5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 14

1. “A mother texting with her son and saying he was afraid and he was going to die. That is a milestone. In my generation, I’m 42, I kept it hidden and I didn’t have the kind of relationship with my family that...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 18

1. Kathryn Knott, the Philadelphia woman at the center of a gay bashing incident from last year, was convicted of assault Friday but acquitted of the most serious charges. 2. The first openly gay politician ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 14

1. "This has happened but I'm not going to let it back me down, or have me living in fear. I'm going to go on living my life, my new husband, and my house. And we're going to keep having the American dream work...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 16

1. That phone call Elton John said he got from Vladimir Putin? Yeah, the Kremlin is denying it happened. Get a room, you two! 2. And that supposedly real Tide ad that appeared to mock Kim Davis and a...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 16

1. Photos from the first same-sex marriage licenses being issued in Idaho Wednesday morning. 2. "Gay marriage is legal in Alaska! Gay couples will have the right to celebrate the traditional Alaskan way -- b...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 4

1. Openly gay GOP candidate Carl DeMaio advanced in yesterday's blanket primary in California's 52nd congressional district and will face Democratic Rep. Scott Peters in November, moving him one step closer to ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 25

1. Jason Collins, the first active openly gay NBA player, has been appointed by President Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. 2. A veterans cemetery in Idaho has denied the req...
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Stephen Colbert mocks claim that being gay is akin to smoking

Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert

Last night, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report,” highlighted recent statements made by The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats comparing the health risks of smoking cigarettes to homosexuality.

Colbert called on the Surgeon General to put warning labels on gay-folk, saying “If your gay sex is causing smoke, you may want to slow things down.”

“Smoking is just like being gay. That's why you always see people huddled outside work taking a ten minute 'gay' break.”

Vander Plaats elaborates in an interview with Think Progress:

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Dan Savage calls out Republicans on ‘Colbert Report’

Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Campaign, appeared on “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert” last night.

Savage, an author, journalist and media pundit, created the campaign after a rash of LGBT youth suicides.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in Chicago. I could see with my own eyes, openly gay people at the movies or dinner out in the city. Look at where a lot of these suicides are taking place, Greensburg, Indiana, these small towns in California and the south where there aren’t any openly gay adults.”

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Colbert takes on DADT

On last night’s “Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with his usual poignant comedic outlook.

Colbert addressed the issue during the show’s “The Word” segment. Last night’s word was “Army of Mum.”