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I.C. Kings at WorldPride 2014 Toronto

IC Kings World Pride Toronto

The I.C. Kings were singing “Oh, Canada!” this past month as they brought their gender-bending fabulousness to Toronto. The I.C. Kings performed at WorldPride 2014, June 27th through 28th on the Village Stage with Joey D. Drag King, Julius Fever, Hugh Jindapants, Franky D. Lover, and Miss Kitty!

The I.C. Kings want to thank, “everyone who made this possible! Especially drag king extraordinaire, Flare, from The Yes-Men drag king collective, who gave us the opportunity and brought the event together.”

“Huge love to Studio 13...

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The Out Experience

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The Out Experience by Luke Gordon

From Inner Turmoil to Empowerment, Freedom, and Peace: Ann’s Story

Welcome to the first entry in a blog series entitled The Out Experience. One of the purposes of this blog is to share true coming out stories from the perspective of individuals who have come out and parents who have had a child come out to highlight the process, benefits, challenges, and outcomes so that someone who is planning on coming out or is a parent, can gain some awareness of what to expect. As a life coach who is passionate about helping people with the coming out transition, I believe that developing a strategic, systematic plan will enable the process to go smoother with less stress and fewer regrets. Part of that plan involves educating yourself with the knowledge and wisdom gained from the experiences of others who have gone through it. Another purpose is to share true stories of LGBT allies to highlight what has contributed to them being accepting and supportive of the LGBT community and what guidance they can offer when a friend or family member comes out. I intend for this blog to be interactive, so I welcome comments, questions, and topic ideas. With that said, let’s begin our journey with From Inner Turmoil to Empowerment, Freedom, and Peace: Ann’s Story.

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Hobby Lobby Decision Prompts Withdrawal of Support for ENDA

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Hobby Lobby Decision Prompts Withdrawal of Support for ENDA & Call for Equal Workplace Protections for LGBT People

The following national LGBT legal organizations have signed onto the below statement: American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center.

The provision in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity has long been a source of significant concern to us...

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319 Drag Kings Present: “A Night at the Garden Nightclub”

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319 Drag Kings Present: “A Night at the Garden Nightclub” by Angela Geno-Stumme

Des Moines welcomes back their local boys with The 319 Drag Kings! The 319 Drag Kings will be performing at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 10th at the Garden Nightclub in Des Moines, Iowa. Performers will include JD Lesbiani, Charlie Diamond, Jayden Knight and special guest Evian Waters.

Charlie diamond-July 22 2013The 319 Drag Kings are excited to be back on the stage performing in Des Moines! Charlie Diamond and JD Lesbiani are returning home to perform with their drag troupe The 319 Drag Kings. Charlie Diamond will be performing, once again, at the Garden Nightclub. His past performances were with his talented drag brothers Dante Pistol and Cage Masters. Charlie Diamond says he’s ‘honored’ to be performing once again at the Garden Nightclub and expects the “love and support” he came to expect being raised in Des Moines.

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“Can We Forgive You?”: A Manifesto

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“Can We Forgive You?”: A Manifesto by Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I have contemplated writing this for many years, I have continually put it off because it represents thoughts and feelings I never really wanted to make visible. I believed that if I relegated them to the recesses of my consciousness, over time, they would simply evaporate sparing me the task of putting pen to paper (or more appropriately, key strokes to computer screen). But no matter how hard I have tried to let go of the pain and hurt, nonetheless, these thoughts and feelings keep resurfacing. Maybe now if I write them down, maybe I can let go.

It began for me back in 1987 when I first learned that one of my favorite writers and personalities had died in France at the relatively young age of 63. James Baldwin, essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, activist, hero to many including myself, expatriated to France where he lived much of his later life. He was attracted to the cultural and political progressivism of the Left Bank, where he could escape the pressures of Jim Crow racism and the enormity of heterosexism in the United States, and where his creative energy could soar. His numerous works directly tackled issues of race, sexuality, and socioeconomic class with an unflinching and inescapable honesty, and with a clear indictment of the corrupt systems of power that dominated his native land.

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Nael Baer ‘The Gay-friendliest Writer in Television’ Comes Out in His 50s

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I’m gay. There, I said it, and it only took five decades.

When I told my son Caleb, who’s in college, 10 months ago, he asked, “It took you this long to figure it out?”

“No,” I said. “It took me this long to say it.”

“Oh,” he replied. “Where do you want to go for dinner?”

I was relieved and thrilled by his open acceptance...

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When You’re Gay and You Want Your Kids Baptized

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Bishops and priests are being increasingly challenged to balance pastoral sensitivities with the concern of creating public scandal as same-sex parents across the country are more often seeking to have children baptized in the Church.

The growing phenomenon will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. The situation has already prompted reflection among several bishops and pastors. The Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has implemented a new policy requiring priests to consult the diocesan vicar general when they are approached by a same-sex couple seeking baptism for a child.

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UN gay marriages for staffers recognized

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The United Nations announced Monday it would recognize the gay marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of homosexual employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal. Now anyone who marries in countries where gay marriage is legal is included.

The change means gay spouses of U.N. employees can get health insurance coverage and the chance to accompany spouses on their home leave every couple of years, among other benefits…

Continued reading at KWWL.

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County says it will not defend Missouri same-sex marriage ban

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 Jackson County, Mo., will not fight a lawsuit challenging Missouri same-sex marriage ban.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders tells KMBC-TV that he won’t spend taxpayer money to defend the ban, and that “it’s not the county’s obligation to defend State of Missouri actions.”

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2014 still not Independence Day for women but a war against women

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In 2014 still not Independence Day for women by Rev. Irene Monroe

This month we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America’s 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the “Star Spangled Banner” or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776; or simply watching reproductions of the “rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air.” All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale to show us, and the world, our mettle since 9/11. All this as our American troops continue to soldier on.

But America’s need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court —both highlighting a “war against women.”

The first salvo was the decision rendered in th...

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