5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 23

1. With just four days to go until ballots must be postmarked in Australia’s same-sex-marriage (SSM) mail-in survey, marriage-equality proponents Down Under are growing increasingly concerned about their narrow...
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Outspoken: Fred Karger, Barack Obama, Chely Wright and more…

GOP presidential hopeful Fred Karger

“I’m a moderate Republican, I have the best jobs plan, I’m pro-choice, support gay marriage and I want us out of Afghanistan now. If you’re not excited about Mitt Romney or the direction of the Republican Party, then I ask you to vote for me.”

— Openly gay Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger, who won 0.1 percent of the primary vote in Maryland, in his new “Sexy Frisbee” campaign video that intersperses his remarks with beach scenes of shirtless men and bikini-clad women, plus two guys kissing at the end. (Pink News, April 24)

“There’s so much work to do. If 80 percent of what I talk about is gay issues — I didn’t come out to shut up. I came out to talk.”

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Outspoken: Eminem, Betty White and more…

Rap star Eminem recently came out in support of gay marriage

“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”

— Rapper Eminem, who has previously been criticized for anti-gay lyrics, supporting gay marriage in an interview with the New York Times Magazine (The Guardian, June 18)