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’10 Worst Ways To Break Up’ by YouTubers Bria And Chrissy

With over 48 million views and 300 thousand combined subscribers, the performing duo known as BriaAndChrissy has quickly become YouTube’s most popular singing lesbian couple. Known for their catchy songs with inspiring lyrics, the two use music and comedy to promote equality.

Watch their latest video ’10 Worst Ways To Break Up’

‘The Uncomfortable Ride to the Top’ An Inspiring TEDxTalk by Out Women’s Footballer, Joanna Lohman

Out women’s footballer and defensive midfielder for the Boston Breakers Joanna Lohman, recently gave a TEDX talk about the challenges and victories she’s faced along the way to a successful career as a professional athlete.

Lohman is engaged Lianne Sanderson (fellow Boston Breaker) and together they are the only out LGBTQ couples in professional sports.

This video is both heartbreaking and inspiring, with Lohman very honest about the realities and difficulties of being a pro athlete. However, despite this she continues to have an undying passion for the sport, which she has played in for over a decade.

‘GLAAD: All Access’ is Talking With The People Making a Difference For Equality

GLAAD has launched a new online video series – ‘GLAAD: All Access’ – that features interviews with newsmakers, hit-makers, and people making a difference for equality. The series is hosted by Claire Pires, who formerly worked at ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’.

In the series’ premiere episode, Pires talks with Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox about her groundbreaking documentary, ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word‘, which introduced millions of viewers to transgender youth making a difference.

“Telling our stories is so deeply important. But the way in which our stories are told can really make a huge difference in terms of whether the message gets out about our humanity and the complexity of our humanity.”

Laverne Cox

The series’ second episode, features an exclusive interview with Ugandan LGBT advocate Clare Byarugaba of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, who discusses the horrific violence and oppression facing LGBT Ugandans.


Episode 3, features an interview with ‘Faking It’ stars Rita Volk and Michael Willett, who talk about the importance of LGBT and intersex representation on TV.

In episode 4, host Claire Pires talked with editor-in-chief of Rookiemag.com and feminist Tavi Gevinson about the importance of LGBT content in her new book, Rookie Yearbook Three.

#FirstKiss Video From Cape Town to Increase LGBT Awareness in South Africa – #FirstKissSA

#FirstKissSA is a LGBT awareness project in South Africa. In this video, participants shared their views and highlight the conditions of their lives as LGBTI-identified people in South Africa, before meeting a stranger and sharing a kiss.

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Gets Full Season Order

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ is ABC’s new drama, which so far is dripping with mystery and gooey intrigue. Headed up by Peter Nowalk (producer and writer for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) and executively produced by Shonda Rhimes (the creator of those aforementioned shows) ‘HTGAWM’ is off to a brilliant start.

Hopefully you’ve been tuning in (it airs on Thursday nights on ABC, if you’re in the United States) and not just living vicariously through my recaps but so far, in addition to all of the murders and lawyer-ing up the show has proved itself to be incredibly queer friendly. Main cast member Connor is a gay, white male and while that’s hardly good news of those of us looking for more diverse characters to fall in love with (though two of Connor’s love interests have been men of colour) it’s still good news for those of us who like LGBT media that the show has now received a full season order.

Critically a ‘full season order’ is not the same thing as ‘being renewed for season 2’ which is what we’d all like to hear but it does mean that ‘HTGAWM’ will be upholding the justice system all over our teevees for the next few weeks. The show was designed to have 15 episodes in its first season but as we’re just at the 4th episode now (it airs this Thursday coming) and it has already been given a thumbs up, that’s fantastic news.

All of the appropriate appendages crossed, ‘HTGAWM’ will get a second season. At least, it has a very good chance of doing so. It’s been the most watched show of the Fall pilot season, getting 14.3 million viewers in its first week and by week two that had only dipped to 12.2 million which is phenomenal.

Hopefully those high ratings continue and that ‘HTGAWM’ adds a queer woman or two to the mix soon.


