‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Comes Out As Gay

March 12, 2014 by  
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Beloved Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn has an extensive gay following – and he’s okay with that. In fact, he plays for the same team, according to a new interview with Winter Is Coming, an online news source for the Game of Thrones fan community.

When propositioned to respond to the rumor mill that he was seen as a “bear of a treat” by gay fans of the franchise, Nairn opened up the glass closet and walked right through.

“Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community,” the actor stated. “I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.”

In fact, Nairn told the reporter: “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, [because] it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”

Reactions from the cast and crew of Game of Thrones meant little to Nairn – not because he didn’t care, but because he felt it was none of their business anyway.

“I had an upbringing to respect other people’s privacy, and their right to be and choose what they want, and I expect, no, demand no less for myself. It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground. So, yeah, people have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue,” he said.

Welcome to the club, Nairn! Here’s your toaster! [Insert proverbial toaster here…]

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New IRS Video for Same-Sex Couples Filing Taxes

March 7, 2014 by  
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new YouTube video designed to provide useful tax tips to married same-sex couples. While it may look like it’s something the 80s left behind and doesn’t want back, could this new tool actually be useful?

According to the news release we received from the White House Office of Communications, the video is the latest addition to an online library featuring short IRS instructional videos covering more than 100 topics ranging from tips for victims of identity theft to taking advantage of the new simplified home office deduction. These videos have been viewed more than seven million times.

Following last summer’s Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the IRS ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies to all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor, including filing status, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, taking the standard deduction, employee benefits, contributing to an IRA and claiming the earned income tax credit or child tax credit.

Take a look at the video and let us know: is it helpful to your family and situation?

 

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Texas Judge: Marriage Bans Are Unconstitutional

February 27, 2014 by  
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Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio joined judges in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Virginia in ruling that bans on same-sex couples marrying or recognizing out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

“Today the 6th federal judge in a row has ruled – in Texas – that there is simply no legitimate justification for denying marriage to loving gay and lesbian couples,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.

“The court’s holding is solid and serious, and follows the language and logic of the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last year and the Constitution’s clear command. With 47 marriage cases in 25 states now moving forward, and the possibility that a freedom to marry case will again reach the Supreme Court as soon as 2015, we must continue the conversations and progress – Texan to Texan, American to American – that show that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry,” Wolfson added.

Kenneth D. Upton, Senior Counsel in Lambda Legal’s South Central Regional Office in Dallas, said: “The yellow rose of Texas has a distinctly rainbow hue today. That the judge in this case saw fit to issue a preliminary injunction preventing Texas state officials from enforcing the discriminatory marriage bans illustrates his belief that the state was unlikely to prevail at trial. As important, this ruling extends the impressive run of recent victories that have stretched from Utah to Virginia. The walls of exclusion continue to crumble as court after court after court recognizes that denying marriage to same-sex couples is discrimination, pure and simple.”

Upton added, “Congratulations to the attorneys in this case – Barry A. Chasnoff, Daniel McNeel Lane, Jr., Jessica M. Weisel, Matthew E. Pepping, and Michael P. Cooley of the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as well as San Antonio Attorney Frank Stenger-Castro – and to the plaintiffs. We look forward to the continued progress of this case and to the continued march towards justice for LGBT individuals and their families across Texas.”

The Public Research Religion Institute released data Wednesday that showed increased support for the freedom to marry in the South and in Texas. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Southern millennials support the freedom to marry, and support across the South is split, with 48 percent in support and 48 percent opposed. Support has grown the fastest in the South of any region in the country, more than doubling in the last 10 years. In Texas, support is split, with 48 percent of Texans in support and 49 percent opposed.

On Monday, Freedom to Marry launched a public education campaign called Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, with the goal of building majority support for marriage in Southern states, including Texas.

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Lindsay Lohan Ignites Lesbian Rumors With Keith Richards’ Daughter

February 26, 2014 by  
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It seemed like Lindsay Lohan threw in the lesbian towel after her tumultuous relationship with celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson, but she got the rumors started again after she posted an Instagram picture seductively cuddling with Keith Richards’ daughter, Alexandra Richards.

