5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, April 4

1. Kenya LGBTQ activists are legally challenging the country's Victorian-era penal code, which explicitly forbids gay sex. According to the Washington Post, three Kenyan LGBTQ rights groups have asked a Nairobi...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 1

1. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.” Indiana pizza shop believed to be the first to take advantage of the state's new “religious freedom” law....

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 31

1. “No one knew what to expect that day. Would it be peaceful or violent?...But Menino made it clear from the start — there would be no retreat from the history of that day. For the mayor, this was a moment of ...
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Outspoken: Pope Benedict, Jim Carrey, David Letterman and more…

Pope Benedict eases Vatican's stance on condoms

"In the light of this broad and profound vision of human sexuality and the problems it currently faces, the Pope reaffirms that ‘the Church does not of course consider condoms to be the authentic and moral solution’ to the problem of AIDS."

— Statement from the Vatican after Pope Benedict said in an interview that condoms, which the Catholic Church bans, may be appropriate for HIV prevention in certain situations like male prostitutes. (NationalPost.com, Nov. 22)

“It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one that I think will give legs to a larger movement over the next few years.”

— Former and possibly future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, also a Fox commentator, on Iowa voters ousting Nov. 2 three of the seven judges who approved gay marriage in the state. (On Top Magazine, Nov. 22)

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Come on, Cher — accept you have a transgender son

One thing important to transgender people is being called the correct pronoun. Having others recognize you and respect you enough to call you by the pronoun you identify with is a validation of existence for many.

So when you have gay icon Cher calling her transgender son, Chaz Bono, "she" and a "lesbian" on the David Letterman Show, it's really a tragedy not only to Chaz but to all people in mainstream society — and the LGB world, too — who are still learning the issues transgender individuals face.

According to an article on the Huffington Post, "Cher also said she considers Chaz a lesbian, even though he has described his relationship with his girlfriend as heterosexual."