Let’s Stop Shaming Ourselves on HIV/AIDS Prevention

In the fall of 2015 Danny Pintauro, who came out as gay in the late 1990s, revealed that he has been HIV positive for since the age of 27 in an interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Shortly after that interview, Pintauro appeared on The View talk show with hosts Candice Cameron Bure and Raven-Symoné. During the interview Cameron Bure asked Pintauro if he “took responsibility” for his actions related becoming HIV positive (at the 3:00 mark).

This question from Cameron Bure led a few gay bloggers to claim that she was blaming the victim, or shaming Pintauro for his HIV status. I don’t see it that way.

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My Burning Question for Caitlyn Jenner

I have seen a lot of interviews and discussion on Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner, but I have yet to see any of them ask the most burning question that I have; Does Caitlyn still like running?

I have this burning question because to me, long before the Kardashians came along, that’s who Bruce Jenner was; the athlete, the winner of the decathalon…okay, maybe the person on the Wheatie’s box, too, but the real essence of who Bruce Jenner was to me, was the person who loved running.

When I look at Caitlyn Jenner I think ‘who would win in a high heel race between Caitlyn and Bryce Dallas Howard; the actress from Jurassic World? Caitlyn has the running background in her favor, but Bryce did all that running around in the jungle sets with heels, so, she may have an edge.’

I look at Caitlyn the same way I look at Laverne Cox. I look at Laverne as an actress, coverperson of Time magazine and sometimes voice on transgender issues.

I look at Caitlyn the same way that I look at RuPaul. I look at RuPaul as host and judge of a very successful reality TV program, an entrepreneur who has multiple products from makeup to a fragrance  to music and as an entertainer.

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Why It Gets Better: Our New Goal; Diversity within Diversity

With the release of the trailer for the movie Stonewall there has been much disappointment and discussion over the lack of representation of diversity within the characters. This mainly focuses on the lack of people of color and lack of transgender people within the trailer.

Back in the day, we used to complain about not having any representation at all. We were never on screen overtly as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender folks. When we were on screen covertly it was as a fop, a joke, something to be laughed at or a wackadoodle, Continue reading

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Opinion: Target Removing Sexism, Not Gender, From Toys, Games and Bedding

Little girls can’t grow up to be firefighters or athletes and little boys can’t grow up to create great works of culinary art or fashions that make you look your best. That’s the message you might get if you were to listen to below segment from Fox and Friends as they discuss department store Target’s announcement to remove gender labels for toys and bedding.

What Target is really doing is removing sexism from toys and bedding. In a world where we are celebrating the U.S. Women’s soccer team win, little girls need to have that option of choosing Continue reading

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Today in LGBT History: Other Early Marriage Equality Cases

In an article related to the state of Texas refusing to amend a death certificate to reflect same-sex partners as married, mysanantonio.com has a brief photo slide show which includes some of the other early cases for marriage equality.

photo of Richard Nelson and James McConnell applying for a marriage license

(Photo By Minnesota Historical Society )
Applying for a license – May 18, 1970
In the wake of the Stonewall Inn raid in 1969, two gay activists in Minneapolis attempted to file for a marriage license in Minnesota. Richard Nelson (right) and James McConnell requests were denied. Their case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. The decision essentially quashed the marriage equality movement for the next two decades, until a court in Hawaii briefly upheld the right for same-sex couples to marry in 1993.

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Country Artist Ty Herndon’s Tour Schedule Even Busier Since Coming Out

The fear of many a gay artist,  no matter if they are a singer or an actor, is that  coming out will have some negative effect on their career, if not just kill it outright. Country artist Ty Herndon tour schedule is prooving that mentality wrong.

From gaystarnews.com:

Ever since coming out publicly as a gay man late last year, Herndon has been mixing his regular concert tour dates with things like LA Pride, the GLAAD Media Awards, the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA’s Voice Awards and Pride Night at Dodgers Stadium.

‘I keep coming off tour to show up and do these things that are so important,’ Herndon, 51, told Gay Star News while at the Voice Awards.

‘It’s good to be busy. It’s a whirlwind right now,’ he said. ‘I remember a time in my life it was always like that and I also remember a time, just a short five years ago, I was sitting on my couch and just wishing the phone would ring.

Of course, we all have a hand in making this happen and sustaining out artists. By supporting our own, we can show the entertainment industry that being out isn’t a career killer. Now, go out and listen to some Chely Wright and Billy Gillman.

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Harvard Swim Team Welcomes Transgender Teammate

We often hear of the struggles transgender people face in being accepted, but an article from USA TODAY gives us some positive news from Harvard’s Swim Team.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA.


Bailar, an incoming freshman, came out as transgender this year after already being recruited for the women’s team. Initially he planned to stay on that team but had mixed feelings about it — he wanted to swim, but he also wanted to embrace his identity.

The Harvard women’s coach saw that Bailar was torn and helped orchestrate another option: In a surprise move, the university offered Bailar a spot on either the men’s or women’s team.

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