Lohan is looking seductively at the camera showing off a bra strap and diamond ring with Richards behind her almost kissing her shoulder. It was captioned: @wolfyrichards @rushzimmerman #snowedinn #quiche #foxwhole.

In January Lohan claimed she was single after being linked to model Christian Arno Williams.

Last year Lohan claimed that despite her relationship with Ronson, she knows she’s straight. But who knows, do you pose with your friends like that?

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Top 10 Fabulous Celebrities that Came Out In the Last Year

February 25, 2014 by  
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This last year has been a big coming out year for athletes and celebrities.  With every coming out story we get one step closer to an understanding and a common movement toward equality.  Last night’s reception in Los Angeles for Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete to play in North America’s four professional sports, was supportive and embracing as the Laker crowd stood and applauded when he stepped onto the court.

Here are the fabulous and beautiful top 10 celebrities that came out in 2013/2014

Ellen Page

2014-Ellen Page revealed she is a lesbian in a moving speech at the Human Right’s Campaign Time to Thrive event.

Michael Sam

2014- Michael Sam, a defensive lineman from Missouri came out in interviews with ESPN and the New York Times.

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2013- Actress Maria Bello came out in a New York Times piece entitled Coming out as a modern family. 

Robin Roberts

2013- Robin Roberts, Good Morning America anchor came out in a Facebook post last year thanking her “long time girlfriend.”

Bob Harper

2013- Bob Harper, personal trainer on The Biggest Loser comes out as gay to help a contestant through struggles.

Victor Garber

2013- Actor Victor Garber, best known for his roles in Deception and Titanic addressed his same-sex partner in a new interview last year.  It should be noted that he originally mentioned his partner in a 2012 interview with Canada’s Forever Young News.  

Jenna Wolf

2013- Today’s show Jenna Wolf came out on air and announced she is having a baby with her partner Stephanie Gosk.

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2013-Tom Daley, 19-year-old British diving star who won an Olympic Bronze medal, came out in a You Tube video announcing that he is in a relationship with a man.

Matt Dallas

2013- Abc Family Actor, Matt Dallas came out in a tweet revealing he is happily engaged to his boyfriend.

Raven Symone

2013- Actress Raven-Symone came out on Twitter announcing that she can finally get married.

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Christmas Came Early in Utah–Same Sex Marriage

December 24, 2013 by  
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Congrats Utah!  Same-Sex marriage still stands and couples are getting married in Utah as we speak. Another exciting win for same sex couples around the country.

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Why Frozen is the Best Disney Film Ever Made (And Not to Mention the Gayest)

December 6, 2013 by  
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By Jacob Ladue

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Disney just released their latest animated movie, Frozen, from the same creators as Tangled and despite lackluster marketing that might suggest differently, this movie is not like any of their others. Frozen was released on November 27th and it’s already grossed over 100 million dollars in the United States alone and there is a reason why: this movie has heart and messages (yes, multiple) that actually mean something.

Frozen is loosely based off Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen and features two strong young princesses, one named Elsa (Idina Menzel) with a power to create snow and ice and the other, Anna (Kristen Bell), her younger sister with a hopeful and playful personality. One thing that immediately stands out is that Elsa is born with a power rather than being cursed by a cruel or evil witch. But after an accident involving her ability, Elsa and Anna’s parents ignorantly try to protect their family by shutting away from everyone in the kingdom and by deciding to never speak of her power again. Any gay person in the audience can relate and see the parallels between her ability and homosexuality. It was something she was born with, but people didn’t understand it, they even feared it, so they tried to keep it hidden.

As a young gay man, I use to (and still do) loathe watching movies because I knew there would eventually be a worn out heterosexual love story that was only there because two people of the opposite sex were single. I also (being the little romantic I am) scoffed at how two characters could fall in love so easily, seemingly in a day. Frozen hits this nail on the head brilliantly by having young Anna, so desperately seeking love after the accident and isolation thereafter, meet a young prince, Hans (Santino Fontana), and decides to marry him that very same day. Elsa, recently coronated as Queen, denies her approval of this hasty decision and this is when the story starts to take off. In the effort to create her own life and happiness, Anna upsets her sister, so much so that Elsa accidentally reveals the power she kept hidden for so long. Startled, the townspeople throw slurs and shocked remarks and Elsa flees the kingdom unknowingly throwing the world into an endless winter.

