SparkPeople LGBTQ Spark Family Team Messageboard We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Sparkers and those who love and support them. We are family! SparkPeople LGBTQ Spark Family Team Messageboard *waves* Hello, everyone! Happy to see there's a place for us here. I'll be around. Please feel free to add me. I'm Mel. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:42:25 EST New here! Hi! I’m Lisa. I’ve been an on and off SP user for a long time now. I’m heavier than ever before and am really hoping to stick to it this time. I identify as a lesbian, and have been dating my lovely girlfriend for 7 years now! I look forward to meeting you all. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:44:15 EST Accountability Buddies!! Hey there! I'm Rachel, bisexual woman in my 30's from Philly looking for anybody LGBTQ who wants an accountability buddy (or several!!). SW was 268, CW is 232, GW is 140. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 00:10:30 EST 'Allo! I am Brandy, and I identify as pansexual. I didn't realize that pansexuality defined me until late this last fall. <BR> <BR> I'm a Michigander, and am not thrilled with the snow storm and cold snap that's currently happening. <BR> <BR> I enjoy belly dance (have been at it for over a decade) and dance fitness (like Zumba). Am currently doing Couch to 5k, just to challenge myself, on the elliptical. Am hoping to give the DDP Yoga program a go at some point, too. <BR> I also like to draw/paint... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:58:30 EST SHE COVERS ALL THE MINORITIES!<BR>06/gay-native-american-sharice-davids-<BR>heading-congress <BR> Wed, 7 Nov 2018 13:13:31 EST My Elevator Speech about who I am I am doing the exercises on resilience in the Queer &amp; Transgender Resilience Workbook. This is my "elevator speech" about myself: <BR> I am a trans woman. I am an artist. I am a librarian. I am also a parent and a father. I am a human being with wants desires just a bit different from most people. I am a person. I love, I hate, I cry, I live. I am unique and I am the same as everyone else in the world. I am me. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:51:45 EST FIRST TRANSGENDERED MISS UNIVERSE?! although I would be the first to dispute the classic and narrow parameters of the definition of BEAUTY, I am tickled pink/lavender for this gal and for LGBTQ everywhere! <BR> <BR><BR>sgender-model-miss-universe/ <BR> <BR> copy and paste this address into your computer's search bar near the top of your screen Thu, 5 Jul 2018 22:26:26 EST Hormones kicking in? I think the estradiol is starting to work now. The past few days I found myself tearing up very easily. I was actually bawling twice yesterday. It is a good feeling, ironically. Yesterday I had gone to my wife's house to pick up some of my artwork that had been in a show. When I got there she was preparing the family 4th of July cookout. I got my art work and got back in my car. Before I even pulled out the driveway, I started bawling. I really wanted to have her invite me to stay for the pic... Thu, 5 Jul 2018 15:01:10 EST The Letter. I sent my counselor a PM this morning after a discussion we had in his office on Tuesday. He told me he thought I didn't need any more counseling. He asked me what I wanted to do next. I told him I needed to think on it. My message this morning asked him to write THE LETTER and to refer me to the transgender surgery group at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY. The surgeon there has been correcting mistakes made in MTF surgery for many years. He has extend the procedures to do the full surg... Thu, 5 Jul 2018 14:59:56 EST Ugh my heart just hurts today An old friend has been kind of avoiding my kid. She moved about an hour away but still comes near our house frequently. So my kid finally finds out today that its because her mom considers him a bad influence....because he is trans. He is kind, gets good grades, holds down a job, is polite and kind and loving to all ...but ...he's a bad influence because he can't wait to take testosterone and have breast removal done. <BR> <BR> Well sigh, we leave for pride friday and get to be in the parad... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:51:21 EST Aging challenges unique to the LGBTQ+ community As we age, there are unique challenges that we face. Finding a new partner after a break up can seem impossible in a youth-centric dating pool, made even more difficult as a single gay person. Financial issues can be more difficult as we watch our straight friends retire with the proceeds of two incomes. As we age and our parents and relatives die, we are left with a family void. <BR> For the young people just starting out, these issues will be hopefully lessened but for the elders in the ... Tue, 29 May 2018 19:16:41 EST Exercising while in HRT I am going to my intake appointment next wekk for hormone replacement therapy. I am curious if there are any considerations for exercise and diet while starting HRT. I have just started jogging a couple times a week and walk at least 2 miles everyday while at work. I will be getting back to my strength training starting this next week. I just moved and need to get my weights from my soon to be ex-wife's house. Thu, 24 May 2018 15:20:01 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Josh and I am from West Virginia. I've been struggling with my weight for quite some time. As a Christmas gift, my parents gave me a Weight Watchers membership (it's not as cruel as it sounds, I was very excited!). I managed to lose 93.5 pounds while on the program, then I went on vacation and gained 13.5 pounds and spiraled out of control from there. I've managed to gain back all of that plus some. This caused me to get to my highest weight ever at 329.... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:57:29 EST Some possible changes for the team Well, I am looking for some people to become team leaders. It could help the team to have us working together. Also we have had it brought forward to change the team name to LGBTQ. Please post here, we will have a poll of what we want as a team and then I will go ahead from there. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:14:01 EST Remembering Some Advocates Thought we might try to celebrate some advocates here that helped the community in one way or another here. For now, Ryan White.He may not seem to be an advocate for our community at first, but he did really help bring awareness to a major crisis big for the community and helping to bring public thoughts to the AIDS epidemic and therefor the gay community in general. How do you think he helped us and the medical community as well? If you have any other advocates you would like celebrated with... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:26:27 EST What Are We Thankful For? Happy Thanksgiving everyone. With everything going on, let's slow down a little and show what we are really thankful for in our lives. What are you grateful for? Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:52:17 EST A Tribute To Kelly Since we have lost one of our dear members and leaders here, I thought it might be nice to pay tribute to Kelly. What we thought of him and what he may have meant to us personally and as a sparker and team leader. Please feel free to share here for Kelly and his memory to us. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:54:51 EST Kristy aka Tweety was admitted to the hospital and is in bad shape. If you want to leave any encouraging words, her spark page is below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EETYKC00 </link> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:03:05 EST Bi with straight partners? Anyone have experience/advice when it comes to bi/straight relationships? I'm recently out to my wife (and myself for that matter, yay denial) and would love to hear from others who have been in similar situations. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:52:20 EST Progres t the Pancho Barnes Aerodrome We are just getting finished with using our solar power panels to charge the batteries for our cordless hand tools. In another half hour, we will be finishing the construction of the interior of our east wall, on the Music room. The panels also supply all the power that we use running the house. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:23:48 EST Where I was, where I am, and where I am going My lesbian wife of now 24 years and I used to be active here till about three or four years ago, and then we left, due to connectivity problems with spark people. Our connectivity has gotten slightly better, (We live in Far West Texas Cattle Country, on 82 acres that we paid off last year, in a house that we are building while we live in it). I was born Intersexed in 1950, and although I knew it from the time I was five, I never had the proof until I was 28. I was surgically altered at less t... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:02:02 EST The Best and Worst Frozen Foods <link><BR>-worst-frozen-foods/?utm_source=newsle<BR>tter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_camp<BR>aign=010317_ss </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:11:09 EST Protein shakes and pudding I've read some recipes that called for a Tbsp of sugar free pudding to a protein shake for added flavor. I sip on my protein shake all morning long to keep me going until lunch time. I was curious, does the pudding powder "set up" the shake if you don't down the shake all in one sitting? <BR> How about adding sugar free gelatin powder? Is it gritty? Will it set up? <BR> I also make my shake the night before so I just grab it out of the fridge on my way to work. <BR> Hoping someone tried it b... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:50:01 EST my ah ha moment I have not come out except to myself. Ihave always enjoyed crossdressing (since I was a preteen) and still do since it stimulates me very much. I began to think about being gay when I was naked in a steam room and one of my neighbors noticed me fondling myself and put his mouth on me and yes I liked it. It was my first man to man encounter and always visited him as often as possible. I wonder what coming out can do for me. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:48:20 EST Meditation Summit The Science of Meditation Summit is about the transformative effect of meditation on the areas of our lived experience that shape our happiness, well-being and ability to be of service to others. The five-day online program will begin on 19 October and will feature over 20 renowned thought leaders, leading researchers, and wisdom holders offering their insights and proven practices--all at no cost. <link><BR>ef=2594631ba2 </link> <BR> <em>135</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:25:39 EST Voting while Trans <link><BR>es/voting-while-trans-preparing-voter-<BR>id-laws </link> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:19:21 EST Tegan and Sara If you are looking for some new music to dance around your house to, the new Tegan and Sara album is *stellar* -- they've totally moved past their folk sound and are in full on 80s revival -- and the music videos from the album are some of the most queer affirming things I've ever seen. The video for Faint of Heart is a lbtg youth talent show!:<BR>Y <BR> <BR> x V Sat, 10 Sep 2016 21:22:37 EST New Here! / Getting to Know You Extravaganza! Cheers queers! I'm excited to be here! <BR> <BR> A - Age: 33 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Laundry -- it never ends! <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: You must mean cats' names.. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: red lipstick <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: of lipstick? Cruella by Nars. <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 4" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Sometimes I drum and I used to play violin. <BR> <BR> J - ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:04:41 EST U.S. Navy to name a ship for Harvey Milk Awesome news. Are you familiar with Harvey Milk? If not, I highly recommend that you look him up. <BR> <BR> <BR> “In the navy, Yes, you can sail the seven seas <BR> <BR> In the navy, Yes, you can put your mind at ease <BR> <BR> In the navy, <BR> Come on now, people, make a stand…” <BR> <BR> And the United States Navy is doing just that, taking a stand for LGBTQ sailors by naming its next ship for slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. <BR> <BR> Milk served ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:25:45 EST 35 Foods to Get you Swimsuit ready <link> </link> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:39:56 EST Avoid These Health-Food Frauds <link><BR>s-that-can-wreck-your-diet?ecd=wnl_spr<BR>_033116&amp;ctr=wnl-spr-033116_nsl-ld-<BR>stry_title&amp;mb=NXSrwIpYhkkP3QnQ4Uaf<BR>suHnVev1imbCf%40Rw6Vbri7I%3d </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:33:24 EST Walking Calories Burned by Miles <link><BR>rned-by-miles-3887154 </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:53:10 EST 11 Lighter Summer Pies <link><BR>ow.asp?show=79 </link> Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:49:56 EST Happy anniversary! On this day last year - after two decades of legal struggle - the Supreme Court agreed with us in their decision in Obergefell v Hodges. <BR> <BR> So today during PRIDE Month, happy anniversary! Congratulations on one year of full marriage equality in the United States! <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:13:06 EST First openly lesbian Miss America contestant <link><BR>s-missouri-becomes-first-openly-gay-mi<BR>ss-america-contestant/06/2016/ </link> <BR> <BR> The state of Missouri has crowned its first ever lesbian Miss America contestant in Erin O’Flaherty, a 23-year-old shop owner living in St. Louis. <BR> <BR> The announcement was made this past Saturday at the Miss Missouri competition in Mexico, Missouri. After the announcement, Ann Jolly, chairman of the board of the Miss Missouri Scholarship Organizat... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:49:13 EST Stonewall National Monument <link><BR>ma-names-lgbt-landmark-as-national-mon<BR>ument </link> <BR> <BR> President Obama is designating a new national monument around the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. <BR> <BR> The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the National Park System specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community. <BR> <BR> The monument covers nearly 8 acres in New York's Greenwich Vill... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:45:25 EST Trans-friendly tailors New HBO Doc About Trans-Friendly Tailors Shows Us That All Bodies Are Worthy Of Great Clothes <link><BR>ted-hbo-doc </link> <BR> <BR> On Monday, HBO is set to premiere Suited, the Lena Dunham-produced documentary about Bindle &amp; Keep, a first-of-its-kind company dedicated to making bespoke suits for trans and gender non-conforming people. The film highlights the business partnership between Daniel Friedman, founder and head tailor, and clothier Rae T... