LGBT news from around the web:

The good

For those not in the know, the gay panic defense goes thusly: person A meets person B in a club. They go home together only for person B to discover that person A is [LGBTQ+] and lashes out in quote unquote “gay panic”. Person B then uses the gay panic defense.

But hopefully not for much longer. Suck on that one, bigots.

Notes include:

“Throughout the book, your best points seem to be lost in a sea of self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking,” and: “Careful that the egotistical boasting … doesn’t make you seem juvenile.”

“Add something like this – only less self-serving.”

  • On the back of the recent vote for marriage equality, two Australian footballers got engaged in peak cuteness. Exhibit A:

  • Court rules against Oregon bakers who refused to make a gay wedding cake aka a wedding cake. The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the $135,000 fine against the two Christian bakers. How do you like them appeals?
  • Flying in the face of the law, it’s been revealed that queer women have been marrying each other long before it was legally kosher. The opening paragraphs in the great History.com articles goes thusly:

“In 1880, on the first anniversary of her marriage, author Sarah Orne Jewett penned a romantic poem to her partner. “Do you remember, darling, a year ago today, when we gave ourselves to each other?” she wrote. “We will not take back the promises we made a year ago.”

Jewett wasn’t addressing her husband—she was writing to her future wife, Annie Adams Fields. Over a century before same-sex marriage became the law of the land, Jewett and Adams lived together in a “Boston marriage,” a committed partnership between women.”

The bad

The ugly

Why, America, why?

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