13 WTF Moments From "The L Word" You're Still Not Over

13 WTF Moments From “The L Word” You’re Still Not Over

Does Jenny as a person count? **Spoilers, obvs.** It was the best of shows… View this image › sho.com / Via thelword-gifs.tumblr.com It was the worst of shows… View this image › sho.com / Via lovesheem101.tumblr.com And six years later, we still can’t let it go. View this image › sho.com / Via serendip.brynmawr.edu Here are the moments guaranteed to stir anger and angst in your heart. View this image › sho.com / Via weareuntoward.blogspot.com 13. When the series got a new theme song. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kRnlpBCDYgY. sho.com / Via youtube.com When It Happened: The premiere of Season 2Why You’re Not Over It: Because it is still the most irritating thing you’ve ever heard. Theme songs are supposed to be cheesy, but this is so desperately and atrociously campy that you’ve been scarred for life. 12. When you found out Mark was secretly video taping Jenny and Shane. View […]

Meet The Trans Sex Worker Who Transformed A Gang-Controlled Prison

Meet The Trans Sex Worker Who Transformed A Gang-Controlled Prison

Karla Avelar survived a serial killer, gang attacks, and four years in a Salvadoran prison to become a trans activist on the global stage. J. Lester Feder and Nicola Chávez Courtright report from El Salvador. View this image › Karla Avelar Courtesy of Danielle Mackey and AMATE El Salvador SENSUNTEPEQUE, El Salvador — Karla Avelar had a backache when she reached the Sensuntepeque Penal Center, a cluster of cinderblock buildings perched on the side of a lush green valley near El Salvador’s border with Honduras. So, after lunch, she took off her shirt and lay facedown on the cement floor of a room that doubles as activity space and cafeteria. Five women in bright makeup gave her a head-to-toe massage. They used hand cream as massage oil and placed a small candle over the knot in her back to draw out the pain. Avelar was so at ease inside the […]

Auckland Pride Festival 'GAYTM' Vandalised By LGBT Activists

Auckland Pride Festival ‘GAYTM’ Vandalised By LGBT Activists

Plot twist! A group of LGBT activists has claimed responsibility for “pinkwashing” a vandalised ATM that had been decorated to celebrate the Auckland Pride Festival. We were sad to see our NZ-designed #gaytmnz has been vandalised overnight. Clean up is in progress. — ANZ_NZ (@ANZ New Zealand) Dubbed ‘GAYTMs’, the colourful machines were first introduced in Sydney last year for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, of which ANZ is a major sponsor. This year, the GAYTMs spread to New Zealand in celebration of the Auckland Pride Festival and Wellington’s Out in the Park event. On Thursday night, a decorated ATM on Auckland’s Ponsonby Street was splattered with pale pink paint. The @ANZ_NZ #GAYTM destroyed. Clean up in progress. Yes folks #homophobia is still a thing. — brianholland (@Brian Holland) The act was presumed to have homophobic motivations, and was quickly condemned by ANZ, local media and citizens. […]

The Most Popular American Actor In Russia Came Out And His Co-Star Isn't Happy About It

The Most Popular American Actor In Russia Came Out And His Co-Star Isn’t Happy About It

Odin Biron, who plays the American son of gay dads on a popular Russian TV show, came out as gay. His Russian co-star, who has called for burning LGBT people alive, “hit his head against the wall and cursed fate.” 1. Odin Biron, who plays an American doctor on the popular Russian sitcom Interns, came out in an interview printed in the Feb. 9 issue of New York magazine. Facebook Post. facebook.com The 30-year-old Minnesotan, pictured left, plays a character called Phil. 2. Ivan Okhlobystin, a Russian actor who has called for burning LGBT people alive, plays Phil’s boss, Doctor Bykov. Facebook Post. facebook.com 3. In response to the news of Biron’s coming out, Okhlobystin tweeted: “Bykov never finds out that Phil is a pervert. But when Okhlobystin learned that his friend Odin is a sodomite, he hit his head against the wall and cursed fate.” Быков никогда не узнает, […]

Pope Endorses Referendum Denying Marriage And Adoption Rights To Same-Sex Couples

Pope Endorses Referendum Denying Marriage And Adoption Rights To Same-Sex Couples

Pope Francis encouraged “everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family” ahead of a vote Saturday on an anti-LGBT referendum in Slovakia. View this image › Pope Francis holds a baby as he arrives to lead the general audience in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican Feb. 4, 2015. s3.amazonaws.com Pope Francis gave his blessing on Wednesday to a referendum that would ban marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Slovakia, which will be voted on this Saturday. “I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society,” Francis said during Wednesday’s general audience in Rome. Slovakia is the latest battleground over LGBT family rights in Europe, which is increasingly divided between east and west. Slovakia’s parliament actually added language denying […]