‘Chicago Fire’ Kills Off Fan Favourite and One of Mainstream TV’s Few Lesbian Characters

Last week, hit NBC drama ‘Chicago Fire’, started its third season off with a major death. The show shocked fans when they killed of Lauren German’s ‘Shay’.


The show’s executive producer, Matt Olmstead has opened up about Shay’s death, stating all characters were on the chopping block, and Shay being lesbian didn’t have any impact on the decision.

“Going into it, we knew if we were going to do it, it had to be someone who was going to give us a big impact, as opposed to going for a lesser-known character, which would equate to a pulled punch.

So, as opposed to approaching it with timidity, we thought we’d go for it… In the writers’ room, we have [photos of] all the actors in character lined up just as a visual reference. We went down, one by one… It’s like a roster of a sports team when you’re having to make a cut.

You’re having to weigh the pros and cons of each one. Some we moved off in two seconds, said that wasn’t going to happen. Others we debated, but we gave everybody a day in court. We came back to Shay because it affected the most people.”

Matt Olmstead, Executive Producer

Many fans were shocked and upset, that the show would kill off a lesbian character.

“There was no agenda either way. All the characters were assessed on equal footing, so there wasn’t any kind of, ‘Let’s not do this for this reason, not do that for that reason.’ As storytellers, you have to be unsentimental sometimes.

Having done it before, when characters have been killed, absolutely, initially, there’s a very strong reaction, especially from the faction that was really into that character.

My policy is really not to go right away and read the comments moments after. You’ve got to let it set a little bit and trust that strong storytelling is going to be strong storytelling.”

Matt Olmstead, Executive Producer

So, what did you think about Shay’s death? How do you think this impacts on Lesbian visibility on mainstream TV?

‘Out With the Family’ – A Wonderful Documentary About LGBT Families and the Support Network Available in the UK

A documentary for all LGBT families out their.

Square Peg Media, organisers of the Alternative Parenting Show, produced this wonderful documentary.

After getting in touch with celebrity couple Elton John and David Furnish, David agreed to fly to the UK to narrate the video.

Sarah Garrett, Managing Director of Square Peg Media and mother to twin girls, features on the video, and said:

“We were so happy to have David on board, he’s a lovely guy and a true champion of the cause to create change.”

Sarah Garrett, Managing Director of Square Peg Media

The 40-minute film has been sponsored and endorsed by the Royal Bank of Scotland, an endorsement in itself about how times have changed, and includes interviews with a variety of families who tell their stories. Some have become parents through adoption, surrogacy, through a fertility clinic or the less formal DIY approach!

‘Purple Skies’ Sridhar Rangayan’s Film About Lesbian Women in India

Sridhar Rangayan’s documentary Purple Skies, which chronicles the voices of Indian lesbians, bisexuals and transmen, is currently making the rounds of film festivals worldwide.

The documentary, produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and Solaris Films, focuses on the lives of lesbians, bisexuals and transmen in India.

“Purple Skies weaves together stories of pain, trauma, hope and happiness of lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) persons to offer an evocative, endearing tapestry of contemporary Indian LBT lives – sometime sad, sometime anguished, sometime dreamy and sometime hopeful.”

An LGBT activist himself, Rangayan talks to other activists as well as lesbians, bisexuals and transmen on what it is like to live in India while being open about their sexuality. The film also looks at the direct impact of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on their lives.

Watch the trailer of the documentary:

One of the activists terms living as a lesbian as a ‘double disempowerment’, calling the discussion of sexuality an added burden on the second class status of women in India.

The film premiered earlier this year at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. It has also been screened at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin, Ireland, Frameline and the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

‘It Gets Better’ – BT Employees Share Their Stories for

The latest Australian business to film an ‘It Gets Better’ video is BT Financial Group. The video features inspirational and emotional stories from four LGBTI employees.

Other Australian-produced ‘It Gets Better’ videos include the team at Telstra, Optus, Macquarie Grammar School, the Red Cross Blood Service, Monash University, Triple J, and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

“I went back for Christmas, with my partner for the first time. To see my family accept him as the same as my brother’s wife and my sister’s boyfriend was just a euphoric moment. I remember driving away with tears of happiness in my eyes.”

