Pete Buttigieg: How a young, gay mayor became a Democratic star

In just a matter of a month, this 37-year-old – who would be the youngest and the first openly gay US president – has transformed himself from long-shot to legitimate contender for the White House.

Speaking to an audience gathered to see him in Manchester, New Hampshire, he admits that his campaign has had a „really good few weeks“.

„I’m mindful that this is a marathon, he says, „but we’re certainly thrilled with the way our message has been resonating.“

The American Gay Rights Movement

In 1779, Thomas Jefferson proposed a law that would mandate castration for gay men and mutilation of nose cartilage for gay women. But that’s not the scary part. Here’s the scary part: Jefferson was considered a liberal. At the time, the most common penalty on the books was death.224 years later, the U.S. Supreme Court finally put an end to laws criminalizing same-sex intercourse in Lawrence v. Texas. Lawmakers at both the state and federal level continue to target lesbians and gay men with draconian legislation and hateful rhetoric. The gay rights movement is still working to change this.

The American Gay Rights Movement

25 Pivotal LGBT Moments In Music

Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today’s defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. As LGBT Pride Month kicks off,  reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT understanding, acceptance and rights.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Serenade 33 Gay & Straight Weddings at the Grammys with ‚Same Love’When Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took to the Grammys stage on January 26, 2014 to serenade 33 gay and straight couples being married in the audience simultaneously by Queen Latifah, the Seattle hip-hop duo elevated „Same Love“ — already a gay anthem AND hit song that rose to No. 11 on the Hot 100 — into something even greater: a joyous live, national celebration of marriage equality. The nearly three dozen pairs of newlyweds stepped into married life with this all-star performance that also included MadonnaMary Lambert and horn player Trombone Shorty lending their talents. „This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us,“ said Latifah as she introduced the „Same Love“ segment. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, GLAAD called the performance „the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today.“ –Jessica Letkemann?

On July 4, 2012, Odd Future member and R&B artist Frank Ocean published an intimate Tumblr post explaining that his first love was a man, which came out a week later, but Ocean chose to pre-emptively announce it after a British journalist speculated about the use of the pronoun „he“ in love songs like „Bad Religion“ and „Forrest Gump.“ „The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby,“ Ocean later told GQ. „It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head.“ (To be clear, Ocean has never publicly defined his sexuality as gay, bisexual or anything else.)

Subsequently, Channel Orange was lauded as a major musical accomplishment, earning album of the year at the Soul Train Awards and Grammy nods for album and record of the year, best new artist and best urban contemporary album, the lattermost of which he won-a milestone as the first openly non-straight male in hip-hop and R&B to reach mainstream acclaim. While Ocean’s confession garnered support from across the industry — from Beyonce and Jay Z to executives Russell Simmons and Joie Manda — his accolades proved that the music spoke for itself. –Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

While Adam Lambert didn’t make his sexuality a major talking point while competing on American Idol — he later came out in a Rolling Stone cover story — Idol viewers and fans at home knew there was something special about the flamboyant contestant. Lambert was out in his personal and professional life well before he hit the „Idol“ stage and made his mark as the contestant to watch. On the show, he fired up audiences with his glam rock stylings, sexed-up stage persona and multi-octave range. Though he finished the 2009 season of Idol in second place, he remained the season’s breakout star and has since worked to become a role model for LGBT teens. His major label debut album For Your Entertainment earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the No. 10 Hot 100 hit „Whataya Want From Me,“ and his sophomore set, Trespassing, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2012.  –Keith Caulfield

From fresh-faced Menudo sweetheart to „Latin explosion“ leader, Ricky Martin has spent much of his career dodging relentless scrutiny over his sexuality. Martin finally put the circus to rest in 2010 and declared himself a „fortunate homosexual man“ in an intimate letter to his fans that eloquently described the fear that keeps so many potential gay role models like himself in the closet. „Many people told me: ‚Ricky it’s not important,‘ ‚it’s not worth it. . . all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse,'“ he wrote. Martin ignored the naysayers and discussed his struggles with his sexuality in his 2010 autobiography Me, which quickly became a New York Times best seller. Martin is the proud dad of twin boys, born to a surrogate in 2008. –Monica Herrera

In May 2012, Tommy Gabel made a very important announcement. After living for 31 years as a man, half of that as singer/guitarist for Florida punk band Against Me!, he would be transitioning to life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace. The story of Grace’s lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria was revealed in an intimate Rolling Stone profile, which also explained that Heather Gabel, Grace’s wife of five years with whom she had a young daughter, was staying. The immediate public reaction was largely surprised but overwhelmingly supportive.

