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Jane Fonda Discusses Why She Thought Warren Beatty Was Gay In W Magazine Interview

Everything is coming up gay for Jane Fonda these days.

The legendary 77-year-old actress is currently featured in the new Netflix series "Grace and Frankie," in which she plays a woman whose husband announces he's leaving her for his law partner and best (male) friend.

Perhaps put in the mood by starring in a show with such heavy gay themes, Fonda has been chatting nonstop about queer topics while doing press for the series.

She recently told Pride Source's Chris Azzopardi that one of her favorite memories was "campaigning with Harvey Milk in the Castro District in San Francisco" and that a very famous unnamed gay actor once asked her to marry him.

And in the newest issue of W magazine, Fonda opened up about another one of Hollywood's biggest stars -- Warren Beatty -- and said that she once mistakenly thought that he was gay.

Noting their 1959 screen test for the film "Parrish," W revealed that Beatty "recalled that they 'were thrown together like two lions in a cage and kissed until we had practically eaten each others’ heads off.'"

In response, Fonda told the magazine she "didn't remember the test at all" and jokingly added, "I thought Warren was gay. He played piano, and all his friends were gay.”

The friends Fonda referred to were possibly gay playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams, Queerty noted.

Beatty has dated his fair share of leading women, including Madonna and Annette Bening, to whom the actor has been married since 1992. In 2010, an unauthorized biography claimed that he had slept with close to 13,000 women, a number the actor's rep called "baloney."

Read the full interview with Fonda by heading to W.

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2015

10 Countries Declare Support for Queer Rights In South Korea



On May 17th, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea and the embassies of 10 European countries in South Korea declared their support for LGBT rights in celebration of IDAHO, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The countries that participated in supporting LGBT rights in Korea were Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, and Great Britain, as well as the EU Delegation stationed in South Korea. On May 15th, they issued a joint press release stating, “We are keen to work with the Korean government and civil society in promoting respect for the human rights of LGBTI persons.”

On June 13th, the EU office and the embassies of 10 countries in Korea will operate their own booths at the Korea Queer Culture Festival in Seoul. The American, French, and German embassies had booths last year.

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Blood donation mascot at the Korea Queer Culture Festival '14 (Wikimedia Commons)

EU officials are obligated to take the initiative to “promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI persons” in countries where they are present, according to the guidelines for supporting LGBTI people’s human rights that went into effect on June 24th, 2013.

The following is the full text of the press release from the EU Delegation and the embassies in Korea.

Joint Press Release on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)*

May 17th marks the 10th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Our countries stand together with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people (LGBTI) all across the world in the struggle to end discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our governments welcome the support of the Republic of Korea in promoting universal human rights, especially through United Nations action. We also value the critical role played by civil society organisations in our countries and in Korea. We are keen to work with the Korean government and civil society in promoting respect for the human rights of LGBTI persons. Our respective Embassies will demonstrate our support for the efforts of Korea by participating in the “Korean Queer Culture Festival” that will take place in Seoul on June 13th 2015.

We are concerned that all too often LGBTI people face discrimination, violence and persecution for who they are or whom they love. We are particularly concerned that in 76 countries, homosexuality is still considered to be illegal. Sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex are sometimes criminalized, liable to be punished with imprisonment or even with the death penalty.
Our countries are fully committed to tackling these violations and abuses both at home and at the global level. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon recalled at an event in support of the fight against homophobia in December 2012, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. All human beings – not some, not most, but all”.

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May
2015

Bridget Barkan Puts A Modern Spin On A Judy Garland Classic In Honor Of Homeless LGBT Youth

Among gay audiences, Judy Garland is one of few performers who never seems to go out of style.

New York singer-actress Bridget Barkan proved that point at 2014's “Night of a Thousand Judys” when she crooned a tender version of “As Long as He Needs Me," which was introduced in the Broadway musical "Oliver!" and performed by Garland on her television series, “The Judy Garland Show,” in 1963.

Now in its fifth year, “Night of a Thousand Judys” -- which is a special presentation of New York- and Los Angeles-based actor, writer and performer Justin Sayre's variety show, “The Meeting,” and timed to coincide with LGBT Pride Month -- will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an advocacy group dedicated to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens and young adults.

As in previous installments, performers from Broadway, television and downtown cabaret will hit New York's Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center June 1 to croon songs made famous by Garland during her fabled career. The 2015 lineup includes Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham and The Skivvies, among others.

Sayre interviewed Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano for his “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre” podcast. You can check that out here.

Meanwhile, you can also view some previous performances from “The Meeting” on Sayre's official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter, too.

“Night of a Thousand Judys” plays New York's Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center on June 1. Head here for more details.



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23
May
2015

Ireland Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage, Leaders On Both Sides Of Referendum Say

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.


Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.


"We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. So it's a very proud day to be Irish," said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland's conservative Catholic constitution.


"There is going to be a very substantial majority for a yes vote. I'm not at all surprised by that to be honest with you," said Irish Sen. Ronan Mullen, one of only a handful of politicians who campaigned for rejection.


Political analyst Noel Whelan noted that "yes" majorities were being reported even in conservative rural districts and suggested the only question was how large the "yes" majority would be when all ballots in this predominantly Catholic nation of 4.6 million are counted.


Varadkar, who personally watched the votes being tabulated at the County Dublin ballot center, said the Irish capital looks to have voted around 70 percent in favor of gay marriage, while most districts outside the capital also were reporting strong "yes" leads. He said not a single district yet had reported a "no" majority. Official results come later Saturday.


The anti-gay marriage side credited "yes" campaigners with running a creative, compelling campaign that harnessed the power of social media to mobilize young voters, tens of thousands of whom voted for the first time Friday. They also said a "no" victory was always unlikely given that all political parties and most politicians backed the legalization of homosexual unions, just five years after parliament approved marriage-style civil partnerships for gay couples.


Fianna Fail party leader Michael Martin, whose party is traditionally closest to the Catholic Church but like all other parties campaigned to legalize gay marriage, said it "looks like an emphatic win for the yes side." Voters in his native Cork were being recorded by observers as more than 60 percent yes.


John Lyons, one of the four openly gay lawmakers in Ireland's 166-member parliament, said he was surprised by how many older voters he met on the campaign trail who were voting yes. But he paid special credit to the mobilization of younger voters, many of whom traveled home from work or studies abroad to vote.


"Most of the young people I canvassed with have never knocked on a door in their lives," said Lyons, who represents northwest Dublin in parliament. "This says something about modern Ireland. Let's never underestimate the electorate or what they think."

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2015

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

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I'm From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit archive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories. New stories are posted on the site every Wednesday.

Throughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe. Robert recalls:

I went from academic, grad school, Ph.D. candidate to a hippy living on a commune to a fat gay man coming to San Francisco, losing 130 pounds, finding tribes at every juncture. The only tribe that's actually stuck for me at this juncture in my life is the tribe that I found in recovery. I'm still friends with those people, and it's 40 years later.


After watching an interview of RuPaul, Robert heard something that connected with him and learned the value in listening:

Stop dividing yourself from other people, stop listening for differences, and start listening for similarities between you and the person that's talking.


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May
2015

The Queer Teen Who Ran Away from Home, Joined a Cabaret, and Became an Seattle Nightlife Icon

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One of the first friends I met when I moved to Seattle was Zak, standing by a urinal trough wearing golden armor down one arm and shiny metallic underwear. To be fair, it was Halloween; but since then I've seen him dress similarly on more than one occasion since then. He's just that kind of star.

I was lucky enough to interview Zak this week for The Sewers of Paris, my podcast about entertainment that's changed the lives of gay men. I didn't know it when we met, but it had taken Zak years and a lot of searching to become the amazing man I met at The Eagle on Halloween night. Our conversation on this week's episode is all about his upbringing in a house full of strippers, running away to become a homeless youth for several years, and eventually finding himself in the underground cabaret culture of Seattle.



That kind of teenage hunt for identity is fertile ground for exploration in movies and TV. Take, for example, the perfect (and therefore doomed) TV show Freaks and Geeks. It's the story of a high school student named Lindsay -- a good kid who suddenly realizes that she's growing up into someone who is not the mild-mannered girl she'd always been.

She starts rejecting her well-behaved friends in favor of the bad kids. She lets her schoolwork slip, she dabbles with misbehavior, and she does her best to make her parents worry. Throughout the show's one and only season, Lindsay's torn between the safe, secure life she'd always led, and that of the freaks: dangerous, disobedient, uninhibited and also unstable.



Lindsay finds herself running away from one life before she really knows what life she's running to. And so she explores a series of costumes, new outfits, new language, new friends. Lindsay does the same thing Zak did -- the same thing we all do when we're becoming adults, to varying degrees. When we're teenagers, we're turning into a stranger, a grown-up we've never met. So we adopt new clothes and surround ourselves with friends in the hopes that these things will reveal to us who the heck we're going to be.

And while adolescence is about searching and transformation, adulthood -- hopefully -- is when you discover the person you've become.

That brings me to my second recommendation of this week's episode: the 1994 film Ed Wood, one of the most wonderful movies ever made. Tim Burton's semi-true dramatization tells the story of Ed, an outcast in a lovely angora sweater. He's a cross-dresser making a series of movies so strange that they will probably be remembered for hundreds of years as the weirdest visions ever committed to film.



Ed carries his secret deep down inside, never letting on that this is who he is. And like any attempt to deny yourself, Ed's secret tears him up.

