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Yalonda and Kayla Solseng are true princesses in love.

They captured their love, Disney-style, in a princess-themed engagement shoot in Glyndon, Minnesota, showing their love for the TV show "Once Upon A Time."




They started dating two-and-half years ago, and happily got hitched on September 3rd.They hope their story inspires other couples to create their own fairy tales, no matter the sexual preference.

"Gay marriage has been legalized in the U.S. for over a year and we hardly have gay or lesbian characters in children's movies ― let alone them being main characters," Yalonda said. "Kids want to be the characters they grow up with but when none of the characters represent you, then you feel alone. I want our photos to be shown to kids and families as a way of saying it's okay to be who you are. It's okay to be with the person you love."











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Bea Arthur, everyone's favorite Golden Girl Grandma continues to "Mom" us through the legacy of her will. A longtime supporter of the Ali Forney Center for LGBTI youth in New York City's East Village, she left $300,000 in her will to support it. The Bea Arthur Residence will open in Feb 2017, giving hope, counseling, shelter, and a safe place with 18 rooms for LGBTI youth. Though she died in 2009, she'll always be a hero to LGBTI youth everywhere.

Donate to the center yourself here.








image hacked irl twitter Hacker Trolls ISIS Supporters by Making Their Twitter Accounts as Gay as Possible
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An anonymous hacker, known only on Twitter as @WauchulaGhost, and a few of their friends hijacked several Twitter accounts that were known to be associated or in support of ISIS.  This has been going on for a few months, @WauchulaGhost is apparently affiliated with the "hacktivist" group Anonymous. After the attack in Orlando, they and some others have stared adding rainbows, messages saying "Out and Proud" and even some links to gay porn to these compromised accounts. According to Newsweek, the hacker claims to have taken over at least 200 accounts and plans to continue this campaign. 

image twitter neil degrasse tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweeted Some Beautiful Rainbow Facts in Support of the LGBTQ Community
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Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter in support of the LGBTQ community just days after what many have called the deadliest mass shooting in America at an Orlando nightclub.  He found a way to communicate this touching tribute the only way he knows how, science! 

lgbtq the sims video games The Sims 4 Is Going Gender Neutral in a Big Way, Removing All Gender Restrictions in the Game
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EA Games and Maxis are ending all gender restrictions in the latest version of The Sims 4. According to Associated Press, over 700 pieces of content were locked based on gender before this change. That includes hairstyles, clothing and voice options and apparently a lot more. 

Maxis worked with LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD on the update. The game mechanics as well as the cosmetics of characters will be a little more gender fluid. Now characters can look however players choose AND change gender at any time and decide whether they can reproduce with other characters or not. Gender symbols will also be removed from the game's gallery feature. 

So far, the response has been mostly positive: 


via @tha_rami, @JamesTurnerYT, @Campster@BeaTheCraftian

image superheroes lgbtq Marvel Fans Really Want Captain America to Have a Boyfriend
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Marvel fans are using the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.   Some people are against it for "cannonical" reasons but really, there are just so many boyfriend options to choose from:


via @matthewdaddraio

Will this love story happen in the next films, maybe not. As to why this is trending, it seems like it has a lot to do with a lackluster love story in the most recent Captain America:Civil War. (WARNING: Mild spolier ahead?)


via @teambucky



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The American Family Association is currently boycotting Target stores for committing to let people use the bathrooms in peace according to their gender identity. Now the CEO of Target has issued a statement that Target will continue to support that position. 

lgbtq disney frozen 'Frozen' Fans Are Asking Disney to Give Elsa a Girlfriend, Because She Shouldn't Have to Rule Arendelle Alone
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Frozen came out in 2013 and kids everywhere are still singing "Let It Go" nonstop.  By now it's due for a sequel. Elsa finally came out of her shell by the end of the first movie, it makes sense for the next one to focus on her finding a prince. Now fans are saying, why not a princess? Using the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, Disney fans are campaigning for a diverse representation of love with their favorite ice queen. 


via @KenSergienko, @gmlively, @SwiftieMahomie@astronomyhoe

So far, the only LGBTQ representation in Disney movies has been something subtle that people read into: 


via giphy

But will that change by popular demand? 

lgbtq cake whole foods Whole Foods Is Suing the Man Who Claimed They Sold Him a Cake Decorated With a Homophobic Slur
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Pastor Jordan D Brown claimed to have gotten this awful cake from Whole Foods. He shared a picture of the cake with the statement:

That’s not the cake I ordered, @WholeFoodsand I am offended for myself & the entire community

He also got a lawyer, and filmed this "unboxing" video as proof that the cake had not been tampered with. 




Whole Foods, a notably progressive grocery store chain, has countered with a thorough investigation. They are now suing the pastor in regard to his claim, which they believe to be false. According to Uproxx, Whole Foods issued this statement:

After a deeper investigation of Mr. Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney.

We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity.

Whole Foods also released a video showing Brown and the cashier while the cake was being purchased where neither one seemed to notice the odd wording on the cake.

lgbtq news business A Porn Website Just Joined the Ranks of Businesses and Entertainers That Are Pulling out of North Carolina
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North Carolina has become infamous for passing a bill in March that blocks measures to protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. This has caused many famous musicians, like Bruce Springsteen, to cancel their concerts. Paypal has even canceled an expansion of the company that was supposed to open in North Carolina. Now, people in the state of North Carolina can't even look at porn. 

