Game-Changing Music Video of the Day

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At long last, a big-name rapper blatantly in support of gay rights. This mini film is seven minutes of beauty.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, is from The Heist, out October 9.

[thanks, tori!]

Controversial Dan Savage Appearance of the Day (Poll)

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Dan Savage had some, er, choice words for Family Research Council President Tony Perkins during a speaking engagement at Winona State University last week:

Tony Perkins tells parents whose kids come out to reject them.

Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide — doubles their already quadruple rate of suicide. Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that? Because every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council. ...

Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work — and he calls himself a Christian. I don't understand how real Christians let that little f--ker get away with that.

Now the video is making the rounds, but Savage doubled down via Twitter: "I'm Dan Savage and I approved -- and stand by -- this message."

(Not Safe For Work -- language.)

Gap Hearts The Gays of the Day

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Gap's staff discount now "includes spouses and domestic partners (same- and opposite-sex)" and likely extends to Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Cotton V-necks for everyone!

Chick-fil-A Chickens Out of the Day

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Chick-fil-A has promised that its WinShape Foundation will quit funding socially conservative groups that oppose gay marriage, according to Chicago advocacy group the Civil Rights Agenda:

In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

Seems like great news, except for one small detail: NOM president Brian Brown says, "WinShape never gave to us."

Too bad -- guess we'll have to hear it straight from the chicken's beak.

Chick-Fil-A Confessional of the Day

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Love or hate the policies of Chick-Fil-A, many still covet the delicious hot meat and buns. A careless lunch can ruin your show of solidarity. Or can it?

Enter the Chick-Fil-A Confessional, a website that gives you forgiveness from your sins -- provided that you complete the required pennance.

Confess, ye sinners!

[thanks, lesley!]

Mitt Gets Worse Campaign of the Day

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Today marks the launch of a new campaign -- "Mitt Gets Worse," a play on the "It Gets Better" project -- that accuses GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of pushing an "extreme anti-LGBT agenda."

From the Boston Globe:

Launched Wednesday by the Courage Campaign Super PAC and American Bridge 21st Century, [the campaign] is a compilation of video testimonies from people who describe Romney as insensitive and willing to put his political ambitions ahead of equality. The campaign's website also features video of Romney discussing LGBT rights as far back as 1994, when he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate. If elected president, the Super PACs suggest, Romney would roll back protections for LGBT citizens -- perhaps pushing for a federal ban on gay marriage, which he supports; defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, which the Justice Department has ceased to do under Obama; and undermining the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.


RIP: Gad Beck, at 88

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Gad Beck, activist and last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, died Sunday. He was 88.

During World War II, Beck joined an underground resistance movement to fight the Nazi regime. In a daring act of heroism, he was able to rescue his boyfriend from a deportation center by impersonating a Hitler Youth.

After the war, Beck spent his life educating and advocating for Judaism and gay rights, and was the subject of a documentary in 2006. Friends lauded Beck for his signature wit and openness.

Reflecting on his life, Beck said, "God doesn't punish for a life of love."