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One year ago today, the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which has catapulted the current lawsuits and rulings across the nation in support of marriage equality. It is only appropriate to have a rainbow cake, either virtually or in reality to celebrate the changes that are coming for LGBT couples.

Along with the federal ruling yesterday (that will most likely be appealed again) for Utah and Indiana, a republican senator has come out in support of marriage equality. 

The National Guard organizations in all 50 states are now complying with a Department of Defense policy to recognize same-sex couples – even in the states which were initially resistant to the change.

After a portion of DOMA was struck down over the summer, the DoD mandated that the National Guard extend benefits to all legal spouses of troops, whether they were same-sex marriages or not. But states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas pushed back, citing their state constitutional bans on marriage equality.

Fortunately, the DoD won this one.

“Following consultations between the National Guard Bureau and the adjutants general of the states, all eligible service members, dependents and retirees — including same-sex spouses — are now able to obtain ID cards in every state,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a statement today. “All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country.  They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law. All of DoD is committed to pursuing equal opportunities for all who serve this nation, and I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in uniform as well as their families have full and equal access to the benefits they deserve.”

Good, good, good. 

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2013: The Year of the Ninja

Last year at this time, we told you that we wanted to take 2013 by storm. We wanted you to storm right along with us. And guess the f*ck what?! WE DID. WE ALL DID.

This year, we filmed 25 webcasts all across America, starting in Niagara Falls, stopping in Virginia, Idaho, Tennessee, California, and eventually landing in a Delaware rest stop wearing Santa suits. We went to SXSW and did a panel on cyberbullying. We went to San Francisco pride, celebrated when DOMA was overturned, and had our interns take over NYC Pride all at the same time (ahhh!). 

We stayed live on the internet for a TWENTY FOUR HOUR StageIt fundraiser, and found out the true meaning of delirium while you helped us raise $5,000 in just one day. You then helped us raise $53,000 dollars to start The Parents Project, a first-of-its-kind digital resource for parents of LGBTQ youth. We filmed our first four videos for parents, in partnership with mom.me, to help speak to the many questions that families face.

We wrote a book that comes out this October.
(TO REPEAT THAT ONE: WE WROTE A BOOK. A WHOLE BOOK.)

We began Second Opinions, where a panel of writers with various backgrounds and experiences add different and much-needed perspectives to our work. We collaborated with MTV to write a weekly advice column focused on sex and relationships, and also began writing for Autostraddle.

Dannielle moved to Los Angeles.
Kristin got married.

We traveled to high schools and college campuses across the US, including events at The College of Idaho, University of Tennesee at Chattanooga, The Paul Cuffee School, Virginia Tech and The Brooklyn Friends School. We spoke on a panel with the founders of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn about the changing face of activist work from the 1970s to the present day.

We were named one of the Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2013 by Velvet Park magazine.

As usual… none of this would have been possible without your continued and unparalleled support of our work. We can never thank you enough for fueling us, in every way, to reach far beyond our biggest hopes for ourselves and for Everyone Is Gay. This coming year holds so much in store for all of us, and we are so excited to begin it with you. 

Here’s to a f*cking incredible 2014.

xoxoxoxo,
K&D

Fer Buleria and Valentina at Villa Equus, the dressage paradise created by Spain’s Olympic medalist Beatriz Ferrer Salat. Today, they were enjoying the pleasure of enjoying an early morning ride in the autumn mists. The first foals of this magnificient stallion were born this spring.

Fer Bulería y Valentina en Villa Equus, el paraiso de doma creado por medallista olimpica de España, Beatriz Ferrer Salat. Hoy en día, que estaban disfrutando el placer de montar por la mañana en la niebla de otoño. Primeros hijos de este semental nacidos esta primavera.

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Okay not only was the animation in this scene pretty good, I like how it takes everyone a second to realize what exactly just happened

Yugi and the Pharaoh were supposed to be two in one, even when Yugi wasn’t holding the Puzzle he could still feel the connection. You had to shatter the Puzzle to break that. 

But no one ever considered that Yugi would be taken instead

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“Just two weeks after getting married the day after DOMA was declared unconstitutional, newlyweds Daisy and Stefanie Boyd-Berks welcomed a daughter to the world. Ellis Lee was both conceived and brought into the world with love. Her conception and birth is an inspiration to other gay and lesbian couples dreaming of a family. Because with love, all things are possible.”

These beautiful photos are from Brooklyn Birth Arts by Heather White. Her work captures stunning moments in people’s lives.

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In the past 2 days, Bashar’s aircrafts bombarded ‪#‎Doma‬!
Dozens of children burnt to death, yet they are unworthy of the world’s attention or even hypocrisy. They don’t deserve to be in the front page or even to be mentioned for 20 seconds in a news broadcast.
And Bashar is not a “terrorist” but an imbecilic person who just needs “right guidance”, right? same twisted principles that doesn’t put the US army where it belongs, a terrorist organization that is responsible for the death of millions of human beings throughout our modern history.
Just wear a fancy military uniform, own the mainstream media, instill your claws in the world’s economy; and then you’re free to kill millions, support tyrants around the globe, and decide what is good and what is evil.


أين الإنسانية الحقيرة ..؟!<br>

أين العبيد المنتفضون للدفاع عن مستبديهم ..؟!<br>

أين الهاتفون بالمبادئ المنتقاه حينما تكون فى صالحهم ..؟!<br>

أين شيوخ السلطان ..؟!<br>

أين المتفيهقون و المتشدقون ..؟!<br>

هذا حرق بشار للأطفال بريف دمشق اليوم ..!<br>

فهل نسمع لكم همسا ..؟؟!!<br>

ألا لعنة الله عليكم <br>

ألا لعنة الله عليكم<br>