because We Have Gay Ambassadors

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  • More of the Real Story Behind the LGBT MBA Job Fair Story

    Almost a year ago, I did something I never anticipated doing as an MBA who had traditionally worked in media and technology: I raised my hand as a candidate for a full-time Executive Director role with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer non-profit Reaching Out MBA.Since then I've had numerous peers ask me why I was making the shift.As one of the students at my organization's spring School Summit simply put it, "Aren't we pretty much past the equality battle?"My response is that while there is huge legal momentum, there is still a stigma to working as an out professional.Shockingly this issue is most prevalent with young professionals.In fact a recent HRC Workplace Study shockingly found that only 7[…]

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  • Yes, There Is A Such Thing As 'Dick Pic' Etiquette

    Let's say you open Snapchat, excited for what you're about to receive, then lo and behold -- a photo of a penis. Whether you're happy about this or not, HuffPost Live thought it necessary to discuss the etiquette of sending pics of your junk. Ezra Sembler, a self-proclaimed serial dater, opened up to host Nancy Redd about his experience with sending and receiving private photos, including on the popular gay hook-up app Grindr. "Usually people ask for it within the first five minutes of talking," Sembler said. "In my personal experience, I’d say about 10 percent of the dick pics I've received, I continue responding to.”But dirty-pic senders beware. Sembler added that sending a picture can often cause more harm[…]

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  • Skating Legend Tony Hawk Supports Marriage Equality

    One of the best known skateboarders in the sport's history has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to stump for marriage.read more

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  • UGANDA: High Court Hears Challenge To Brutal Anti-Homosexuality Legislation

    UGANDA: High Court Hears Challenge To Brutal Anti-Homosexuality Legislation Uganda's Constitutional Court is hearing a challenge to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which calls for punishments up to life in prison for "crimes" such as "repeated homosexual acts." The activists argue that the law was passed in parliament without the necessary quorum of lawmakers. The 10 petitioners – including two Ugandan rights organisations – also claim that the law violates the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Judges have adjourned the hearings until Friday, when they are expected to rule on the quorum issue. Ugandan state lawyers defended the law on Thursday, the second day of the hearings, asking judges to dismiss the petition. "There[…]

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  • CHINA: Man Sues Search Engine For Directing Him To "Ex-Gay" Torture Clinic

    CHINA: Man Sues Search Engine For Directing Him To "Ex-Gay" Torture Clinic Via the Associated Press:A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001. The center's executive director, Xin Ying, said some professional hospitals in China, as well as smaller private clinics, still provide conversion therapy and that the group hopes the case at the Haidian District People's Court in Beijing will lead to a ban on the therapy. Yang Teng, 30, told The Associated Press[…]

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  • Kissing Doesn't Kill

    Why can't we all just get along?Hell if I know.Everyone seems to be shit-talking.Slut-shaming over Truvada, mad about the rainbow, feeling the class-ass-en masse divide? Yeah -- me too. Face facts -- Truvada will be in everyone's bloodstream in about 15 minutes, so why argue over it?A year from now we won't need this essay -- burn after reading.Some might not even need this essay now, but on two fronts we assault this virus -- the POZ and the NEG, the dirty and the clean, the U Be Too -- can we cut the crap and get in one line?We're at war with an epidemic, not ourselves, so slit the jugular on your judgement because that old hood is still[…]

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  • Anti-gay Rick Santorum says marriage equality "devalues" marriage

    Anti-gay Rick Santorum says marriage equality "devalues" marriage Former US Senator Rick SantorumRight Wing Watch is reporting on a recent interview on the Eagle Forum Live radio show wherein former US senator and forever anti-gay Rick Santorum said that marriage equality "devalues" marriage:The former senator and presidential candidate told host Anne Cori, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly’s daughter, that supporters of marriage equality have “devalued marriage” and “divorced marriage from any meaning beyond a romantic relationship,” while Cori lamented the “celebration of single mothers.”He also warned of polygamy: “If marriage is simply a romantic relationship between two people, and by the way, that’s what it’s devolved to the minds of a lot of Americans, if that’s all that marriage is well then it’s hard to make the argument[…]

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  • California Assembly Speaker Becomes First Gay Governor For A Few Hours

    Three political absences made out California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins acting governor for a day.read more

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  • Makeup Maestro Dick Smith Dies @ 92

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  • SEATTLE: Judge Doubles Requested Sentence, Arsonist Of Gay Nightclub Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison

    SEATTLE: Judge Doubles Requested Sentence, Arsonist Of Gay Nightclub Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The Seattle man who set fire to a popular Capitol Hill club during a New Year’s celebration was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison - twice as long as the term requested by prosecutors. Facing federal charges in the dangerous but non-injurious blaze, Musab Masmari admitted to starting a fire inside Neighbours Nightclub during the first minutes of 2014. Masmari was caught on camera setting fire to a rear stairwell at Neighbours, a large, decades-old gay nightclub. About 15 minutes after midnight, Masmari poured gasoline in a stairway to Neighbours’ balcony and lit the pool of fuel. The fire was quickly doused with a fire extinguisher; there were about 750 people in the club at[…]

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  • Children's Home Fires Gay Employee For Presenting 'Damaging' Lifestyle

