193 Reasons to Have Pride: Part One

BY Advocate Contributors

May 16 2011 4:00 AM ET

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  HILLARY CLINTON X390 | ADVOCATE.COM 

 Because
THE STATE DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO IGNORE ANTIGAY ATROCITIES ABROAD
There’s a reason why we put Hillary Clinton on the cover a few months ago. The secretary of State and her staff have not only sought to extend greater benefits to employees with same-sex partners, but she also publicly condemns bigotry and its fatal consequences abroad. “As we reflect on his life,” Clinton said of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, who was brutally murdered in January, “it is also an occasion to reaffirm that human rights apply to everyone, no exceptions, and that the human rights of LGBT individuals cannot be separated from the human rights of all persons.”

 Because
MAN-ON-MAN MEANS ACTION
As flamboyant
entertainer Liberace and his assistant-lover Scott Thorson,
respectively, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will kiss — more than once,
according to the script — in Steven Soderbergh’s biopic Liberace, which is scheduled to shoot in 2012 for a 2013 release.

 

LISA KUDROW WEB THERAPY X390 | ADVOCATE.COM   

 Because
WE MAKE GOOD FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
Lisa Kudrow stars as a self-involved iChat therapist in Web Therapy,
an online series she created with producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and
his boyfriend, writer-director Don Roos. After three star-studded
seasons, the trio — who also collaborate on NBC’s celebrity genealogy
docu-series Who Do You Think You Are?—bring Web Therapy to Showtime starting July 19.

Because
THEIR KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Among
the vocal proponents of marriage equality are two of our favorite
actors, and both just happen to be heterosexual. Ethan Hawke and Mark
Ruffalo, along with their wives, filmed separate videos for the New
Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign. The Ruffalos nailed it, saying,
“We’re raising our three kids to treat everyone with dignity and
respect.”

Because
OF THE BRAVE BABES
So much
ink has been spilled about LGBT bullying and suicide that we risk
forgetting those gay teens who are standing up and fighting back. Luke
Herbert is one of them—after his shop teacher made fun of the
15-year-old in front of his Palm Coast, Fla., class, Herbert demanded
action. The teacher has since apologized and the school is strengthening
its harassment policies.

 

 RAVI PERRY X390 (PROVIDED) | ADVOCATE.COM  

 Because
THE NAACP WANTS MORE GAY CHAPTER LEADERS
The
102-year-old civil rights organization is encouraging a diverse crop of
leaders to head its chapters, including Latinos, young people, and
gays. Earlier this year, 28-year-old Ravi Perry, a professor at Clark
University, took the reins as the first gay president of the NAACP’s
Worcester, Mass., chapter.

Because
WHERE THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CAVED TO ANTIGAY CENSORSHIP, ANOTHER VENUE WILL STAND STRONG
The
Smithsonian Institution displayed an epic fail when, under pressure
from House Republicans and the Catholic League, it removed a David
Wojnarowicz video featuring ants crawling across a crucifix from the
“Hide/Seek” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,
D.C. No stranger to controversy, the Brooklyn Museum, which built a
reputation by showing the “Sensation” exhibit despite religious outcries
in the 1990s, wants to showcase the groundbreaking exhibition on gay
portraiture this fall, complete with the video A Fire in My Belly from the late New York artist. The Tacoma Art Museum may also present the full exhibition.

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