One amazing thing about this movie is that, there are no evil characters; only human ones (good and bad) and the subsequent fear humans create from the unknown is the true antagonist. Elsa flees to the top of an icy peak and creates a world for herself and in a Broadway style number sings,

“Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well now they know…
Let it go, let it go”

Elsa is finally coming to terms with her abilities and tries to accept herself, but shuts herself off from the rest of the world. How many times has a young gay person learned to love him or herself, but the culture around them hasn’t, so they flee to a more accepting land? In an attempt to not spoil the rest of the film, Elsa confronts herself, her abilities and the ones she loves to fully embrace herself as a whole.

Frozen doesn’t only have story lines comparable to homosexual acceptance, but creates refreshingly needed characters without gender stereotypes. In Anna’s attempt to find and bring her sister home, she meets a young ice harvester (rough time for that career) named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff). Not only is Groff the first Disney “prince” voiced by a gay actor, but also his character is unlike any other prince seen before him. He’s awkward and kooky, often has conversations with himself as if he’s his pet reindeer and most importantly doesn’t view women as objects, but as equals, equating Anna’s ability to her personality rather than her gender. (Later in the film he even ASKS PERMISSION to kiss rather than assuming his affections are reciprocated). Kristoff is a “prince” that often needs saving and more often than not he’s saved by Anna.

Disney is slowly transforming into something different than it’s racist and sexist roots, but they aren’t off the hook yet. Even the animators of Frozen have gotten themselves into some hot water, but it is truly refreshing to finally see such positive role models in one of their films. Most of us have fond memories of watching Disney movie’s growing up, so we tend to try to ignore the negative lessons in many of the films, but the world is changing so it’s only right they catch up as well. The biggest morals Frozen is trying to convey is that love of family and communication between loved ones is what is most important in life. Love of a man shouldn’t be (and isn’t) the most important thing to a young woman and opening up about a part of oneself, instead of locking it up within, is what is most healthy. (Not to mention the musical numbers are amazing!) If you’re trying to figure something to do with your family this weekend, go see Frozen, you won’t be disappointed.

P.S. Josh Gad plays a touchingly sweet snowman named Olaf who just wants to find out what summer feels like and I promise he’ll have you in stitches.

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Celeb Parent Tweets of the Week

November 22, 2013 by  
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By Jacob Ladue

Here are a collection of tweets and twitpics you might have missed through out the last week from your favorite celebrity LGBT parents, single parents, and allies. Among them: Neil Patrick Harris showed us his kids are still adorable, Mayim Bialik shared her family Thanksgiving recipes, and Eric Stonestreet prayed for the end of his ride on It’s a Small World at Disneyland.

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They may be seeing Frozen, but my heart just melted.

A little too iRobot for my taste.

Alec Mapa thought of “stealing” a cute kid from an adoption event he attended. Mapa and his partner have an adopted son of their own.

Looks like Mayim Bialik’s family makes a yummy meal! Her family’s Thanksgiving food ideas can be found here on kveller.com.

Rosie missed an opportunity to photoshop her baby with a jetpack, in my opinion.

Oh silly Ellen, punny as always!

I don’t know what type of chihuahua you have Jillian, but you might want to bring it to the vet!

Stephen Fry reminded a few kids to watch out for the threatening usage of their full names after they decided to pull a prank on their parents.

Eric Stonestreet went to Disneyland and prayed for the end of the It’s a Small World ride. (Click on the above link to view a funny video from his ride).

Tuc Watkins’ kids had a better time riding around in a shopping cart at Costco, the free samples probably helped!

What were your favorite tweets from the week? Tweet @thenextfamily or comment below to let us know the good ones we missed!

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Celeb Parent Tweets of the Week

November 12, 2013 by  
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By Jacob Ladue

Here are a collection of tweets and twitpics you might have missed through out the last couple weeks from your favorite celebrity LGBT and single parents. Among them: Alec Mapa fell asleep during Thor, Jillian Michaels’ kid really had to go to the bathroom, and Ricky Martin promoted his new children’s book!