    Texas Tech University student and children’s social worker Casey Stegall was fired earlier this month by the Children’s Home of Lubbock after introducing his teenage clients to his fiancé during a water park outing on the Fourth of July.In justifying Stegall’s July 10 firing, Lynn Harms, president of the nonprofit Christian child care center for at-risk children, accused Stegall of “presenting a lifestyle that is damaging to kids” by displaying public affection toward another man.“As a faith-based, church-related outreach providing welfare services, if you will, to children and families, there is a set of biblical values that we adhere to and live by,” Harms explained in an interview with The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Friday. “When you are implementing life training[…]

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  • Olivia Newton-John, Leslie Jordan And All The Gay Drama You Loved Return In Cult Hit “Sordid Lives”

    It’s the little gay movie that could — and did. When Del Shores decided to turn his stage play Sordid Lives, about a gay West Hollywood actor forced to deal with his crazy, dysfunctional family when he goes home to Texas for his grandmother’s funeral, the writer-director called on celeb pals such as superstar Olivia Newton-John (as […]

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  • Sharknado 2: The Second One rakes in 3.9 million viewers, 1 billion Twitter impressions

    Sharknado 2: The Second One rakes in 3.9 million viewers, 1 billion Twitter impressions Syfy’s pop culture/social media hit - Sharknado 2: The Second One - delivered serious numbers in the ratings department during last night’s July 30 premiere, becoming the channel’s most watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers.Over on the social media side, Sharknado 2 delivered One Billion estimated impressions for Sharknado Twitter conversations.At one point, Sharknado 2 held all top 10 trending topics in the United States.According to reports, Sharknado 2 is the most "social movie" on TV ever, and was more social than any episode of Game Of Thrones, The Bachelorette or Survivor.Compared to the first Sharknado movie premiere on July 11, 2013, total viewers were up 183%.Sharknado 2 beat numerous broadcast programs in prime including CBS’s Extant, Fox’s So[…]

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  • GOP Senators Want to Give Religious Adoption Agencies 'License to Discriminate'

    Two Republican senators have introduced legislation that would ensure religiously affiliated adoption agencies don't lose state or federal funding, even if they refuse to place kids with LGBT prospective parents.read more

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  • Archbishop John Nienstedt: I'm Not Gay

    Archbishop John Nienstedt: I'm Not Gay Early this month it was disclosed that the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis was investigating claims that scandal-plagued Archbishop John Nienstedt has had "inappropriate sexual relations" with priests, seminarians, and other men. Today the Minneapolis StarTribune asked him point blank: Nienstedt said he believed that the investigation involved five allegations of sexual impropriety, including from the time he served in the Detroit Archdiocese in the 1990s. The allegations were made by priests and seminarians. The archbishop denied that he was a homosexual or engaged in homosexual acts. "I’m not gay,” he said. “And I’m not anti-gay.” When he led the charge for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota in 2012, he said he was only arguing[…]

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  • Accidental Bear's Mike Enders Takes A Bath With Will Sheridan

    We love Will Sheridan!Accidental Bear's Mike Enders took a soak with this groundbreaking athlete earlier this month, and the pair discussed everything from Sheridan's new video to trannygate.Sheridan was the second former Division I basketball player to come out of the closet at the age of 26 in an interview on ESPN.com, following his retirement from the sports world. He is also involved in charity work, having started a nonprofit with his partner that "funds and supports orphans who have aged out of government and church assistance in Kenya." During his time in the tub with Enders, Sheridan explained: I [came out] because a lot of kids and adults didn't think there were gay basketball players or people who play[…]

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  • Gay Chinese Man To Sue Clinic For Electric Shock Therapy Meant To Turn Him Straight

    BEIJING (AP) — A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001.The center's executive director, Xin Ying, said some professional hospitals in China, as well as smaller private clinics, still provide conversion therapy and that the group hopes the case at the Haidian District People's Court in Beijing will lead to a ban on the therapy.Yang Teng, 30, told The Associated Press that the therapy[…]

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  • Tom Daley: A 'Massive Weight' Was Lifted Off My Shoulders When I Came Out

    British Olympic diver Tom Daley tells the BBC that a "massive weight" was lifted off of his shoulders after he decided to come out in a YouTube video last December. "The public support has been overwhelming," Daley, 20, said. "Right now, all I concentrate on is diving ... I don't have any other worries. I'm happy with life, I'm happy with diving."He went on to note, "If I spent my whole life worrying about what people thought, I wouldn't be a diver and I wouldn't be where I am today." Daley, who is dating Oscar-winning "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, didn't specify in the original video whether he identified as "bisexual" or "gay." In April, he spoke out again, clarifying[…]

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  • False Note

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  • Wisconsin's domestic partnerships ruled constitutional by state supreme court

    Wisconsin's domestic partnerships ruled constitutional by state supreme court Lambda Legal announced today via press release that Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership registry has been found to be constitutional by the state supreme court, thus ending an almost two year legal fight over the limited protections:Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s domestic partnership registry as constitutional, bringing a joyful end to a long legal battle by Lambda Legal on behalf of Fair Wisconsin and five intervening defendant couples.“We’re thrilled that Wisconsin same-sex couples can keep the limited but very important protections that the domestic partnership registry grants them,” said Christopher Clark, Counsel for Lambda Legal. “The statute is clearly constitutional, and the Supreme Court of Wisconsin agreed with us. Gay and lesbian couples in Wisconsin no longer have to[…]

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  • TRAILER: Into The Woods

    TRAILER: Into The Woods From the recap: “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.  Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On[…]

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  • Lesbian Moms Push for Parental Rights in Mexico, Austria

    As more countries gain equal marriage, skirmishes over parental rights have ensued — this month, in both Mexico and Austria.read more

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