Lesbian couple get married in Walmart and it’s adorable

L-R: Leida Torres and Chryssy Slonaker Torres (Photo: Courtesy Leida and Chryssy Slonaker Torres) We love a good a wedding, and the ceremony between Chrissy Slonaker Torres married Leida Torres last Saturday was one overflowing with love. It was also a little bit different. It took place in the garden section of Walmart in West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania.

The women chose the store because they met there. Leida got a job as a manager at the store in September 2015, which is when she first met Chrissy. At first, the women flirted a little bit with one another. A first date at the National Aquarium in Baltimore saw sparks fly. It culminated in last weekend’s wedding.

‘I found my soulmate, finally,’ Leida told the York Daily Record . ‘She’s the love of my life.’

‘What we have is beautiful, it’s amazing,’ adds Chrissy.

The reason they chose to marry at the store? So that co-workers who would have been unable to get the time off could all attend the ceremony. ‘We both have a lot of really close friends that we call family in our Walmart store,’ Leida explained. ‘We discussed it with the store manager and the home office so that everybody […]

Teens who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide

Researchers say there are ways to prevent suicide risks. | Photo: Unsplash/Sydney Sims A new study warns that teenagers who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide.

The study, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , ‘examines the association between sexual orientation discordance and suicidal ideation/suicide attempts’.

Sexual orientation discordance is defined as ‘the mismatch between the various dimensions of sexual orientation’.

In other words, teens who identified as heterosexual but only had sexual contact/experience with members of the same sex or both sexes. Alternatively, youth identifying as gay/lesbian but only having experience with members of the opposite sex or both sexes.

Why does this discordance exist?

According to the study, factors such as homophobia, lack of opportunity to act truly, or fluidity explain this phenomenon. Furthermore, ‘societal norms may put pressure on sexual minorities to present a sexual identity inconsistent with their true sexual identity or to act in a manner inconsistent with their sexual identity’. The numbers are alarming Researchers surveyed nearly 7,000 teens across the US. They asked them 99 questions relating to health, suicide, and sexual identities.Ultimately, they drew conclusions between various identity traits and the risk of non-fatal suicide behaviors. For example, women are […]

Anna Wintour Will Be Honored at Annual LGBT Center Gala

Anna Wintour Anna Wintour will be honored for her contributions to the LGBT community next month at the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center gala dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The center will recognize the publishing doyenne at their April 19 event with the Trailblazer Award for her “unwavering support and encouragement of the LGBTQ community within both the fashion and media industries,” according to the organization.

Last year, The Center honored Hillary Clinton at the fund-raiser, which brought in more than $1.75 million to support its various programs. Marc Jacobs was also honored with the organization’s Visionary Award, explaining how Wintour’s Met Gala gives him a certain level of social anxiety each year.

“It feels a little weird to be recognized when I just see myself as being true to myself,” Jacobs said. “The night [of the Met Gala] itself gives me a little bit of anxiety, but every social situation does. I’m really awkward socially.”

The center was founded in 1983 and from its West Village headquarters provides critical health and welfare services to the LGBT community.

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Bars investor snaps up Victoria Embankment site for LGBT-friendly venue

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a selfie with onlookers as revellers take part in London Pride, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade in London The team behind popular Soho nightspot Circa on Wednesday inked a deal to invest in opening another LGBT-friendly venue in London.

Circa’s owner Baby Bull has signed a long lease to take over more than 7000 square feet at Hungerford House on Victoria Embankment. No price was revealed.

It plans to transform the property to include a nightclub in the basement, where LGBT-friendly club nights will be hosted, and all-day dining and drinking space on the ground floor.

Emma Cousins at property firm CDG Leisure, which brokered the deal, said: “The popularity of Circa has illustrated a demand for more LGBT-friendly venues in the capital.”

She added that she expects the new site “to become a much-needed addition to London’s nightlife scene”, boosted by its central location and high footfall in the area.

A report last year warned that more than half the capital’s LGBT+ venues have closed in the past decade.

In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 107-page report "’I Have to Leave to Be Me’: Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean" covers seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All seven countries have versions of buggery and gross indecency laws, relics of British colonialism, that prohibit same-sex conduct between consenting persons. The laws have broad latitude, are vaguely worded, and serve to legitimize discrimination and hostility toward LGBT people.

"While people are rarely prosecuted for these crimes, the laws single out a vulnerable social group," said Boris Dittrich, LGBT advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "The laws give social and legal sanction for discrimination, violence, stigma, and prejudice against LGBT people."

The report is based on interviews with people from all seven countries during February 2017 with a total of 41 self-identifying LGBT people between the ages of 17 to 53 by Human Rights Watch researchers, working closely with the Eastern Caribbean […]

LGBT communities brace for criminalization

The Indonesian parliament is expected to vote in favor of proposed Criminal Code amendments that will criminalize consensual same-sex behavior and sex outside of marriage (extramarital and premarital). This vote will disproportionately impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people along with thousands of heterosexual adults in intimate non-marital relationships.