While the personal transition has been both challenging and liberating, as Grace described in an essay for Cosmopolitan, she says that life in the band has been in many ways business as usual. „I didn’t go into it at all thinking, ‚Oh, God, what is this going to do for my career?‘ Because that was the furthest thing from what I was scared to death about,“ she says. On the band’s tour just one week after the article, she says it was, „totally humbling how many people would be waiting out back — new fans and members of the LGBT community.“

When asked if she’s become a mentor to transgender fans or others she’s met, she says, „Yeah, but it’s really co-dependent. . . I need that too.“ Her own transition was inspired by metal band Life of Agony’s Mina Caputo, who came out as transgender in 2011, and the mainstream success of LGBT acts like Frank Ocean and Tegan & Sara give her optimism. „It has to get to a point where it isn’t even an issue because it’s so commonplace,“ she says. –Evie Nagy

After Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage in 2012, Jay Z voiced his own support in an interview with CNN. „I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,“ said the rapper. „What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.“ Other stars, from Lady GagaAlicia Keys, also backed the president’s words. –Sarah Maloy

‚Glee‘ Puts Gay Teens on PrimetimeAfter first being introduced to Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) as he was being thrown into a dumpster on the series premiere of Glee, the Fox show tackled gay issues big and small, bringing LGBT storylines to the forefront. In 2010, Kurt met the swoontastic (and equally out) Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), causing the audience to cry „squee!“ into their Tumblrs and Twitter accounts at the same time. Blaine and the Warblers serenaded Kurt with  cast earned its best single sales week for a download with the song’s release (214,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

Meanwhile, Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) were struggling with their sexuality, and the two expressed their feelings through a duet of Fleetwood Mac also featured a much-lauded bullying storyline, which culminated when Kurt’s former bully, David Karofsky (Max Adler), attempted suicide after his classmates mocked him for being gay. Later, in season 3, Glee Project contestant Alex Newell joined the cast as Wade Adams, a transgender character who performs with the rival glee club as a woman, Unique. –Sarah Maloy & Keith Caulfield

Country music has boasted stars of every age, race and gender, but the genre had long been conspicuously heterosexual. Countrified pop chanteuse k.d. lang — who famously graced a 1993 cover of Vanity Fair in a barber chair being amorously „shaved“ by model Cindy Crawford — fired the first salvo in shattering that unspoken barrier when she opened up about her sexuality in the early ’90s. Almost two decades later, country singer Chely Wright carried the conversation into the 21st century when her coming out made headlines in 2010. Wright faced death threats and declining record sales following her announcement, but rather than take a lower profile, the „Single White Female“ singer married (current Sr. Director of Marketing at Sony Music Entertainment in NYC) Lauren Blitzer in 2011.

Wright’s story during the past few years has been inspiring to many, particularly in the form of Wish Me Away, a documentary about her experience. Shot during the course of three years, the film made its debut at the 35th annual Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco in June 2011, and won several major awards in 2012 — including trophies from the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Seattle LGBT Festival and the Tallgrass Film Festival in her home state of Kansas.

And in 2013, Wright had an even bigger reason to celebrate — she and Blitzer welcomed twins George Samuel and Everett Joseph Wright on May 18. –Jessica Letkemann & Chuck Dauphin

Studs, leather and rough talk are de rigeur accoutrements in mainstream metal, but the machismo-driven genre had always been worlds away from the slice of the gay male spectrum that shares its fashion sense until Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford came out during a 1998 MTV interview. „I’ve been a gay man all of my life,“ Halford told the network on camera. „It’s only been in recent times that it’s been an issue that I’ve been comfortable to address… This is the moment to discuss it.“ The Grammy-winning singer went on to say, „A lot of homophobia still exists in the music world, in all kinds of music… But that’s something we have to address in our own lives.“ Then he added with a smile, „If you want to go through your Priest collection, you’ll be surprised how many innuendoes and how many metaphors are used. That was my way of getting my message out [then] for the people who cared to explore that.“ –Jessica Letkemann

