Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… » 5/21/15 2:15pm Thursday 2:15pm

Why Are Marriage Rights Expanding While Reproductive Rights Contract?

Jill Lepore, ranked #1 in the United States for building arguments so clear as to require no scaffolding whatsoever, wrote a masterful piece in the New Yorker this week about the Supreme Court cases that have shaped the course of reproductive and marriage freedom in America—one path continually embattled and at best… » 5/20/15 12:50pm Wednesday 12:50pm

Anti-Gay Senator's Wife Says She Was Fired From a Job She Wasn't Offered

Have you ever had a dream about a job interview so realistic that you wake up thinking you’ve gotten an offer? This may be the trickery at work in the case of Leslie Díaz, wife of “conservative Democrat” and anti-gay New York state Senator Rubén Díaz, who says Leslie is now “unemployed” thanks to his political beliefs.
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Conchita Wurst: World’s Quietest Drag Queen

Ever since Conchita Wurst won last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, she’s been gracing the world (and many red carpets) with her glamour. The Austrian recording artist and drag queen has released a biography called Being Conchita: We Are Unstoppable, which talks about how she wore a skirt in kindergarten and her… » 5/17/15 3:45pm 5/17/15 3:45pm

Horrible Pundits: Amtrak Engineer Crashed Train Because He's Gay

On Tuesday night, an Amtrak train on its way from Washington D.C. to New York derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. It’s a truly tragic and disturbing event, but also, it’s important for terrible people to figure out how to make this about the evils of homosexuality as quickly as… » 5/15/15 3:30pm 5/15/15 3:30pm

Tangerine Is the Trans Revenge Film You've Wished For All Your Life

Rarely does a movie come along that makes you jump out of your seat screaming “I want to see that.” And even more rarely is that film about two trans women portrayed in a funny but realistic way without falling into gross tropes or misogyny. Even rarer? The fact that you’re about to get excited about a film shot… » 5/01/15 8:00pm 5/01/15 8:00pm

Russian Pol Very Sure Latest U2 Album Is Dangerous Gay Propaganda 

Remember when Apple just forced that new U2 album on everyone and we were outraged because a) no one likes U2 anymore unless it’s an instrumental version of “With or Without You” and b) putting music we don’t want on our phones is basically a sign that Big Brother is watching? Well, a Russian politician thinks it’s… » 4/30/15 11:05pm 4/30/15 11:05pm

Actively Anti-Gay Legislator Also an Active Grindr User

Congratulations to North Dakota State Representative Randy Boehning! The formerly closeted lawmaker is now out and proud thanks to the fact that no gay dudes are going to cover for an assclown who signs anti-marriage bills and then goes trolling for young sex on the internet. It’s much better out here, Randy! The air… » 4/29/15 12:10pm 4/29/15 12:10pm

Being Wrong About Bruce Jenner Was Still The Right Thing To Do

A group of LGBT commentators called for restraint when news first started breaking about Bruce Jenner’s potential transition plans. He initially called the transition rumors ridiculous, and along with others, I said we should believe what he told us and that I didn’t believe he was transitioning. We were wrong about… » 4/26/15 11:07pm 4/26/15 11:07pm

Homophobic Bakers Blame Satan For Canceled GoFundMe Campaign

Remember Melissa Klein? She’s the baker who loves making wedding cakes so much that she just couldn’t allow herself to disrespect her fondant and piping bag by baking a cake for a gay couple. And then, when a judge ruled that all that was actually illegal, she and her husband blamed Satan for not being allowed to… » 4/26/15 2:23pm 4/26/15 2:23pm

Bruce Jenner: 'Do You Have Any Idea What I've Been Going Through?'

In a feverishly anticipated two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC, Bruce Jenner confirmed tonight that he is a transgender woman. But Jenner made it clear that his transition is not yet completed and that when the interview was filmed, he still preferred the “he” pronoun. He told Sawyer it was the last interview… » 4/25/15 12:20am 4/25/15 12:20am

Gay Student to Skip Prom After Faculty Refuse to Go If She Wears Tux

Proms used to be so simple: Girls wore dresses and boys wore tuxes and homosexuals cowered in the corner somewhere and hoped no one discovered their dirty secrets. But now that an openly gay student wants to wear a tuxedo to her prom, her school has had quite enough. Either she comes in a dress or there’s no prom for … » 4/06/15 10:30pm 4/06/15 10:30pm

Florida Bakery Receives Threats For Refusing to Make Anti-Gay Cake

After a bakery in Casselberry, Florida, refused to decorate a cake with the message "I Hate Gays," they started to receive hundreds of hateful, threatening calls. The house has stopped taking bets on whether some of the people issuing these threats also recently donated to Memories Pizza in Indiana. » 4/04/15 8:04pm 4/04/15 8:04pm

Arkansas Governor Won't Sign Religious Freedom Bill Because It's a Mess

Having witnessed the debacle currently happening in Indiana, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declined for now to sign the state's own recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." House Bill 1228 passed on Tuesday, but Hutchinson—while being careful not to anything too supportive of LGBT people—said he… » 4/01/15 3:30pm 4/01/15 3:30pm

Professional Hatemonger Bryan Fischer Is Very Worried About 'Big Gay'

The internet was given a glorious gift yesterday by talk radio host Bryan Fischer, the former "issues director" for the American Family Association and and a complete loon who believes — literally — that America is controlled by a vast, shadowy cabal of glittery and terrifying homosexuals. Monday afternoon, he tweeted… » 4/01/15 11:30am 4/01/15 11:30am

Aisha Moodie-Mills Becomes First Black Woman to Head the Victory Fund

Aisha Moodie-Mills is the new president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute, a leading LGBT political organization, and the first black woman hold the position. A mainstay on MSNBC's circle of commentators, she was previously a Senior Fellow and Director of the FIRE Initiative at the Center for American… » 3/26/15 6:30pm 3/26/15 6:30pm

Kerry Washington Gave a Speech That Will Give You All The Feelings

Kerry Washington - one of last night's winners at the GLAAD Media Awards for her work as an ally - gave a compelling acceptance speech emphasizing the need for marginalized groups to come together across difference (an especially salient point in the wake of Patricia Arquette's unfortunate comments on women's rights). » 3/22/15 4:30pm 3/22/15 4:30pm