After decade on air, So You Think You Can Dance features first romantic same-sex routine

Final four perform to Wind Beneath My Wings with routine choreographed by Travis Wall

They let the dancing do the talking.So You Think You Can Dance

Although nothing was said about it on the air, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday (27 August)
featured what is believed to be the first romantic same-sex routines in its 11-year history.

Top four contestants Valerie Rockey, Jessica Richensm Ricky Ubeda and Zack Everhart Jr danced in same-sex pairings to the song Wind Beneath My Wings to choreography by the show’s openly gay choreographer Travis Wall.

Many fans were impressed, including gay NBA player Jason Collins who tweeted after the show: Dude that was an amazing opening on  choreographed by  tonight! Nice job dude (as usual).

Adding to the gayness of the evening: Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson was a guest judge.

(Courtesy of GayStarNews.com)

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It Got Better for Tegan and Sara

Sara Quin grew up hiding a big secret. Little did she know, her twin sister was hiding the same one. Pop musicians Tegan and Sara share their story about growing up gay.

It Got Better for Tegan and Sara was originally published on Lesbian News

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Wed in Secret Ceremony

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday, in Chateau Miraval in France, a spokesman for the couple said Thursday.

They wed in a small, nondenominational ceremony attended just by friends and family. Jolie and Pitt obtained a marriage license from a California judge, who also presided over the ceremony in France, the AP reports.

The couple’s six children took part in the festivities. Sons Maddox and Pax walked their mother down the aisle. Daughters Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals, and Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman said.

Jolie and Pitt were engaged in April 2012 and began dating in 2005, after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The relationship began as a Hollywood scandal, after “Brangelina” began their relationship while Pitt was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston. Aniston and Pitt divorced in October 2005, ending a five-year marriage.

The couple have six children together; three adopted children: Maddox, Pax and Zahara; and three biological children: Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.

Pitt has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and Jolie won an Oscar for her role in 2000′s Girl, Interrupted. The duo will soon be reunited onscreen, co-starring in the “intimate, character-driven drama” By the Sea, a film written and directed by Jolie.

Jolie has previously been married twice: to British actor Jonny Lee Miller and later to Billy Bob Thornton. Pitt was also engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow in the late 1990s.

(Courtesy of Mashable.com)

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Miss Spain 2013 Comes Out In Instagram Post

What an incredible moment for queer visibility!

Patricia Rodríguez, the winner and title holder of Miss Spain 2013, came out of the closet this week through an Instagram post with her partner. The move makes Rodríguez the first openly lesbian national beauty queen.

Rodríguez later thanked her fans for the positive reaction to her decision to come out in a follow-up Instagram post, adding:

“I published impulsively, I appreciate the outpouring of support. Thank you.”

Congrats, Patricia!

(Courtesy of HuffPost.com)

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Most US Republicans would vote for a gay congressman but still wouldn’t want one in their family

67% of Republican voters would be happy to vote for an openly gay candidate but most still wouldn’t want to find out someone in their family was gay, according to new polling

New polling by researchers at McClatchy and Marist College has found that only 30% of Republican voters would have a big problem with their party selecting an openly gay or lesbian candidate to be their representative, with 67% saying a candidate’s sexuality would have no baring as long as they had good qualifications.

However almost as many would be upset if they found out their own child was gay or lesbian, with 37% saying they would be ‘upset’ and 23% saying they would be ‘very upset.’

Only around three-in-ten Democratic and independent voters said they would be upset to learn their child was gay or lesbian.

The poll also found 63% of Republicans still oppose same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry, with 59% saying the issue should be settled on a state-by-state basis rather than at a national level.

Just over half of all registered voters thought the issue should be settled once and for all at a national level and 64% of Democrats.

(Courtesy of GayStarNews.com)

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LN Executive Editor Earns Emmy

Lesbian News Executive Editor Zoe Edgerton has recently been awarded an Emmy for editing on the daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful. This award is in addition to the first Emmy she won as an editor on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless in 2002.

