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The 2 men who were arrested, then released Friday night, in the Jussie Smollett case are pro-LGBTQ and anti-Trump, which has people on the “Empire” set scratching their heads.  We’ve spoken with “Empire” cast and crew, and they say Ola and Abel…


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Ellen Page: Ted Cruz And Mike Huckabee Seem Like ‘Homophobic People’

Actress Ellen Page said that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) seemed homophobic and had failed to adequately address questions about their stances on LGBTQ issues.

Page confronted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair last month and asked him why he wouldn’t stand up against discrimination toward LGBTQ individuals. Cruz responded by telling Page that Americans shouldn’t be forced to do things that were against their religious beliefs. The Republican presidential hopeful also tried to pivot away from domestic LGBTQ issues and asked why the Obama administration wasn’t doing more to stand up for gay people killed in Iran or by ISIS.

Even though Cruz said that he was “happy to answer [her] question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” Page — who came out as gay last year —  said that the Texas senator’s answers weren’t satisfactory.

“I’ve seen multiple videos and read multiple quotes of Ted Cruz discussing gay issues, as well as Mike Huckabee, and it goes exactly as you’d expect. They don’t answer the question,” she told The Daily Beast in an interview published Saturday. “They say you’re cutting them off when you try to ask the same question again because they’re not answering it, because the reality is that they might be homophobic people. To me, it seems like they’re homophobic people.”

Page said that the GOP was ignoring public support in its own party for same-sex marriage. In May polls, a record high percentage of Americans expressed support for gay marriage, though that support did differ among party lines. While a majority of Democrats and independents supported same-sex marriage in a May Gallup poll, just 37 percent of Republicans in the Gallup poll were inclined to support it.

“We live in a culture where even the majority of young Republicans are in favor of same-sex marriage — and I mean Republican constituents, not the people running for president,” Page said. “I don’t know what to say other than it went exactly as expected. It just goes to ISIS and Iran and who knows where.”

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Travis Scott Apologizes To The LGBT Community For Using Homophobic Slurs

(AllHipHop News) Members of the LGBT community were upset with Travis Scott over video of the Texas rapper using the words “faggots” and “queers” at one of his concerts. Scott took to Twitter to apologize to anyone he may have offended.

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Bryan Fischer Can’t Help Being Homophobic, He Was ‘Born This Way’

Bryan Fischer is now adopting Lady Gaga’s pro-equality mantra and twisting its message for his own, anti-gay argument. 

On his “Focal Point” radio show this week, the conservative host and former Director of Issues Analysis at the American Family Association said that the only justification in identifying as a Christian in today’s society was that he was “born this way,” Right Wing Watch first reported

“Who would choose, at this time in our nation’s history, to be a Christian? You’re ridiculed. You’re mocked. You’re made fun of,” he said. Pointing to the case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who is facing a lawsuit for refusing to issue marriage licenses to both straight and same-sex couples following the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on marriage equality, he added, “Who would choose a lifestyle where you are the unending subject of ridicule, mockery, and contempt by liberals in society, by elites, by professors, on the media, by politicians? Who’s going to choose that?”

“So our defense is, hey, I was born that way,” he said, citing what he described as an “inner revulsion” to homosexuality. 

Fischer, of course, is no stranger to anti-LGBT remarks. He’s rallied against the pro-equality arguments seen in “Modern Family,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” and even a recent Burger King campaign.  

Still, his latest is one for the books. Way to go, Mr. Fischer. If you’re trying to justify a homophobic mindset, you might be better off NOT citing one of the world’s foremost gay icons.

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Liam Payne: I’m not homophobic

Liam Payne has defended heteronormative comments he made at a recent concert, insisting it was a “throwaway statement”.
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Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Raises Money For LGBT Youth

Zea Bowling, the Ohio girl who became an Internet sensation last week when she calmly and quietly waved a rainbow flag as a homophobic preacher screamed at her, is using her newfound fame to make a difference.

An image of Zea (pronounced “Zay-uh”) was turned into a T-shirt by a local artist, and in a video released on Monday, the 7-year-old said she would donate half the funds from sales of the shirt to the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, an LGBTQ youth community center in Columbus.

“I want to donate money from my T-shirts to help kids have fun and be safe,” Zea said in a video released on Monday.

Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Zea attended a local arts and music festival with her family. As happened across the country, the event became an impromptu celebration of the decision, and Zea was waving a rainbow flag when the preacher approached and began yelling at her through a microphone.

Instead of backing down, Zea waved her flag in an image that quickly went viral across social media:

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Ryan Bowling, Zea’s dad, told The Huffington Post via email that she isn’t really conscious of her sudden fame.

