Quote of the Day: Ty Herndon to Gay Youth

“They can be loved by God, they can be married one day, they can have a family, they can give their parents grandkids,” Herndon adds. “And they’re not broken, they’re not sinners and they’re perfectly beautiful.”

From country artist and out, proud gay man Ty Herndon in his interview with People magazine.

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Why It Gets Better: Coming Out Makes Country Music News

County music artists Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out as gay. This is significant because country music, much like sports, is one of the last frontiers for having an openly gay male person within it’s ranks. It’s, also, much more significant because country news is actually reporting on it. Gilman’s and Herdon’s announcement both made the homepage of Country Weekly (see below).

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Rather than not report it all, or just leave it to the gay press to cover, both men get a front page post. This is significant because it shows that country as a genre isn’t afraid to shy away from this kind of news, as it would have in the past. It shows that country music is willing to take some steps forward toward at least making this announcement newsworthy. Granted, it’s an itty-bitty baby step, but that itty-bitty baby step is toward the direction of the time that will come when country news and country music will be really supportive of their own gay artists.

Read the Country Weeklyarticle on Ty Herndon coming out

See Billy Gilman’s Coming Out Story on Taste of Country

Why It Gets Better is a series of postings showing, real-time, concrete, tangible ways that life is getting better for LGBT people.

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Gay Marriage Legalization Around the World

While the legalization of gay marriage here in our own country remains a patchwork, The Huffington Post brings us this article on the the places around the world where gay marriage is legal throughout an entire, particular, country:

BRITAIN WAITS, ACCEPTS:

In 1992, five same-sex couples in London applied for marriage licenses in one of the opening salvos of the battle for what campaigners call “marriage equality.”

The license bid was denied — to no one’s surprise — and one of the organizers, rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, said that most gay people at the time believed same-sex marriage to be an “impossible, unattainable” goal.

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Montonegro Pride Mirrors the Beginnings of Christopher Street

In 1970, the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots was commemorated with a march in New York City. Originally called the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, we now know it as gay pride. That first march had some humble beginnings as noted from outhistory.org:

On the morning of June 28th, 1970, gay activists convened for the first annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March. Gathering on Christopher Street, marchers made their way up 6th Avenue to Central Park, where they spent the afternoon listening to speeches, hanging out on the lawn, and reveling in the excitement of having been part of the first gay pride march in history. Although the march began with only a few hundred participants, more and more individuals joined along the way.

Fast forward into 2014. The country of Montenegro held it’s second Pride parade. The 2013 parade had violent clashes between police and anti-gay protesters. The second march went on without the violence, but a heavy police presence. Like the first Pride parade here in America, turnout was humble. From Yahoo! News: Continue reading

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An Accurate Summation of 6th Circuits Ruling Against Equality

The Detroit Free Press accurately paraphrases the 6th Circuit Court’s ruling upholding gay marriage bans in the papers opinion on how wrong the ruling is:

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban reads as both familiar and terribly disappointing. It says that states have always been able to regulate marriage — chiefly as a means of protecting “offspring.” It says gay couples are entitled to only the lowest level of federal protection against discrimination. And it says their rights are better decided by the public than by the constitutional restraints on government that protect other people’s marriages.

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Blake Shelton Interview on 60 Minutes

Part of why I am a Blake Shelton fan is summed up at the start of this video during his appearance November 2013 on The Tonight Show with Jay Lenno. Shelton comments at the start on his impressions of meeting Cher:

Exactly the person who you think they are going to be is my impression of Blake Shelton. That’s why I like him so much as an artist. Beyond singing good music, the impression he gives is one of a guy who is just as laid back, humorous, and isn’t afraid to make an ass of himself as noted in the below interview for 60 minutes.

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It’s a Small Word When Equality Arrives

From Saint Louis, Mo. KTVI television station comes this cute story about a patient, who is a minster, who officiated the marriage of her chiropractor and the chiropractor’s girlfriend when Missouri’s gay marriage ban was struck down.

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