Along with the release of its video this week, BT is also asking all employees to Wear it Purple this Friday to support for LGBTI youth across Australia.

“This a special video message from our employees… who have shared their powerful stories in the hope that they will inspire LGBTI youth to feel supported and send the message that things really do get better.”

Brad Cooper, BT CEO

Watch BT Financial Group’s It Gets Better video below.

Alaska Unanimously Rules that Same-sex Partners of Workers Killed on the Job Must Receive compensation

The Alaska Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that same-sex partners of workers killed on the job should have access to compensation under Alaska law.

In the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, Deborah Harris sought compensation for the work-related death of her partner Kerry Fadely. Kerry was tragically killed in 2011 when a disgruntled former employee shot and killed her.

Though workers’ compensation is usually paid by insurance companies, Alaska law requires employers to provide survivor benefits to the spouse of a person who is killed from a work-related injury.

Same-sex couples were unable to access survivor protections prior to this ruling because Alaska does not recognise same-sex marriages.

In a statement – Peter Renn, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney said

“This is a wonderful ruling for same-sex couples in Alaska who have built lives and raised families together but were at risk because they were barred access to a critical safety net created specifically to catch families at moments of crisis.

Like the avalanche of decisions we’re seeing from every corner of this country, the court recognized that loving, committed same-sex couples should have equal access to the law’s protection.”


‘K&A’ – a Web Series Worth Watching

K&AThe KitschMix team have a new weekly passion, and it comes in the shape of K&A.

If you like Broad City, then you will love this. Set in the city of Boston, this comedy centres around Karly (straight) and Alex (lesbian), best friends since college, whose dysfunctional, co-dependent, drinking, and drug taking relationship impedes them from ever finding someone special in their lives besides each other.

Created by Katie Shannon and Katie Thompson, and starring Audrey Johnson and Ashley Elmi – this ‘no-holds-bar’ web series is a delight to watch.

The first episode premiered back in June, with episodes airing on a weekly basis on YouTube.

‘For every homophobe’ Powerful Speech from Penny Wong – Out Lesbian Senator from Australia

Penny Wong is an out lesbian senator in Australia and spoke about homophobia this week.

“For every homophobe, there are hundreds of thoughtful, tolerant, decent and ethical people,”

Senator Penny Wong

Reacting to Ian Thorpe’s coming out interview and footy commentator Brian Taylor’s ‘big poofter’ remark at the weekend, Wong said homophobia shouldn’t be laughed off, as it obviously affects the lives of so many LGBTI Australians.

“It’s no joke to be caught in the crossfire of prejudice, and it’s no joke to live with the fear of being rejected, or vilified, or persecuted because of who you are… That fact is, we still hear homophobic comments and slurs bandied around as if they’re acceptable, harmless, just a bit of a laugh. Well it isn’t a laugh to a young person growing up, working out who they are, surrounded by an atmosphere of hostility. They can feel alone, isolated from their peers, isolated from their community and sometimes even their family.”

Senator Penny Wong

Recent research into students in Australian schools, and sporting culture survey results revealed today show that homophobia is still a major issue with most people – gay and straight – on the receiving end of anti-gay slurs.

Apple Make Video Tribute To San Francisco Pride

Apple have posted a beautiful video showing the company’s support of employees who took part in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade. According to the video, thousands of Apple employees and their families took part in the Pride Parade, including Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

The YouTube video was posted with the following message:

On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

‘This is Me’ – Play a Part in Melissa Etheridge New Album

Melissa Etheridge – Oscar and two-time Grammy winner – will release a new studio album, ‘This is Me’, on September 30th and will be the debut album for ME Records. Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album features 11 new songs all written or co-written by Melissa Etheridge.

“I am excited to be putting out an album that is exactly what I want it to be. I had some amazing collaborators who really helped craft songs and an album that is truly representative of where I am in my life at this moment.”

