After 72 Years Together, These 90+ Women Are Finally Married

Alice “Nonie” Dubes (90) and Vivian Boyack (91) have been madly in love with each other for 72 years. On Saturday, these beautiful ladies got married. Seeing two people in love for so long and finally being able to legally marry brings so much joy to my heart. The two women were married in First Christian Church in Davenport, IA and were surrounded by friends and family who have been witness to their decades-long romance. Jerry Yeast, 73, who has known the women since she was 18 when she worked as their…

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Minnesota Vikings Kicker Harassed for Stance on Marriage Equality

One sports organization that seems to have the biggest problem with marriage equality is the NFL. I guess it’s because the sport is seen as a somewhat modern day gladiator match, men putting their bodies through the ringer in hopes of achieving a shiny trophy. Bigotry and bullying isn’t really anything new in the sports world as of late. Stories of teammate hazing in the NFL and using racial and gay slurs in the NBA all made the headlines last year. So Chris Kluwe, former Minnesota Vikings kicker, wrote an…

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Growing up, Ricky Martin was a homophobic bully

It’s hard to believe, right? This talented singer and father of two boys was once in denial and bullying others for their own sexuality. I think this says volumes about how self-hate and denial can manifest into abusive, unhealthy behavior. Ricky said anti-gay sentiments in society and his faith ‘crushed’ his self-esteem. Before officially “coming out” in 2010, his self-loathing for being gay manifested itself in outward anger and bullying. According to his cover interview for GQ Australia: “I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think ‘I’m…

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This pastor said: Tell gay couples to die on their wedding day

Lots of people sensationalize the title of articles, but in this case there is no exaggeration. Kevin Swanson, a Pastor and Christian Right radio host, has said that it is appropriate to attend a same-sex wedding – but only if you hold up a sign calling for the happy couple to be put to death.  Dear Lord… Specifically, Swanson said that guests can “attend the wedding and hold up the sign Leviticus 20:13 word for word: ‘If a man sleeps with a man as he sleeps with a woman the…

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The Pansy Project: Raising awareness of homophobic abuse with guerrilla gardening

In addition to Beutiful, I co-write/admin for a website called I Acknowledge Beauty Exists. Between these two ventures, I am constantly being exposed to great projects and bits of news. A few days ago, a link to The Pansy Project was posted on the I Acknowledge Beauty Exists’ facebook page and I decided to check it out. As I was looking at the website, I became so moved by the project and the images that I made the photo you see above my personal cover photo and my laptop background….

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