Graham Moore's Oscar Speech Was Not For LGBT Kids

Graham Moore’s Oscar Speech Was Not For LGBT Kids

It was about reaffirming Hollywood’s need for a neutered version of diversity. 1. On Sunday, Imitation Game writer Graham Moore won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. During his speech, he urged young people to “stay weird, and then when it’s your turn, and you are the one standing on this stage, please pass this message on.” View this image › Kevin Winter / Getty Images Which is all well and good, but what does it mean to “stay weird” in this context? Moore has a beautiful moment in his speech where he publicly discusses his depression for the first time. As someone who also grappled with depression and suicidal thoughts in my teenage years, Moore’s openness resonated with me deeply. But then… things got, well, literally weird. Moore went on to say, “I’m standing here and I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there […]

10 Ways To Train For "The Amazing Race" (In Case You're Ever On It)

10 Ways To Train For “The Amazing Race” (In Case You’re Ever On It)

As told by Jonathan Knight from New Kids On The Block and his boyfriend Harley Rodriguez. The pair will compete in the upcoming season. View this image › BuzzFeed/ Jon Premosch You may recognize Jonathan Knight from his time plastered on your bedroom wall… more specifically you know him as a member of the boy band sensation New Kids On The Block. Knight will appear on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race on CBS, competing alongside his boyfriend Harley Rodriguez. If there is one way to test your relationship, it’s probably traveling around the world together. The pair stopped by BuzzFeed Headquarters to share some insider globetrotting training tips they learned while racing around the world, you know, just in case you ever get to compete. Get on board with airplane food… you don’t have much of a choice. View this image › BuzzFeed/ Jon Premosch Planes, trains, and […]

Someone Wrote Gay Erotica About The Colour-Changing Dress

Someone Wrote Gay Erotica About The Colour-Changing Dress

“4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action.” This is author Chuck Tingle, an erotic fiction writer who sells books on Amazon. Most of Tingle’s, er, unique, stories feature gay humans, dinosaurs and unicorns. View this image › This is Tingle’s Amazon display picture, but it is probably not a real picture of him as it is a stock photo. Via amazon.com His latest book is called Pounded by the Gay Color Changing Dress. Yes, that title is referring to precisely The Dress you’re thinking of. The one that has divided the globe into team #blueandblack and team #whiteandgold. #TheDress View this embed › While the rest of the world was arguing over which colours the dress actually was, Tingle — who calls his erotic stories “tinglers” — was cooking up his next book. stayed up all night #working on a brand new# current events tingler. very topical. publishing […]

13 Reasons Singer Lesley Gore Will Always Be An Inspiration

13 Reasons Singer Lesley Gore Will Always Be An Inspiration

The legendary singer-songwriter, famous for “Cry If I Want To” and “You Don’t Own Me,” passed away Monday. Singer Lesley Gore, famous for the hit songs “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me,” passed away from lung cancer at the age of 68 on Monday. View this image › Getty Images Keystone “She was a wonderful human being – caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,” Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, told the AP. View this image › Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center Jemal Countess Years ahead of her time, let this woman be your source of inspiration today (and all days, really): 1. When she was only 16-years-old she reminded us that if it’s your party, you can damn well cry if you want to: Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bbOrjHBaDzQ. youtube.com 2. And that message continues to inspire today: View […]

This Shadowy Group Is Targeting Russian Teachers Who Support LGBT Rights

This Shadowy Group Is Targeting Russian Teachers Who Support LGBT Rights

The group says it will continue to “raid” schools “where the rights of children and families may be violated.” View this image › AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File In this May 1, 2013, file photo, gay rights activists carry rainbow flags as they march during a May Day rally in St. Petersburg, Russia. A shadowy group identifying itself as the “public ombudsman for children’s rights” turned up at a school in St. Petersburg last week in what it called a “raid” to demand the dismissal of a teacher supportive of LGBT rights, local media outlets reported. The group said it showed the school director photos from Maksim Ivantsov’s wall on the Russian social network VKontakte as proof of the teacher’s “propaganda” of “LGBT values.” Ivantsov has spoken out publicly against anti-LGBT discrimination. In December he became a target of Timur Isaev, an anti-LGBT campaigner who claimed to have gotten dozens of […]

11 Things Everyone Always Assumes About Lesbians

11 Things Everyone Always Assumes About Lesbians

“I don’t know jack squat about sports, plumbing, or how to fix your car.” We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share assumptions that people make about them based on their sexuality. Here are the things they told us: View this image › 1. That there is such a thing as being “too pretty” to be a lesbian or bisexual woman. View this image › Fox “I’ve been told I’m ‘too pretty to be a lesbian’ and that ‘I don’t even act like a lesbian.’ How in the hell is a lesbian supposed to act?!” –Submitted by Brittany Fallis (Facebook) “That I am ‘too pretty’ to like women. As if I am some lost prize to the male species.” –Submitted by Nicole Pilovsky (Facebook) “Telling me I am too attractive to be queer.” –Submitted by Katie Knorr (Facebook) 2. That you are part of the super-secret underground lesbian railroad: […]

