5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 27

1. Bobby Brooks, the openly gay man who was elected Texas A&M's new student body president, wrote a response to former Gov. Rick Perry regarding his comments about Brooks' "stealing the election." Read the ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 23

1. Texas A&M has its first openly gay student body president, who took the position after the top vote-getter was disqualified after failing to report campaign expenses and was accused of voter intimidation...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 20

1. Progress. The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted yesterday by a whopping three-to-one ratio to allow same-sex weddings within the church. 2. Twitter had a field day mocking the embarrassing turnout at yester...
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[Video] Politics and butt plugs — how do the GOP candidates stand up?


Who knew GOP presidential candidate approval ratings could lead to awesome, artistic sex toys?

Well, one ingenious man, Matthew Epler, has done just that, according to the blog Queerty. He's taken the approval ratings of former candidates Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and the man expected to receive the nomination, Mitt Romney, and shaped them into some hefty and not so hefty butt plugs.

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Outspoken: Rick Perry, Jason Mraz, Tracey Gold and more…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“I like Mitt Romney as much as one really good-looking man can like a really good-looking man and not break Texas law.”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former GOP presidential hopeful who touted his opposition to gay issues during his campaign, commenting on fellow presidential contender Mitt Romney at March 24 dinner. (Advocate, March 26)

“Animal husbandry — That sounds like what Rick Santorum thinks gay marriage leads to.”

— Former GOP presidential Rick Perry, referring to his college major while making a gay joke about another Republican rival during the same dinner. (Advocate, March 26)

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Rick Perry drops out of GOP presidential race

Texas Governor Rick Perry

The field of GOP presidential hopefuls became a little less crowded today as Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he would cease his campaign to become his party's nominee for the 2012 election.

Perry joins Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Ambassador Jon Huntsman as GOP candidates to drop out of the race.

Perry finished the Iowa caucuses fifth and received less than one percent of the total vote cast in New Hampshire to claim sixth.

Perry made waves when he first entered the campaign, but a series of missteps, including a particularly embarrassing moment during a Nov. 9 debate where he could only remember two of the three federal agencies he proposed to eliminate, derailed his campaign before the first ballot was cast.

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Good riddance, Rep. Bachmann

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has officially dropped out of the 2012 GOP primary process, ending her bid to become the 45th president of the United States, the congresswoman announced earlier today. Her decision to drop out of GOP race follows yesterday's Iowa caucuses, the first official contest of the 2012 primary season. Bachmann claimed only 5 percent of the overall vote and finished in a distant sixth.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also hinted his possible withdrawal from the race after a disappointing finish in Iowa. Perry ended the night fifth.

During his concession speech last night, Perry said he was returning to Texas to think about his presidential aspirations, though today the governor said via Twitter that he would continue, at least through the South Carolina primary, the first southern primary of the 2012 season.

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Gay stories among top YouTube videos of 2011

Iowa teenager Zach Wahls

YouTube today released its list of the most-watched political videos of 2011. This year's top 10 list includes President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a compound in Pakistan, a political ad from the defunct campaign of former Atlanta radio personality Herman Cain and a couple of comedians.

Two videos in particular, including the year's most-viewed, dealt directly with the gay rights movement. Topping the list was Zach Wahls, sharing his story of growing up in the heartland with two moms.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's “Strong” ad highlighting how terrible our country has become now that openly gay and lesbian soldiers can serve in the Armed Forces. The video has the honor of being the most disliked video in YouTube history and came in at number three on the list.