Gay-rights and human-rights organizations worldwide are condemning the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC and other organizations are calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States’ relationship with Gambia.
According to a new Associated Press report, Jammeh actually signed the bill into law on October 9, although “no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law.” According to multiple news reports, earlier this year The Gambia’s National Assembly passed the legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the bill has since awaited the signature of Jammeh, who has a deeply troubling record on LGBT rights.
Country singer Billy Gilman announced in a YouTube video that he is gay, just hours after fellow country star Ty Herndon came out. Citing both being inspired by Herndon as well as a run in with a nosey reporter who photographed him and his partner, Gillman says he is not ashamed of being a gay artist, but thinks it “silly…that I am ashamed knowing that…I am in a genre and an industry that is ashamed of me being me.” Gilman became well known when he was much younger with hits like “One Voice” and “Oklahoma.”
And, unfortunately boys, he is also taken.
Watch his video after the jump…
John Cameron Mitchell returns to the role he co-created with composer/lyricist Stephen Trask in their musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which they debuted in the 1998 hit Off-Broadway production. Mitchell will step into the role on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) starting Wednesday, January 21 for a strictly limited eight-week engagement. Mitchell will join co-star and Tony Award–winner Lena Hall who continues with the production as Yitzhak.
If you’re like us, you love the concept of a smart watch (who doesn’t want to pretend they’re James Bond on the way to work?), but feel like most of the high-tech timepieces out there look just a little too…sci-fi. Motorola married the elegant, classic appeal of a traditional round wristwatch with the power-packed interface of an Android-based operating system (sorry, iPhone lovers) and gave us the Moto 360. Read more…
The Teddy Award–winning film ay this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and Switzerlnd’s submission for foreign language film at the 87th Academy Awards, The Circle, tells the story of two gay men who defy convention and fall in love in post-WWII Switzerland. This remarkable film captures the excitement and challenges of Switzerland’s burgeoning gay community and portrays the true story of two of our dear friends in Zurich, Röbi and Ernst.
This film opens tomorrow in New York City at the Quad Cinema with a Q&A featuring Director Stefan Haupt and Actor Stephan Witschi in attendance after the 7:40pm screening. A second Q&A will take place on Saturday, November 22 with Director Stefan Haupt after the 1:00 P.M. show.
With 17 Billboard hits and nearly two decades in country music, country music star Ty Herndon has come out of the closet. The singer of the song, “Lies That I Told Myself,” tells ET that he is now an “out, proud, and happy gay man” who hasn’t come out of the closet until now because he feared that he wouldn’t be accepted in country music. Married twice before, the singer admits that they both were both aware of his sexuality.
What made him come out now? “During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
Sorry boys, the 52-year-old Mississippi boy says he is happy with hsi partner and hopes to one day get married and have kids.
It has been no secret that the mega-family, the Duggars, is super-Christian. But recent actions by the 19 Kids and Counting clan has sparked outrage from viewers across the country who are surprised by the family’s extreme anti-LGBT stance. “The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people,” says a petition on Change.org launched by Jim Wissick of San Jose, California. “You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.”
Michelle Duggar has been involved recently in “robocalling” throughout Arkansas urging people to vote against an anti-discrimination housing law. The law would have helped prevent discrimination against transgender individuals. In the recorded voice messages she says: “The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. ”
Also, according to Huffington Post:
The Duggars’ Facebook page has also been embroiled in controversy. Last week, the couple posted a Facebook photo of themselves kissing and encouraged other married couples to share their own shots. John Becker, of LGBT blog The Bilerico Project, posted a photo of him kissing his husband, along with a message about marriage equality; he says his photo was later taken down and that he was banned from the Duggar’s page, E! News reports.
Homophobic ties extend to the Duggar children, too. Eldest son Josh Duggar is the executive director of the anti-gay Family Research Council’s legislative group, FRC Action, which is notorious for outrageous claims linking homosexuality with pedophilia and promoting the discredited theory of ex-gay therapy.
You can sign the petition here.
Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day was started in response to the murders, violence, and hate crimes that the transgender community faces each day (an emotional list of those who we have lost this year alone). It honors both those who have been tragically lost as well as those who continue the fight against transphobia. To end the violence, discrimination, and bullying, we must continue to educate, empower, and unite behind this important cause. Click here for a huge list of international events to mark the occasion.
US District Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of marriage equality yesterday. The ruling comes after another ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The circuit court holds jurisdiction over Montana, as well as Alaska and Arizona. In yesterday’s decision, Morris overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, officially making it the 34th state in the US with gay and lesbian marriage. “Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome,” he wrote in the ruling.
Today is Give Miami Day! Celebrate by donating to one of our favorite cultural organizations in Miami that serves not only as a resource for Miami’s local LGBT community, but for visiting gay and lesbian travelers.