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Colombia Will Now Allow You to Change Your Gender Without Surgery or Psychiatric Opinion


Ten transgender Colombians have been granted new ID documents without the need to prove having undergone gender reassignment surgery or psychological evaluations, reports Americas Quarterly.

Angélica-LozanoIndividuals are now required to submit a copy of their civil registry form, a copy of the identification card and a sworn declaration expressing their wish to change their gender identity. Subsequent changes to an applicant’s gender identity can only be made after ten years.

Additionally, an individual can only change his or her gender identity twice. Openly lesbian congresswoman Angélica Lozano (right) tweeted photos of the celebrations outside the notary building and said people were shouting "My gender, my name."

Minister for Justice Yesid Reyes said:

“Judges used to order bodily inspections to determine if people had physically changed their sex, or demanded a psychiatric exam to know if the applicant had gender dysphoria. Both exams were profoundly invasive of privacy rights and were rooted in unacceptable prejudice. The construction of sexual and gender identity is an issue that doesn’t depend on biology.”

Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 7:30 PM EST by in Colombia, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (17)

David Barton: Gay Marriage Will Force Churches To Hire 'A Homosexual Youth Director' - VIDEO

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David Barton - who recently kindly explained why the government has a moral duty to ban homosexuality - has warned that same-sex marriage will lead to male and female college athletes sharing the same bathroom, reports Right Wing Watch.

Appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio programme on Tuesday, anti-gay wingnut and historical revisionist Barton said:

"Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can't distinguish between male and female. This destroys all of society."

He went on to make one of the most bizarre claims yet, arguing that marriage equality will force churches to hire "a homosexual youth director.”

Back in 2013, Barton said that Christians "can't drink Starbucks and be biblically right on [same-sex marriage]."

Watch Barton obsess about End Times, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 7:00 PM EST by in David Barton, Education, Glenn Beck, Sports, Video | Permalink | Comments (26)

Say ‘I Do’ To Las Vegas, The Wedding Capital of The World



Las Vegas is known to many as the Wedding Capital of the World. So it will come as no surprise then that Vegas was one of the first to celebrate and cheer on LGBT couples when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage. While Las Vegas has always been welcoming, it's now more open than ever: not only can you celebrate, relax and indulge in style, you can tie the knot and walk down the aisle with pride alongside the one you love.

Check out our tips on how to get the most out of Vegas for all your wedding-related festivities, be it your bachelor(ette) party, your wedding or your honeymoon, below:

Bachelors and Bachelorettes At Play

7030452Heading to Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties is a famous tradition that now more than ever has plenty to entertain LGBT brides and grooms to be. Those looking to go out on the town will want to check out SHARE Nightclub. Known for its go-gos, unique dance floor and VIP rooms and cabanas, this two floor ultra lounge is one of the most popular in Vegas. Other nightlife highlights include Piranha Nightclub and 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge, FreeZone, Charlie’s and Snick’s. For shows, see Jersey Boys at the Paris Las Vegas or Frank Marino as comic icon Joan Rivers at The LINQ. Should you be looking for male revues, take in favorites like Chippendales, Thunder From Down Under and Men of Sapphire. The Strip’s many summer pool parties also provide playful daytime activities perfect for bachelor and bachelorette getaways.

Where To Get Hitched

Couple2Perhaps one of the best things about getting married in Vegas is the variety of ways you can say ‘I do.’ Whether you’re eloping or planning a large celebration for all your family and friends, there’s a venue just right for you.

Almost every major hotel and resort in Vegas has a chapel on its premises, each with its own flair. The exotic Island Chapel at the Tropicana and the spectacular Eiffel Tower Observation Deck at the Paris are just two of the romantic options that the city’s landmark hotels offer.

Las Vegas is also home to dozens of stand-alone chapels, many of which you might recognize from famous weddings over the years. Can’t wait to get hitched? Get a drive thru quickie wedding presided over by Elvis at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel. Or visit the home of the Elvis wedding ceremony, Graceland Chapel. Graceland has celebrated many celebrity nuptials, as has The Little Church of the West. Old Hollywood icons like Betty Grable, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were wed at this chapel which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Other chapels have seen their fair share of celebrity “I do”s too, including the Little White Wedding Chapel. It was here that Frank Sinatra wed Mia Farrow and Bruce Willis married Demi Moore. If you’re looking for something a little more fantastical, however, you’ll want to tie the knot at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. They offer fantasy weddings with themes ranging from gothic to Egyptian to beach party. Art and music lovers will enjoy the art deco resplendence of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts whereas those looking for a more traditional ceremony or to renew their vows will enjoy the quaint elegance of the Chapel of the Flowers. 

