Sunday Funday’s Gonna Dance Like Nobody’s Watching On This Very Gay Day

Hey, girl. I was gonna go right to happy news, but I got distracted by this situation.

eli in a sweater

Retta Takes on Reddit

You heard me right. Retta took on “a bunch of nosy motherfuckers” in one of the largest black holes on the Internet: Reddit. Jezebel’s got highlights from her AMA.


Trans* Model Ines Rau Steams Sh*t Up

Tyson Beckford and Parisian model Ines Rau got naked for luxury magazine OOB.


Rau recently came out about her transition at 16:

“After reading [Tula’s] book [I Am Woman] at least two times I realized how important it is to assume who you are with no fears,” she said. “I just woke up one day realizing that it’s enough, I need to embrace who I am and be loved for what I am and what I have been through — without the fear of being rejected.”

Reflecting on her life as a woman, she added, “It’s fabulous the level of happiness — it’s just absolutely impossible to describe. I’m the happiest girl in the world, just being what I wanted to be.”

Hawaii Wants You To Get Married In Paradise



F*ck Ex-Gay Therapy

A federal district judge ruled Friday that anyone in New Jersey who wants to put their kids in ex-gay therapy can f*ck themselves.

Pride, Hong Kong Style

Hong Kong Pride doubled in size this year, bringing out around 5,200 flaming homos.

Let’s Go, Idaho

Four lesbian couples are challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, opening the entire night up for some neverending cycles of “Idaho? YOU DA HO.”

Susan Latta and Traci Ehlers were married in California in 2008, have jointly raised two children and have two grandchildren, according to the suit. Lori and Sharene Watsen said in their filings that they were wed in New York in 2011. Sharene gave birth to a son earlier this year, but Lori’s bid for adoptive rights was rejected by an Idaho state court judge in September, they say.

Amber Beierle, a state historic site manager, is seeking to marry Idaho National Guard veteran Rachael Robertson. Sheila Robertson and Andrea Altmayer also want to marry. Both couples were denied marriage licenses by Ada County officials.

Local counsel for the couples are Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham of Boise.

“Idaho is part of the great Western tradition that strongly values freedom and fairness,” Ferguson said in a prepared statement. “Most people in this state, like most Americans, believe that the law should respect individual freedom and treat all families equally. The couples in this case deserve to be treated with equal fairness and respect, including having the same freedom to marry that others enjoy.”

State officials had no immediate response.

Today’s Pick-Me-Up

If Deborah Cohan can spend her last minutes with her breasts dancing, then by gum, we can spend a Friday afternoon gif-ing.”

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  1. Huge respect for Deborah Cohan. I can only hope I’d be that awesome in the face of adversity. (And the humans in that OR have some great moves!)

  2. The statement from the Idaho lawyers made me laugh disbelieving, angry laughter. Obviously, I hope us gaymos win another thing, but I’m not holding my breath. I lived in Idaho for way, WAY too fucking long (I’ve escaped now, thankfully) and all this talk about freedom, fairness, respect, and treating all families equally make me wonder if perhaps we’ve accidentally received this statement from a parallel universe.

    True, a lot of people in Idaho talk a lot about freedom, but it’s usually “freedom for me, but not for thee.” When I lived there, I heard constant rants and serious threats of violence against gays, people of color, feminists, and non-Christians. There were two people whose houses were between my house and the nearest town who had effigies of Obama hanging from nooses in their yard, and a third house that had a huge hand painted sign spewing Bible verses and hatred about Obama in particular and non straight white guys in general to anyone unfortunate enough to drive past. I’ve been verbally assaulted and physically threatened on more than one occasion for having a vegetarian bumper sticker on my car. When I worked at Burger King as a teenager, a friend of mine was screamed at by a customer who berated her for being gay and refused to let my friend take her order or touch her food (my friend wasn’t actually gay, but she had an Alternative Lifestyle Haircut, which was enough for that particular homophobe).

    And that’s just the tip of that really horribly depressing iceberg. “Freedom and respect” my ass.

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