Melissa Etheridge

What is so fantastic about this new album, is that Etheridge is asking her fans to play a part of the album process, via the cover art.

The ‘This is ME Album Photo Submission App’ has been launched at melissaetheridge.com/thisisme/. Through it, fans can contribute their personal photos for possible inclusion in a mosaic that will be used for the album cover. Fans will have until June 27 to submit their images for consideration.

In lead up to this release, she has also released her first single – ‘Take My Number’.

#PrideCast – Watch Mashable’s Livestream of NYC Pride March

You don’t have to travel to New York City this weekend to experience the NYC Pride March. Today, the city streets will welcome the march, and Mashable will be providing coverage, commentary and interviews live from the march route.

Via a livestream on the Mashable YouTube channel, there will be interviews with Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox, Frozen’s Jonathan Groff, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Rea Carey and Kinky Boots’ Natalie Joy Johnson, among many others attending the march.

Influencers and advocacy groups around the world will also join the event remotely through the power of Google+ Hangouts on Air to share their inspiring stories and efforts.

The month of June commemorates the Stonewall riots, which took place in New York City in June 1969. Now 45 years later, Pride Month is often observed and celebrated across the U.S. through LGBT Pride marches.

To follow the march through social media, keep up with all the action with the #PrideCast hashtag.

#PrideCast – Watch Mashable’s Livestream of NYC Pride March

Open Your Eyes to new LGBTQ film ‘Be Your Wo/Man’

Be Your Wo/Man – An optometrist’s assistant strangely obsessed with eyes falls in love with her roommate’s split-personality.

My goal is to tell a story about acceptance. After viewing the film, I hope for others to embrace the idea of keeping their eyes open to the world. There is so much beauty in diversity, which I believe we often just look past. We don’t crack open our eyes, and we often tint them with glasses. I think if we opened our eyes more, we may discover things about the world that we are otherwise blind to see.

Joe Wielosinski

Film synopsis:

Aislinn Celia is a 24-year-old aspiring photographer obsessed with eyes. After relocating from Honolulu to Chicago in hopes of moving on from her past, Aislinn begins work at an optometrist’s office. There, she meets her overbearing boss, Dr. Brianna Navarro, and her quirky, overexcited coworker, Sue Ellen Locke.

Even more conflict rises when Aislinn meets Dillon Alter, a cute guy in her apartment complex. A romantic tryst finds Aislinn waking the following morning next to a woman with features similar to Dillon. Aislinn learns that Dillon has a female split personality named Charlotte Belle, triggered when he is sexually active or aroused. In an ironic twist of fate, Aislinn and Dillon/Charlotte are roommates.

At first, Charlotte annoys Aislinn. Not before long, an intense romance is developed between the two. Charlotte is open, fun, free-spirited; everything Aislinn desires in a relationship. Soon, she finds herself madly in love with Charlotte, craving her more than Dillon. Not all is fine, as Dillon’s therapist has a plan to help “cure” Dillon of his issue.

It’s a love triangle between two people. Which one will end up with a broken heart?

I hope viewers of the film will be more willing to open themselves to others, even if they are different. I’ve found that the people with ideas and backgrounds opposite of mine are the ones I often get along with the most.

Joe Wielosinski

#polarised: An Inspiring Documentary on LGBTQ Mental Health in London

Polarised is an upcoming powerful and much needed documentary about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer young people living in London and suffering from mental illness.

In this ground-breaking documentary, Charlie Smoke and his contemporaries explore what it means to be LGBTQ+ and mentally ill at a time when vital services and support are being slashed by austerity economics.

Polarised is important because LGBTQ+ mental health needs to be visible.”

Charlie Smoke (23) London

The film will include interviews with members of the LGBTQ community and it’s allies, social commentators as well as candid footage and animation.

Filming will begin in late July, wrapping at the beginning of September. The documentary will be released in autumn 2014.

A crowd-funding campaign is currently underway to raise the £5,000 needed to make the film. This began on April 25th, and will finish on June 24th at 11.59pm. This can be found at indiegogocom/projects/polarised.

