5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 1

1. His way or the highway. In a 2010 meeting with the heads of all five service branches, President Obama made it clear they could support his position on striking down Don't Ask, Don't Tell or resign, accordin...
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‘All-American’ sensation: an interview with Steve Grand

In these days of instant internet celebrity, overnight sensations are a dime a dozen. But Chicago-based gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand seems to be an exception with his song “All-American Boy” and its accompanying video.

Sure, he’s breathtaking to look at and that doesn’t hurt. He’s even put in time as a model. More than just a pretty face and amazing body, Grand is a musician with a message. Striking a chord across boundaries, Grand’s song and video of unrequited love, set to an unlikely country music beat, has found a devoted audience and earned more than a million views on YouTube.

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[Video] Rest assured, Michele Bachmann, don’t let the door hit you on the way out


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and former presidential candidate is throwing in the towel by announcing via YouTube she is not seeking reelection next year. Watch the video of her announcement by clicking here.

She will spend the remaining 18 months of her term working 100-hour weeks and uphold family values, she stresses. And of course, who can forget all the hard work she's done to call out Muslim terrorists?

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‘Pause’ to check out this steamy trailer from AID Atlanta’s Evolution Project


Talk about sexy. In less than 20 seconds the folks at AID Atlanta's Evolution Project and Eight Peace Productions have spliced together several steamy scenes between two men that will definitely leave you wanting to know more.

The trailer is for a short film titled "Pause" to premiere on YouTube on March 13 at 6 p.m. It "tells four intertwining tales of connection, sex and decisions."

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[Video] ‘When did it become hateful to support marriage?’

Anna Maria Hoffman

Video blogger Anna Maria Hoffman wants to know “when it became hateful to support marriage.”

Hoffman, a contributor to conservative website Counter Cultured, tries her best Sarah Palin impersonation while breaking down the current climate around marriage in a recent video posted to YouTube. Hoffman is not a fan of the gays.

She begins the video by calling marriage equality “cool” and opposing same-sex marriage rights “uncool.” Well, at least she's got that part right.

“I thought the popularity contest of who's cool and who's not cool ended right when we left high school,” she says in the video.

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Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix on being gay in the cool a cappella band


Mitch Grassi is one of two openly gay members of Pentatonix, the a cappella group that came to fame by winning the NBC series “The Sing Off” and continues to draw new fans via YouTube through covers ranging from Gotye to “Gangnam Style.”

Lead vocalists Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado performed as a high school vocal trio in Texas, adding members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola before competing last year on “The Sing Off.”

The diverse group released “Volume 1,” a six-song EP including their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” in June and released “PTXmas,” a holiday CD, this month.

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Local net-celebs Bria and Chrissy go to Pride, come back with message for LGBT youth

Bria and Chrissy

Bria and Chrissy have returned from Atlanta Pride with a new video to offer encouraging words to LGBT youth. The duo, known for their satirical musical online videos, takes a more serious and inspirational approach this time, featuring Pride attendees sharing stories and words of wisdom.

From the video's description:

We went to Atlanta Pride 2012 this year and interviewed dozens of people to get their words of inspiration for LGBT youth who are afraid to come out. Hope you enjoy and find this encouraging, we loved making it. Share with someone you think this could help. Enjoy and much love. Bria and Chrissy

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Satirical songstresses Bria & Chrissy go viral on YouTube

Bria and Chrissy

Atlanta lesbian duo Bria and Chrissy are quickly making quite a name for themselves.

First, it was their popular tongue-in-cheek YouTube videos poking fun at Chick-Fil-A and satirizing Mitt and Ann Romney. Then, they made a big splash at the Democratic National Convention where they landed on page 2 of the Washington Post, kissing each other while counter-protesting anti-gay demonstrators. They were also interviewed by Comedy Central for “The Daily show with Jon Stewart.”

Their wildly popular videos have garnered over 135,000 views in three months. We sat down with Bria Kam, 25, and Chrissy Chambers, 21, to talk about their newfound success.