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In an interview with Out Magazine, a publication which focuses on gay interests, Radcliffe was asked about reception to his newest film Kill Your Darlings in which the actor plays a gay character.

“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.”

AMEN, Daniel Radcliffe!!!

I keep waiting for him to fuck up, but he keeps being awesome.

You go, DanRad!

Can we take a minute to appreciate the fact that Daniel Radcliffe refuses to disappoint us? SINCE I WAS 11 YEARS OLD THE MAN HAS NOT DISAPPOINTED ME!

~Minion

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Ben & Jerry’s Joins Pro-Marriage Equality SCOTUS Brief

Ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality nationwide.

The company announced the move Friday on its website:

"Often, it’s not enough to change the way you do business, or change the practice within your business," says Chris Miller, Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager. "Unless you’re willing to stand up and advocate for the rights of others, not just here in our backyard but around the world, it’s often just not good enough."

We’re proud to have signed onto an “Employers’ Amicus Brief.” That’s fancy lawyer speak for a formal legal petition asking the Supreme Court to review these latest circuit court rulings, and make a ruling that state governments may not act to hinder a business from treating all of its legally married employees in the same way. We’ve signed on with 30 other global and local companies who are fed up with a state-level ban on allowing a legally binding marriage, and all the benefits that go with it.

"This amicus puts these corporations on record saying that in addition to this being an issue of civil rights, it complicates the running of our businesses. It creates this really confusing administrative nightmare for companies— from a tax point of view, and from a benefits point of view."…

The 30 amicus brief signees aren’t a “who’s-who” of lefty business, points out Miller. “If you look at the list, you’ve got some very large, mainstream, well-recognized corps and brands, and I think that brings some credibility to the issue— the broader the base of support you have, the more likely it is you’re going to make a change.”

This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has publicly backed the freedom to marry: it’s previously renamed its Apple Pie and Chubby Hubby flavors (to Apple-y Ever After and Hubby Hubby) to celebrate marriage equality in the U.K. and the company’s home state of Vermont, respectively.

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Students from a Catholic school have become the first to publicly march in a Pride parade in Ireland.

St Paul’s High School in Co.Armagh invited students from Years 13 and 14 to join the march in Newry, stating they were "proud to be a school that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity, further demonstrating commitment to our Catholic ethos… The rainbow flag will be flown at the school to mark our support for equality for all."

The students were accompanied by their principal, Jarlath Burns, who is a passionate defender of Catholic education. He has defended criticism of the school, telling The Irish Catholic “At St Paul’s, we celebrate diversity. It is a welcoming place where all students can feel comfortable. We just wanted to walk to show solidarity with what is a marginalised group in our society, to show them compassion, dignity and respect.”

Burns denied that joining the march was at odds with the school’s Catholic ethos, telling the Independent:

“Schools should not be places where students are ridiculed or made feel isolated.. […] It may have been controversial but we have to challenge ourselves and the status quo.

We can’t be bound by tradition. It’s in that context that we decided to march and I’m very proud of what we did.”

I know a few Catholic schools in North America that could learn a thing or two from these wonderful students and faculty

Twitter sleuth tracks down Philadelphia anti-gay attackers

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An anonymous Twitter user may have identified suspects wanted in connection with an attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia last week.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a photo and video of the suspects yesterday.

Within hours former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Greg Bennett tweeted a photo that showed a group of people at a restaurant wearing the same clothes as the suspects in the video.

He said he received the photo from ‘a friend of a friend’ but did not know where it had been taken. 

An anonymous Twitter user in South Jersey then re-uploaded the photo and his followers identified the setting as La Viola Italian restaurant, which is near to where the attack occurred.

He said he had identified the people in the photo by looking to see who had checked in to the restaurant on Facebook on the night of the attack and notified the police.

Philadelphia police officer Joe Murray sent a series of tweets that seemed to indicate the man had solved the case.

Later that night 6ABC radio station said some of the suspects had already retained lawyers who were making ‘arrangements’ with police before warrants were issued for their arrest.

The Twitter user said he will donate half of the $10,000 reward to LGBTI charities.

First Ever Trans Lead Character Coming To U.S. Prime Time TV

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A new drama about a transgender teenager has been green-lit by US broadcaster The CW. Ze will revolve around a female-to-male transgender teen and his family. After the teenager comes out to his family and starts living as a male, his already dysfunctional family spin into identity crises of their own, leaving him to discover he is the most well-adjusted of them all.

STUDY: Blocking Puberty Is Beneficial for Transgender Youth

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According to a new study, transgender youth undergoing treatment to delay puberty show improved psychological well-being over time, reports HealthDay.

The Dutch study, which was published online in the journal Pediatrics, involved 22 trans girls and 33 trans boys who had been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria.” Starting, on average, at age 14, each participant underwent hormone treatment to temporarily halt the onset of puberty.