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Hilarious Nando’s Ad Mocks Homophobia

The global food chain Nando’s has made an advert for Australian TV that pokes fun at some of the misunderstandings straight people have about LGBTs. The ad depicts a young interior designer eating at one of the Portuguese-style chicken restaurants with his family.

After his mother quizzes him about when he might settle down with a nice girl, it becomes obvious that everyone else knows that he’s gay. ‘You’re such a catch,’ she exclaims, before his father – who knows his true persuasion – tries to subtly tell her the reality: ‘Darling, he bats for the other team!’ Mum still doesn’t get it and thinks that her son is a fan of cricket. ‘Oh this is fun!’ her son announces sarcastically.

Australia is obsessed with cricket, so the ad’s reference to batting for the other team is likely to go down well. There’s also currently an effort across the whole of Australian sport to clamp down on homophobia.

See the whole funny ad here:

Taking the Rap for Homophobia

For many years it seemed hip hop was dominated by macho, gay-hating artists. There was no place for alternative sexual identities. Thanks to a more diverse range of artists working in the genre, that seems to be changing now.

Macklemore, Angel Haze, SIYA and Frank Ocean are part of the new generation of LGBT rappers whose lyrics deal explicitly with gay and lesbian themes. San Francisco-based rapper MichaTron is openly lesbian and has this to say about her oeuvre:

‘I love women and nothing’s gonna change that. I hid it for years until one day I said “F*** it”. Everyone else just had to deal with it.’


Her 2013 video for her track “Bumper” was filmed on location at the Oakland Pride Festival and the San Francisco Dyke March. The video represents LGBTs as passionate, fun-loving and absolutely proud of who they are. Not your typical hip-hop video!

But is this new sub-genre of pink hip-hop a little too much for the fans? Absolutely not says MicahTron, who has just turned 26 years old.

‘A lot of people have said that they love the fact that it was shot at Pride.’


‘Most of these [new LGBT hip-hop artists] are styled, photographed or even working with people who are queer,” she adds. ‘Most of the brilliant eyes behind the scenes in the industry belong to gay people. It’s just taken time for people to deal with it when it’s in their face.’

MicahTron hopes to become a role model for other young lesbians hoping to break into the world of rap. She’d also like to ‘go mainstream and win Grammys’, and she might just do it given the success she’s enjoyed so far. It already seems that her song “Bumper” is a kind of anthem for this new generation of young African-Americans who don’t see any kind of contradiction between being LGBT and loving hip-hop.

New Lesbian Movie – Our Place

Our Place is the story of Brie and Faith, a lesbian couple in their late 20s, who live together. They live in Indiana, which is trying to ban gay marriage all together. We follow them through some ups and downs of being in a relationship while living together, all while they decide whether or not to take the next step and get married to one another.

The new Lesbian Movie has been created by independent and ambitious team – Al Benoit & Kelsey Cornell.

We want to show the a gay relationship is just like any other relationship. There are fights, arguments, lovely moments, sad times, but ultimately all this helps make a stronger couple. So, we are showing the good and bad.

Al Benoit

Our Place Trailer from Al Benoit on Vimeo.

We are a cast and crew of ambitious, hardworking young filmmakers, who currently attend or have graduated from film school. This is an independent project that we are creating without the “Hollywood industry.” We have a group of very talented people, and truly believe in the message of this production. This is why we have come to Kickstarter to ask for help. We truly want to get this film out to a much larger audience. Our goal, as a whole, is to establish ourselves as independent filmmakers and make this beautiful story. We’re living our dreams.

Kate Bush, Musical Genius

Kate Bush had the privilege of growing up in a musical family. She mastered her instrumental skills early, and had all the support she needed from her family to begin a musical career. When Bush did sign on with a record company, she would prove to be far more than a talented, skilled and passionate new voice. Her erudition and creativity met in haunting, well-crafted songs reflective of the expansive soul behind them. Her debut album contained songs that she had composed in her early teens. Bush took inspiration from literary classics and contemporary politics, declining to write and sing too much about her own life or her own personal feelings.