Zoe Edgerton's Emmy's

Congratulations, Zoe!!

 

LN Executive Editor Earns Emmy was originally published on Lesbian News

WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

PHOENIX — Women’s basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged.

Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock.

In the post, Griner wrote: “Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Johnson also had a photo on her Instagram account of Griner lying in bed with an engagement ring resting on her shoulder.

Griner has embraced her role as a prominent gay athlete since finishing a record-breaking career at Baylor. She came out last year and wrote a candid memoir, “In My Skin,” that was critical of college coach Kim Mulkey.

The 6-foot-8 center, drafted first overall by Phoenix last year, has helped lead the Mercury to a WNBA-best 27-5 record. She is averaging 15.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 blocks.

Johnson is averaging 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in her third season with Tulsa. The 6-foot-3 forward played at Tennessee.

Arizona and Oklahoma have gay marriage bans being contested in court. Oklahoma’s ban was found unconstitutional, but that decision is on hold and the state has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Courtesy of SportingNews.com)

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Facebook Donates $10,000 To Politician Fighting Gay Marriage

Facebook made a $10,000 donation in May to the reelection campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has received national attention for fighting a court ruling that would make gay marriage legal in the state.

The donation, first reported by QSaltLake, is listed in a filing for Reyes’ 2014 primary campaign on the State of Utah Financial Disclosures website.

Here’s a screenshot of the filing:

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And closer up:

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In an email to The Huffington Post, a Facebook spokesperson offered a statement on the donation:

Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue — because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.

Facebook has made many political contributions, even starting its own PAC in 2011. The company has also donated $8,500 to the reelection campaign of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is a particularly vocal proponent of marriage equality.

In response to the donation, QSaltLake Assistant Editor Bob Henline has launched a Change.org petition, asking the social network to “publicly decry this bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to the campaign of Charles Stormont who is also seeking the office of Utah Attorney General.” Reyes’ opponent has publicly supported LGBTQ equality.

“I’m an activist within the community, and Sean Reyes has drawn my distaste for his comments about the LGBT community,” Henline told HuffPost. “So I wanted to see who was funding his campaign, and when I looked through the disclosures, I discovered that Facebook was his second-largest contributor. Being a Facebook user, I have always assumed that it was pro-equality and pro-diversity, so it shocked me.”

In the “Reasons for Signing” section of the petition, one commenter wrote: “As a gay man and an avid user of Facebook, I can’t understand how a company that values diversity and inclusion would give this politician money! My marriage is something that he [Reyes] is fighting very hard against.”

(Courtesy of HuffPost.com)

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Federal Court Refuses To Delay Virginia Gay Marriage Ruling

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court.

That means that without intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples could begin marrying and have their out-of-state marriages recognized by next Wednesday.

Late last month, the court ruled that Virginia’s gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional.

Representatives for the defendants didn’t immediately comment.

(Courtesy of HuffPost.com)

Federal Court Refuses To Delay Virginia Gay Marriage Ruling was originally published on Lesbian News

Robin Williams’ Final Instagram Shows Touching Family Photo

Robin Williams, the beloved actor who died of an apparent suicide Monday, posted a touching photograph on Instagram two weeks earlier that showed him holding his daughter, Zelda Rae Williams, when she was a young child:

Williams, who was 63 years old, is survived by three children: Zachary, 31; Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22. Zelda is also an actress. His wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, with whom he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement Monday that she was “utterly heartbroken.”

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she added. “As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Fans took to Williams’ Instagram page to express their own grief, and dozens of celebrities paid tribute on Twitter.

In earlier Instagram posts, Zelda Williams shared pictures of her family in happier times:

According to his publicist, the actor had been suffering from severe depression. Last month, HuffPost confirmed Williams had checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota in what representatives said was an effort to maintain his sobriety.

(Courtesy of HuffPost.com)

Robin Williams’ Final Instagram Shows Touching Family Photo was originally published on Lesbian News