My so-called (gay) life

And the winner of the Lesbian/Bi Character Hunger Games is...


The final few days of voting were fraught!

South Carolina police chief fired for being lesbian: Why ENDA matters.


After 20 years serving her community, an openly gay police officer is dismissed by a new homophobic mayor who said he’d sooner trust an alcoholic with his children than a homosexual.

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Study: The effects of childhood bullying still persist 40 years later


The physical, social and mental health effects of being bullied as a child are still evident 40 years later, according to a new study out of London.

The new findings from the British National Child Development Study come from more than 7,700 children whose parents provided information about their exposure to bullying at age 7 and 11. Researchers followed up with the children-turned-adults until they were 50 and found the harmful effects of bullying never totally went away.

In childhood, 28 percent of children in the study had been bullied occasionally, and 15 percent bullied frequently — rates similar to those seen in the U.K. today. Compared to peers who had not been bullied, those who’d been bullied in childhood were more likely to have poor physical and psychological health, lower educational levels, higher levels of unemployment, and less general satisfaction with life. They often lacked a social support system. Those who’d been bullied frequently had increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts.

“We need to move away from any perception that bullying is just an inevitable part of growing up,” said senior author Louise Arsenault, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, in a press release. “Teachers, parents, and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions for children. Programs to stop bullying are extremely important, but we also need to focus our efforts on early intervention to prevent potential problems persisting into adolescence and adulthood.”

While the study didn’t specifically look at the experiences of LGBT youth, we can pretty confidently say the results will hold true for them, especially considering the higher marginalization and stigmatization LGBT folks will have to put up with in society even after they’re out of school. Alright, everyone. Time to step up and put an end to this. 


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Genius Duke project calls out the offensive phrases we say every day

The normalization of homophobic and misogynistic language, especially among young people, is nothing new. But while there may be a growing awareness of the problem, there haven’t been many organized initiatives dedicated to eradicate these types of problematic expressions — until now. Enter Duke University’s campaign “You Don’t Say,” which is an effort to remind students that language is powerful, and that word choice has consequences. 

The Duke project uses photos to show how casual slurs like “no homo,” “tranny,” “that’s so gay” and “you’re such a pussy” target women and the LGBT community. In the series, Blue Devils students explain why they have adjusted their language. 

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Morning Brew - Laura Prepon will definitely be back for Season 3 of "OITNB"


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Global Views on Morality: The Pew Research Center


The Pew Research Center last week released results of a survey about the perceived morality of homosexuality and other issues in 40 different countries. Participants were asked if various issues were morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue.

Here’s what Pew found:

Half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable. Nine-in-ten or more hold this view in seven nations. However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20% or fewer express this opinion.

The most accepting country of the 40 surveyed is Spain, with 55% of respondents agreeing that homosexuality is morally acceptable and only 6% saying it is unacceptable. Where does the United States rank? Big #12. 

Click the link above for a really cool interactive graphic breaking down international public opinions about the morality of other issues, like gambling, abortion and alcohol use. 

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#EndTheBiBan petition nears 2,500 signatures


A petition is nearing its target 2,500 signatures challenging Google’s decision to block ‘bisexual’ from its predictive search. When users type words like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ into the Google search page, it suggests what they might be looking for – gay dating, gay pride, gay marriage, gay support… but for ‘bisexual’, it offers no suggestions until you hit ‘enter’.

This is a function Google implemented to prevent what might be offensive searches appearing dynamically while users are typing another word. Not only is this suggesting that bisexuality is offensive in a way homosexuality or heterosexuality are not, the first page of suggestions for ‘bisexual’ simply aren’t that rude – they’re things like advice page Bisexual Index and web hub Bi.Org! Google said it would remove bisexual from the list of blocked terms over a year ago but has still not done so.

Lawyer who defended Prop 8 now helping plan his daughter's same-sex wedding


The lawyer who defended Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court apparently has a gay daughter — and seeing her happy with another woman is helping him change his mind on marriage equality.

Attorney Charles Cooper reportedly learned that his daughter is gay while he was still handling the pivotal Prop 8 case. Like many politicians before him (er, the president, a while back) he says his views on marriage equality are “evolving,” but he has publicly stated he’s happy to be helping his daughter plan her upcoming wedding in Washington, D.C. He’s also not the first public figure whose views change after a child comes out.

"My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people’s do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker’s book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality." …

"My daughter Ashley’s path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey’s family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks," he said.

Now that’s a pretty cool turnaround. Wishing him the best in his “evolution,” and a happy wedding day for all.