Odd, that’s the part when I started paying more attention…

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David Burtka ate a taco rather suggestively…

Single mom Mayim Bialik let her soccer mom out when other parents hogged the field. Watch out!

Maybe the ref needs a timeout?

Today’s Jenna Wolfe went hiking with her partner Stephanie Gosk and their little girl.

When the reality sets in… you gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now!

Sir Elton John will be teaming up with Lady Gaga for a Muppets Holiday Special.

Ricky Martin promoted the launch of his first Children’s book named Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars, a story about a little boy and his dream to preform on stage. Available today!

Jared Polis joked about newly out Congressman Mike Michaud. Welcome Congressman!

 

What were your favorite tweets from the week? Tweet @thenextfamily or comment below to let us know the good ones we missed!

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IL House Passes Marriage Equality 61-54

November 6, 2013 by  
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Illinois is set to become the 15th state in the nation to provide same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

On Tuesday, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 61-54 to approve the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, affirming the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the state. The bill passed the state Senate in February and will soon go to Governor Pat Quinn, who has expressed strong support for marriage and will sign it into law.

“It’s a fabulous day for Illinois! The Illinois House of Representatives finally made legal what the majority of Illinoisans have long understood–that love is love and all families deserve to be treated as equal under the law,” said Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director of Lambda Legal. “Same-sex couples and their children can celebrate a new era of equality in the Land of Lincoln. With the 5th most populous state in the union embracing the freedom to marry, we have moved much closer to bringing equality to all Americans. This victory will be a catalyst in our ongoing efforts to achieve full equality across all fifty states.”

“This was an enormous group effort and along with the leadership from the House, Senate and Governor’s office we’d like to thank our colleagues at the ACLU of Illinois, Equality Illinois, all of the members of the Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign and advocates from across the state who called, wrote letters and made visits to their elected officials,” added Bennett.

“Today’s vote by the Illinois House means the Land of Lincoln will be our nation’s 15th freedom to marry state. This is great news for the thousands of committed same-sex couples in Illinois who will now be able to make the ultimate vow before their friends and family, protected and supported by their marriage,” said Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director, Marc Solomon.

President Barack Obama released a statement following the passage of marriage equality in Illinois. It read:

Tonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in my home state.

As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law.  Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else.  So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours – and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.

I also commend the members of the General Assembly for approaching this issue in a fair and open way, and for recognizing the importance of our commitment to religious freedom by engaging the religious community in this conversation.  Throughout this debate, they’ve made it clear that this is about civil marriages and civil laws, and made sure that churches and other institutions of faith are still free to make their own decisions that conform to their own teachings.

As I said in my Inaugural Address last January, our journey as a nation is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  And tonight, I’m so proud that the men and women elected to serve the people of the great state of Illinois have chosen to take us one step further on that journey to perfect our union.

The National Equality Action Team (NEAT), a project chaired by Marriage Equality USA, provided support to Illinois Unites for Marriage. In the spring of 2013, NEAT volunteers in New York City and across the country had 1812 conversations with constituents in Illinois. This fall they had an additional 1900 conversations with Illinois voters which resulted in 700 calls to undecided Illinois representatives.

“I am so proud of the work MEUSA and our partners in the Illinois coalition accomplished! The dedication this summer to redoubling efforts, reevaluating strategy, and expanding our work has paid off for thousands of LGBT families in the Land of Lincoln,” stated MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva.

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Among the active members of the NEAT Illinois campaign were the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Triangle, North Carolina chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

NOW Action Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer reported, “With training and support provided by Marriage Equality USA, NOW members from all over the country were able to have conversations with Illinois voters in the districts of undecided representatives. Those Illinois voters then left messages for their representatives urging them to support the marriage equality bill.”

NEAT held phone banks for Illinois Unites for Marriage in 27 different locations. Physical phone banks for Illinois were held in 3 states and remote phone banking was done from the homes of people in 18 different states. Key leaders in the Triangle (NC) Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) set up an in-person phone bank in Raleigh with MEUSA’s assistance.

Carson Fernandez, Triangle Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign, added, “Although North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits our state from recognizing any kind of union other than heterosexual marriage, many of us doubled our efforts to help Illinois win the freedom to marry.”

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