Participants were assessed until up to one year after their first gender confirming surgery — which, on average, occurred at age 21.

Given the “opportunity to develop into well-functioning young adults” without developing unwanted sex characteristics, including those related to voice, hair growth, and body shape, the study found that, overall, participants seemed satisfied with their gender-related decisions. None expressed regret about delaying puberty or deciding to transition.

Once the participants reached adulthood, anxiety, emotional distress, and body image concerns, as well as happiness, were present at the same level as their non-transgender peers, notes GLAAD.

Because the effects of puberty suppressors — also known, informally, as “hormone blockers” — are fully reversible, the study’s lead author, Dr. Annelou de Vries, points out that they “provid[e] adolescents and their families with time to explore their gender dysphoric feelings, and [to] make a more definite decision regarding the first steps of actual gender reassignment at a later age.”

While de Vries adds that the study’s findings should be corroborated with further research, Dr. Jack Drescher, a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College, told HealthDay that the findings of this “thoughtful and careful” study appear to “confirm the idea that puberty suppression is a generally good idea” for youth with gender dysphoria.

The treatment, which has ben used for about 15 years, seems “relatively safe and benign,” Drescher continued. He noted that not all teens who suppress puberty will eventually pursue gender reassignment, but that “those who do will face an easier time of it.”

Puberty blockers help make trans teens into happier young adults, study finds

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Transgender youth who take puberty-delaying hormone treatments are more likely to be happier when they fully transition, according to a new study.

The study found that starting on hormone replacements around age 14 resulted in better mental health for trans youth, and that they had an easier time transitioning into their lived and true gender identity later on.

“The first thing this study shows is that transgender young people, with appropriate treatment, can function at the same psychological level as the rest of the population,” Jenifer McGuire, co-author of the study, told BuzzFeed News. “They have the same distribution as everyone else when they’re treated properly.”

The Dutch study, which involved 22 transgender men and 33 transgender women, found that because of the early hormone treatment, the participants ultimately had no more emotional distress, anxiety, or issues with body image than their peers in the general population after they had transitioned. They also required less gender reassignment surgery, as physical characteristics that develop during puberty were suppressed.

Studies like this are so, so important because they add another layer of credibility to the work we already know is important. We know one of the ways to help trans youth become their true selves as happily and healthily as possible, and the research clearly shows that we should keep doing it. 

I know at least one of my followers was asking about this sort of thing and I had no data. Here is a thing.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Could Get Over a Dozen Marriage Petitions

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There are just two weeks left until the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide which marriage cases it will take up in its next session, but the marriage equality landscape could still shift significantly between now and then.

At the moment, there are seven cases from five states ready for the Justices to consider. In all seven cases, gay and lesbian plaintiffs have been unanimously victorious, with a series of strongly worded rulings from multiple courts finding that bans on same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution.

But it’s possible that nine more states could see progress in marriage litigation before the Supreme Court’s first conference on September 29. Rulings are due in the Ninth and Sixth Circuits, which include Nevada, Ohio, Michigan and more. A ruling in any of those cases could complicate the Supreme Court’s plans.

If a decision came from either the Ninth or Sixth Circuits, the Court might decide to put off a decision on which cases to take. That would be particularly likely if the decision was at odds with the previous victories for the plaintiffs. The Ninth Circuit gave hints during oral argument that its ruling would be generally similar to the victories that have come before, but the Sixth Circuit judges are harder to read.

And of course, the Supreme Court could always opt not to take any case at all.

Meanwhile, litigation continues unabated in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, with courts so far unwilling to pause lawsuits while they wait for the Supreme Court to return from break.

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LGBTQ* Performance Artists in History

Barbette (Texas, b. 1904)

“Women think about love more than men; that’s because men think more about women.”—Barbette

Barbette was a female impersonator who took Paris by storm in the late 1920’s. Barbette’s performances included aerial acts, trapeze, and stunning costumes, Barbette would close the show by removing his wig and declaring himself an man to adoring fans. 

Additional History?

Julie Andrews character(s) in Victor/Victoria is (loosely) based on Barbette.

Barbette was photographed by Man Ray.

 

Information from: 

Greif, Martin. The Gay Book of Days: An Evocatively Illustrated Who’s Who of Who Is, Was, May Have Been, Probably Was, and Almost Certainly Seems to Have Been Gay during the past 5,000 Years. Secaucus, NJ: L. Stuart, 1982. 

1st Photo Source:  Male Soul Makeup

Barbette aka Vander Clyde

Female impersonator, high wire performer and trapeze artist 1920s – 1930s

2nd Photo Source:  Gorgonetta’s Tumblr

Barbette - Photography by Man Ray

 

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