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ireland-marriage-equality-referendum

On May 22, Ireland heads to the pools for its national referendum on marriage equality. According to a poll held earlier this year, there is strong support for equal marriage. 76% of the people asked are in favor while 19% and 5% are opposed and undecided respectively.

Even though it appears the referendum which states, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex,” will pass, supporters of marriage equality are tirelessly working round the clock to get the word out.

The BeLonG To lead coalition is calling everyone eligible to vote to talk to their family and friends about why marriage equality is so important and to work for a Yes vote. Watch a touching ad below showing family and friends of the LGBT community demonstrating their support.

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robby-mook-hillary-campaign-manager

Patti Solis Doyle was the first campaign manager of the former first lady’s 2008 presidential run. This time around, Hillary Clinton has tapped 35-year-old political director, Robby Mook to navigate her through the 2016 Presidential race. He becomes the first openly gay person to serve as the manager of a major presidential campaign.

“Robby understands modern campaigns, the value of data and technology,” Obama adviser David Plouffe told Bloomberg in 2013. “He beat us three times; his footprint was on our back. He did the best job of anyone over there.”

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hillary-clinton-presidential-campaign

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Hillary Clinton threw her hat in the proverbial ring. Though she’s previously denied wanting to launch a second attempt for the Oval Office, the 67-year-old former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State announced she’s in the running for the 2016 US Presidential race.

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” says Clinton in the clip. “Everyday Americans needs a champion, and I want to be that champion. So you can do more that just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”

The anticipation of her announcement reached a fever pitch in recent days with many expecting it would take place sometime this weekend. Not surprisingly, social media lit up with tons of support. Also expected was the number of detractors. #WhyImNotVotingForHillary immediately trended. Watch the video below.

watch the clip after the jump

gay-dating

Dating these days isn’t how it used to be. With social networking apps and websites, it’s both easier and more difficult to really connect with potential suitors. Gone are the days of simply meeting someone at a bar or having a friend introduce you to someone. On top of all of this, there are other factors that may making dating within the gay community more complicated or difficult for some.

To highlight one of these dating issues, a new short film called ‘You’re Cute For A Black Guydebuted at Outfest Fusion, an LA film festival that showcases LGBT people of color. The film features first-person accounts of some of the experiences and unfavourable situations they’ve found themselves in as a result of the color of their skin. “I’ve totally never dated a black person before, but if I did, I totally would get with you,” is an example of some of the stories shared in the film. Be sure to watch the video below (it’s less than 8 minutes long).

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2015-pink-shirt-day-psa

Pink Shirt Day was founded in 2007 to put an end to bullying. Since then, the initiative has raised and donated over $830,000 to anti-bullying and violence prevention programs. Last year’s campaign alone, organized by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, generated $200,000

“We’re hoping that by addressing the issues that cause people to bully, we can start changing the behaviour,” says Jen Schaeffers Executive Director at CKNW Orphans’ Fund. “Most importantly we want to remind people that bullying is bad, but bullies aren’t.”

A powerful new PSA from the non-profit group crafted by Rethink shifts the focus from the victims to the bullies and what motivates them. Set in a high school hallway, the non-profit group’s PSA tells a story about the root cause of why bullies victimize others and provides a powerful reminder that this behaviour needs to stop.

Wear a pink shirt today to stand up against bullying. Here’s how you can also show your support online. Every time the hashtag #PinkItForward is used, Coast Capital Savings will donate $1, up to $45,000.

  • 1) Go on Instagram or Twitter and post a photo of someone special.
  • 2) Then, add the caption below and fill in the blanks.
    For #PinkShirtDay, I’m helping to stop bullying by turning the Internet into a positive place. I #PinkItForward to [name of friend] for [why they’re so awesome]. Your turn!
  • 3) Remember to tag that person so they can also #PinkItForward.

watch the PSA after the jump

advocate-magazine-pope-francis

Pope Francis is quite popular these days. The Supreme Pontiff landed on Barbara Walters’ final “Most Fascinating People of the Year” list and scored “Person of the Year” honors from TIME magazine. He’s notched another “Person of the Year” title and this time, it’s from a glossy gay magazine.

In a controversial move, The Advocate chose the Holy Father, as the “single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” They even stamped the NOH8 logo on his cheek. The publication’s editors explain, “Pope Francis’s stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors – both who were at one time or another among The Advocate’s annual Phobie Awards – makes what he’s done in 2013 all the more daring.”

Not surprisingly, this selection has divided the magazine’s readers. Some praise them for their bold choice, while others are aghast that the publication is ignoring the Catholic Church’s centuries of gay persecution. Where do you weigh in?

As someone raised Catholic, I choose to view the positive in this situation. Any step forward about being compassionate to the gay community by the reigning leader of the Catholic Church, albeit small, is a good thing. After all, his statements have a huge impact on his followers. Check out the other finalists The Advocate considered for their “Person of the Year” title. I’m certain none of them would’ve created nearly as much buzz. Controversy sells, right?

find out who the other nine finalists were after the jump

swedish-hiv-testing-psa

Typically I save anything remotely NSFW for the weekend. But since this is for a good cause, I figured I’d make an exception. RFSL Göteborg (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Gothenburg branch) produced this video to promote HIV testing for men who have sex with men.

Eight wrestlers strip down to nothing with only different flavors of jellies rubbed over their bodies. Watch the NSFW clip below to find out which flavor wins in the end. Be forewarned, visuals of bare butts and flopping penises pop up, but since it’s not sexual, it’s technically not porn, not even soft-core ;)

watch the NSFW clip after the jump

the-gay-man-project

The Gay Man Project is the brainchild of photographer Kevin Troung. It’s an ambitious attempt to catalog the stories of gay men around the world. Spanning from Brazil to Vietnam and numerous locations in between, Troung photographs and interviews self-identified homosexuals in their own environment.

I’ve checked out a few of the featured subjects, and absolutely love the project. Reading the experiences of the diverse group of individuals, along with the accompanying intimate portraits was truly fascinating. If you want to get involved with the project, head over to the official website for more info. Check out a video below.

“This project is simple. Basically I’m trying to photograph as many gay men as I can. My goal is to create a platform, a visibility on some level, and a resource for others who may not be as openly gay. A visual catalog of gay men and their stories. When I think of my own experience, and all the time I spent in the closet and hiding the fact that I was gay–to be at a place now where I feel completely comfortable being on the blog and telling the world “Hey, I’m a gay man,” I think there’s a power in that, for me and for a lot of the men on the blog. So it’s kind of a numbers game, I think the more men I photograph, the more impact the project has.

My dream is to take the project to as many different cities as I can across the world.” – Kevin Troung

watch a video after the jump

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