June is a month of victory for the LGBTQ community. It’s the one time of the year lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and all other spectrums of queer sexualities and gender identities come together to honor the queer heroes who rioted, fought, and persevered before us. It’s a time of joy, of marching in parades, dancing in queer nightclubs and seeking comfort, safety, and acceptance as an LGBTQ person. But this year that sacred month of celebration was tarnished by the largest hate crime the LGBTQ community has ever faced.
Although there have been phenomenal leaps and bounds made when it comes to equal rights, and acceptance of our LGBT community; hip hop is one of, if not the most homophobic landscape there is. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been known to use their voice and presence to address the issue, and they are aiming to change attitudes with their latest single 'Same Love.'
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard its second day of arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage, specifically a challenge to the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This follows Tuesday's case concerning California's Proposition 8.
If you logged onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today, chances are you have probably seen the image above. But what does it mean? Today the nation's highest court began two days of hearings about two same-sex marriage laws. Demonstrations are taking place in Washington, and as you would expect in this day and age - on Facebook.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that is challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. It is the first of two gay-marriage-related cases the court will hear this week; on Wednesday it will hear arguments in United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of