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:30:18 EST Never forget...... <img src=""> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:47:55 EST Something to smile about today <link><BR>-always-wins?bffbmain&amp;utm_term=.sq<BR>2kL169Yv#.deGrboGm7w </link> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:48:52 EST Signs of hope <link><BR>-in-the-wake-of-the-orlando-tragedy.html </link> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:21:19 EST Winning Hearts and Minds Online This is a great article about transgender equality and visibility from the New York Times. The world is changing so much faster than I ever anticipated in my lifetime! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/in-the-fight-for-transgender-equalit<BR>y-winning-hearts-and-minds-online.html </link> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:05:24 EST 18 Best Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut and a Fl 18 Best Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut and a Flat Belly <BR> <BR> <link><BR>31&amp;ms=MjU2MjU0MTUS1&amp;r=OTI0OTIx<BR>NzAzMzQS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=ODIwMDM5NjA3S0<BR>&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0 </link> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:38:14 EST June is GAY PRIDE MONTH.... HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH...! Calling on "the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people," President Obama concludes, "by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:08:56 EST Senate confirms first openly gay Army Secretary Senate confirms first openly gay Army Secretary <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nning-openly-gay-army-secretary_us_573<BR>b83a7e4b0646cbeeb47a0 </link> <BR> <BR> The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Eric Fanning as the new secretary of the Army — quietly making history by putting the first openly gay person in the post. <BR> <BR> Fanning was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote. He previously filled a number of senior positions in the Department of Defense, includi... Wed, 18 May 2016 19:20:44 EST Finding love again Finding Love Again, This Time With a Man by Harris Wofford <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unday/findinglove-again-this-time-with<BR>-a-man.html </link> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:49:03 EST Adoption victory Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States <BR> <BR> A federal judge ruled Mississippi’s ban on same-sex adoption is unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last sum... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:38:22 EST April-June: Looking good for summer Challenge We all want to look good. Especially, during the summer months. Now's the time to be on the Internet less and working out more. If you have a lot of weight that you need to lose, break it down into short term goals. For example, instead of expecting to lose 20lbs in one month, set your goal to lose 8lbs per month. Losing 2lbs a week is the healthiest way to do it. Keep working on your short term goals, and before you know it, you're at your goal weight. Next, write down HOW you are going to a... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:00:12 EST Why Sitting Is Bad and How to Avoid It <link><BR>itting-bad-avoid/?utm_source=newslette<BR>r&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaig<BR>n=0328_1st_ed_m </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:17:51 EST Team Stats for March 2016 You have exceeded all goals except for one, drinking water. Some of the stats were way over so far so I adjusted those by the numbers for this month except the drinking water part. This is located in the lower right corner of the Nutritional Tracker. <BR> <BR> Awesome job on everything else. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:07:59 EST Understanding Health Benefits of Different Physica Understanding Health Benefits of Different Physical Activity Levels <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>benefitsexp.htm </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:26:13 EST Why we should be drinking more water Not an SP article, but still, interesting facts about water consumption: <BR> <BR> The Institute of Medicine suggests women drink about nine cups (or 72 oz.) of water a day, which may leave you wondering whether that's actually worth all the trips to the bathroom. We went straight to the studies to show you yes, it is. <BR> <BR> 1. You're more likely to have health problems. <BR> Higher water intake has been linked to decreased chances of kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer, and hear... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:07:16 EST What do you need to work on or like to achieve? We're working on some challenge ideas and who to better ask than the members? What are some of your short term and long term goals? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:25:58 EST The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision <link><BR>on-christ-gay-vision </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:20:32 EST All you need to know about Donald Trump.... <img src=""> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:19:20 EST Protect Australian students Call for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to protect young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Australia. <link><BR>s/ </link> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:02:57 EST How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off This is worth sharing. I talk a lot in my blogs about how challenging this journey is, but how worth the effort it can be. This article sums up the whole thing really well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-lose-weight-and-keep-it-off </link> <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:16:56 EST Shedding the Weight <link><BR>e </link> <BR> <BR> Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit is an all-new 21-day meditation experience from Oprah and Deepak. <BR> <BR> Do you want to feel lighter in body and spirit? Begin an inspirational meditation journey that will shift the way you look and feel. This transformative experience led by Oprah and Deepak, will give you more energy, creativity and light that can last a lifetime. You will discover what nourishes your entire... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:06:09 EST LGBT National and Global Sports Events for all Hi- I'm sharing these here because I've found a lot of people didn't know these events existed, and would have done the last one in the US (Gay Games 9 in Cleveland in 2014) if they had heard about it! <BR> <BR> Here are some main upcoming major LGBTQ games/events. They combine sporting events, cultural events, and social events, and welcome athletes of all ages and abilities. <BR> <BR> Events you will typically see at these types of games: 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, swimming, triat... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:23:48 EST New LGBTQ taxpayer resource Are you filing your income tax forms soon? If so, check out the new Queer Our Taxes Taxpayer Guide: <link><BR>-2016/ </link> <BR> <BR> For many of us, tax time is both wonderful and terrifying. It is the time when we can finally pay down our credit card, get ahead on the rent, or buy the used car that’s going to cut our commute down by 45 minutes. It is also the time when we have to sit down with a stranger and share some of the most private details of ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:08:50 EST Slam poetry I adore Button Poetry, and this piece about homophobia is gorgeous: <link> </link> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:57:21 EST The strange life of Q-tips.... The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:37:59 EST First LGBT national park? <link><BR>ate-a-national-park-for-stonewall </link> <BR> <BR> Two-thirds of America’s more than 400 national park sites are dedicated to cultural and historic significance. These are places where people lived, ideas were born, and history was made. <BR> <BR> There’s a national park site in Seneca Falls that tells the story of the women’s rights movement. There’s a national park site in Selma that tells the story of the African-American civil rights move... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:49:44 EST Getting to know the Lioness.... A - Age: 44 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Full <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cooking (wife is a chef, so I mostly stay in my lane, LOL) <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Chaco (like Taco) <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Music <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): None. :-( <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Executive Receptionist <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 3 (my own) and 4 stepchildren through my... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:56:41 EST Remembering David Bowie Through 44 Years Of His... Remembering David Bowie Through 44 Years Of His Music Videos -- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os-chronology </link> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:13:03 EST We will A Short Film for Australian Marriage Equality in 2016 <link> </link> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:58:30 EST Gorgeous LGBTQ photos <link><BR>otography-series-portrays-gay-couples-<BR>all-over-th </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:13:47 EST A song for all of us to welcome in 2016 -- <link> </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:26:02 EST In Memoriam ...Pearl Harbor Day...Dec 7, 1941 <link><BR>arl_harbor_74th_anniversary.html </link> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:54:11 EST Christmas Song List (extensive) <em>445</em> The Christmas Song List -- <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> I've composed a big list of many Christmas songs and/or <BR> bands that folks may be familiar with. I've even listed the YouTube URLs to these <BR> songs, so that you can listen to the songs. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> 1. White Christmas, by Bing Crosby-- ; by Human Nature-- <BR> <BR><BR>ayer_detailpage&amp;v=9YDW6mAygz4 <BR> 2. Ch... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:26:45 EST I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Danielle LoPresti, with her real-life spouse and child, star in this progressive interpretation of Tommie Connor's 1952 Christmas classic. <link> </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 04:04:39 EST Pringles -scented candles give Christmas incense a <link><BR>ck/click?u=9c140b7a8e1b10797db61e5cd&a<BR>mp;id=2e2bc40b86&amp;e=bf6d969456 </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:17:00 EST Getting to know you extravaganza <BR> A - Age:47 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: dusting <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dogs. 2 cats: Mickey and Becki <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: deep dark purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver or white gold <BR> <BR> H – Height is 5' 5'' <BR> <BR> I - Instrument: I can sing a little. I used to play the piano and would like to learn the drums one day. <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Registered nurse ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:23:20 EST Kate Winslet The legendary Peter Lindbergh teams up with the striking Kate Winslet for the cover story of L'UOMO Vogue. Kate has taken on the magazine with menswear styling prepared by Clare Richardson. <link><BR>nslet/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:31:31 EST Leonard Matlovich - Brave Soldier There was a great article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Sunday about Leonard Matlovich, another of our trailblazers. His was one of the first faces I ever saw on the cover of a magazine saying "I am gay." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>81/gaye-lebaron-trailblazing-gay-veter<BR>an?page=0 </link> <BR> <BR> In honor of Veterans Day... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:23:45 EST Don't sneak What a marvelous story about integrity and worthiness. <link><BR>27/dont-sneak-a-fathers-command-to-his<BR>-gay-son-in-the-1950s/ </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:18:51 EST Tips to help you be more successful Here are some of the things I've done on SparkPeople that have helped me achieve my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Make your SparkPage public. This allows others to leave you comments of encouragement and give you SparkGoodies to make you feel special (and they have ZERO calories!). To make your SparkPage public, go to your SparkPage and click "Edit My SparkPage" (or go here: <link> </link> ) In the upper right corner under More Options, clear out the first two chec... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:20:18 EST Men's Health Magazine Ultimate Men's Health Guy One of the 5 finalists for Men's Health magazine's "Ultimate Men's Health Guy" is a trans man, Aydian Dowling. Read about him here: <BR> <link><BR>e-ultimate-mens-health-guy </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:07:09 EST LGBTQ History: Dr. Martha May Eliot Dr. Martha May Eliot <BR> <BR> April 7, 1891 - February 14, 1978 <BR> <BR> Ms. Eliot was a leading pediatrician and specialist in public health, she was also assistant director for the World Health Organization. Her research established that public health measures could prevent and reverse the early onset of rickets. In 1947, she became the first woman elected as president of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She also was the first woman to receive the APHA's Sedgwick Memorial ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 03:43:57 EST Lesbian pioneers When we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like Ellen DeGeneres and Billie Jean King presumably come to mind. But we at The Huffington Post wanted to teach you a little somethin' somethin' about your history in honor of October's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month. Below, feast your eyes on a group of undaunted ladies who helped paved the way for women and their women-loving ways <link><BR>s-to-know-in-history_561d5928e4b028dd7<B... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 03:41:15 EST Getting to Know You Extravaganza Hi everyone! My name is Adrien. I am new to the team, but not SparkPeople. =) <BR> <BR> A - Age: 30 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Anything in the bathroom <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dog. =( We have cats, fish, a lizard, chickens, turkeys, and alpacas though. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Teal <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – Height is 5' 6'' <BR> <BR> I - Instrument: No instrument... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:31:53 EST Taking Back Time <link><BR>087919847885673/ </link> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:49:55 EST Why FDR grew up wearing dresses Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble. <BR> <BR> We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin's outfit was considered gender-neutral. <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:46:47 EST Imagine freedom from shaming Petition to call on faith leaders to stop harming LGBT youth by teaching that homosexuality is a sin: <link><BR>-unique-harm-caused-to-lgbt-youth </link> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:53:39 EST Make LGBTQ Health Count The National LGBTQ Task Force is hoping to get your input. Make LGBTQ health count by taking the National Voices of Health 2015 survey: <link><BR>em_id=4721.0&dlv_id=8041 </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:25:54 EST Transgender teens Transgender teens speak to themselves 10 years from now: <link> </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 02:14:29 EST 9/11...Never again. Never forget. ** LEST WE FORGET ** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:24:56 EST A county clerk who was a heroic ally! 40 years ago, a gay couple applied for a marriage license. This county clerk approved their request. Maybe we should focus on one of LGBTQ history's unsung heroes: former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>couple-applied-for-a-marriage-license-<BR>she-approved-it </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:31:00 EST 8.30: Team Update In reviewing the status of the team stats for the whole team, as a group, all of the goals have been met. Awesome! <BR> <BR> Prepare yourself for next month, and try something new. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:09:24 EST Here's How Donald Trump Would Explain His Anti-Gay <link><BR>trump-gay-marriage_55df3412e4b029b3f1b<BR>1d228?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fncid%253Dnew<BR>sltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:46:15 EST Is There A Reason Women May Be More Likely To Iden Is There A Reason Women May Be More Likely To Identify As Bisexual? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re-more-likely-to-be-bisexual-it-just-<BR>depends-on-their-romantic-opportunitie<BR>s_55dcbddae4b0a40aa3ac7871?ir=Gay%2BVo<BR>ices%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:41:23 EST Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Couples Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-gay-marriage-licenses_55df3053e4b08<BR>dc09486a05d?ir=Gay%2BVoices&section=ga<BR>y-voices </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:39:39 EST Spark Changes Update <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:48:59 EST ((September Challenge))Do Something Different We've reviewed the team members, and it looks like all of us are on different levels. Some are already in maintenance mode, while others are in the losing weight mode. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. September is going to be a little bit different. Instead of posting a challenge, the leaders will be posting articles, videos, etc... that will show you HOW to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can choose a challenge for yourself at this link: <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:58:56 EST Getting to know you extravaganza A- Age: 45 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Dusting <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Sammy, Sadie and Sebastian <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – 5'10" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Trumpet in high school <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Casino Shift Manager <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 0 <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: With my husband and 3 furry ki... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:53:42 EST 8.24.15: GLBTQ Spotlight is on DITA48 DITA48 found great success in 2012 with a regular fitness plan that culminated in her completing a mini triathlon. She wants that to be her present, not just her past. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below to post a supportive comment and/or give her a Spark Goodie for her efforts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TA48 </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:14:28 EST 8.24: 13 Things Bisexuals are Tired of Hearing <link><BR>-things-bisexuals-are-t_b_8029058.html<BR>?ir=Gay%20Voices?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the correct link to the article I posted yesterday. Sorry for the confusion. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:04:01 EST Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health <link><BR>anbisexualandtransgenderhealth.html </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:11:42 EST True Colors Cyndi Lauper is set to open a 30-bed housing facility for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Manhattan on September 1st. The True Colors Residence, named after her 1986 hit "True Colors," will be located on West 154th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. The residence, the first permanent housing facility of its kind in the city, was conceived by the singer, her manager and the West End Intergenerational Residence, a non-profit focused on providing housing for ho... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:55:03 EST Julian Bond Julian Bond, a champion of equal rights, died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. <BR> <BR> His wife of 24 years, Pamela Horowitz, was leaving the intensive care unit when a nurse stopped her, the first admirer to offer condolences. <BR> <BR> “She told me, ‘I want you to know it was a privilege to take care of him,’ ” recalls Horowitz, voice wavering. “She said, ‘As a gay American, I thought he was a hero.’ And for her to say that, for her to be the last person who was with him, I thought i... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:19:53 EST 8.13.15 Spark Spotlight is on GAYLE-G-63 Like in one of her blogs, she says, "Isn't this what we all want? Just to be ourselves? =) " <BR> <BR> This is so true; especially, when it concerns health and fitness. Sometimes people work hard to lose weight not for themselves, but for others. Spark People has all of the tools to reach your health and fitness goals and your motivation? You. <BR> <BR> Post some comments on her page and/or give her a Spark Goodie for encouragement. <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:07:23 EST Team Spotlight is shining on FRANKIEKNIGHT2 This member has found a way to keep track of calories, and is very determined to stick to it. As long as you burn more calories that you consume, the weight will come off. <BR> <BR> Let's post a few words of encouragement and/or give a Spark Goodie at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ANKIEKNIGHT2 </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:08:12 EST Weigh-in 185 <BR> 186 <BR> <BR> I love that so far this month, the majority is still participating. Keep it up. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:36:52 EST Hi Everyone! (Getting to Know You Extravaganza) Hello. Nice to "meet" all of you. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 32 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: All of them! <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: I don't have a dog but I'm sure if I did have a dog he or she would be named after a Star Trek TNG character. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Up until recently, diet Pepsi. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Changes regularly. Currently burgundy. <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 18:15:11 EST LGBTQ History: Addams, Jane (1860-1935 American reformer, social worker, founder of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago, <BR> and peace activist, Jane Addams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Her <BR> involvement in same-sex relationships has consistently been hidden or minimized by <BR> official biographers. <BR> As a cultural feminist, Addams argued that the dominant male values at the turn of the twentieth century <BR> contributed to such tragic circumstances as poverty, urban blight, and war. It was therefore, she belie... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:53:38 EST 8.8.8:GLBTQ Spotlight of the day is on DAVIDPRESCO Today's team spotlight is shining bright on DAVIDPRESCOTT. He did a very hard thing to do, quit smoking, and he's overcome the love of chocolate. How? By barking. Yep, you heard it right. To distract him from his triggers, he barks. I think I'm going to try that too. <BR> <BR> Congratulation David and keep doing what you're doing. <BR> <BR> Please post some comments on his page and/or Spark Goodies to help with some self esteem. <BR> <BR> Click on this link to go directly to his page. <BR>... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:49:44 EST 8.5.15: Team Member of the day is BONNIEMARGAY Today's member who is in the spotlight is Bonniemargay. She's been giving spark goodies to other members on the team, comments on other member's blogs and very active on the team. Please take the time to click on the link below that will take you direly to her page where you can cheer her on. Thank you to those who do so. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:31:39 EST GLBTQ:Team Member of the month. NIGHTOCUPS NIGHTOCUPS, noticed something much more about Spark, which makes her the team member of the day. Let's post some comments and/or goodies on her page. Her spark page is below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GHTOCUPS </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:41:13 EST Getting to Know You Extravaganza I realized I never posted this! <BR> <BR> A - Age: 57 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King - finally got last year after 35 years of marriage <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: vacuuming <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: none. Our Toby passed at Christmastime 2013. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee regular (not regular coffee) <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Tried to learn... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:57:35 EST Hello there! I'm Summy. :) I joined S.P. about two weeks ago so that I could share the gettin' fit experience with others doing the same, and I've been exploring the site ever since. I'm glad I found this team! <BR> <BR> There's a bit of information about me on my Spark page; if you have any questions, drop me a line or add me as a friend. I've also filled out the Getting To Know You Extravaganza list too... <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Age: 40 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Double (memory foam) - it's just me and my cats sleeping ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:46:27 EST GLBTQ: Spark Member of the Day LOLAB_13 Today's Spark Member of the day is LOLAB_13. She just lost 1.5 pounds. Awesome! <BR> <BR> Start blogging and add me as your friend and any accomplishments you made will put you in the spotlight. <BR> <BR> Please click the link below and post a comment or give her a Spark Goodie congratulating her. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LAB_13 </link> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:35 EST LGBTQ History: Achmat, Zackie (b. 1962) South African activist Zackie Achmat has been a pivotal figure in his country's response to AIDS. His refusal, <BR> from 1999 to 2003, to avail himself of anti-retroviral drugs until they became affordable for the poor <BR> brought him recognition from health and human rights advocates worldwide. <BR> Born Abdurrazack Achmat in Johannesburg, on March 21, 1962, "Zackie" was raised in a conservative Muslim <BR> household by his mother and aunt in Salt River, an area of Cape Town. In a 1995 auto... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:34:42 EST LGBTQ History: Gay-Straight Alliances First of all, The GLBTQ Encyclopedia decided to not take it down. Instead, they are keeping the archives open for educational references. I'm so happy about that <BR> <BR> Gay-Straight Alliances <BR> <BR> A gay-straight alliance (GSA) can be defined as a youth-led, school- or community-based group that provides a safe, welcoming, and affirming physical and emotional space for glbtq students, as well as those who are perceived as glbtq, those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:11:53 EST Carol Leifer:C OMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, A COMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, AND ACTIVIST, 1956 <BR> <BR> Carol Leifer worked hard to achieve success as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and producer. She never anticipated that after the age of forty she would find personal fulfillment by recognizing her lesbianism, becoming a mother, and standing up for glbtq rights. <BR> <BR> Humor has been an integral part of life for Carol Leifer from her earliest days. She grew up in East Williston, New York, the city of her birth on July 27... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:07:29 EST Straight Allies Are The Best! There are many straight allies who have joined this team, and I would love to hear your stories. What brought you to this team? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:28:38 EST ((August Challenge)) I'm sad that the LGBTQ Encyclopedia web site is shutting down beginning on August 1st. It contained so much information that was interesting concerning our community. <BR> <BR> August Challenge: Beginning on August 1st, weigh yourself and post your results in this forum. Try to set a goal to lose 1lb a week. The person who loses the most weight will get a very good Team Spark Goodie and bragging rights. You have to be consistent in weighing yourself the entire month in order to win. For thos... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:23:10 EST First Same Sex Marriage First Same Sex Marriage for Springfield Ohio happened last week... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:37:03 EST Ruth Ellis:PIONEER AND ICON OF THE GLBTQ COMMUNITY PIONEER AND ICON OF THE GLBTQ COMMUNITY IN DETROIT, 1899 (1899-2000) <BR> <BR> Small of stature but great of heart, Ruth Ellis became an icon of the glbtq community in Detroit, where she lived for most of her 101 years. Out, proud, generous, and plain-speaking, she lived life on her own terms with determination and dignity. The Ruth Ellis Center continues her legacy of offering shelter and support to young glbtq people. <BR> <BR> Ruth Ellis was a witness to history. She came within a few ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:00:43 EST LGBTQ: Judy Chicago: FEMINIST ARTIST WHO CHALLENGE FEMINIST ARTIST WHO CHALLENGES THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ART AND CRAFT, 1939 <BR> <BR> Judy Chicago, née Cohen, the ardent feminist painter and sculptor who changed her name to reflect her birthplace, was born into a Jewish family in 1939. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964 and developed the first feminist art program, the Female Art Class, at Fresno State College in 1970. <BR> <BR> In 1971, Chicago co-founded, with painter Miriam Schapiro, the Feminist Art ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:57:31 EST new and looking for support Hi Im Brandy and Im new on here just looking for support and maybe friends along the way. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:47:50 EST Can You Drink Too Much Water? <link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:27:38 EST Getting to know you A - Age: 72 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Housework <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dog <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Red <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver and Gold <BR> <BR> H – 5’ 6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Guitar <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Retired <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): yes <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Live with partner <BR> <BR> M - Mom's name: I'd rather not say. <BR> <BR... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:23:59 EST Hart Crane: A POET AND SUCCESSOR TO WALT WHITMAN W A POET AND SUCCESSOR TO WALT WHITMAN WHO WAS TORTURED BY HOMOSEXUAL SELF-HATRED, 1899 <BR> <BR> (1899-1933) <BR> <BR> A successor to Walt Whitman, Hart Crane found spiritual transcendence in homoerotic desire. <BR> <BR> Harold Hart Crane was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899, the only son of Grace Hart Crane, an intelligent, sensitive woman, and C. A. Crane, a success-driven businessman. The poet's childhood was materially secure but emotionally difficult. <BR> <BR> When Haro... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:06:27 EST We've come so far! This beautiful video takes us on a journey of LGBT rights in America, from when LGBT people were a hated minority to the moment when same-sex couples are finally free to marry. It celebrates the combination of the Constitution’s promise, the decades-long movement, the successful strategy, and the tenacious campaign that led to this transformation and triumph. <link><BR>fjbY </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:14:12 EST Stunt Writing Is there a step forward in your life around a dangerous edge where there be dragons? Need some structure, support, or motivation to push yourself into the thing that terrifies you? Get started with me today, I'll go with you! <link> </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:20:43 EST Ernest Hemingway:NOTED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE FICTI NOTED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE FICTION INCLUDED NEGATIVE AND ABUSIVE PORTRAYALS OF GAY MEN, <BR> <BR> (1899-1961) <BR> <BR> Ernest Hemingway, himself sexually insecure, included negative, even abusive portrayals of gay men in his fiction. <BR> <BR> The hunting-shooting-fishing (and writing) life of Hemingway begins with a little boy who was dressed in girl's clothing by his mother during his early years, a point he would later avoid when mythologizing his youth. He preferred to concentrate o... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:51:11 EST Dale Peck:WRITER WHO HAS BEEN BOTH PRAISED AND HAT WRITER WHO HAS BEEN BOTH PRAISED AND HATED, 1967 <BR> <BR> Novelist and literary critic Dale Peck is the author of a controversial collection of fiction reviews and four novels, including Martin and John, one of the most highly acclaimed works of AIDS literature. <BR> <BR> Peck's first two novels were published before he turned 30, and his prodigious talents have been praised for their "emotional wisdom" and "somber lyricism." The influential New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani has descr... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:12:44 EST Jason Bellini:T ELEVISION NEWS CORRESPONDENT, 1975 TELEVISION NEWS CORRESPONDENT, 1975 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 10 pages to read, and very interesting. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:59:26 EST Kyrsten Sinema:FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF TH FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1976 <BR> <BR> After serving several terms in the Arizona state legislature, Kyrsten Sinema ran successfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2012, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to that body. <BR> <BR> Kyrsten Sinema is a progressive legislator who also has a reputation for reaching across the aisle and engaging in dialogue with people of differing views in order to see that the needs of... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:57:44 EST Challenges have a new format! SparkPeople has designed a new way to present challenges that I might be a huge improvement and motivator. Check out the blog for more info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_cha<BR>llenges_feature </link> <BR> <BR> I joined the Plateau Busting challenge. How about you? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:27:20 EST Getting to know you(me)... A - Age: 39 (for 3 more days) <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Putting away laundry <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Maxim Chipper, Aiden <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Gold <BR> <BR> H – 6’ 3" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Saxophone, guitar <BR> <BR> J - Job title: IT Support Analyst <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 2 <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Finally went on that 2nd d... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:23:57 EST The PRIDE Study Join the first longitudinal health study of LGBTQ people today. Download The PRIDE Study app to tell researchers what matters most to you about your health <link> </link> <BR> <BR> More info about the study <link><BR>-lgbt-health-study-is-coming-to-the-ip<BR>hone#.jj2eGJvOZ </link> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:09:27 EST Spark Points for the month of June: Final Congratulations to those of you who met the Spark Points for the month of June. Outstanding! <BR> A lot of you were really close. Let's make the goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Your co-leads <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:35:17 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza - Hi, I'm Beth! A - Age: 34 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Scrubbing the toilet. :( <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No pets of my own, but parents have Needah & Grimm. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: COFFEEEEEEEEE!!!!! <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: It was red, but I just dyed my hair purple, and red clashes with it so bad, <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 4" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): None. I mean, I played ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:17:46 EST Amélie Mauresmo: PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER AND ON PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER AND ONE OF THE FEW ELITE ATHLETES TO COME OUT PUBLICLY WHILE STILL COMPETING, 1975 <BR> <BR> Amélie Mauresmo is the first professional tennis player since Martina Navratilova to come out publicly as a lesbian, and one of the few elite athletes to come out while still competing. She has almost twenty tournament titles to her credit and has held the number one ranking of the Women's Tennis Association. <BR> <BR> Amélie Mauresmo was born July 5, 1979 in St.-Germain-... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:24:43 EST July 4, 2015 I though it would be a nice change to post some positive pictures of all team members July 4th celebrations. In light of all the negative in the GLBT world. <BR> <BR> My beautiful daughter Brittany (rainbow hat) and her beautiful partner Whitey Lynn Celebrating July 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:23:22 EST World Cup The world's most publicly out soccer team just won the World Cup! <link><BR>lesbian-gay-women-world-cup </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:58:58 EST Thanks for voting! You can help pick the new image for this team from the most recent dozen or so posted here <link><BR>all_detail.asp?gw=940x2x </link> <BR> <BR> Vote by sending a Spark mail message to SEASONS_CHANGE_ at <link><BR>l_send_message.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to describe which picture you like and which user posted it. <BR> <BR> Happy Independence Day, lovelies! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:35:46 EST Charles Laughton: A MOVIE ACTOR AND DIRECTOR TORME (1899-1962) <BR> <BR> Charles Laughton was a distinguished Anglo-American stage and screen actor and director, as well as a noted orator and story-teller. He was also a tormented soul who, for much of his life, suffered from self-loathing and internalized homophobia. While his unhappiness may have contributed to his mastery as an actor, it in many ways poisoned his life. <BR> <BR> Deeply ashamed of his desires, Laughton died at the age of 62 without having ever publicly discussed or declare... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:15:11 EST Carl Hester: OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 1967 Very long history on Carl Hester, 8 pages. To read his story, please click on the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns.html </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:34:07 EST Carl Hester: OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 1967 Very long history on Carl Hester, 8 pages. To read his story, please click on the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns.html </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:33:00 EST Kopay, David (b. 1942) (b. 1942) <BR> <BR> David Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he came out publicly as a gay man. A veteran of the National Football League who played on five NFL teams, he was the first American professional athlete to acknowledge publicly his homosexuality. He thus stands near the head of the short list of openly gay and lesbian elite athletes. <BR> <BR> Born on June 28, 1942 in Chicago into a strict Roman Catholic family, Kopay was the second of Anton and Marguerite Kopay's four children... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:53:37 EST Sylvia Rivera LEGENDARY VETERAN OF THE STONEWALL (1951-2002) <BR> <BR> A legendary veteran of the Stonewall Riots (June 27-29, 1969), Sylvia Rivera is notable for helping to spark the event that ushered in the modern-day Gay Rights Movement. Indeed, Rivera spent most of her life at the forefront of both transgender and gay activism, tirelessly advocating and demonstrating for glbtq rights and inclusive social policies. At the same time, Rivera also struggled against and drew attention to the transphobia that continues to exist within the l... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:21:43 EST July's "Marriage Equality Success Challenge" What an incredible victory and a historic event. I do see obstacles in the way; however, the law is finally on our side. We have a lot to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Going forward, a lot of you are not used to receiving Team Goodies. At the end of each month, if you reach the team goals that are at the bottom of the main team page, then you will receive a Team Spark Goodie for your achievements. <BR> <BR> Concerning exercise and food triggers, you should know by now what triggers you to over... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:07:55 EST To all my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters: <link><BR>icrosswood/violent_lgbt_hate_crimes_on<BR>_the_rise_after_marriage_equality_ruling </link> <BR> <BR> To all my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters out there: Stand Proud! Stand Strong! Stand United! Even though we have won a huge victory for equality in this nation, there are still those whose hatred compels them to continue to victimize us and discriminate against us as fellow human beings. And yes...there is an increase in violence against our c... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:53:26 EST Gay Pioneers <link> </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:29:06 EST 6.30.15: Carb Cycling: Is It For You? <link><BR>r-mens-health/fl/Carb-Cycling-Is-It-Fo<BR>r-You.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_term=list_menshealth&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=list_menshealth&utm_content=20150630 </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:27:28 EST Safer Sex Practices <link> </link> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:55:57 EST 6.28: George Sand: Cross Dresser This cross dressers birthday is July 1st. <BR> <BR> (1804-1876) <BR> <BR> Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, better known as George Sand, is as infamous for her cigar-in-hand cross-dressing as she is famous for her eighty novels, twenty plays, and numerous political tracts. <BR> <BR> Sand also claimed an infamous ancestry. Her great-great-grandfather, an eighteenth-century king of Poland, sired out of wedlock her great-grandfather, who in turn fathered an illegitimate daughter, Sand's gran... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:36:24 EST 6.27.15: Chad Allen Chad Allen gained fame for his sensitive portrayal of an autistic child on a hit television show, but unlike many child stars, he has successfully made the transition from child actor to adult actor. He has also come out as a gay man and become a vocal advocate for glbtq rights. <BR> <BR> Chad Allen Lazzari and his twin sister, Charity, were born in Cerritos, California on June 5, 1974 and grew up in the neighboring city of Long Beach. Their mother entered the winsome children in twin contes... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:08:08 EST 6.27.15 Hello Team Like you, I'm very excited about the Supreme Court Ruling. I do see some obstacles ahead. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've posted, and for that I apologize. I'm looking forward to being more active, reading your blogs and getting to know you better. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, post in this thread what level you are on, health wise. (( wanting to lose weight, if you already at your fitness goals, other, and before you begin you health and fitness goals, please consult your doctor f... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:53:58 EST Marriage Stories Here is our marriage story: <BR> <BR> Steve and I met in the fall of 1998. Our first date was Christmas Eve. I was singing in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and he was a volunteer. SFGMC does three Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre every year. Steve was helping move scenery and props that night, and every time we saw each other in the hallway, we would steal a kiss. I think we fell in love with each other that day. <BR> <BR> We bought matching engagement rings in the spring ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:26:56 EST We Won!!!!! <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:48:38 EST Error Trying to figure out how to delete... <BR> <BR> Carry on... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:04:15 EST A Pastor Contemplates If One of His Children Were <link><BR>t-christian-pastor-promises-do-if-his-<BR>children-are-gay270914 </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:48:07 EST Our Gay Capital - A LGBT history of Washington DC I hope this link works. If it does not, try copying and pasting it into your browser. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Alex <BR> <link><BR>our-gay-capital/ </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:19:12 EST Transgender equality Part one in a series <link><BR>he-quest-for-transgender-equality.html </link> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:19:37 EST Laverne Cox and my 7 year old daughter A lovely story with a great video at the end <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cox-and-my-7-year-old-daughter </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:34:41 EST introduction Hello from the inland northwest!! So happy to be back on track and on spark people. My life right now revolves around work, two full time jobs and being mom to a super awesome little boy. I do have something exciting to report my first week back in track resulted in a 14lb loss!! Looking forward to getting to know some new people and support each other. Have a wonderful weekend. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:27:18 EST Magic! <link><BR>bledore-and-gandalf-to-marry-in-front-<BR>of-gay-hating-church-1.2233853 </link> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:11:53 EST May leaders! Congratulations to our inspiring leaders in fitness minutes and Spark points for May: TWEETYKC00, TODDERICKV, and BONNIEMARGAY! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:57:54 EST The mother of a gay son speaks out in Vermont This is a touching letter to the editor from a woman responding to anti-gay sentiment in the local newspaper <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-mother-of-a-gay-son-and-ive-taken-<BR>enough-from-you-good-people.html </link> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:31:03 EST Yearbook quote So much brilliance, all in one sentence! <link><BR>senior-yearbook-quote-is-going-viral-f<BR>or-all-the-right-reasons </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 19:39:39 EST Another Big Move Greenland has voted unanimously for same-sex marriage! The vote also will extend to the adoption rights of gay couples. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>59/153586203/0cbc46c469ca037d5f19a41ac<BR>c7b99475bddd8ab/1bd27bb412e91229d83e02<BR>c19826281eb0053434 </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 19:24:36 EST The New Road Trip Game On our drive across country, we jokingly mentioned as we crossed each state line whether we were still married or not. Today was fun because, we drove up to Indiana to go shopping (married), and then went back to Kentucky to take an afternoon nap (not married). We'll probably go back to Indiana for dinner (married) before coming back to Jim's house to sleep (not married). That's what we get for being right on the state line! <BR> <BR> Posting from Henderson, Kentucky, just across the Ohio Ri... Tue, 26 May 2015 18:03:38 EST My daughter coming out moment!!!! !!!!!!!!!! When she told me I told her she was just going through a phase at 14 and she was grounded to her room. I told her to talk to her step dad about it and left. I was gone for about one hour and when I came home I let her know it was OK to be who she was. We have been on this journey every since and I have come to appreciate the parents who understand and don't criticize their kids. On the down size I have taken in several of her friends that have been kicked out due to the life style choice. ... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:35:53 EST New to this Group My name is Frankie and I have a beautiful daughter who is a lesbian. I'm joining this group in support of my daughter life style and friends. I live on a farm with my husband, step daughter Harlee. My daughter Brittany who lives on her own but still need her mama. I'm looking for a community of fun loving, down to earth people that are on the same journey as I am.... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:29:58 EST The truth is out there I want to believe <link> </link> Sun, 17 May 2015 16:04:01 EST Kindness matters <link><BR>ar/a-gay-6-year-olds-thank-you-to-his-<BR>first-grade-teacher-20-years-later_b_7<BR>186932.html </link> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:29:59 EST B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89 B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89 --Brilliant bluesman who inspired a generation of guitarists and singers dies after decades-long battle with diabetes <BR> <BR> <BR> B.B. King, the larger-than-life guitarist and singer who helped popularize electric blues and brought it to audiences for more than six decades, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. King, who was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 30 years ago, was hospitalized last month due to dehydration. Last October, he was forced to can... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:00:03 EST Hooray for Vienna! Vienna is replacing the little figures in traffic lights with same-sex couples: <link> </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:09:37 EST Good news California Transgender teen's inspirational journey from near dropout to prom queen <link><BR>lifornia-trans-teens-inspirational-jou<BR>rney-near-dropout-prom-queen </link> Tue, 12 May 2015 20:04:38 EST Congratu lations! Congratulations to TWEETYKC00 and TODDERICKV for leading the team in Spark points and fitness minutes again for the month of April! <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 15:24:40 EST An unexpected but delightful side effect. My doctor prescribed Cardura for my HBP and now I get more and better erections. Hallaluyeh! <em>104</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:54:18 EST Great new lesbian ad I'll always stick with credit unions instead of banks, but this ad is wonderful <link><BR>-ad-shows-lesbian-couple-learning-sign<BR>-language-prepare-new-child </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:20:59 EST Jenner gender interview Wonder why 16 million people tuned in Friday nite?...........Jim Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:59:49 EST 16 million watch Jenner interview .....why? Wonder what the buzz represents!.........Jim Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:58:14 EST How far we've come.. aka the next generation This is a great story of how gay parents can change the world, one kid at a time. Sent to me by my friend Mary (MEWHENRYSMAMA) on SP. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oodie-got-me-talking-to-my-5-year-olds<BR>-about-gay-rights/ </link> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:32:30 EST Prom date I love this story! <link><BR>vidbadash/straight_high_school_student<BR>_asks_his_gay_best_friend_to_the_prom </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:54:05 EST Love must win Check out the #LoveMustWin campaign, and then show that you believe in the freedom to marry: <link> </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:58:58 EST Marvel reveals gay character <link><BR>r-is-gay-makes-complete-sense/20?ts_pid=2 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:27:03 EST exercise a cure for lack of libido? After doing my PT I feel so much better both physically and sexually. I have come across new exercises that seem to stimulate my body that I never felt before! <link>funloving15 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:33:32 EST Meet the gay couple in Clinton campaign video <link><BR>eet-the-same-sex-couple-in-clinton-cam<BR>paign-video/ </link> <BR> <BR> Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson didn’t know exactly what they were getting into three weeks ago when they agreed to help make a video on behalf of Hillary Clinton. <BR> <BR> The Chicago couple was asked by a friend who works for Organizing for America if they wanted to participate in a video of Americans going through big life changes that were somehow related to Clinton... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:40:38 EST Portraits These Portraits Show Homeless Youth As They Wish To Be Seen <BR> <BR> Homeless youth — as many as 40% of whom identify as LGBT — are captured in a new photo and essay project out next month. A photographer worked with these young people for months to put them in control of their own portrayals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-portraits-show-homeless-youth-as-the<BR>y-wish-to-be-seen?utm_term=.kvBo5WPjO#<BR>.tfXXxVA7n </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:37:34 EST New York Boy Scouts hire gay camp leader despite.. New York Boy Scouts hire gay camp leader despite national anti-gay policy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The New York Boy Scouts have hired an openly gay Eagle Scout in direct defiance of the scouts’ anti-gay national policies. <BR> <BR> On his 18th birthday, in August 2014, Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier wrote an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America to say goodbye to the organization – because its national policies allow gay scouts but ban gay leaders. <BR> <BR> Now the Greater New York Councils chap... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:37:29 EST March leaders Congratulations to TWEETYKC00 and TODDERICKV for leading the team in Spark points and fitness minutes for the month of March! <BR> <BR> Way to lead and inspire! <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:17:57 EST Google Nose...awesome new product <link> </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:58:32 EST International Day of Transgender Visibility by Juli Myers <BR> <BR> This will be the seventh year that the International Day of Transgender Visibility is observed, having been founded by a frustrated Rachel Crandall, an American activist, who wanted an observance celebrating the lives of trans people to contrast the only existing observance, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual memorial observed every November. <BR> <BR> Why is it important to observe a day like this? We are already acknowledged and observed as part of the L... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:57:19 EST I love Aaron and Eric on The Walking Dead And I enjoyed receiving this email just now from Faith in American after the season finale: <BR> <BR> Faith In America applauds AMC Television for its introduction of a gay couple during this season of The Walking Dead – a couple who is embraced by the show's other characters. <BR> <BR> Faith In America Executive Director Brent Childers stated the show's handling of sexual orientation in unison with its ongoing handling of various religious themes is a wonderful combination for a television... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:13:17 EST #LoveRules The Supreme Court will receive opposing briefs this Friday that argue against the freedom to marry. Let's show the world that #LoveRules <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:02:41 EST Lawyer proposes 'Kill the Gays' bill in California Lawyer proposes 'Kill the Gays' bill in California -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.' <BR> <BR> Donald Bentz, executive director for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, has called the move 'terrifying and almost laughable in the same breath', and is worried the measure could actua... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:29:01 EST An LGBT Earthquake Is Happening in Country Music An LGBT Earthquake Is Happening in Country Music -- <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s an earthquake happening in the music genre that has long kept many of us at a lasso-length’s distance. <BR> <BR> More here:<BR>/music/2015/03/18/lgbt-earthquake-happ<BR>ening-country-music Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:28:24 EST Ready for happy news? A 14 year old transgender girl is the beautiful new face of Clean & Clear! <link><BR>ar-old-trans-girl-is-Clean-Clears-new-<BR>face </link> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:45:56 EST Brilliant response to bigotry! A proposed amendment to an anti-LGBT bill that would force public posting of detailed bigotry: <link><BR>pointed-amendment-anti-gay-bill </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:07:55 EST One million kids for equality Awesome new movement promoting LOVE <link> </link> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:41:05 EST Inappropriate Spark Mails are being sent out Hello, and long time no see. There have been reports of very inappropriate Spark Mail messages. We've never had this problem before, so this is a warning. If hear from another member receiving such Spark Mails, that person will be reported to Spark People and removed from the group. <BR> <BR> I say this with love and respect. <BR> <BR> Kelly Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:11:03 EST Edie Windsor just keeps being a hero Edie Windsor is the courageous force behind The United States v. Windsor, and she continues moving forward <link><BR>ie-windsor-marriage-equality_n_6653328<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you aren't yet familiar with the gorgeous love story behind one of the most important LGBT legal movements in recent history, please make the time to watch "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement". Love is a miracle! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:27:52 EST Still interested in less stress this month? Here's a link to join Osho's free 21-day Meditation for Busy People program, beginning on lucky Friday the 13th <link><BR>egistrationpage.aspx?bookid=235&uaf=51<BR>83906 </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:13:16 EST Good news for transgender medical services As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for LGBTQ foster youth, it was SO exciting for me to find out that necessary medical services might be accessible through Medicare and Medi-Cal! This is not a very recent story, but I wanted to share it because I feel like I just hit the jackpot. (My work to help a child through his transition might NOT be all uphill!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dicare-transgender-gender-surgery_n_54<BR>18899.html </link> <BR> <BR> Transg... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:58:53 EST This -n- That <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:32:02 EST Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now Illegal In Arkansas -- <BR> <BR> <BR> As of Tuesday, it is now law that cities in Arkansas cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination. That’s because a new bill became law — without Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signing or vetoing — that limits municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to any class not protected by state law. Since state law does not include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” as prot... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:41:44 EST Queen thinks marriage equality is wonderful This made me smile <link><BR>een-thinks-same-sex-marriage-is-wonder<BR>ful-stephen-fry-claims/ </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:14:42 EST I love San Diego even more now Made me cry. <link><BR>iego-Couple-Shares-First-Ever-Male-Sam<BR>e-Sex-Ceremonial-First-Kiss-291344541.html </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:19:40 EST Gay Love Letters Through the centuries. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:21:24 EST Lance and Michael Get Married I finally watched Lance Bass and his husband Michael get married on national TV. While I thought the spectacle was truly horrific, I still got choked up at the end when they said their vows, remembering Steve's and my special day nearly 15 years ago. Other than that, I thought it was a terrible example to show the world what a gay wedding looks like. (Supermodels for flower girls - really???) <BR> <BR> At least their parents were pretty cool. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:59:40 EST January Stats and Team Goodies coming soon Thanks for your patience. :) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:19:54 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza A - Age: 32 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Single <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cleaning cooker <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Piper <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Cup of tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – Height: 5’ 5” <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Treble recorder, Descant Recorder, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Trumpet/Cornet, Euphonium, Tenor Horn <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Full time carer <BR> <BR> K - K... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:46:57 EST Wisdom from a bearded lady Very interesting writing: <BR> <BR> How do I tell a generation of women, pumped full of conditioning that tells them—beauty is the rubric and romance is your reward—that there is no second place and there is no consolation prize when it comes to self-worth? <BR> <BR> How do I convince you that turning down adverse advances is not unwarranted entitlement? That no one deserves settling for what they can get? <BR> <BR> How do I assert that no one who chooses to live out loud is "asking for i... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:23:41 EST Two 17th century gay men Two 17th century gay men <BR> <link><BR>eautiful-and-unbroken-marriage-souls </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:37:46 EST The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2/3/15 On tonight's episode of The Nightly Show (on after Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) will be a discussion of same sex marriage. Larry's format is to focus on one topic for the entire show, with a panel discussion in the middle with representatives from both sides. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:19:53 EST Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, Causing Gay Officer To Choke Up On Camera: VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fort Worth will begin recognizing same-sex marriages on Feb. 1. The city announced Wednesday it is extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in other states. <BR> <BR> The city already offers health insurance to same-sex partners, but the decision to begin treating them as spouses will extend equal benefits to other areas, including pension plans. I... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:12:38 EST A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadi A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadium -- <BR> <BR> <BR> All eyes will be on Phoenix this Sunday for the Super Bowl. And, many of those eyes will be met by a big, gay-themed ad. <BR> <BR> Dating app Scruff bought a billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, just in time for the big game. The 48-foot ad shows two guys in a locker room making eyes at each other, with the slogan “Play On Our Team.” It’s a plug for the service, obviously, but also a nice addition to th... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:27:41 EST UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man: 'No gay kisses allowed' <BR> <BR> <BR> A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'. <BR> <BR> Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips. <BR> <BR> More here: <link><BR>k/click?u=9c140b7a8e1b... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:23:06 EST What one man learned wearing makeup for a week <link><BR>s-is-what-one-man-learned-from-wearing<BR>-makeup-for-a-week#.kl7ajlMrA </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:52:26 EST Demanding change in TX prisons Ugh, the details are rough, but you can click to ask for peace and justice without reading all the sad stuff if you just click through the link. <BR> <BR> Passion is a transgender woman currently incarcerated in a men's prison in Texas. Since entering the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in 2002, she has been raped, beaten and slashed in the face with a razor. Yet TDCJ officials have ignored her repeated requests for protection, telling her to stop acting gay. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:25:29 EST Google Translate Google is listening to feedback this week after launching a new version of the Google Translate app. If you're interested, you can click here to ask them to remove the anti-gay insults that come up when you try to translate the word gay: <link> </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:09:33 EST Empire - new TV show on Fox Lee Daniels Is Using 'Empire' To 'Blow The Lid Off' Homophobia In The Black Community <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-daniels-empire-homophobia-black-_n_6<BR>507274.html </link> <BR> <BR> We've watched the first few episodes. It's well written and "daring" in the sense that any TV show that pushes the boundaries of what it shows on the screen is daring. Taraji P. Henson is brilliant as Cookie, the ex-wife of the lead character, played by Terrance Howard. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:31:28 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:23 EST Martin Luther King, jr. In 2002 we had the honor of meeting Coretta Scott King at a gala celebration put on by the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, where I was on the board of directors. I thanked her for her support for the LGBT community and her acknowledgement that our civil rights were part of the overall fight for equal rights for all people. She was gracious and warm. I'll post a photo on the team wall of my parents with Mrs. King that I love. <BR> <BR> The Reverend Dr. King's legacy continues,... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:07:17 EST Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Florida has finally legalized driving while gay. Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas. And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality. <BR> <BR> More here: <link><BR>orida-legalizes-driving_b_6498472.html<BR>?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:52:22 EST Protecting Indian youth In Goa, India, the Youth Minister just announced a plan to force young gay people into "centres" to “make them normal again” using drugs. He’s claiming he was misquoted, but a video that surfaced online now leaves no doubt that his anti-gay comments were for real. <BR> <BR> Goa is an international tourist destination, and the government knows its global reputation is at risk. Several medical bodies have warned about the danger of trying to "treat" gay people. So dangerous anti-gay talk like ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:30:50 EST Supreme Court! What a miracle that 70% of the states already have marriage equality before the question even goes to the Supreme Court this April. Kind of makes me wonder if all the brilliant angels we miss so much (like Del Martin and Albert Bell) are still working their rainbow activist magic. Certainly wish they could have seen this part. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>otus_grants_review_in_marriage_case.php </link> <BR> <BR> BREAKING: SCOTUS GRANTS REVIEW in Marriage Cases <... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:21:37 EST The 2015 Academy Awards Oscar Nominees have been announced this morning: <link> </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:14:41 EST Today only: Stop anti-LGBTQ bill Click to sign petition to the members of the House General Laws Committee of the Virginia General Assembly: Virginia’s proposed anti-gay law could mean that denying service to lesbian, gay, and bi people is perfectly legal. Doctors, teachers, and so many others could refuse to treat and teach people just because of who they love. Please vote ‘no’ on this bill. Throw it out to send a strong message that your state stands up for equality. <link> </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:05:55 EST TLC tonight "My Husband's Not Gay" 10:00pm eastern with a replay at midnight. <BR> Mormon men on parade. <BR> I'll watch it but I'm skeptical, there's a hidden reparative therapy message. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:18:25 EST new looking for friends im back after many years and im so ready to do this... I would also like to make new friends who are wanting to loose weight and find/give support along the way Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:14:26 EST First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church in Canada -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Canadian gay couple made history on New Year's Eve, becoming the first ever same-sex couple who are members of the Canadian Mennonite Church to receive a church wedding in their faith. <BR> <BR> Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since July of 2005. <BR> <BR> However the Mennonite church in Saskatchewan province, Canada only decided to allow individual congregations to marry same-sex couples if they w... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:15:10 EST New Drag-umentaries We all know that the United States is a big place. Many people, however, only get to see different styles of drag from the queens who perform at their local bars or through their television set while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Two new drag documentaries, each filmed on opposite sides of the country, show two vastly different worlds like you’ve never seen them before. <BR> <BR> The first film, “Beautiful by Night,” documents three San Francisco-based drag queens. During the 29-minute film, ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:43:45 EST Monday Blues A lot of sickness in our household this morning. Steve took Stella outside at about 1am, and while carrying her down the stairs, she threw up all over him. She wouldn't eat her food this morning, and she just wants to curl up in my lap or on her blanket on the sofa in the family room. Sherman is hiding under the bed and won't come out. Steve said he's been favoring his back legs, which probably means that he's got some kind of tummy trouble too. He did eat this morning, so he can't be feeling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:00:15 EST Saturday Chuckle Saw this today and it gave me a chuckle. He's got it goin' on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gHC_Ycw </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:41:06 EST December Stats: Final I'm glad that I'm able to do this again. With all of the changes with Spark, it was impossible to give out Spark Goodies to those who didn't post to the group within 30-days. I'm glad there is a work around. Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> By the way, I had to do a work around on most of the Team Spark Goodies because most of the members have not posted anything into the threads withing the last 30-days. Not to be offensive and of course you can do as you please, but the co-leads work har... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:39:31 EST 1.1.2015 What's In Store What do you want to see happen for us in the new year? There have been so many positive changes in recent times, what would you hope for now? What will you be doing new this year? Stop on by and share. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:25:32 EST January Challenge: "Destress and Work on Our Minds This is something new for the team that we haven't tried before. Being healthy also means having good mental health. Since the holiday season (a high stressor) is over and being in the winter, let's concentrate on our mental health a little bit. This month, the challenge is to do either meditation, yoga, pilates, tai-chi, or a combination of both that will help ground you and relax your body. There are tons of youtube videos for this and if you decide to do Tai-Chi, I recommend looking up Sc... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:06:07 EST Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mou Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mountain’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Authors have to accept that a published book takes on a life of its own, even if it means being sent alternative endings by readers. <BR> <BR> Part of becoming an adult involves accepting that we have no control over what other people think about us. It is an especially difficult lesson to learn for artists, who are hawking a larger portion of themselves in the marketplace than, say, a fishmonger or a mechanic. When... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:05:51 EST Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to playing a gay character, Nick Jonas is all in. The about to end year has been all about the pop singer turned actor. From hanging out in gay clubs, releasing a solo album, and appearing in a TV drama the youngest Jonas seems to have put aside the purity ring. <BR> <BR> He sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed the past year. The talk covered everything, but his comments about the DirectTV drama Kingdo... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:48:39 EST LGBT Dessert Here's the perfect dessert for your next party: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?src=share_fb_new_29923 </link> <BR> <BR> Just remember to watch your portion size! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:12:01 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza A - Age: 37 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Twin <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Shane <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee, Vitamin C & Orange juice <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Gray <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'3" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): piano, very briefly <BR> <BR> J - Job title: animal tech & art instructor <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 3 girls, 1 boy <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Live with... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:29:38 EST Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases top Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases tops 2014 news -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The United States Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Barack Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. <BR> <BR> Oh, yes, and the Republican Party won a majority in the Senate. <BR> <BR> Those are some of the important events for LGBT people in 2014 – a year packed with man... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:39 EST Inspiration The only disability in life is a bad attitude! <BR> <BR> Deep respect to these inspiring athletes <link> </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:50 EST The Try Guys I love the Try Guys! <BR> <BR> Here's their first try at drag: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Fierce! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:07:29 EST New protections for Trans workers From NPR: U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:26:54 EST Born This Way? What's your take? <link> </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:43:41 EST Favorite holiday songs? With a link if you can! <BR> <BR> I really enjoy some of the quirky stuff like <BR> <BR> Nina Hagen's Mary X-mas <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Shir Soul's Dreidel song (a capella with beatboxing) <link> </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:36:24 EST US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self- US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self loathing to come out as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life. <BR> <BR> It was a life that... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:41:06 EST Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The landmark Partner study that everyone is talking about—which tracked HIV transmission risk through condomless sex if the HIV-positive partner is on suppressive antiretroviral medication—has so far found not even one case of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a partner. But people in your everyday life may still be a little disbelieving. <BR> <BR> “The most common response I get from disbel... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:15:29 EST 12.14: Hello Good afternoon, I hope your weekend was a good one and that you're enjoying the day. I just wanted to say welcome to all of the new members and I hope you're finding your away around Spark. If you have any trouble, just shoot me a Spark Message. <BR> <BR> To the older members, you've been missed and I hope all is well your way as well. <BR> <BR> December is tough month to lose weight; however, I've been reading some blogs and there a few of you who've already attended some holiday parties ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:18:25 EST Gay belly dancers in Istanbul Two of my favorite things! Belly dance and queer subculture <link><BR>inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-danc<BR>ers-180953539/?no-ist </link> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:52:08 EST Giving the Gift of Zen Giving the Gift of Zen -- <BR> <BR> <BR> "I just want clean lines and surfaces. I don't want things on places!" <BR> Edina (Jennifer Saunders)/"Absolutely Fabulous" <BR> <BR> More than most, apartment dwellers fight a constant battle of "Space Vs. Things." And especially around the holidays, things usually win. <BR> <BR> For those of us with too much stuff and too little space, this season the best gift we can ask Santa for might be the "Gift of Zen" -- cleaning, organizing, compressing,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:11:46 EST Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is ' Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is 'Shocked' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The male model used in a controversial billboard in Richmond, Va., that is making headlines this week, is speaking out about his face being used on the "ex-gay" organization's anti-gay ad, saying he is "shocked," NBC 12 reports. <BR> <BR> It was reported earlier this week that the "ex-gay" group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) erected a billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Va., that promotes the controversial conv... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:08:14 EST PLEASE READ for ALL MEMBERS NEW AND OLD*********** Remember when you meet the team stats, you received a team spark goodie? I had to stop that due to the changes that Spark has made. A Spark Goodie can only be given to a member who has posted to the group at least 1 time within the last 30 days. You can post or reply to another member's post every 30 days in order to receive a team spark goodie if you meet the team stats the following month. I know that not everyone likes to post and prefer to do their own thing; however, if you want that Spa... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:46:06 EST 12.11: Team Update Again, I'm sorry that I've been absent for a few weeks, while I was in training on a FB group. The training is finished and now I can continue on with Spark as well, which I'm happy about. I've missed you guys. I want to thank the co-leads and the members of the group for keeping the group active. You all make a difference. <BR> <BR> With that said, there are going to be some changes with the group. Our co-leads had specific days that they posted on. That is no longer in place. Instead, a c... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:23 EST 12.11.2014 Seoul Sit In There are protesters in Seoul that are making a stand, or sit if you like, for the equal rights promised to the LGBT community with a recently passed with the Seoul Charter of Human Rights to help bring equality to South Korea. The protest stems from the mayor denying the rights guaranteed within the new laws that he had helped to get underway. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oul-rainbow-action-protesters_n_629640<BR>6.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:57:09 EST Rainy Day Activities We are supposed to get the "storm of the year" starting tonight and all day tomorrow. I'll be exercising for sure, but probably not outside! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite rainy day activities? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:24:33 EST Add Me As Your Facebook Friend Hello team, <BR> <BR> I apologize that I haven't posted lately. I recently discovered a group on Facebook called International HIV/AIDS and those who support us group. It has over 10,800 members from all over the world. I'll be mostly on Facebook; however, I will also be checking things out on here. If you want to add me as your Facebook friend, simply do a search of my email address, which is <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to seeing you there too. <BR> <BR> In the mea... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:31:53 EST 12.10.2014 Big Step For New Yorkers The state of New York will now be making changes so that transgender people can have their birth certificates changed to reflect their true gender without requiring surgery first. It's a big step and a first so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-york-transgender-birt_n_6290590.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:48:13 EST Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now be banned from hosting -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December). <BR> <BR> Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:33:30 EST The boy with two moms This is the story of Zach Wahls who, when he was 19, gave a speech to defend his family. He was trying to stop a proposed ban on same-sex marriage. His speech was as personal as it gets—because Zach was raised by two moms. <BR> <BR> That speech changed the world. It became one of the most viral political videos ever on YouTube—and for the tens of millions of people who saw it, it ended the myth that gay parents are bad for kids. And after that speech, Zach took on another fight, and changed... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:28:41 EST Olympian comes out Eric Radford has an Olympic silver medal in figure skating. Now he aims for a gold medal in 2018 - with his skating partner Meagan Duhamel - as an openly gay man. <link><BR>eric-radford-gay-figure-skater </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:56:23 EST Favorite exercise video? Found the New York City Ballet work out DVDs at my public library and they are AMAZING! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:53:16 EST Our Favorite Christmas Movies! <em>444</em> <em>272</em> <em>446</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>460</em> <BR> What are some of your favorite Christmas Movies? Feel free to list more than one, (who can have just one). So many to pick from. Do you know why this/these particular movie/movies are near and dear? Have fun with it <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:42:29 EST Lesbian widow wins survivor benefits The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an LGBT advocacy group said Thursday. <BR> <BR> Deborah Tevyaw received more than $30,000 in back benefits on Monday, according to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Her wife, Patricia Baker, died in 2011. They married in 2005 in Massachusetts but lived in Rhode Island. <BR> <BR> “Nothing can bring bac... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:39:26 EST Ellen and Portia's holiday greeting Ellen, once again, proved that she is Queen of clever and funny when she released her holiday greeting card. Inspired by Kim Kardashian's cover for Paper Magazine, she and Portia wishes fans, family, and friends a "shiny New Year" with their naked, photo shopped bums gleaming right at us. <BR> <BR> Ellen has had quite a year. She's in her 12th season of her talk show with notable guests such as Jennifer Aniston and President Bill Clinton, she hosted the Oscars, and Portia is starring on ABC'... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:35:53 EST 12.4.2014 Planting Peace Gets Unusual Recruit It's always comforting to hear when someone stops being a hater and helps the cause, but when its someone who was part of a significant group of haters, that is even better! Grace Phelps, a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has left them and is working with Planting Peace! She has been inspired by the awful treatment of the gay community around the world, especially in Jamaica. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>anting-peace-lgbt-homeless_n_... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:02:30 EST 12.3.2014 Some Progress In Poland! Robert Biedron is the first openly gay mayor in Poland. His coming out has also help pave the way for other politicians come out there. He is hopeful of more change and acceptance from the public. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bert-biedron-poland-gay-mayor-_n_62486<BR>48.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:12:00 EST Does a "diet book" motivate you? I happened to watch Dr. Phil today (not, I repeat NOT, a regular occurrence LOL), and he was promoting his new book "The 20/20 Diet." He had an audience full of people who struggle with their weight, and his main guests were all women who are overweight and so full of self-loathing that they can't/won't get their nutrition under control. His new book claims to deal with the emotional baggage that causes people to overeat, while also providing an eating plan to help jump-start the weight loss ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:36:29 EST Corrected "Birth" Announcement For Trans Son Good parents love their children unconditionally, but these parents took their acceptance for their son's identity one step further. They took out a birth announcement in the Brisbane Courier Mail many years after he was actually born, and it might be the cutest thing ever to appear in print. <link><BR>rans-son-birth-announcement/?v=1 </link> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:12:40 EST December progress Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:34:44 EST Indian march for LGBTQ rights! Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society. <BR> <BR> Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs and danced to the beat of Indian drums as they held hands and walked in the rally, which has been held annually over the past few years. Many wore multi-colored wigs, while others wore face masks or had painted their faces. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:59:31 EST Three great Trans stories New defense department policy could allow open Trans service <link><BR>014/11/28/report-new-defense-dept-poli<BR>cy-could-allow-open-trans-service </link> <BR> <BR> Meet New York's first trans firefighter <link><BR>irst-and-only-trans-woman-firefighter-<BR>1648678834 </link> <BR> <BR> Blue Montana's amazing speech calling himself out on his own male privilege at San Diego's Transgender Day of Remembrance (because ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:43:49 EST 11.27.2014 Thanksgiving Well, it is that time of year. I thought we could all find a few things here that we are grateful for. There has been so much good news for everyone all around, let's share what we are thankful for now. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my spark friends and all of the great people here! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:47:35 EST 11.26.2014 2 More Marrieage Bans Go Down The same sex marriage bans have been struck down in Arkansas and Mississippi now! Whoohoo, we are working our way closer to all 50 states! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kansas-gay-marriage_n_6222010.html?utm<BR>_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> <link><BR>ssissippi- <BR> gay-marriage_n_6222670.html?utm_hp_ref=g<BR>ay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:05:05 EST OK to Exercise with Strangers in the House? I have workers in the house for the next 3 days installing new ductwork, air conditioning coil and condenser, hot water heater, and insulation. They will be in and out (mostly in) until we leave for the lake on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Is it ok if I work out while they're in the house? Should I ask them to join me? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:42:34 EST Gorgeous! Men dancing an exquisite tango together <link> </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:00 EST Looking for SparkFriends Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some SparkFriends that can partner with me and help me stay motivated. Any and all suggestions and coaching is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week! <BR> <BR> Steve Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST 11.20.2014 John Smid Marries In a twist, a good one at that, John Smid one of the former leaders in the Ex Gay movement has married his partner Larry McQueen this month. If that doesn't help send a message of love and that the therapy does not work, I don't know what would. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a206hy.lif/VG0TVkmOBWf_kMFt<BR>B94e2 </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:50:26 EST This will make you smile Dad accidentally discovers his teenage son is gay and handles it like a real man <link><BR>covers-his-teenage-son-is-gay-and-hand<BR>les-it-like-a-real-man-20141117 </link> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:04 EST 11.19.2014 The Final Fight For Marriage? As a few of the last remaining states have battles over same sex marriage bans, Michigan's fight is going to the Supreme Court and hopefully on the fast track. The couple that fought the state courts has petitioned the Supreme Court to deal with the ban. This could be the final push for the bans in other states to be forced out of the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>preme-court-gay-marriage-petitions-apr<BR>il-deboer-jayne-rowse_n_6174300.html?u<BR>tm_h... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:41:18 EST In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail, It's Not Shanks and Muggings But Hand-Sewn Gowns and Tears <link><BR>/in-the-gay-wing-of-la-mens-central-ja<BR>il-its-not-shanks-and-muggings-but-han<BR>d-sewn-gowns-and-tears </link> <BR> <BR> With rouged lips, long hair and a strut that would give Naomi Campbell pause, Dave Williams, 47, works the 75-foot runway that stretches between crowded rows of green chipped-paint bunk beds at the L.A. County Sheriff’s... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:56:26 EST Lesbian- approved movies 11 Lesbian-Approved Movies We Can't Wait to See This Holiday Season <link><BR>lesbian-approved-movies-we-cant-wait-s<BR>ee-holiday-season-2014 </link> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:19:56 EST Out Man Just Made College Basketball History College basketball had a first for the history books on Friday, with Derrick Gordon playing his first game while openly gay. <BR> <BR> Gordon, who came out on April 9, is the first openly gay man to play a game of Division I men's basketball. And he scored 17 points, plus grabbing nine rebounds, in a U-Mass win over Siena 95-87. <BR> <BR> The moment attracted attention from ESPN, The New York Times, Boston Globe and more. Gordon has also just been honored as one of this year's OUT100. <BR... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:07:28 EST Photos: Queens Take Over WeHo for Drag Pageant Check out the fabulous looks of the contestants of The Drag Pageant, which was hosted by Jessica and Hunter at Micky's in West Hollywood: <link><BR>e/2014/11/14/photos-soco-queens-take-o<BR>ver-mickys-drag-pageant </link> <BR> <BR> Micky's in West Hollywood has long been celebrated for its drag shows, which has featured some of the world's most fabulous performers (including Lady Gaga!). Last Thursday, a bevy of gender-bending stars returned to the stag... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:41:37 EST 11.13.2014 Kentucky Baptists Denounce A Church On Tuesday, a group of baptists in Kentucky voted to severe all ties with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. This church is open to welcoming gays and lesbians into the church and performing same sex weddings. I'm hoping that more churches will follow their example. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntucky-baptists-gay-friendly-church_n_<BR>6140954.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=<BR>Gay%20Voices </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:04:27 EST South Carolina Fourth circuit rules, even if the sixth circuit drools. <BR> <BR> A federal judge has ruled South Carolina’s marriage ban unconstitutional <link> </link> . The decision has been stayed until November 20. South Carolina is the 4th and final state in the Fourth Circuit to win marriage equality since AFER’s victory in Bostic v. Schaefer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:52 EST 11.12.2014 Sending Out Love After Attack Last week a college student was punched for kissing his boyfriend while they were out walking. A perfect stranger attacked him for it and then took off. could he have become bitter, sure, but instead he sent out a tweet of tolerance and it is great! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1zb9s.ktm/VGKJkcPobtPxpD21<BR>Bb8a8 </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:42:54 EST Bangladeshi Hijras Show Their Pride One year after the Bangladesh government formally recognized a third gender, the nation's hijras celebrated with their first-ever Pride parade. <BR> <BR> It's been a year since the south Asian nation of Bangladesh formally recognized a third gender, giving unprecedented visibility for individuals known locally as hijra. <BR> <BR> More than 1000 people took to the streets of Dhaka on Monday to participate in the country's first Pride march, reports U.K. LGBT outlet PinkNews. Participants w... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Movies that changed how we felt about ourselves Movies and popular culture have an indelible impact on developing mindsets. The significance can even be more profound when you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), given that representation of the community in Hollywood is still limited. <BR> <BR> Still, there have been some true cinematic milestones portraying LGBT lifestyles over the years. "Boys Don't Cry," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Milk" have nabbed Oscars, while "Velvet Goldmine" and "A Beautiful Thing" enjoy cult ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:00:57 EST Do-over wedding in Coronado (This story mattered a lot to me, since my wife and I really enjoy how safe and beautiful it seems walking in Coronado on the weekends and seeing all of the happy weddings there.) <BR> <BR> At their wedding in a Coronado park in August, Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson were heckled with ugly gay slurs. A group of Coronado residents and businesses banded together for a do-over at the Coronado Loews. <BR> <BR> The grooms wore matching gray suits, freshly-pressed shirts and gleaming smiles... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:49:27 EST First openly gay Attorney General! Democrat Maura Healey was elected attorney general in Massachusetts on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay attorney general in the country. <BR> <BR> Healey won a competitive primary against former state Sen. Warren Tolman (D) earlier this year. She easily defeated Republican John Miller on Tuesday by a vote of 62 percent to 38 percent, according to an ABC affiliate in Boston. <BR> <BR> EMILY's List, a progressive PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women, helped Healey win her prima... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:52:31 EST Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week. <BR> <BR> What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners. <BR> <BR> The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:00:45 EST Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city... Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, 4 November, voters in Dallas overwhelmingly approved protection for city employees from anti-LGBT discrimination. <BR> <BR> According to Lone Star Q, the resolution to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity and expression' in the city's constitution was approved by 77%; only 23% of voters were opposed. <BR> <BR> The proposal, called Proposition No. 4, also included protection for color, a... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:55:42 EST Two arrested after attack on gay teen in London Two men arrested after attack on gay teen in London -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent attack on a gay teen and his friend in London. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, the victims came forward to say they were attacked by two men in pink tutus near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Saturday (1 November). <BR> <BR> It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:53:27 EST Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homose Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homosexuals' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus. <BR> <BR> 'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads. <BR> <BR> The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:51:16 EST Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' LGBT teens by 'spanking' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A man who believes LGBTI teens are 'possessed by demons', gay people want to 'steal your soul' and same-sex couples sexually assault their children is now an elected lawmaker in Colorado. <BR> <BR> Gordon 'Dr Chaps' Klingenschmitt is a radical anti-gay member of the religious right, and is now sitting in the Colorado House of Representatives. <BR> <BR> The former Navy chaplain's win isn't exa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:47:33 EST New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes wit New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes with 'semen of sodomites' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notoriously anti-gay New York City pastor has said Starbucks flavors its coffee with the 'semen of sodomites.' <BR> <BR> James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church said on his video blog, The Manning Report, that semen was the secret ingredient in the coffee shop chain's lattes. <BR> <BR> ‘Starbuck is taking specimens of male semen and putting it in the blends of their lattes, he sa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:43:38 EST Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come.. Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come out with dignity' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay actor Ben Whishaw has opened up about coming out, saying it was very hard to do it in public with 'dignity'. <BR> <BR> The 34-year-old Brit, who starred as Q in the James Bond movie Skyfall, says he is very proud and grateful the way it happened. <BR> <BR> Last year due to ongoing speculation, Whishaw's representative confirmed the actor was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Brad... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:41:05 EST New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out publicly as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Olympic rower Robbie Manson has come out publicly as a gay man two years after representing New Zealand in the 2012 Summer Olympics. <BR> <BR> Manson writes in a column for Outsports posted Tuesday (4 November) that he had come out to his teammates prior to those Olympics and now he's come out to the world. <BR> <BR> 'I have learned so much about myself and what it means to be gay over the past couple of ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:38:18 EST Disappointing news today for marriage equality The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld bans on marriage for same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. It's the first time since the Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision that a federal appeals court has ruled against marriage equality. And it's a saddening departure from recent decisions by the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits. <BR> <BR> Looks like U.S. Supreme Court will now have the final decision on marriage equality: <link><BR>cs/app... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:51:35 EST 11.6.2014 Hope For Montenegro? There have been attempts in the past for peaceful times for the gay community in Montenegro, but things didn't usually go well. The police and government allowed attacks on the marchers, until this year that is. Could there be hope as the government tries to join the EU? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntenegro-gay-pride-parade-_n_6091060.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:36:21 EST Missouri! BREAKING: A Missouri Circuit Judge has ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The ruling takes effect immediately in St. Louis and paves the way for marriage equality across the entire Show Me State. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:28:41 EST 11.5.2014 A Letter Everyone Should See Sometimes we see something that shows us a strong love and other times we see things that prove that we are strong in the community, but we also see things that can be both and this letter is one of those! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1yk8w.krj/VFlS5kmO34lZ6d2q<BR>Ce71a </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:35:35 EST