“Thankfully, Zea is not on social media, and she doesn’t watch the news, so that has helped to shield her from much of the buzz,” Bowling said. “That having been said, at play-dates, the first thing her friends have said to her has been ‘Zea, I saw you on TV last night!'”

As for Zea’s distinctive name, Bowling said they were looking for something unique and pretty.

“We didn’t want her to ever be mistaken for anybody but herself,” he said.

There’s little chance of that happening now.

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Azealia Banks is Sick of People Calling Her Homophobic, Says She’s Bisexual

Azealia Banks has been accused many times in the past of being a homophobe, fueled largely by her use of gay slurs on Twitter. 
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News in Brief: Nation’s Homophobic Bigots Pack It In

WASHINGTON—Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, the nation’s homophobic bigots reportedly conceded today that “rules are rules” and announced that they were going to pack it in. “Well, this certainly went against my personal beliefs, but we must respect the Supreme Court’s ruling,” said Dale Howell of Avery, TX, who, like millions of his fellow intolerant Americans with an intense hatred of homosexuals, believes that he had the opportunity to make his voice heard and is now ready to accept the highest court in the land’s decision and move on. “Obviously, I’m not going to like it. However, my hands are simply tied. The law is the law, and that’s really all there is to the situation.” Sources confirmed that the energy homophobes normally spent discriminating against gays will likely be reallocated to further holding down …

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Gay Man Recalls Homophobic Nurse Trying to Sabotage Baby’s Adoption by Him and His Partner (VIDEO)


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Andy Miller and his partner were having a dream come true: They were about to be parents, and sooner than they realized. Andy explains:

[W]e talked to [the birth mother] on Tuesday. On Wednesday we made a plan to drive down to San Antonio to meet her for dinner, meet her and her family. It went very well. By the time we got back to Austin, we were told that she had picked us, and then on Thursday we were invited to come back down, because she was having a sonogram to figure out the sex of the child.

Within just a week their baby boy was born. While the birth mother was resting with the baby, Andy and his partner took a break from the hospital to get some food. When they returned from eating, they had a flurry of phone messages from the mother, crying and urging them to get back soon. A nurse had been questioning her about her decision to let a gay couple adopt her baby. Andy recalls:

[The nurse] said, “I don’t know how you’re gonna do that. Aren’t you afraid he’s gonna hate you for doing that?”

And she said, “Well, that’s really not any of your business.”

And the nurse just kept going on and on, asking questions about, “Aren’t you afraid those boys are gonna hurt that baby? Aren’t you afraid that he’s not gonna grow up and be normal?”

Fortunately, the birth mother did not fall for the nurse’s fear mongering and still chose Andy and Brian as adoptive parents. From that point on, the day was full of tears — happy ones:

[W]e were sitting down there with my mother and being very calm, trying our best, and when our social worker came off the elevator and just kind of flashed us the [thumbs-up], all three of us just kind of broke down in tears at that point.


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Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Performance Amid Homophobic Allegations

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WATCH: A Field Guide to Spotting and Stopping the Homophobic Laws Coming to Your Home State

Don’t look now, but while marriage equality has been spreading across the country, homophobic lawmakers have found a sneaky new way to chip away at civil rights. And not just gay and lesbian civil rights — EVERYONE’S civil rights.

In some cases, they’re passing laws that actually make nondiscrimination against the law. It sounds nuts, but it’s happening right now, and almost nobody’s paying attention.

This is happening because the opponents of marriage equality have finally realized that they’re going to lose. Their backup plan? Pass laws that quietly revoke civil rights across the board, hitting gays and lesbians and everyone else along the way.

In Alabama, for example, Republican State Rep. Mike Ball just proposed HB56, a new law that would allow religious groups to disregard the marriage of any couple they don’t approve of.

He says it’s “not a major change in the law.” But the truth is that it creates a special new license to discriminate. It could be used by hospitals to stop couples from making medical decisions for each other. Or it could force married couples apart at homeless shelters. Mike Ball’s target is probably gay couples, but his law could also be used against interracial couples, or interfaith couples, or anyone with a previous marriage.

Different states are considering over two dozen laws like these around the country. And they’re hard to spot, since they’re usually cloaked in feel-good terms like “religious liberty” or mundane language like “commerce improvement.”

But like the telltale droppings of a rodent infestation, once you know what to look for, you can spot them with ease.

