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‘Why Do You Want to Put Me Back in the Closet?’
A middle-aged gay man confronted Senator Marco Rubio here on Monday over his opposition to same-sex marriage, pointedly asking, “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?”
“I don’t,” Mr. Rubio replied. “You can live any way you want.”
The tense exchange inside the Puritan Backroom diner ended with Mr. Rubio walking away and the displeased voter calling him a “typical politician.”
Mr. Rubio, who is seeking to win over conservatives, is seldom asked about gay rights at his campaign stops. But courting voters in a crowded New Hampshire diner on the eve of the primary is an unpredictable business.
The voter, who identified himself as Timothy Kierstead, was seated at a table with his mother and his husband when Mr. Rubio walked up behind him, according to pool reports of the encounter. During a brief conversation, Mr. Kierstead, 50, told Mr. Rubio that he was married but complained that the senator’s position amounted to him declaring that “we don’t matter.”
Mr. Rubio, who was standing with his youngest son, Dominick, 8, by his side, gently disagreed. “No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“Well,” replied Mr. Kierstead, “that’s your belief.”
Mr. Rubio continued: “I think that’s what the law should be. And if you don’t agree you should have the law changed by a legislature.”
Mr. Kierstead said the law had already been changed, referring either to a Supreme Court ruling that has legalized same-sex marriage across the country or to state legislation in New Hampshire that did the same.
Mr. Rubio decided to conclude their conversation. “I respect your view,” he said, patting Mr. Kierstead on the shoulder and starting to walk away.
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Mr. Kierstead was unsatisfied. “Typical politician,” he said loudly. “Walk away.”
In an interview afterward, Mr. Kierstead offered a portrait of his life: He owns a restaurant in Manchester, and he and his husband have three children. He is a registered independent and said he would cast his vote for a Democrat on Tuesday because Republicans did not support his right to marry.
“They want to take my rights away as a citizen of the United States,” said Kierstead said.
“Love is love,” he added. “People don’t choose who they are going to love.”
Mr. Kierstead said his mother and husband had approved of his confrontation with Mr. Rubio, for the most part. “He knew I wouldn’t shut up,” he said of his spouse.
Sexuality, it seems, was a recurring theme during Mr. Rubio’s visit to the diner. A different patron in the same restaurant, a 92-year-old woman, asked Mr. Rubio about the personal life of Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“He’s a bachelor, right?” the woman asked.
“He is,” Mr. Rubio said.
Then she asked, “Is he gay?”
Mr. Rubio chuckled. “No,” he replied.
The Advocate released its annual “queerest cities in America” list on Monday and Hartford, Conn. tops the list for boasting both the country’s first legally married gay mayor and thriving social scene featuring LGBT-friendly events.
The state’s anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT families seeking to adopt also helped boost Hartford to the top of this year’s list.
This year’s list is based on “unique and irreverent” criteria formulated by the magazine including LGBT film fests, anti-discrimination laws, stadium shows for artists like Ariana Grande and Janet Jackson, workout studios like SoulCycle, and how many places in the city went “rainbow” when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.
It’s easy to rank places like New York City and San Francisco high on the pr0-LGBT scale, but editors at the Advocate feel it’s more interesting to examine what they call the “queer quotient” in some lesser known but highly LGBT-friendly places.
“The results are always unanticipated, and this year’s list delivers some absolutely surprising cities,” says editor-in-chief Matthew Breen. “We love sparking conversation in those places about what makes a city LGBT-friendly—and whether that city’s spot on the list is honestly earned.”
Take for instance the second-queerest city, Inglewood, Calif. which the Advocate champions for having a “thriving arts and culture scene” and the myriad stadium shows that cycle through the Forum. Or the ninth-queerest Edison, New Jersey, which is home to a gay-friendly Havurah and Jewish Temple.
The top 5 “queerest” cities are:
- Hartford, Conn.
- Inglewood, Calif.
- Cambridge, Mass.
- St. Louis, Mo.
- New Haven, Conn.
Read more at the Advocate.
CDC Survey: A surprising number of heterosexual men have had gay sex
According to the latest national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans are identifying as bisexual than ever before.
Not only that, but more heterosexual men are admitting to having had gay sex.
Researchers interviewed more than 9,000 men and women ages 18 to 44 years between 2011 and 2013. Respondents were asked about the types of sexual experiences they’ve had, whether they’re attracted to the same or opposite sex, and how they label their sexual orientations.
Here’s what they learned: 1.9 percent of men said they were homosexual, which is on par with the CDC’s last survey conducted between 2006-2010. Meanwhile, 2 percent of men said they identified as bisexual, up from 1.2 percent in the last survey.
And this is where it gets interesting. Because 6.2 percent of men said they had engaged in either oral or anal sex with another man.
A bit of basic math: If 1.9 percent of men said they were gay and 2 percent said they were bisexual — but 6.2 percent said they had engaged in same-sex sexual activity — that means 2.3 percent of men engaging in same-sex sexual activity are straight. Or at least straight-identifying.
“You do expect some differences,” said Casey E. Copen, the lead author of the study. “For some people … they may or may not have had the experiences they’re contemplating, [especially] if they’re younger.”
The experiences and struggles of LGBTQIA+ people of color (QTPOC) are often forgotten – especially when people fail to recognize what life is like at the intersection of those identities.
That’s why this comic’s message is so important. Learn about the impact of factors like gendered racism, fetishization, and violence targeting queer people of color, and you’ll understand why we need to address how various forms of oppression multiply each other.
This will also help you understand how to support LGBTQIA+ people of color – starting with the reminder to “just trust us when we tell our stories.”
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
The young man has recently been announced as the face of prestigious fashion house Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2016 Woman’s Collection. You heard that right… Jaden Smith is going to show the ladies what’s up!
Artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière shared a few photos from the photo shoot, welcoming Will and Jada’s boy into the fold. We’ve seen Jaden wearing some pretty wild stuff, but this is taking it up a notch.