That's right, a popular website for sexy media called XHamster has blocked all computers from North Carolina. Instead of seeing... whatever it is they were searching for, they'll see a blank screen. Eventually, they plan to replace that blank screen with a petition to repeal the law.

the simpsons video lgbtq Smithers Finally Came out on 'The Simpsons'
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Finally, Waylon Smithers has announced what fans of 'The Simpsons' have known for years.  The show had a 'coming out' episode about Mr. Burn's faithful assistant. And it only took about 26 years for them to get around to it. Homer even threw him a gay mixer to try to set him up with someone who isn't old, evil and oblivious to his affections. 

hollywood lgbtq georgia Disney and Marvel Threaten to Leave Georgia If a Discriminatory Law Gets Passed
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Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, has until May 3 to either sign or veto a bill that proposes to allow a faith based organization to refuse property and service to anyone who "violates such faith based organization's sincerely held religious belief" according to CNET

This is a bill that supporters say defends "religious liberties" but others point out that all it really does is legalize discrimination, particularly toward gay people.  And this issue is more than just letting a bakery refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding, this "protection" reportedly extends to hiring practices as well. 

Disney and Marvel, who do a lot of business in Georgia have thrown their weight around with this statement:

Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.

This is a pretty big deal, 'Captain America:Civil War' was made in Georgia and the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is filming there now.  Big budget productions spend a lot of money and they aren't the only ones threatening to find an alternative location. According to Variety, AMC and Viacom are also not so subtly suggesting that Georgia better not sign that into law. AMC said this:

As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible,” a company spokesman said. “We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well.

And Viacom issued this statement:

Viacom is proud to champion diversity and acceptance, which are core values of our company. We have enjoyed doing business in Georgia for many years and we urge Governor Deal to continue to resist and reject the patently discriminatory laws being proposed.

So many productions potentially leaving the state could mean huge economic losses and a growing film industry would be shattered. 

xena reboot lgbtq Xena Will Finally Be Out and Proud in The "Warrior Princess" Reboot
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Xena and her "companion" Gabrielle spent a lot of time adventuring together on the 'Xena: Warrior Princess' TV show. There were plenty of hints at a relationship but in the 90's, it was all about subtext. Now all that subtext is coming out into the open.  The writer for an upcoming Xena reboot, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, confirmed that the show will fully explore their relationship: 


via okbjgm

Part of that question refers to the fact that Grillo-Marxuach was formerly a writer for 'The 100', a TV show which just killed off a popular gay character, leaving fans devastated. He swears he had nothing to do with that move, being on paternity leave and then leaving the show (presumably to work on a Xena reboot?). 

In other good news about the upcoming series, Grillo-Marxuach is totally up for bringing back Lucy Lawless (at least as a cameo):


via okbjgm

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Master Seaman Francis Legare won a raffle to be the first off the ship to kiss someone he loves as part of a navy homecoming tradition.When his ship HMCS Winnipeg docked in Victoria, Legare gave a kiss to his partner, Corey Vautour. In this case, it was a kiss that made Canadian history by being the first same-sex kiss between men. 

This isn't the first same-sex kiss shared in the Canadian Navy ever. That honor goes to a female member of the navy and her partner in 2015 at CFB Esquimalt, according to The Star.

lgbtq canada parade Justin Trudeau Will Become the First Canadian Prime Minister to Walk in the Toronto Pride Parade
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Canada's dreamy new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, will be the first prime minister to walk in Toronto's Pride Parade.

He was also part of the parade last year as a candidate. 



This year's theme is "You Can Sit With Us". 



Such an inclusive statement is very fitting to accompany the year a Prime Minister who has made headlines by creating a diverse and gender equal cabinet walks in the parade. 

lgbt A Conservative Group Tried to Shut Down an LGBT Friendly Prom, Ended up Throwing Them a Prom for Free
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The Australian charity organization Minus 18 planned on throwing a small formal for teens in Victoria who are "same sex attracted and gender diverse".  The idea behind this was to give students who don't necessarily fit the "norm" a chance to have a prom night where they feel safe to be themselves. The event description says it best:

Imagine being told by your school that the clothes you feel comfortable wearing to a formal aren’t considered ‘normal’ or don’t conform to a dress code. Imagine not being allowed to take a partner of the same sex, or being too afraid to attend altogether.

It’s a sucky reality for gender diverse and same sex attracted students from all over Australia, who are bullied or made to feel unsupported because of their identity. That’s what the Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is all about; you, me and heaps of other students having the night of our lives.

via Eventbrite

Sounds like a great idea but a local conservative group did not think so. It would seem that this group, which is literally called "STOP Safe Schools" and has the most dour logo possible, has no idea what the meaning of irony is. 


via STOP Safe Schools

This lovely group of people who seem intent on shielding their children from all that is good in the world, like sunshine and rainbows, decided it was their duty to stop such a blatantly open and accepting prom night. So, they asked everyone to buy up all the tickets and not show up, then it would have to be canceled, right?


via STOP Safe Schools

The people involved in STOP Safe Schools apparently did buy tickets, and lots of them. Micah Scott, chief executive at Minus 18 told The Age that they suspect the STOP Safe Schools group bought all of the cheaper, early bird tickets. He said, "The purpose of those was to provide young people with an opportunity to get in with a cheap option ... but unfortunately it looks like it has all been snapped up by this conservative group."

Fortunately, this inspired people to donate to the formal on a crowdfunding site. So far they've reached $45,175 of their $15,000 goal.  So instead of being cancelled, the formal will go on as planned. And thanks to the people who tried to have it canceled and their non-refundable donation of tickets, it will go on for free.