Family hold ‘gayceañera’ to celebrate teen’s sexuality and it’s the antidote we we need for this dark world

Congratulations to Aiden on this special milestone and for having such an awesome family!

As tensions escalate over Iran and Australia burns, a cozy Italian restaurant in Maryland, US, was decorated with rainbow cakes and balloons. A refuge from the outside world.

Read the full article at www.pinknews.co.uk.

Gay Prom Date Goes Viral After NJ Bachelor Party Bros Offer Enthusiastic Approval: WATCH

Glimmers of hope like this show up every once in a while.

A gay NJ high school couple’s prom date has gone viral on Twitter, catching the attention of ABC7 New York, who spoke with Theodore Vidal about he and his boyfriend Colin Beyers’ stroll on the Seaside Heights boardwalk last Friday.

Read the full article and see the video at www.towleroad.com.

Outfest Helps Acquire 60-Plus LGBT Movies New to Amazon Prime

After picking on Amazon in a prior post, it’s only fair to give them kudos for this.

LGBT-themed films have had some relative success at the box office this past year with the Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name and the teen hit Love, Simon but the majority of queer-themed films often still make their biggest splashes at film festivals and on streaming.

Read the full article at www.advocate.com.

MCPS Will Get First School Named in Honor of an Openly Gay Person

Another reason to like Montgomery County.

Bayard Rustin Elementary will open in Rockville in September Montgomery County’s newest public school will be called Bayard Rustin Elementary, honoring a civil rights champion and becoming the district’s first school named for an openly gay individual.

Read the full article at www.bethesdamagazine.com.

Congress Must Pass Hate Crimes Bill

Did you know that hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are on the rise?

I just watched a really powerful video that I think you should see – Judy Shepard’s story of losing her son to hate violence and fighting for a federal hate crimes bill to give LGBT Americans the protections they need and deserve and to honor his memory. I hope you’ll watch it and then send a message to your lawmakers to pass that bill, which is up for a vote in the coming days.

Congress is taking action on the bill now – but right-wing lawmakers are trying to derail it. There’s no time to waste. We can’t let the forces of discrimination prevail on this one.

Judy Shepard speaks with strength and eloquence. I hope her words will move you to send a strong message to your representative. Click the link to watch and then take action.