5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 7

1. Buzzfeed on whether the Supreme Court is the next stop after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee yesterday. 2. Pollsters don't typica...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, August 21

1. Wikipedia has banned Congress from making edits to the site after claims that a U.S. representative authorized transphobic edits from a staff member. The Wikipedia pages of actress Laverne Cox and whistleblo...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 24

1. “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage.” Potential 2016 presidential candidat...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 9

1. Vine star Nash Grier, who has 8.7 million followers on the video sharing service, along with 2.7 million Twitter followers, is under fire for posting a homophobic video. The video starts with a clip from an ...

‘Burning Blue’: High-flying gay love in the Navy

Burning Blue” might be called the gay “Top Gun,” but since Kelly McGillis was in the original, maybe the “out ‘Top Gun’” is more appropriate. Or “Top Gun” meets “Yossi and Jagger.” Yes, it’s another story of...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 3

1. A new Gallup poll shows 63 percent of Americans support the right for same-sex couples to adopt children, the highest since they started asking the question in 1992. 55 percent support marriage equality. ...
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Sci-fi and authors and DJs oh my! Big events set to draw LGBT crowds over holiday weekend

Black Gay Pride may be the biggest LGBT event in town over Labor Day weekend, but several other huge events are set to draw queer crowds. From proud gay geeks at Dragon Con to gay authors at the Decatur Book Festival, and from gay tennis players at The Peach tournament to gay DJs at bars around town, the long holiday weekend is packed with a rainbow of options.

Dragon Con, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy conference, hits Atlanta Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, bringing 50,000 fans to five downtown host hotels. One of the most popular events is the costumed Dragon Con parade; participation is limited to Dragon Con attendees, but many more will pack the streets to watch the show, which steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Dragon Con attracts dozens of high-profile presenters, including several LGBT favorites. Among the best known is George Takei, who came out years after portraying Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek.”

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Reaction to Jodie Foster’s coming out speech

Jodie Foster

The internet was abuzz last night during the 70th annual Golden Globe awards after actress Jodie Foster accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award, a lifetime achievement for her nearly five decades in show business.

Foster acknowledged her sexuality and thanked her ex-partner and the couple's two children in her acceptance speech. While Foster had also thanked her then-partner, Cydney Bernard, at a Women in Entertainment event in 2007, last night’s more prominent event is being widely treated as her coming out speech.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Herndon Graddick called Foster's Golden Globes speech “a significant moment for LGBT visibility” in a statement released today.

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Outspoken: George Takei, Leon Panetta and more…

“I was a Boy Scout, and I have wonderful memories of my Boy Scout days and we had no issues like what has come up in recent times. I’m saddened and shocked by the policy the Boy Scouts have.”

— Gay Star Trek veteran GeorgeTakei in an interview June 18 with the New York Daily News on the ouster of Ohio mother Jennifer Tyrrell who was fired from her volunteer Cub Scout leader position in April because she is a lesbian. Takei will be joined in the official Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation car by Tyrrell at the 43rd Annual LGBT Pride March in New York City on June 24.

“Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are.”

— U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thanking gay and lesbian military members for their service on June 15, as the Pentagon prepared to mark June as Gay Pride month with an official salute.