I made this video to explain exactly what these laws do, and how to identify them:

But if you’re in a hurry, here’s what you need to be on the lookout for:

  • Government-Required Discrimination: Laws that require government employees to turn away gay and lesbian couples. Any county clerk who does the right thing and helps an LGBT couple wed will lose their salary and pension.
  • Random Public Discrimination: Imagine if any time you needed a public service, you could be randomly turned away — whether it was riding the bus, asking police for help, or getting a tax refund. These laws let any public employee decide whether or not to help you.
  • Religious Lawbreaking: Some politicians have latched onto a few bakers and florists and photographers who don’t approve of gay and lesbian weddings, and created laws that give those businesses permission to discriminate against LGBTs. But the new exemptions actually go much further, letting any person or business break all kinds of laws, as long as they can claim they’re doing it for religious purposes.
  • Banning Nondiscrimination: This is the most jaw-dropping of all. When these laws pass at the state level, they prohibit towns from providing any new nondiscrimination protection. Once again, LGBTs are the target, but other groups — such as the elderly or veterans — are affected too.

So, obviously, this is a huge looming catastrophe that could do a ton of damage — it’s like the global warming of civil rights.

The good news is that because these laws rely on secrecy, they can be defeated, in part, by exposing their true purpose. I made a second video explaining five simple steps you can take to stop the homophobic backlash:

To sum it up:

  1. Be out. If it’s safe for you to be openly LGBT, do it. And if you’re a straight ally, be out about that too.
  2. Listen to Opponents. When people who oppose nondiscrimination laws talk about things that are important to them (like their job, their home, their marriage, their education, or their family), listen and ask questions.
  3. Tell Your Story. Once you’ve listened to someone talk about the things that matter to them, tell them how you could lose all of those things if these anti-civil-rights laws pass.
  4. Be Vigilant. Watch out for these dangerous laws popping up in your home state. In fact, they may already have been proposed — check the first video above to see if yours is on the map.
  5. Make a Fuss. If a dastardly lawmaker in your state proposes a law like these, don’t let them get away with it. Sound the alarm on social media, make a video about the freedoms you stand to lose, or start a petition.

These tactics were proven to be super-effective with marriage equality, which is why national public opinion has flipped in the span of about a decade.

Homophobic lawmakers know that the tide is turning against them, and these laws are disguised for precisely that reason: their authors know that if people found out what they REALLY do, they’d be a lot less popular.

And that means that discriminatory laws can be defeated, in the same way that marriage bans were defeated. The first step is simply shining a light on them.
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Busted: Leaked Salvation Army Document Shows It’s Still Homophobic

What’s more annoying than the constant ringing of bells by Salvation Army donation-bucket volunteers during the holiday season? The organization’s longstanding, outspoken homophobia, of course!

Last year the Salvation Army did a media blitz claiming that it no longer believes same-sex lovin’ is a sin.

Turns out they were lying. An internal document was recently leaked, and it reveals the dishonest disconnect between what the Salvation Army was telling the public — that they are more LGBT-friendly than their checkered past would indicate — and the fact that they are actually still just as homophobic as ever.

The document, which was sent around to internal stakeholders and explicitly reads, “This is not for public use … including social media of any sort,” outlines external messaging that sounds inclusive:

The Salvation Army does not believe that homosexual orientation is a sin. … We simply do not discriminate against the people we serve or hire. Our doors are open to all. … We serve and hire all people without discrimination.”

But then the letter goes on to say some very contradictory things that are right in line with its history of exclusionary and anti-LGBT policies:

Leadership roles in denominational activities such as teaching or holding local officer roles require certain adherence to consistently held spiritual beliefs. This would apply to any conduct inconsistent with Salvation Army beliefs and would include same-sex sexual relationships. … For anyone in a Salvation Army ministry position, the theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality. This is the long-standing expectation of all individuals in ministry roles in The Salvation Army, including lay people.

There are lots more gems, including instructions that Salvation Army officers not appear in uniform when attending same-sex weddings, and that consequences for such actions “may include termination.”

A Salvation Army spokesperson told Queerty in response to the leaked memo:

The Salvation Army serves 30 million people a year without discrimination, as you will see by the information included in the communications packet you have. We realize our message of service to the LGBT community and our non-discriminatory employment practices have been overlooked, misconstrued or misunderstood in recent years, and our focus the past 12-18 months has to be address these failings. We have traveled the country extensively meeting with Salvation Army officers and employees to help communicate the mission of The Salvation Army as it relates to the LGBT community and encourage them to reach out to LGBT organizations on a local level as we have on a national level.

Not only is the official response from the Salvation Army tone-deaf, but it doesn’t even begin to address the disconnect between their internal and external policies. In the era of leaked information, the Salvation Army better plug its holes and get its story straight — or should we say “gay”?
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