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It’s hard not to argue that being straight wouldn’t be easier. But would you actually choose to be straight, if you could?

BuzzFeed asks that million dollar question to a handful of people who are part of the LGBT community. Before answering the question, they share their experiences, specifically the hardships they’ve encountered growing up queer. Not surprisingly, none of them would change who they are. In the end, being gay is all kinds of awesomeness. Watch the clip below.

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“Gay” really does mean “happy”! The University of Montreal published the findings of a study they did in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine that addresses some differences between gays and straights when it comes to happiness and stress management. They studied 87 of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual Canadians and found that the queer members of their study that had come out of the closet to family and friends “have less anxiety, depression, and burnout” than those who hadn’t. To add to that, the study’s leader (Robert-Paul Juster) said that as a group, out gay and bisexual males “were less likely to be depressed than heterosexual men and had less physiological problems than heterosexual men.” These findings were also published on U.S. News.

Juster concludes from their findings that coming out is good for many reasons. “Our research suggests coming out of the closet has some health benefits,” says Robert-Paul Juster, the study’s lead author. “Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate, but a matter of public health.”

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It’s kind of a tongue twister, but that’s the latest video response that originated about a month ago with unique approach to getting the message about marriage equality across: “Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends“. Following that first video came the response from straight men, and more recently, “Gay Women Will Marry Your Boyfriends.” Now, the straight women have something to say.

In this video, the girlfriends of the straight homophobes speak up and say how “f*cking awesome” it would be for them to marry the gays that have said they would marry them. “The ladies that want fairytale weddings would actually get it, to a degree they never could have imagined,” says one woman. She later adds, “My dad wanted me to tell that he doesn’t hate you because you de-virginized me. He knows you didn’t de-virginize me.” LOL. Watch & enjoy the new video below.

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The world of athletics has always produced many figures that children, teens and men around the world look up to. Whether it’s their superior skills on the field or off-court antics, sport stars often become role models. Historically speaking, professional sports and all their male bravado haven’t been the best environment to come out or a place of tolerance. Thankfully, all that is slowly changing. In recent memory, a few professional sports teams have participated in the “It Gets Better” campaign and marched in their respective city’s Pride parade. And those who have used homophobic slurs in derogatory terms have been fined or reprimanded by their league’s governing body.

Among those at the forefront of promoting LGBT acceptance are a few prominent athletes. Sure, there are a couple of “out” athletes who fight the good fight, but they’re numerous straight sport stars as well who have stood up for fairness and tolerance. Out Magazine’s latest issue highlights five sport studs standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their LGBT peers. Not only do they applaud their efforts but their hotness as well. Check out my favorite pic from each featured jock below.

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GIVE A DAMN About Equality

In: Dan, Politics & Issues, Totally GAY!

I give a damn. Do you? No idea what I’m talking about? Well it’s a wave that’s sweeping across the United States and picking up motion around the world. It’s a simple concept, a movement if you will, to drive awareness and provide support for equality for the GLBT community, focusing on the basic rights they are currently denied in many countries.

In a conversation I was having with my sister, Michelle, she asked if I had heard of the latest celebrity-endorsed equal rights campaign that has recently been cropping up in different news and media outlets. I have to admit that I was pretty stoked that my sister had signed up on the website to show her support of my lifestyle and her belief that gays and lesbians around the world should have the equal rights as any straight counterpart. Thankfully I live in a country that has already produced equal rights for the GLBT community, but there are still several countries around the world including our neighbors to the south who haven’t woken up to what’s right.

The campaign is simply,

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A new equality campaign has been launched called the “Give a Damn,” campaign. I think the message is clear, and powerful. It’s not easy coming out. It’s not right for some people to fear getting gay bashed when walking downt the street. And it’s not right to not give a damn about this. Equality is an ongoing battle and it’s far from over.

With the support of the following celebrities who give a damn, this message was made even more powerful. Even Anna Paquin comes out as a bisexual!

Cyndi Lauper, Anna Paquin, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Cynthia Nixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes, Sharon Osbourne, Clay Aiken and Kevin Alejandro all give a damn about equality!

Video after the jump…GIVE A DAMN!

Str8 Tripping

In: Saturday Submissions

What is a gay guy suppose to do when he’s out and about with his straight friends? Have an awesome time, that’s what! I love clubbing and socializing with my straight friends, Melissa, Ryan, Cheryl and Danai. They are a great group of friends that I like to hang out with when I can and when we do, we usually end up getting into a lot of mischief. I also like getting the chance to go to straight bars, which I would usually never consider going to, but the eye candy at the bars are worth it.

Recently, my friends had decided to take me to the Blarney Stone, which is located in the heart of Gastown, on a Friday night. I just got back from a business trip in the US and after two weeks of drinking their so called alcohol, I was ready for the real Canadian stuff. Upon setting foot on Canadian soil, my comrades in mischief called and convinced me to go out with them that night.

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In: Behind The Cast, Jonny

A few weeks ago I caught a ride home with one of my co-workers. He’s a good-looking straight guy who grew up in a smaller part of BC, and recently moved to Vancouver to join our team.

From the moment we met, I knew he felt uneasy whenever he was around me. I wasn’t sure why because I always do my best to be inviting and kind to new people. I get along well, if not amazingly with my staff. I paid him some genuine compliments on his work and tried to keep things light and easy.

Finally he had admitted to me that, indeed, he hadn’t known anyone who was gay (really? In this day and age?) and wasn’t sure if I was ‘coming on’ to him (for the record, I wasn’t.) I only hit on straight guys who know that I’m kidding and can handle it. Well, them and NHL players with long term, high compensating contracts LOL.

What I found most comical about his admission was that he was more so offended when he realized it was all in his head.

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