October 24, 2013 |
There is no civil rights movement in the country's history that has moved further, faster than the gay rights movement. In 1958, more than nine in 10 of those surveyed in a Gallup Poll opposed marriage between blacks and whites. It took nearly 40 years until a majority of those asked said marriage between people of different skin colors was acceptable. By contrast, in less than 20 years, attitudes toward same-sex marriage have shifted dramatically. By 2012, half or more agreed, in a series of questions posed by Gallup, that “being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.
October 4, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - Daniel Frago sat with a cup of coffee at a small table on the edge of the dance floor, explaining the art of the tango. "It's not about the man and the woman," the 55-year-old Buenos Aires hairdresser said. "It's about the driver and the driven. " Frago had come out to celebrate the eighth birthday of Tango Queer, a weekly party where women dance freely with women, and men dance freely with men. It's one of several popular gatherings in Buenos Aires that cater to gay and lesbian tango enthusiasts, as well as straights who want to test the dance's traditionally heterosexual gender roles.
September 15, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Khushi Kumari had long kept her sexuality a secret, living alone like many of this sprawling city's gay, lesbian and transgender residents. Today, Kumari, who was born male but lives as a woman, is out of the closet and has moved home with her family. "I said, 'Why hide it?'" Kumari explained one evening at Mitr Trust, an LGBT drop-in center in a bustling, working-class neighborhood of New Delhi. "It just made me depressed. I got mad hiding things all the time. " Kumari, wearing a brilliant yellow and green sari, gold-chain earrings and bright red fingernail polish, is a frequent visitor to Mitr, which she credits with giving her the confidence to live openly and seek medical care for her HIV infection.
August 21, 2013 |
For nearly two decades GLAAD has tracked the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on television. Now, the organization is turning its attention to the movies. The "Studio Responsibility Index," released by the media monitoring group Wednesday, found a significant lack of LGBT characters and story lines in movies released by the six top-grossing film studios in 2012. GLAAD staffers reviewed the 101 films released by 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony's Columbia, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.
August 7, 2013 |
Charlie Harper often behaved like a child on "Two and a Half Men. " Now you can meet his grown child. The producers of CBS' comedy smash have picked Amber Tamblyn to play Jenny, the lesbian daughter of the late playboy Harper (Charlie Sheen). Harper is supposed to have fathered Jenny out of wedlock during one of his many flings. A source close to the production confirmed the deal but neither the studio nor the network would comment. The new role attracted great attention earlier this year, when it became apparent that Angus T. Jones - who grew up with the formerly top-rated comedy and was the "half" referred to in the title - would be getting a lot less screen time.
August 5, 2013 |
Raven-Symone, darling of "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven," stirred things up a bit Friday with a tweet about gay marriage that's being interpreted as her official coming out as a lesbian. "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you," the actress wrote . The 27-year-old also retweeted a follower who said, "She been out, momma just didn't have time for [nonsense]" (a reply to another's statement, "You better come out sis"). But no, the first tweet didn't mean Raven-Symone's getting married now. "She was just supporting the fact that she heard on NPR that more states legalized gay marriage today," her rep told E!