In Case You Missed It: Why Everyone Is Posting Those Pink Equal Signs on Facebook This Week!

To show support for marriage equality during the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and the Defense Of Marriage Act, the Human Rights Campaign asked people to change their Facebook profile pictures to a red and white image of an equal sign. My friends totally support gay marriage, but they also hate conformity. Here are some of the best remixes of the original equal sign that have popped up on Facebook this week.

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If You've Ever Looked At A Person Who Is Trans And Thought 'Wow, I Can Barely Tell,' Watch This.

Trans author and activist Janet Mock has released a series of videos in advance of her book “Redefining Realness.” A lot of them cover concepts I’ve never really thought about as a cis person. (“Cis” or “cisgender” refers to someone who identifies as the gender/sex they were assigned at birth.) I just love that we’re giving a range of people a voice in today’s world. Let’s keep listening.

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They Found The 1 Straight Couple Who Were Negatively Affected By Gay Marriage. Bless Their Hearts.

When gay people won the right to get married in 2015, everyone thought life would go on as usual. They weren’t anticipating the end of the world. But then everyone voted, and it was too late. At 1:54, my drink shot out my straight nose.

If you feel the need to warn people about their impending lack of danger and totally normal lives continuing, feel free to share this. And maybe Like LGBT Noise on Facebook?

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Take All The #$!%-ing Out, And This Rapper Would Sound Exactly Like Every Other Gay Rights Supporter

OK, so rapper T-Pain’s vocabulary is … well … colorful. Don’t play this out loud in an office setting unless you work for a bunch of sailors or put some headphones on.

Despite the not-so-nice overuse of the b-word (among others), T-Pain delivers at the crux of this interview a well-intentioned, reasoned logic bomb on homophobic people in hip hop. It’s pretty amazing hearing this come out of a chart leader in a music genre that has a proven track record of homophobia.

Here’s hoping he’s the start of a new way of thinking in hip hop!

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A Gay Kid Tried To Kill Himself At Age 15 Then Became A Really Awesome Role Model At 41

Wentworth Miller, star of the old hit show “Prison Break,” gave a heartbreaking and touching speech for the folks at Human Rights Campaign about his painful road to coming out. At 2:34, he explains what it is really like to be a gay kid in most places. At 6:31, he talks about the FIRST time he tried to kill himself. And at 9:18, he explains why it’s so important to speak out.

Nine out of 10 gay kids hear negative things about being gay every day. Gay kids are TWICE as likely to be attacked physically in school. So powerful voices like Wentworth’s are important to get out there. Would you mind Liking Human Rights Campaign on Facebook and sharing this?

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Want To Help Us Shut Down Some Of The Biggest Bigots On Facebook?

You might remember the organization known as One Million Moms for their charming boycott of JC Penney, which demanded that JC Penney find a replacement for talk show host and current spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres because she is a lesbian (spoiler alert: JC Penney refused).

What you might not know is that One Million Moms is an arm of the American Family Association, which is classified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Luckily, the good people of the Internet were in no mood for the AFA’s hateful antics when the group tried to stir a similar controversy over JC Penney’s recent Father’s Day ad featuring two gay dads.

Now, I’m not saying everyone should go to the One Million Moms Facebook page and join the fun, but… actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

UPDATE: It looks like all the unwelcome attention has led One Million Moms to temporarily deactivate their facebook page. We’ll let you know when the attack is back on, but in the meantime you should cruise on over to the new One Million Moms page, which is 100% supportive of LGBT rights. Let’s get the new page more likes than the original!

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His Grandfather Didn't Give A Sh*t When Joe Nervously Came Out To Him. He Loves Him Too Much.

This 80-year-old wanted to show how much he supports his grandson. He did, and in a very permanent way.

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Watch A Drag Queen Teach Religious Protesters What The Bible Actually Says About A Cotton-Poly Blend

If I learned anything from my time in gay bars, it’s that criticizing a quick-witted drag queen is a bad idea. Here, one of Seattle’s most famous drag queens educates some ill-informed protesters at a gay pride parade. I appreciate the way she handled herself, but I have to say that the 50-second mark is the best.

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