Let The Gaymers Begin: The Rise Of LGBT Equality In The Virtual World

Last week, a community of LGBT video game lovers – or ‘gaymers’ – congregated in what is thought to have been the world’s first ever virtual Pride parade. With LGBT equality edging its way into the virtual as well as the real world, Outrising Reporter Craig Storrie looks at the progression of sexual and gender diversity in a rapidly evolving industry… 

Ever since the ability to marry off your chosen character first appeared in video game form in 1998s Fallout 2, the gay gaming community has wanted the exact same virtual rights as we should have in real life. This is the right to date, marry and have children with another person of the same sex. These days nearly every game that allows players to be intimate with another character gives them the option of being able to do so with either the same or the opposite sex. Sure, some of the choices are limited, but that’s just like real life; you can’t pick and choose who is gay, bi, straight or otherwise. In a strange way, the gay community seems to be much more accepted in the video game world than it is in real life… Read more.

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John Barrowman’s Commonwealth Games Gay Kiss Shown In Over 40 Homophobic Countries Around The World

A gay kiss at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is making headlines around the world.

In an early part of the event in Glasgow, Scotland, Torchwood star and master of ceremonies John Barrowman ran from a parade float into the arms of a man, during a segment celebrating marriage in the city. He proceeded to kiss the man directly on the lips in a scripted move intended to promote equality… 

UPDATE: 

A coach with the Ugandan team has praised the kiss. 

The unlikely supporter, Grace Eriyo, is from one of the 42 Commonwealth countries where being gay can land you with a criminal conviction and even imprisonment. 

She said: “Where we come from, it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen. To me, that is so great.”

Read more.

Heavy Metal Magazine Editor Challenges Homophobia In Awesome Blog Post

The editor of an online heavy metal magazine has spoken out against homophobia in the music genre.

Tom Dare, commissioning editor of Terrorizer magazine, said in a blog post that homophobia is ‘horrible in all its forms’ and that it is frequently the first stone to be thrown at any metal band that sing about love – and even girls.

“We, the metalhead community, have been throughout our history, even to this day, [being] ****ing rubbish at challenging [homophobia],” he writes.  ”At saying “you like metal? You’re in. Who you fancy doesn’t matter.” We need to fix this. For our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer family…” Read more.

   Cosmopolitan Publishes Sex Positions For Lesbians For The First Time
Popular women’s magazine Cosmopolitan has for the first time published a list of sex positions for women who love women.
The magazine, typically targeted at the heterosexual woman, lists 28 graphically creative poses including ‘the Passionate Pole Dancer’, ‘the Espresso’ and ‘the Wicked Warm-Up’… Read more.

Cosmopolitan Publishes Sex Positions For Lesbians For The First Time

Popular women’s magazine Cosmopolitan has for the first time published a list of sex positions for women who love women.

The magazine, typically targeted at the heterosexual woman, lists 28 graphically creative poses including ‘the Passionate Pole Dancer’, ‘the Espresso’ and ‘the Wicked Warm-Up’… Read more.

An Act Of Kindness (And Cookies) Just Touched The Heart Of This LGBT Group

Shopping around for a competitively-priced specialist service can be a drag, so when staff at the rainbow-striped Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, were quoted $3000 to fix a broken air-conditioning unit, their hearts sank as temperatures soared to 90 degrees.

You may know the Equality House. It sits next door to the Westboro Baptist Church and was painted in the seven colours of the rainbow after being purchased by pro-social organisation Planting Peace last year. Ever since, the House has stood in the middle of a quiet town as a beacon of hope for the LGBT community in the face of adversity.

So when staff contacted A-Way Heating about the job they were pleased when the firm had the job fixed in but a few hours. The price? A simple donation of ‘Julia’s best cookies’. You see, the Equality House has its supporters as much as the Westboro folk have their haters… Read more.

Here’s The Gay Romantic Comedy About Scottish Independence You’ve All Been Waiting For

The controversy over Scotland’s independence from the rest of the United Kingdom has been satirised in a new web series starring a bickering gay couple.

The clever sketch sees Scott, the Scottish owner of a bath oils company, and Adrian, his spend-all English boyfriend, humorously on the verge of splitting up over their differences.

“We’ve been together now for… Centuries,” tells Adrian.

“It feels that way,” grumbles Scott in reply… Read more.

‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’ Actress Comes Out As Gay

Emily Rios, star of TV’s Breaking Bad and The Bridge has come out as gay.

In an interview at TCA’s FX day, the actress spoke of her love for her The Bridge character Adriana and how it is directly linked to her experiences as a gay woman.

“I’m gay, personally,” she said. “So being Mexican and a lesbian — this is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family…” Read more.

John Barrowman’s Commonwealth Games Gay Kiss Shown In Over 40 Homophobic Countries Around The World

A gay kiss at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is making headlines around the world.

In an early part of the event in Glasgow, Scotland, Torchwood star and master of ceremonies John Barrowman ran from a parade float into the arms of a man, during a segment celebrating marriage in the city. He proceeded to kiss the man directly on the lips in a scripted move intended to promote equality… Read more.

Virtual Pride Parade Celebrates Marriage Equality In Online Final Fantasy Game

A community of gamers have held a virtual Pride parade to celebrate same-sex unions coming to a hit gaming franchise.

Last month, it was announced that the fourteenth edition in the Final Fantasy series would include the option for characters to ‘marry’ others of the same sex. Now, members of the Rough Trade Gaming Community, a group of LGBT and LGBT-friendly gamers, have held their own virtual Pride parade – called the Pixel Pride March – to thank developers and as a tribute to a member who tragically died last month… Read more.