Judy and Dennis Shepard recently sat down with HuffPostLive to talk about the "incredible" LGBT progress made since Matthew's passing, as well as the new documentary film on their son - Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine.
While there, Judy also shared her thoughts on Bill Clinton and why she think's "bad advice" played into him signing the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
I think in his heart he wanted to do the right thing and he knew what the right thing was, but the political advice was not right.
Watch the full segment, which also includes Judy's thoughts on the GOP midterm election vicotry "setback" and whether she's planning on voting for Hillary in 2016, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 11:00 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Bill clinton, Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard |
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In an interview with The Daily Beast, Natalie Dormer, who plays Queen Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, was asked to share her thoughts on the hit HBO show's "boob mandate" and whether she thinks upcoming seasons could use more symmetry in the dick department.
Well, during the first season Alfie, Richard, and several of the men got naked—although not all the way. I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.
The paltry amount of male nudity on the show has been an ongoing sticking point for GoT fans and even the actors themselves. Earlier this year Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Carice van Houten (Mellisandre) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) all joined the chorus of voices calling for more male nudity. Actor Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), meanwhile, not only wants more male nudity, but more gay sex on the show.
You can catch Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in theaters now.
And if you missed the "Gay Men of the Night's Watch" video earlier this year that mashed together some of the show's more homoerotic moments, you can check that out AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 10:09 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Game of Thrones |
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The Church of God in Christ, the Pentacostal Christian denomination at the center of the "I'm not gay no more" megachurch conversion video that went viral earlier this month, is reportedly threatening legal action against the "gay no more" man Andrew Caldwell for remixng the video into a song and putting it on iTunes.
TMZ reports the church has ordered him to stop selling the song "partly because they own the audio, but also because they feel Andrew is making a mockery of the service." Andrew, however, claims he's copyrighted the song and that he can claim ownership because the song only contains his voice.
Earlier this month, Caldwell addressed the widespread doubt that he had been "turned straight" and shot down sugestions that he staged the moment for publicity.
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Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 9:04 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in "Ex-Gays", Evangelical Christians, I'm Not Gay, Missouri, Music, News, St. Louis |
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Many LGBT people know they should think twice about putting money in the Salvation Army's red kettles, resist the temptation of waffle fries at Chick-fil-A in the food court, and avoid fueling up at ExxonMobil on the way to grandma's house.
But even though they may not be as infamously anti-gay, many other major American retailers still aren't coming anywhere close to treating their LGBT employees equally in 2014. With Black Friday just days away, it's time to take a look at where not to spend our estimated $830 billion in annual buying power if we truly care about gay rights.
The Human Rights Campaign's annual Buying For Workplace Equality guide recommends avoiding any retailer that receives 45 points or less on the Corporate Equality Index, which was released this week.
"Whether you are buying a cup of coffee or renovating your home, by supporting businesses that support workplace equality you send a powerful message that LGBT inclusion is good for the bottom line," HRC says.
For a searchable database of all employers in the Corporate Equality Index, go here. Below are 10 retailers LGBT people should avoid based on their record on gay rights.
Bed, Bath and Beyond
HRC Score: 30
Headquarters: Union, N.J.
HRC Score: 0
Headquarters: Enfield, Conn.
HRC Score: 0
Headquarters: Sidney, Neb.
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Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 8:00 AM EST by John Wright in Chick-fil-A, ExxonMobil, Gay Rights, Human Rights Campaign, Salvation Army |
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Friends of a transgender woman who died suddenly in October were shocked to see their friend presented as a man in an open casket during her funeral service reports The Miami Herald. Jennifer Gable, born Geoff Gable, died suddenly on her shift with Wells Fargo as a customer service coordinator; an aneurysm is suspected of killing the otherwise healthy woman. Gable's friends attended the funeral, but upon seeing Gable's body in the casket they found themselves disgusted with what had been done to Gable's body.
“I am disgusted. A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as Geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”Said Gable's friend, Stacy Dee Hudson, in a post on Facebook:
Gable's obituary explicitly referred to her as male, even though Gable legally changed her name to Jennifer long before her death. Meghan Stabler, a board member of the Human Rights Campaign and member of HRC’s National Business Council, expressed disdain for the lack of respect given to Gable's body and identity.
“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years. Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be.
"She had done what she needed to do legally to be seen as her authentic self. Her father erased her identity either though ignorance or arrogance, but who knows what the parent was going through?”
Stabler met Gable online after she reached out to her for advice on how to proceed with the transition process. Mike Parke of Magic Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Twin Falls said Gable’s death certificate listed her as male and buried her accordingly.
"The death certificate says Geoffrey AKA Jennifer Gable. The last few years she lived as Jennifer. They buried him as Geoff. A tormented situation for all those involved."
Posted Nov. 22,2014 at 6:05 PM EST by Anthony Costello in Human Rights Campaign, Idaho, Transgender |
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BY GARTH GREENWELL
Disorientation afflicts nearly all of the characters in Shelly Oria’s nimble and disarmingly moving debut collection of stories. Many of them are (like Oria herself) Israeli immigrants in New York City, navigating multiple cultures and languages; others find themselves in worlds where the usual rules (of weather, say, or time) break down; all of them are bewildered by desire.
The narrator of the title story has come to the United States after finishing her military service, because “staying in Tel Aviv meant starting my life,” and “It’s a scary thing, starting your life.” As is true throughout the collection, Oria is excellent in detailing how the texture of daily life differs in the two countries: “When I first moved to New York, I kept opening my purse every time I entered a building, before realizing that there was no security guard. And every time I felt relieved, and every time I felt orphaned, and every time I felt surprised at both.”
The book’s title comes from her attempt to keep score of the advantages and disadvantages of her two cities. She never gets very far: “I forget to keep track, and I have to start counting all over again every time.” She meditates on the strangeness of Central Park, “the idea of having a designated area for greenery”: “Tel Aviv isn’t carefully planned like that—trees often choose their own location, and most streets stretch in unpredictable directions, creating a pattern of impulse.”
What’s true of the streets of Tel Aviv is also true of the magnetic men and (more often) women that Oria’s protagonists can’t fully know or possess, and many of the stories are haunted by infidelity. In “This Way I Don’t Have to Be,” a woman is addicted to sleeping with married men. She watches them during sex for the moment they imagine the possibilities they’ve left unlived, when “their entire lives turn to air,” an unsettled state of longing we sense the narrator craves for herself.
In “None the Wiser,” a sly, acid, wonderful story about jealousy and age and grief, a woman’s own desires gradually become clear as she gossips about her neighbors. And in one of the collection’s standout stories, “The Disneyland of Albany,” Avner, an Israeli artist who has left his family behind to seek his career in America, discovers his wife’s infidelity from stray remarks his young daughter makes during a visit.
In the collection’s final story, which might also be its finest, “Phonetic Masterpieces of Absurdity,” the book’s preoccupation with erotic disappointment combines powerfully with one of Oria’s other major themes, the tragedies and absurdities of ongoing conflict in the Middle East—a conflict that her characters can never fully escape, at home or abroad.
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Posted Nov. 22,2014 at 5:05 PM EST by Garth Greenwell in Book Review, Books, Garth Greenwell, Israel, New York |
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