U.S. Marine’s Proposal is First Ever Engagement of a Gay Couple at The White House

A U.S. Marine’s recent proposal to his boyfriend made history as the first ever engagement of a gay couple at the White House. U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps proposed to his boyfriend Ben Schock when they were visiting the monument. The event was not only historical but also heartfelt when Ben said “Yes!”

Historical White House Engagement

Afterward, Phelps posted on his Facebook:

Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion! 

This wonderful engagement illustrates the progress we are making.  The repeal of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell, same-sex marriage is legal in a few states, and the President has voiced his approval of marriage equality.

There is still a ways to go but we are headed in the right direction. Read more about this great story in an article by Madeline Davies, here.

Gore Vidal Dies at 86

Gore Vidal, author and playwright has died of complications of pneumonia.  I remember seeing him on The Tonight Show when I was a kid.

Read about his life and career here

Bodies

I came across this great story in a special edition of Out Front Colorado Magazine – It’s all about bodies.  Not just “fabulous” bodies, but real people talking about what their bodies mean to them.

It’s really refreshing to see something about a bunch of very beautiful people in all shapes and sizes and body types – rather than the airbrushed fitness models everywhere.  Check it out here, you’ll be glad you did!

Want to tell your man he’s the most beautiful person in your eyes?  Give him a romantic card from Homoquotables.com

Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

The Washington Post has a nice remembrance of Ray Bradbury, the science fiction writer, who died today at age 91.  I read a few of his works when I was in school, but the one that always stuck with me was “Fahrenheit 451″.  I loved how, when all the books were burned by “firemen”, the leaned few dedicated their lives to passing on literature and knowledge.  Mr. Bradbury’s work is more social commentary than science fiction.

In remembering that book, it struck me how poignant it still  is.  Just this week, a Utah school district is disallowing books that feature same sex families, or a book that teaches that bullying gay teens is wrong.  Similarly, an Illinois school district has banned Todd Parr’s “The Family Book”, because it claims some families have two moms or two dads.

I understand parents not wanting the intricacies of sex, gay or straight,  explained to their young children, but trying to deny that our families exist?  I wonder how that little girl or boy who has two mommies feels when their family is never acknowledged at school.   I hear the right constantly screaming about “the children”, but what about ALL the children?

 

Target Offering Gay Pride T-shirts Online

Update:  I just got mine in the mail!  Thanks Target!

 

Target, perhaps in an attempt to smooth over the damage it caused with the gay community over donating funds to an anti gay GOP candidate last year, is offering Pride T-shirts online.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Family Equality Council.

 

The Olympic Hopeful with Two Dads

This picture caught my eye when I was reading Towle Road yesterday.  Andy Towle wrote, “Do yourselves a favor and head to the Indianapolis Star to read this story…”  I am really glad I did.

With the right wing vilifying the idea of same sex families as unnatural or harmful, it is so great when you get the chance to read something that proves them so very wrong.  What a wonderful story of a loving, normal family who happens to be gay. It sounds like this kid is not only an amazing athlete, but an amazing child as well.  Adopted by his dad, Jerry, who was single at the time, from a Cambodian orphanage, Jordan showed real promise as a diver at an early age.   He will be the grand marshal of the Circle City Indiana Pride Parade this month as well as heading to Seattle for the Olympic trials.  All this, and he appears to be a laid back, humble kid who just takes it all in stride.

Its a sweat story about a very cool family –  I’m guessing we’ll be hearing about him a lot in the future!

 

Gareth Thomas Has Attitude

Out retired rugby star Gareth Thomas dons nothing for the cover of Attitude Magazine.  I think he still works out a bit.

 

The Naked issue is designed to increase HIV awareness.  Read the entire story here.

Brian Brown Accepts Dan Savage’s Invitation

Dan Savage  recently invited NOM’s Brian Brown to a debate at his home (read background story here).  Today on NOM’s Blog, Brian accepted:

Dan — I accept and will look forward to debating you at your dining room table. As I said in my challenge to you, anytime, any place.

While I appreciate the invitation that you have extended to my wife, she will not be able to attend. She is a full-time mom with seven beautiful children and an eighth on the way.

I have no objection to Mark Oppenheimer from the New York Times covering the discussion, nor to you hiring your own video crew to film the event, provided that I am able to hire my own video crew to be sure there is no creative editing of the discussion.

Not that a New York Times reporter would slant the news, mind you! :)

This will be fun!

Yes, this should be all kinds of fun!

Happy Harvey Milk Day

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay American to be elected to public office. Before he was murdered by former city supervisor, Dan White, Harvey Milk made real changes for LGBT people in San Francisco, California, and across the nation. He said:

Hope will never be silent.

He also encouraged gays to come out. He wisely believed that it is harder to discriminate against someone you know personally. I think he’d be happy in the recent progress we’ve made in the civil rights of LGBT people in this country. Let’s keep up the momentum!

How’s your “gaydar”?

Can you tell if someone’s gay at a glance? My gaydar is fair, but I always attributed it to aspects other than a person’s features. The way some one dresses, their mannerisms, their speech patterns or topic of conversation is what tips me off. For me the clincher is if a good looking person of the same sex walks by… Is there a fleeting “check ‘em out” look?

It seems that, at least for some, the face is all that’s needed. Researchers at the University of Washington have shown that college students positively identified the sexual orientation of gay men and women at a high rate – 65% for women and 57% for men. What was remarkable was that the identification was made a glance. Subjects were shown photos of faces for a mere 50 milliseconds. There were no other identifying characteristics such as jewelry or facial hair.

Study authors say it is not completely clear how the snap judgements are formed, but believe the results show ‘configural processing’, quickly identifying how another person’s face is made up in terms of distance between features, and ‘featural processing’, examining individual features, helps people determine sexuality.

This makes me wonder if this type of research will lead to determining a genetic factor that determines sexual orientation.

Read the entire article here.

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