5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 20

1. Six people resigned from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS last week, claiming the Trump administration has no strategy in place to handle the ongoing HIV epidemic, and the administration looks t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 10

1. The Russian LGBT Network opened up to NPR about what it's doing to help gay men being rounded up and tortured because of their sexuality.2. For the first time ever, a transgender pastor held a Holy Commu...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 12

1. A new independent study suggests that younger gay men, aged 18 to 40, are more likely to seek out and maintain monogamous relationships compared to generations past. One possible reason for this is the newly...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 2

1. New year, new gender status on a New York birth certificate: Sara Kelly Keenan, 55, became the first person to be identified as intersex on a birth certificate.2. The Peach State's own Georgia Prosper in...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 28

1. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, women who identify as sexual minorities are three times more likely to face incarceration than that of the US adult population. The ra...

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

1. An interview was unearthed of Donald Trump's campaign CEO calling progressive women “dykes.”2. The Advocate dives into the battle over the .GAY namespace.3. This lesbian dating app has 325 different ...
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New York becomes sixth state with marriage equality

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs into law same-sex marriage

Kirsten Ott Palladino and Maria Palladino were among the thousands around the country who watched live online June 24 as the New York Senate voted 33-29 to legalize same-sex marriage. The Atlanta couple got engaged in New York City, both have parents from New York, and they have visited every year.

Their next trip may have an extra item in the itinerary.

“Maria and I do plan on making our union legal in New York, likely this year,” Kirsten Palladino said. “The celebration will be very small in comparison to our Georgia wedding, but that may have more to do with the fact that we just welcomed twin boys into our lives this year than anything else.”

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Outspoken: Katy Perry, Matilda Cuomo, FIFA and more

“NEW YORK! I [love] U! You’re OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet!”

— Pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter, reacting to the New York Senate vote to legalize same sex marriage. (MTV News, June 25)

“Not that doing the right thing should be a matter of public opinion, but support for marriage equality is climbing toward the majority. Voices of fear are being shouted down, winds of change are blowing and we approach a crossroads of possibility where the need for leadership is critical. Two words of advice, then, for President Obama: Evolve faster.”

— Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, on how President Obama needs to speak out for marriage equality now (Daily Camera, July 4)