It's only when he reveals himself -- his true self -- that things start going Ed's way. In part, that's because he's been lucky enough to have cultivated a circle of people as weird as he is. His friends are freaks, and they like it that way. A vampire hostess, a local psychic, a meathead wrestler and a strange homosexual: Grown-up freaks who've decided that it's better to live authentically as weirdos for themselves than try to squeeze into an a ridiculous business suit.

When Ed embraces his secret, he's embraced by his friends. And he can finally embrace himself. The real himself. It's means he can finally be Ed Wood, dressed in heels and panties and a delicate sweater. Just like he'd been doing all along in his heart.

None of this is to say that costumes are bad and dress-up is wrong, as long as you control the costume and not the other way around. By all means, go out, search, wear a suit or a skirt or a mohawk or crop-top.

Just remember to look in a mirror every now and then and ask the question Zak asked himself: do my outsides match my insides?

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May
2015

Graduation to Womanhood: Being Transgender at a Southern College

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The South has a knack for making you feel othered if you're even the slightest bit different. If you're not white, the right kind of Christian, conservative, straight, and cisgender, you'll be made a target. I learned all of this long before I reached the end of my senior year of high school, which is why I wasn't particularly thrilled to attend my alma mater, the University of Georgia. In fact, I wasn't thrilled at all to know that I was essentially signing a contract to stay in the South for at least four more years. I had spent all my life in Georgia, and I was itching to be somewhere where the air was less thick with conservatism and a history (and current status) of intolerance.

But I'm adaptable. I quickly learned that college is a transformative process regardless of location. It's all about finding yourself, discovering your hopes and aspirations and reaching the deeper areas of your mind. Some people come out of the experience with a degree, others with incredible stories, and others simply with a better understanding of their body's tolerance for alcohol. But some, like me, left with a newfound understanding and sense of purpose; I matriculated as a timid, confused boy and departed as a woman standing in her truth.

College was like most of my life -- full of dichotomies. My experiences (in all their eclectic glory) were yearning to come together like a woven tapestry, creating an intricate semblance of understanding and identity. I needed a stark contrast to the double life I lived throughout high school, playing the well-mannered and virtuous "straight" boy at home and the flamboyant, queer prince (think Jack, from Will & Grace) at school.

Due to lack of education and awareness of transgender issues and internalized mislabeling from peers, I came out as gay at 14. I knew this was the right choice despite a lack of community and anticipated support from parents who were Southern, black and Catholic. Don't get me wrong: They loved me, but like most parents they weren't completely equipped to handle having a queer child. But I had no choice but to be authentically me, because queerness (and my high femininity) adorned me like a badge. I was mocked and ridiculed for it long before I even knew what "it" was -- or at least what I thought it was.

Once I made it to my alma mater, I wasn't met by some caravan of queers or any reassurance of my journey. It took time to wade through the campus' hegemonic culture that I was, in many ways, the complete antithesis of. I was a budding queer, black, feminist, trans woman, so it was powerful for me to embrace myself in an atmosphere that fostered and encouraged adherence to a white, cisheteronormative ideal. Greek life and Southern football culture consumed the campus' resources and energy, and it was always apparent that Confederate, quasi-Antebellum ideals marked the mandates, words and ideologies of the powers that be. They weren't going to give me a portrait with my face on it; I was going to have to bogart my way into the frame.

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22
May
2015

Ireland Gay Marriage Vote Sees High Yes Turnout


* Ireland would be first to adopt gay marriage by referendum

* Polls indicate 'Yes' campaign win, turnout strong

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* For Take A Look, please click on: (Updates with turnout, No side say signs positive for Yes)

By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries

DUBLIN, May 22 (Reuters) - Irish voters turned out in droves to cast ballots in a gay marriage referendum on Friday, with the high turnout likely to favor the Yes side seeking equality just two decades after the country decriminalized homosexuality.

With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

Irish national broadcaster RTE said it appeared to have been one of the highest ever turnouts for a referendum in the country, with turnout likely to reach 60 percent in Dublin. Only 39 percent voted nationally in an unsuccessful bid to abolish the upper house of parliament in 2013.

"It's looking as if there's a strong vote in urban areas, which would be more beneficial to the Yes side," said Mattie McGrath, one of just two of Ireland's 166 members of parliament who campaigned for a No vote.

"It's all to play for tomorrow, but the Yes vote might shade it," he said. There was no national exit poll and the first indications of the result were expected mid-morning on Saturday.

Yes campaigners also said the high turnout was a good sign.

"[I'm] beginning to dare to hope," said Rory O'Neill, also known by his drag queen stage name Panti Bliss, who has been one of the faces of the Yes campaign.

