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First openly lesbian Miss South Carolina contestant: "This is me."

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gowns and crowns will be gracing the Miss South Carolina Pageant next week, but all the pomp and circumstance is taking a back seat to one contestant in particular who is making national headlines.

For the first time in history, the pageant has an openly gay contestant. She's also multi-racial, and many are calling her the new face of the south.

Her name is Analouisa Valencia. 

"Why should she not win," asked Analouisa's mom, Hattie Palasox. "She's got everything."

July 8, 2013

Tilda Swinton holds rainbow flag in Moscow in defense of Russia's gay community

A photograph of Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton defending Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by holding a rainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin is going viral in the blogosphere.

The star, who nabbed an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in 2007, reportedly released the following statement on the photograph via her spokesperson: "In solidarity. From Russia with love."

Huffington Post
July 8, 2013

Tim Hardaway 1st to sign petition to put equal marriage amendment on Florida ballot

Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway became the first person to sign a petition to get an equal marriage constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot.

"If you’re married you're married – you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said Wednesday night as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize gay marriage in Florida.

NBC Miami
July 8, 2013

N.J. Democrats call on GOP to override veto on gay vows

Still not committing to a date for a vote, New Jersey state Senate Democratic leaders converged in the hometown of the Senate minority leader to pressure Republicans to override New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's veto of same-sex marriage and to urge the governor to permit it to happen.

USA Today
July 3, 2013


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