RuthOUTspoken

Reporting and ranting by Ruth Schneider

What happened across the street from the hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church this week? A very good thing. 

Remember “The Chart” from L Word? I wonder if the creators of the new app — not yet out — called Wing Ma’am. It’s similar to Grindr, but for lesbians. 

Not everyone will use the app in the same way, but everyone will feel the same effect. Through every touch-point, we want to create an experience for you — an experience that is fun, safe, inclusive and personal. An experience that helps you feel closer to a growing LGBT community. This is an app For Us, By Us. This is Our Social Movement!”

Exodus International shuts down

This is huge news. The leading organization promoting gay cures has closed its doors for good.

Comedy Central’s Samantha Bee takes on bullying … of Christians. And she teaches a very valuable lesson. 

The Prancing Elites of Mobile, an all-male cheer squad, are pretty freaking awesome. There’s plenty more videos of the troupe on YouTube like this, this, and this

Seriously, I think I’ve finally found something to fill the void between seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

Find out more about them on their Facebook page.

Pam Spaulding to shut down Pam's House Blend blog

gaywrites:

Pam Spaulding, author of the award-winning LGBT blog Pam’s House Blend, has announced she’ll be shutting down her site on July 1. 

Spaulding says ongoing health problems, including chronic pain conditions and rheumatoid arthritis, have kept her from producing the quality of work she’d like Pam’s House Blend to uphold. The site will be converted into archives on July 1, while contributors will continue writing for its parent site FireDogLake.

Reflecting on the impact of citizen-run blogs like hers in the mainstream media and even on beltway Washington politics, Spaulding offered a brief retrospective. 

“I brought the perspective of a black lesbian living in the South to the dialogue — broadcasting a voice certainly not represented in the power structure of the LGBT movement,” explains Spaulding. “It was the first major blog to feature a transgender contributor, and it was important to me to bring talent to the blog from under-represented regions and voices.”

Sad news. The gay blogosphere will miss her! 

Who counts as married?

The question of who qualifies as married is shaping up as the next big battle for same-sex marriage advocates.  It’s “fundamental to where this issue goes next,” Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign told MSNBC.

Remarks by the President at the LGBT Pride Month Reception

But three years ago, I also promised you this: I said that even if it took more time than we would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change.  And together, that’s what we’re witnessing.” 

— President Obama, at LGBT Pride Month reception

gaywrites:

In honor of Pride Month, the NFL Players Association is releasing a line of LGBT pride shirts to benefit the anti-homophobia organization Athlete Ally. The “One Team Pride” shirts can optionally feature the jersey numbers of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Connor Barwin, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong, Chris Kluwe, Donte’ Stallworth, Terrell Suggs and Eric Winston. Get yours here. (via Buzzfeed)

gaywrites:

In honor of Pride Month, the NFL Players Association is releasing a line of LGBT pride shirts to benefit the anti-homophobia organization Athlete Ally. The “One Team Pride” shirts can optionally feature the jersey numbers of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Connor Barwin, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong, Chris Kluwe, Donte’ Stallworth, Terrell Suggs and Eric Winston. Get yours here. (via Buzzfeed)

gaywrites:

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins marched in Boston’s gay pride parade this weekend, two months after writing in Sports Illustrated that he wished he could have marched last year. Lookin’ good, my friend. (AP photo by Mary Schwalm via CBS News)

gaywrites:

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins marched in Boston’s gay pride parade this weekend, two months after writing in Sports Illustrated that he wished he could have marched last year. Lookin’ good, my friend. (AP photo by Mary Schwalm via CBS News)