As for the technicalities, marriage licenses are available every day until midnight, and no blood test or state residency is required. There’s also no waiting period. All you need is proof of age (driver's license, passport or birth certificate will do) and a social security number. International visitors may require special documentation.

To find a minister for your Las Vegas wedding, check out the official list of Nevada Ministers from Clark County HERE. Also check out a full list of Las Vegas' many wedding chapels HERE.

Honeymoon And Stay

VenetianIn addition to being the Wedding Capital of the World, Las Vegas is also one of the world's top honeymoon destinations. Take your love on a gondola ride at The Venetian, pose for pictures at the Fountains of Bellagio or enjoy your first meal as a married couple courtesy of Wolfgang Puck. With a host of resorts and hotels, you have plenty of options for where to stay. Paris Las Vegas was one of the city's first hotels to cater to its LGBT clientele. Meanwhile Wynn and Encore have a special Pride concierge, dedicated to helping LGBT guests make the most out of their stay in Vegas. The city is also constantly refreshing its roster of hot hotels. Check out our guide to the latest in Las Vegas accommodations HERE. And with the city's Pride festivities coming up along with a long list of unforgettable experiences you'll have more than enough to keep you busy on your honeymoon this summer, with concerts like Mariah Carey at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, pool parties all over the Strip and comic fun courtesy of Kathy Griffin and Eddie Izzard.

For more information on the intersection of all things 'wedding' and 'Las Vegas' be sure to check out the city's guide to nuptials HERE


Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 6:30 PM EST by in Sponsored Post, Travel: Las Vegas, Travel: Nevada | Permalink

Get Ready for the Return of 'Orange is the New Black' with These Criminally Addicting Sneak Peeks: VIDEOS

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In anticipation of tomorrow's release of Orange is the New Black season three, Netflix has released two new sneak peeks for the series this week. Check them out and get excited.

The first trailer, released today, is a more traditional teaser, featuring quick highlights and quips from season three. The second, released Tuesday is a behind-the-scenes featurette, with interviews from leading cast members Laura Prepon (Alex) and Taylor Schilling (Piper). Also featured is actress Ruby Rose, who plays a new character, Stella, a new inmate at Litchfield who sets her sights on seducing Piper.

Check out both videos, embedded via YouTube AFTER THE JUMP...



Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 6:03 PM EST by in Orange is the New Black, Television, Trailer | Permalink | Comments (2)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1749

JURASSIC PARK: 8 bit cinema

WHAT CONAN'S WATCHING: 19 Kids and Counting and more

ELLEN: Her favorite memorable cameos

CERES: NASA's fly over of the dwarf planet



For more recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)

LGBT Groups Condemn Michigan and North Carolina's New Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Laws

[via NCLR Twitter]

LGBT groups have come out strongly against new laws in Michigan and North Carolina that promote anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of "religious freedom."

In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder signed three bills into law allowing adoption agencies to use their religious beliefs to refuse to work with same-sex couples. In North Carolina, meanwhile, the state House voted today to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill allowing public officials to opt out of marrying same-sex couples for "sincerely held religious" objections.

Lambda Legal, called these measures "in some ways worse than what happened in Indiana because Michigan and North Carolina will be using tax dollars to support such discrimination. Good public policy helps people—it shouldn’t hurt them."

Via press release: 

“Today was a discouraging day for equality and justice. Michigan today enacted a law that allows state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to turn people away on religious grounds, and North Carolina enacted a law allowing government magistrates to refuse to perform civil marriage ceremonies for couples whose union they object to on religious grounds. For anyone with delusions that the work for LGBT rights is close to being done, think again. These laws will be used to deny loving homes to Michigan children in need and to subject same-sex couples to the indignity of being turned away by government-funded agencies in Michigan and by government officials in North Carolina. That that discrimination is based on religion is no excuse.  Discrimination inspired by religious views is still discrimination.
HRC also condemned the legislation in both states.
"It is tremendously disappointing that the legislature chose to override Governor McCrory’s veto of this misguided and mean-spirited legislation," said Marty Rouse, National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign in a statement on the North Carolina bill. "Allowing public officials the ability to opt-out of the job they are paid by the public to do is completely contrary to the purpose of public service and should have no place in North Carolina law."
"Governor Rick Snyder has proven today that he has utter disdain for the welfare of children in Michigan and that he cares only about empowering backwards discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement reacting to the three anti-LGBT adoption bills. “This legislation keeps children in need out of the loving homes they deserve, and it sets this great state back decades."

Posted Jun. 11,2015 at 5:04 PM EST by in Discrimination, Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, Michigan, North Carolina, Pat McCrory, RFRA, Rick Snyder | Permalink | Comments (6)


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