For the LGBT community, this is blatant betrayal; betrayal by fellow Indonesians, betrayal by moderates in parliament, and betrayal by President Joko Widodo, who campaigned on a platform for human rights in 2014 – the first president in nearly 70 years who is not from the political elite or the military, often celebrated as the “people’s president.”

From the outside, what I see in Indonesia is an unfettered rise of Islamist power, shredding the reputation that Indonesia has long held: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world that practices a tolerant, moderate Islam. For the last 26 months, there has been an erosion of pluralist, moderate Islam fueled by Islamist hardliners. Moving away from moderate Islam

The majority religion of Indonesia has been moderate Islam. In 2017, Widodo declared that Indonesia is still a nation of moderate Islam despite indications that the country is moving backwards on […]

Relatable LGBT teen romance comes out on top

Photo courtesy of @lovesimonmovie, Twitter Most films that convey LGBT narratives are showcased at indie film festivals and archived on Netflix, but 21st Century Fox’s latest movie “Love, Simon” accurately adapts gay teenhood for the big screen.

This major motion picture is not only a great addition to the LGBT film canon, but important for the teen movie genre overall as it skillfully blends mystery with a romantic comedy we haven’t seen before.

Adapted from the novel by Becky Albertalli, the story revolves around a high school senior named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) who swears he is just like everybody else except he’s been keeping a secret. His secret does not only involve being gay, but that he’s been exchanging anonymous emails with another gay classmate from his school.

After accidentally leaving the emails on a school computer, a nerdy blackmailer approaches Simon in hopes of arranging a few dates with one of Simon’s friends. If Simon doesn’t deliver on his promise, then his blackmailer will release screenshots of his emails via social media.

What follows is an extremely stressful few months as Simon slyly manipulates his friends to protect his secret, while adamantly trying to uncover the identity of his online pen […]

Cynthia Nixon is an out-and-proud woman hoping to make electoral history – so why is the LGBT lobby lined up against her?

(Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Cynthia Nixon announced her run for office this week with an election ad featuring her wife and children… but the LGBT lobby is backing a straight man instead.

The Sex and the City star and long-time LGBT activist this week announced a bid to become Governor of New York , as a Democratic primary challenger to the incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But while Nixon could make history as the first out Governor of New York, her candidacy has been met with a largely hostile reaction from the LGBT lobby.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT campaigning organisation in the United States, has resolutely stood by its endorsement of Gov. Cuomo, despite previously lavishing Nixon with praise.

The Victory Fund, which promotes LGBT candidates at all levels of politics, has remained silent on her candidacy.

And at the same time, many of the state’s prominent gay political figures have come out against Nixon’s campaign. Cynthia Nixon (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney – the first openly gay member of Congress from New York – laid into “holier-than-thou” Nixon for running against Cuomo, while Christine Quinn, who was the first out lesbian New York City […]

Mike Pence’s daughter is a fan of John Oliver’s book about gay bunny

Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence has come out in support of John Oliver’s book about her family’s gay bunny.

Vice President Mike Pence’s family this week released a book about his family’s bunny, titled ‘Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President’.

In a protest against his anti-LGBT policies, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver penned his own imitation book ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’ – which portrays the bunny as gay and seeking the right to marry his bunny lover.

Oliver’s book, which has topped the bestseller list in the US, has earned a surprising fan – Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence.

Speaking to Fox, Ms Pence – who penned the original story – said: “I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way, but also, in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind.

“We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.” All proceeds from Oliver’s book go to LGBT suicide charity The Trevor Project and AIDS United – two causes her father is highly unlikely to get […]

People Power: hundreds hit Philippines’ streets to fight for LGBTI equality

Some of the many protestors at the SOGIE Equality Bill rally in Quezon City. | Photo: Twitter/@tomasinoweb Hundreds of people turned up to a rally in the Philippines to call for a LGBTI rights bill to become law.

Protestors congregated at the People Power Monument in Quezon City to encourage national senators to vote in favor of the SOGIE Equality Bill.

The SOGIE Equality Bill would make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE). Feels good to be surrounded by people who will fight for your rights #EqualityNOW pic.twitter.com/bewxeExjfn — Punong Babaylan #EqualityNOW (@vinceliban) March 17, 2018 The People Power Monument pays tribute to the country’s 1986 People Power revolution. It was a series of massive demonstrations to protest regime violence and electoral fraud.

‘[We chose] the People Power Monument, because this is a struggle of everyone LGBT and non LGBT,’ one of the rally organizers, Tacing Marasigan told Gay Star News.

‘People power includes the the marginalized sectors such as the LGBT.’

The Lagablab Network of around 25 LGBTI organizations put Saturday’s (March 17) rally together.Some of the discriminatory acts which would become illegal under the SOGIE Equality Act include; denial of access to […]