One song in her debut album, “Kashka from Baghdad”, was a slice-of-life portrayal of a relationship between homosexual men…

“At night, they’re seen… laughing, loving… They know the way… to be happy”.

She incorporated visual concepts and interpretive dance in her videos. She would be outspoken, and incisively insightful, about the industry she worked in: decrying sexist marketing policies, as well as the way her record label forced her to rush her second album.

Bush had fought for her first song release to be “Wuthering Heights” instead of “James and the Cold Gun”, showing initiative and commitment to a clear vision early on in her career. When her own record label demanded that she produce an album within a time limit that left her dissatisfied with the product, she founded her own label with her family as members of the company.

Having established absolute creative control, Bush was then free to grant the world some truly enthralling and profoundly beautiful songs that she composed, performed, and even produced by herself. The instrumentation gradually became more exotic and adventurous, and the subjects and themes remained profound. Once so prolific that she had composed over forty songs before the age of twelve, her album releases became fewer and further between. Never has she lost her instinct for innovation, her musical genius becoming a national treasure.

Must Watch – Orange is the New Black – The Kitty Parody

This fantastically cute viral video arrives in time for the second series of the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black.

Titled Tabby is the new Cat, and uploaded by The Pet Collective the video features main character Piper Catman who has been sentenced for nine lives.

Watch the video above for more of the same and get on over to Netflix to watch the new series.

Based on the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, by Piper Kerman, the programme’s cast – featuring the likes of Taylor Schilling as Chapman and Laura Prepon as Alex Vause – has proven a hit with fans.


Our favourite bit…

“I heart you,” says the cat version of Alex.

“What is that?” replies Piper.

“I don’t know, I love you for pussies?” the tabby quips.

#LoveTravels when you can be yourself – New Campaign Marriott

As part of Marriott International’s #LoveTravels campaign, LGBT couples share their genuine love for one another that they feel translates into a language people can understand, no matter their beliefs.

#LoveTravels when you can be yourself — whoever you are and wherever you go. We partnered with renowned photographer Braden Summers to capture beautiful portraits that show the world how love travels the moment you walk through our doors.

#LoveTravels – www.marriottlovetravels.com

The campaign also features NBA star Jason Collins. Collins, who was the first openly gay NBA player, spending some of this past season with the Nets, will be featured in ads for Marriott to help promote the campaign.

“I think these romantic images of same-sex couples, it’s something the general public is going to relate to and slowly people will become accustomed to seeing that kind of romance.”

Braden Summers, campaign photographer

This new social media and marketing campaign is set to target Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Marriott’s campaign is the latest example of the hotel industry stepping up its efforts to lure LGBT travellers. While the company says it is targeting the community to make LGBT travellers feel more welcome, there’s also a business incentive.

According to Out Now Global, an LGBT marketing specialist group, the potential value of the LGBT travel market was set to reach $181 billion last year.

Ami and Laura #LoveTravels

Meet Talisha and Monica #LoveTravels

#ProudToPlay – YouTube Celebrates Pride Month

Yesterday, YouTube along with with parent company Google, launched the huge #ProudToPlay campaign, which honours LGBT athletes, and celebrates LGBT Pride Month.

“Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming games in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere-all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone.”

Raymond Braun, YouTube Marketing Manager

They are also now encouraging YouTubers to create videos about LGBT sports issues that YouTube will highlight over the next month. The YouTube pride logo, featuring a rainbow soccer ball, will be on every YouTube page.

This is huge statement by the top two sites and continues to build momentum for 2014 as the year of the gay athlete.

LGBT athletes including Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Kobe Bryant, Brittney Griner, Robbie Rogers, John Amaechi and Darren Young will be sharing their stories on YouTube.

Organizations including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, You Can Play, Laureus, and the LGBT Sports Coalition are supporting this campaign and work to promote equality.

“As athletes from across nations and leagues come out, sports fans throughout the world are embracing LGBT players and ejecting bias from the game. GLAAD is thrilled to support Google and YouTube in this landmark initiative to help tackle stereotypes and build understanding.”

