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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.

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Gay politician (and YouTube sensation) headed to Atlanta to support documentary on LGBT elected officials

Joel Burns

Fort Worth City Councilmember Joel Burns, who drew national media attention when his story of surviving bullying went viral, is headed to Atlanta later this month to support "Breaking Through," a project from local filmmaker Cindy Abel.

Burns will be on hand for a Sept. 27 fundraiser for the film, which tells the personal stories of openly gay elected officials around the country. Details of the event are TBA.

"Joel is coming because he knows 'Breaking Through' will bring hope: to teens who, like he once did, are wondering if life will have purpose and [if they should] commit suicide, and to adults, who conclude their career choices will be limited if they’re openly gay," Abel said in an email announcing the fundraiser.

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Atlanta lesbian duo ‘Bria And Chrissy’ bring musical humor to YouTube

Bria and Chrissy

After launching their first YouTube channel three weeks ago, Atlanta lesbian duo Bria Airb and Chrissy Chambers (a.k.a. “Bria and Chrissy”) have already garnered over 111,000 views of their comical, musical, equality-themed videos.

The girls, who write from inspiration of current events, create irreverent, tongue-in-cheek musical pieces that provoke thought, illicit laughter and, often, invite people in the LGBT community to reach out to them with issues that they are facing.

“We wait for news to happen. Something is going to happen. Something always happens,” said Bria.

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White House issues LGBT ‘Champions of Change’ video challenge

It's time to make your own YouTube for LGBT equality and submit what you see as a march for a more perfect union to equality through the o the White House's "LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge."

Videos are being accepted now — they can be music videos, PSAs, interviews — whatever your creativity inspires and will be accepted until May 4. Finalists will be selected in early June and the public will have a chance to vote on which video best represents the work for equality.

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Videos: ‘Sh*t’ people say to LGBT folks

Shit Girls Say

It all seems to have started with a video entitled “Shit Girls Say,” posted late last year on the video-sharing site YouTube, that quickly went viral. Some nine million views later, parodies have flooded the internetz, including a half-dozen or so LGBT-themed responses.

The first LGBT-themed video we found, “Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys,” was uploaded yesterday and has somewhere in the neighborhood of a half million views. That was followed by a lesbian and tran-themed parody.

I wasn't able to find a “Shit Dudes Say to Lesbians” video, but I have the feeling it wouldn't be nearly as funny as these below. How many different ways can they say “Can I watch?”

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[Video] A wish for the New Year? Equality for all families

Loves Makes an Family

When Zach Wahls of Iowa stood before the state legislature to talk about his lesbian mothers and the strength of his family while defending marriage equality, millions noticed thanks to YouTube. The video of his speech to lawmakers was seen by more than 18 million people and ranked by YouTube as the most viewed political video for 2011.

In response, thousands of families — gay and straight — submitted their own photos of their families for an online campaign called "Love Makes a Family" that calls for equality for all families in 2012.

Here's hoping the New Year does bring all our families joy.