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Gay parallels to ‘Sister Wives’ family’s challenge of Utah bigamy law?

Brown family sues Utah over bigamy laws

Gay marriage opponents have long used the ridiculous argument that allowing gay marriage opens up the legal system to all kinds of marriages — including polygamous marriages in which one man is married to several women.

Today marks a strange twist in that logic as the lawyer for Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of TLC's polygamy reality series “Sister Wives,” announced that the Browns plans to sue the state of Utah over its bigamy law, which goes beyond criminalizing multiple marriage licenses and actually prohibits married people from purporting to marry another person, or live with another person in a marriage-like way.

Here's how the ALCU sums it up:

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A peek into Atlanta’s lesbian life may be headed to Oxygen

Traxx Girls to get reality tv show?

DJ M is a prominent nightlife promoter in Atlanta’s lesbian scene. Her Traxx Girls parties typically attract hundreds if not thousands of women who love women to see the likes of Fantasia, Amber Rose, the Real Housewives of Atlanta and, at the 2010 Atlanta Black Gay Pride celebration, Nicki Minaj, who rocked the house and happily autographed many women’s breasts.

It’s at these parties where friends Deborah, who once dated R&B star Omarion; Suga, one of Atlanta’s top exotic dancers at Kamal’s 21 Adult Emporium; Lisa Cunningham, a video producer who does work for Traxx Girls as well as her own projects including music videos; Jaimee Balenciaga of the renowned Balenciaga ball family; and the renowned Glenn Twins, models and aspiring actresses, come together for socializing — and perhaps some intense exchanges that make for great TV.

At least that’s what the women hope. For about five years, they have been filming their exploits and shopping the show — named “My Secret Society” — to networks.

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Meeting Margaret Cho: Diva inspires gay man’s cancer fight

Margaret Cho and Bryan Raybon

Those who doubt that laughter is the best medicine probably haven’t met Bryan Raybon.

My good friend, 32, who this past February was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, is assistant clinical director for Atlanta-based Positive Impact — and an otherwise vital young man.

Bryan’s illness surfaced innocuously enough late last year, when he began a new workout regimen with a trainer. Ensuing fatigue, nausea and a small bump in his groin area were initially diagnosed as a hernia.

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TLC’s ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ pageant prince brings me back to my childhood

Brock Ritter web story Toddlers and Tiaras

Channel surfing at home the other night, I convinced my friends to turn from Nancy Grace's Tot Mom marathon for a brief visit with the families of TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras."

Truth be told, I love the show, and I've been known to host my own private Netflix marathons of crazy moms and Red-Bulled pageant preschoolers prancing around on stage between temper tantrums.

The other night, though, something special happened when we met Brock Ritter, a spritely 7-year-old boy who, according to his loving mother, had shown interest in pageants since he was two.

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TLC’s spinoff series ‘Say Yes To the Dress: Bridesmaids’ decks out a lesbian wedding in Atlanta

TLC's

When I ask Yolanda Mahoney how she met her fiancée, she asks if I want the long version or the short one. I tell her to give me the version she tells at parties. The story begins with her previous relationship of four years, which ended on her birthday.

“Which was really bad timing,” says Mahoney. “But it needed to happen, we both knew it. So I was just taking some time to myself after that, and I’m out at this WNBA game, and I meet this softball player who invites me to go to her championship game, but it’s on a Sunday at seven in the morning…”

“Wait,” I interrupt. “This story involves the WNBA and lesbian softball players?”

“Yes,” she replies. “Why?”

“No, go on. This may be the most lesbian story ever told.”

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‘The Daily Show’ takes on fake lesbian bloggers

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Last night's “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” took on the recent controversy of two straight men posing as lesbian bloggers. If you haven't heard anything about it, our Dyana Bagby has a fantastic take on the story.

“The Daily Show” has covered LGBT issues extensively recently, even creating a new, and apparently regular, segment called “We're here. We're queer. Get Newsed to it” to house its LGBT coverage.

Stewart also highlights the ongoing battle in New York state over marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Check out the segment below:

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Must-sees for your gay Netflix account

Gay favorites on Netflix

It's no secret that I'm in an open relationship with my Netflix instant account. I watch a lot of documentaries and super-dramatic sad movies, but every now and then I'll indulge my inner queen and look for time wasters in the gay and lesbian genre.

Of course, even though the gays are sprinkled throughout the entertainment industry, we've yet to become fully realized when it comes to the entertainment we make for ourselves.

In other words: A lot of gay movies you'll find on Netflix are utter crap.

In an effort to solicit the best titles from our readers, I'll share with you some of my gay (and non-gay) must-sees. Be prepared for whacky tastes, and please don't hold me accountable for wasting two hours of your life on something I loved but you hated. View at your own risk.

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Interview: CNN anchor Don Lemon on coming out on cable news

CNN's weekend news anchor Don Lemon

CNN anchor Don Lemon is accustomed to reporting headlines, not making them.

But as the author of the new book, “Transparent,” Lemon decided to make public to the world what many people close to him already knew —he is gay.

Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime time and also serves as a correspondent, including covering the deadly tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. He came out publicly May 16 in an article published in the New York Times, which discussed the risk he is taking with his memoir.

The announcement has been well received by most people and the book tour has kept him busy giving dozens of interviews to newspapers, radio shows and TV shows.

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‘Daily Show’ goes gay for Minneapolis

Jason Jones from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Last night on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” correspondent Jason Jones traveled to the city by the bay to find out why the gay mecca isn't ranked as the gayest city in America in Advocate's latest list of "The Gayest Cities in America" list. In 2010, Atlanta took the top spot in Advocate's ranking, but this year Minneapolis claimed the title.

Jones compares the gay scenes from San Francisco and Minneapolis in a hilarious segment called "Minneapolis is the New Gay."

Check out the video below:

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A&E’s ‘Relapse’ features gay Atlanta man

Johnny on A&E's

Last night's episode of “Relapse” on A&E told the story of a gay Atlanta man working with a sober coach in an effort to get off drugs and alcohol. If you've never seen it, “Relapse” follows the same vein as its sister program “Intervention.”

Johnny, a male prostitute, is an alcoholic with some deep personal issues. He brings in Doug Caine, a sober coach, for seven days in an effort to turn his life around. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but it's pretty powerful stuff.

Here's A&E's episode description:

Johnny, a handsome American-Indian, lives on a beautiful estate and parties at the best restaurants. But he's a raging alcoholic who hates himself for being gay and a male prostitute. Can a sober coach get him to do the work required to save his life?