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO

YouTube released the following press statement:

From the Sochi Olympics to the recent NFL draft, this year has seen a growing, global conversation about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the world of sports. Many LGBT athletes are sharing their stories on YouTube, and the support they’re getting from teammates and fans has helped others find the courage to do the same.

Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere—all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone. Inspired by #ProudToLove last year, we’re calling this effort #ProudToPlay.

We applaud the courage and openness of athletes at all levels who have come out and admire their teammates, friends, families, and supporters who are all proving that it doesn’t matter who you are or who you love—what matters is that you put forward your best effort. We stand with our community in the belief that youth everywhere should all have the same opportunities to grow up and pursue their dreams and passions, on or off the field…

Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere—all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone.

Inspired by #ProudToLove last year, we’re calling this effort #ProudToPlay.

Join the conversation by uploading a video talking about what being #ProudToPlay means to you. Over the course of Pride month, Logo (our parent company) will share a collection of videos about the LGBT community and sports on theYouTube Spotlight Channel.

Country Rockers Antigone Rising Release Explosive New Music Vido – Get To You

Groundbreaking lesbian country rock band Antigone Rising premiered their new video ‘Get To You’ this week.

New York-based Antigone Rising made the video with directors Valerie Lasser and Jie Yi while touring New England last March. The infectious “Get To You” features on the band’s recent EP Whiskey & Wine – Volume 1, which came out online on March 25th, 2014.

The “Get To You” video is has a strong theme of sisterly love and bonding that reflects the way all the band members feel about each other when they are on the road. The video offers a rare insight into the Antigone Rising you don’t see on-stage. All four members – Kristin Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Nini Camps and Dena Tauriello – are very much like a family.

Since the 1990s Antigone Rising have gone from strength to stregth. After signing to Starbuck’s Hear Music (Lava Records) they moved over 150,000 copies of their debut album and toured with legends such as The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bangles and Aerosmith.

In 2013 Kristen Henderson was photographed kissing her wife on the front cover of a special issue of Time Magazine exploring same-sex marriage. The band have also worked in Israel and Palestine as US cultural ambassadors.

The band are currently touring the US in support of Whiskey & Wine – Volume 1 and plan to bring out yet another EP, Whiskey & Wine – Volume 2, on October 28th. Antigone Rising are a very fan-focused band, putting out a huge amount of content such as alternate mixes of their best-loved songs, music videos and all kinds of behind the scenes footage.

Thus Antigone Rising really mean it when they sing ‘Get To You’!


For More Information go to: www.AntigoneRising.com
Twitter: @AntigoneRising
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antigonerising

Amazing Parents’ Talk About Their Amazing Transgender Son

Jeff and Hillary Whittington are remarkable parents and through an amazing video, they tell the story of the transgender son – Ryland.

Now seven, Ryland parents have documented his story with love, understanding and honesty. Jeff and Hillary discuss how they brought Ryland into the world, learned their child needed hearing implants at the age of one, then discovered Ryland had more to share.

They spent a few years saying Ryland was just going through a phase, but soon realised it wasn’t. “When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I can be a boy” Ryland told them. “Why did God make me this way?,” he asked. When the Whittingtons learned 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide, they decided to embrace Ryland as a boy rather than risk losing him.

The Whittingtons made this beautiful and inspiring film for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. They posted it to YouTube on Tuesday – it has now gone viral, seen by more than 1 million people.

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The Whittington Family: Ryland’s Story

Tegan and Sara Discuss How Their lives Got better After Coming Out

The “It Gets Better” project is an ongoing campaign to send support to LGBT youth worldwide, a large part of which comes in the form of videos from LGBT people sharing stories of how their lives have improved since they were teens.

In this instalment, duo Tegan And Sara discuss their childhood in conservative Calgary, Alberta.

The siblings recall their tomboy youth and middle school bullying as well as the initial discovery of their sexuality and the ups and downs of their coming out in an environment that wasn’t very welcoming.

Watch there Tegan And Sara’s video…

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