The result may depend on whether younger voters, tens of thousands of whom registered as the campaign gathered momentum, turn out to cast their ballots.

The result, which will likely be declared late Saturday afternoon, may also reveal an urban/rural split. When voters legalized divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995, only five of the 30 constituencies outside Dublin backed the proposal.

International interest made the hashtag #VoteYes the top trending issue on Twitter and thousands of Irish expatriates made the trip home from Britain and as far afield as New York and Sydney to vote, groups encouraging the 'Yes' vote, using the hashtag #hometovote, said.

"I've been genuinely overwhelmed by the scale and the scope of the hometovote movement," said Joey Kavanagh of the Get The Boat 2 Vote group, as he and about 50 others made the eight-hour journey by train and ferry from London to Dublin.

"It's a very festive, celebratory atmosphere. At the moment we're hanging up posters in the lounge and stringing up balloons. People are just very eager to get back."

Gay marriage is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe.

The Catholic Church, whose doctrine teaches that homosexuality is a sin, has mainly limited its 'No' campaigning to sermons to its remaining flock, a marked contrast with active public opposition to similar moves in France and elsewhere.


Instead, lay groups have led the opposition, raising concerns over parenthood and surrogacy rights for gay couples. Many believe the recognition of the legal rights of same-sex couples in 2009 is sufficient.

"I don't think it's necessary because it's covered in the civil partnership arrangements," said Sean, a retiree voting in the leafy Dublin suburb of Blackrock. Only a couple of his friends were voting 'Yes', he said.

"I'm not convinced, I think it's wrong and I don't agree with it." (Editing by Janet Lawrence, Bernard Orr)

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May
2015

12 Gloriously Honest Cards Your Crappy Ex Deserves

If there's one life experience Hallmark isn't likely to write about any time soon, it's the period after a breakup when you're dying to tell an ex how you really feel.

Luckily, the folks at Someecards have that covered. Below, we've rounded up 12 snarky e-cards you'll wish you could send your ex.



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22
May
2015

The Birds And The Bees, Version 2.0



When is a good time to tell your children where they came from?

We always knew that we were going to be open and honest with our kids about how they came to this world, but we also understood right from the get go that our messages must be age appropriate. We didn't want our children to be confused, feeling insecure or overwhelmed with too much information, obviously.

There is a saying: It takes a village. Well, for our family it is literally a true statement. My husband, Eli, and I have two beautiful daughters. Milo is five years old and Demi is 19 months old. To have them, we needed to go through two surrogacy journeys with the help and support of a wonderful egg donor, two amazing gestational carriers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, attorneys and our close family, of course. Both Milo and Demi share the same egg donor and have a different biological dad; one girl is biologically Eli's and one is biologically mine.

When Milo was little and we were younger with very little experience, we didn't know how to be open with Milo about surrogacy, or what was the 'right' way to explain to her where she came from. Our instincts, though, guided us to take actions that turned out to be what was needed to have an ongoing open channel of communication about this topic in our family.

For example, we had placed framed photos of both Milo and her gestational carrier, Audra, post-birth throughout the apartment (and later we did the same with Demi and her gestational carrier, Jessica). We kept in touch with Audra and Jessica through visits, social media, Skype, and periodic exchange of photos.

These actions were exactly what was needed to get little Milo involved and curious about the special people that helped us during our two journeys. And hopefully we will do the same with Demi when she gets a bit older.

As Milo grows up, the conversation about where she came from continues; it gets more advanced and detailed.

On 'Connected' episode 14, viewers can see Eli and I reading to Milo the children's book "Gal and Noa's Daddies", by Shosh Pinkas. This book takes the complicated topic of surrogacy and brings it into a kid's world.

In the same episode, you can see our family Skype with Audra and later with Jessica, Demi's gestational carrier, and in episode 16 you can see Eli and I meeting with our IVF physician Dr. Michael Doyle. Later, our family spends some quality time with Jessica.

Although the complete explanation of how our kids came to this world is complex, Milo can express today that she has two dads and that she doesn't have a mom. She understands that families can come in all shapes and sizes, that some families have a dad and a mom, others have two moms, two dads, one mom, one dad, etc.

She can explain that to have a baby one needs a piece of a woman and a piece of a man and that sometimes families need to get some help from other wonderful people to have a baby.

Even today in Milo's preschool class, there are twin sisters with two moms. Think about this for one second -- kids in Milo's class have the opportunity to see firsthand, one family with two moms and another family with two dads. There is nothing more natural for them than that because they experience daily that families come in all shapes and sizes!

My husband and I made a pledge years ago to continue and work hard to keep the channel of communication with our children about how they came to this world open and honest. That was a smart decision, which we plan to keep, as well as expand with any challenge that comes our way.

Yours,
Ido Bendet-Taicher, the gay one in the family ☺

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2015