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Coming Out Muslim

While not every coming out story has a happy ending, its good to dwell on those that do.  Many of us who must come out to religiously heavy families may find it harder than others.

Comedian, Sabrina Jalees, grew up in a Swiss Pakistani household and found herself faced with this very problem.  She mentions that when she was growing up, she found the idea of two woman being together to be strange.     Continue reading

Elton John vs Russia

Russia has long been the center of debate over their lack of LGBT rights. Elton John is one among many celebrities who have spoken out against the laws in Russia.

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At a recent performance in St. Petersburg he asked Russians to reconsider the ban on “gay propaganda” set in place by President Valdimir Putin. During his plea he even referenced a long time beloved composer who hails from Russia, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who was believed to be gay.

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Meanwhile, Maine defeats “Hate the Gays in God’s Name” bill

maine_sealWhile Arizona was busy passing legislation to legalize discrimination, Maine was killing a similar measure.  Following last week’s Senate vote in which LD 1428, “An Act to Protect Religious Freedom”, was defeated 19-16, Maine’s House of Representatives voted 89-52 today against the GOP sponsored bill.

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Coming Out for Marriage Equality in Japan

As we commemorate the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, our recent trip to Japan to speak about marriage equality made clear how Harvey’s call to come out is just as important as ever.

Significantly fewer LGBT Japanese have come out than their American counterparts, and LGBT Japanese are a much less visible part of society and the media than in the U.S. The Japanese people we met gave us insight into how coming out in Japan is similar to, and different from, America.

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States of Celebration

All summer long, it has been amazing to see the marriage map changing day by day as weddings performed by county clerks in New Mexico and Pennsylvania have proven once again that the marriage equality landscape has completely changed since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings this June. Watching joyful couples lining up in county after county has been a wonderful reminder of the power we have on the local level to create national change – a lesson we learned almost a decade ago on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.

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England Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

Any piece of legislation in the UK must jump through several hoops before it gets passed into law. Including, several ‘readings’ in the house of commons, debating, reports and committee stages. It then has to go through the same process in the house of lords. Then back to the house of commons for a final run through any amendments, before getting passed up to our dear old queeny for signing into law.

I am over the moon to announce that the same sex marriage bill has successfully gone through the house of lords today. Which means – thats it…. it WILL be law. In a blink of an eye, Queeny will be passing it into law, and by 2014 I will be able to marry my wife!

We had a civil partnership last year and will be one of the hundreds of thousands of LGBT partnerships converting as soon as possible.

I have noticed that France and New York have been celebrating their same sex marriage passings in a very public way….imjhgages 945614_10151741708633112_1902902684_n

Personally I am hoping that they either light up ‘Big Ben‘ the houses of parliament, or even better, ‘Buckingham Palace‘ !! but something tells me were still a tad conservative for that!!