What It's Like To Wear Cereal On Your Lips For A Week

What It’s Like To Wear Cereal On Your Lips For A Week

One week of sugary confections coating my lips led to an unexpected self-realization. View this image › Will Varner for BuzzFeed As an experiment, born from the fact that I love cereal and was startled by the fact that cereal-flavored lip balms are a thing that exists, I had to take on the sure-to-be difficult, insurmountable task of wearing cereal-flavored lip balms for one week. I purchased them on Amazon and waited for their arrival. #PrayForMe View this image › Ira Madison III for BuzzFeed When I first opened the Cinnamon Toast Crunch-flavored lip balm, the smell was sublime. It literally smelled like some moment from memory past, deep in my childhood when I’d last opened a box of the cereal in question and took in the sugary breakfast’s aroma*. *Actually, if we’re being honest I last had a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch three weeks ago at work and […]

15 Coming Out Text Messages That Will Give You Life

15 Coming Out Text Messages That Will Give You Life

We live in the modern age. 1. This spot-on coming-out advice: View this image › kaiti-renee.tumblr.com 2. This dad who understood that you can never take things… View this image › alyssazack.tumblr.com …too far: View this image › alyssazack.tumblr.com 3. This unreal plot twist: View this image › sneakybitchknowskarate.tumblr.com 4. And this mother who had her priorities focused on more pressing matters: View this image › not-your-dandelion.tumblr.com 5. This little tune: View this image › s3.amazonaws.com 6. This ride-or-die mama: amiedelisle.tumblr.com   7. This friend who obviously skipped a few science classes: anacondalord.tumblr.com   Bismuth is a chemical element with 83 protons and its symbol is “Bi” — just FYI. The metal also has a fabulous rainbow coloration. 8. This dad who deserves ALL the awards: opus-x.tumblr.com opus-x.tumblr.com   9. This genius Friends reference: View this image › greendrinkgoddess.tumblr.com 10. This conversation where the roles were reversed: View this image […]

Gay Men Driven From Iraq Face Violent Persecution And Death

Gay Men Driven From Iraq Face Violent Persecution And Death

Photographer Bradley Secker journeys to Syria and neighboring Turkey to visit Iraqi gay men who have fled their homeland in fear of persecution and death. Following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and the chaos that engulfed the region in its aftermath, many Iraqi gay​ men left their country and fled to neighboring countries, including Syria and Turkey. Despite Syrian law that prohibits homosexuality — and before the onset of the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS — the option to relocate across the border into one of the most secular countries in the Middle East offered asylum from Iraq’s far-right religious militia groups, who to this day target and persecute gays based on either fact or suspicion. View this image › A painting on the walls surrounding the Ummayed Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Bradley Secker In recent months, a sharp increase in propaganda indicates that ISIS has stepped […]

Man Who Once Defended Georgia Sodomy Ban To Oppose Religious Liberty Bills

Man Who Once Defended Georgia Sodomy Ban To Oppose Religious Liberty Bills

Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers will team up with LGBT advocates in opposing legislation pending in the state now. Bowers is best known nationally as the man who defended sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick. View this image › Michael Bowers unsuccessfully ran for governor in Georgia in 1997. Erik S. Lesser / Associated Press WASHINGTON — Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, a man with a long history of opposing the rights of LGBT people, will be siding with the LGBT community this week in announcing his opposition to religious liberty legislation pending in the state legislature that he calls “deeply troubling.” Modeled in part on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) but described as providing a “license to discriminate” by opponents because of their broad applicability outside of government, legislation of this type has been introduced in several states over the past year, including in the […]

Alabama Supreme Court Orders Temporary Stop To New Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Alabama Supreme Court Orders Temporary Stop To New Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

“Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” the Alabama Supreme Court states, reaching its own conclusion about the constitutionality of the state’s marriage ban. View this image › Angela Channell, right, and Dawn Hicks, left, display their marriage license on Feb. 13, 2015. Robert Sutton / AP WASHINGTON — The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges throughout the state to stop issuing marriage licenses temporarily to same-sex couples. A growing number of probate judges had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples ever since the U.S Supreme Court let a federal district court’s rulings that the state’s bans on such marriages are unconstitutional go into effect. The Tuesday night order — to which only one justice of the state’s high court dissented — is the result of an emergency request brought to the court by two conservative nonprofit organizations, the Alabama Policy Institute and the […]