Despite protests in eastern Europe before Eurovision 2014, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst not only competed in the celebrated singing contest but won with her ballad „Rise Like a Phoenix.“ The 25-year-old Austrian performer, aka Thomas Neuwirth, was both emotional and poignant when she accepted the prize in May. „This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,“she said. Wurst also spoke to reporters after her victory, sharing that she hopes LGBT people everywhere continue to gain strength in their battles for rights. „We are unity and we are unstoppable,“ she said. –Jessica Letkemann

?Long before RuPaul sashayed onto the Billboard charts in the early ’90s, drag diva Sylvester was paving the way for queens everywhere with his high-energy club tracks. Best known for his 1978 anthem „You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),“ Sylvester James found his calling and adopted his one-name moniker after moving to San Francisco to pursue music just a couple of years before New York’s Stonewall riot launched the national gay liberation movement. It was via the welcoming world of disco that the out, loud and proud soul singer found worldwide acceptance. Though he tragically died of AIDS in 1988 at age 41, Sylvester’s flamed burned bright during his brief life: In his ’70s & ’80s heyday, Sylvester earned 10 top 10s on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart (including two No. 1s) and a place on the dancefloor for evermore. –Jessica Letkemann

With her equality anthem „Born This Way“ and . . . well, nearly everything she says, does and wears, Lady Gaga has proven herself to be this era’s gay-friendliest pop star. But Gaga goes well beyond celebrity gestures and digs her paws into real political action. First came her rallying cry at the National Equality March on Washington in March 2009. The 2010 MTV VMAs followed, where U.S. service members affected by the „Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“ policy accompanied her on the red carpet. Later, she appealed to her millions of Twitter followers to ask the New York State Senator to vote yes for the Marriage Equality Act. And since 2009, Gaga has teamed with Virgin Mobile to help combat homelessness among gay youth. Gaga also notably took her vocal support of LGBT youth on the road in early 2013 with her Born Brave Bus, which was part of her Born This Way Foundation’s campaign in partnership with Campus Pride, GLSEN and other youth empowerment groups. –Monica Herrera, Andrew Hampp, Jessica Letkemann

Many female pop stars openly embrace their LGBT fans, but only a few straight male singers are comfortable enough to play to the gays. Enrique Iglesias proved that his appreciation for his fans is not specific to gender or sexual preference in June 2007 during his performance at London’s G-A-Y nightclub. During the show, Iglesias brought a boy on stage and serenaded him with his ballad „Hero.“ Iglesias confidently hugged, caressed and kissed the swooning fan and, as the viral video made its way around the world, sent a message to male pop stars everywhere that they shouldn’t be afraid to embrace their LGBT fans — literally or figuratively. –Erika Ramirez

Lance Bass may not have emerged from the closet during *NSYNC’s boy-band reign , but the singer’s 2006 coming out was still nothing less than bold. In a magazine cover story, Bass declared that he’s „not ashamed“ of his sexuality. „I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this,“ he added. Following his coming out, Bass was awarded the 2006 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He later outlined his life’s story and struggle with his sexuality in Out Of Sync, his coyly titled autobiography released in 2007. Since then, Bass has taken his place in the LGBT community by working with GLAAD and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. –Jillian Mapes

In the ’70s, Elton John was famously slippery about his sexual preferences. But the singer set aside all ambiguities on Dec. 21, 2005 when John celebrated England’s recognition of same-sex civil partnerships and wed his longtime partner, filmmaker David Furnish. The couple, who have been together since the early ’90s, held a small ceremony in Windsor in which both sets of parents acted as witnesses. Five years later, John and Furnish adopted a baby boy, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born to a surrogate. And in January 2013, the couple welcomed Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, a little brother for Zachary. –Jason Lipshutz

While out rocker Melissa Etheridge had experienced a good deal of success on the charts in the late ’80s and early ’90s, it wasn’t until her 1993 album Yes I Am that she hit paydirt. The album — whose title served as an answer to questions about her sexuality — spent 138 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 4.4 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set spawned the Hot 100 top 40 hits „Come to My Window“ (No. 25), „I’m the Only One“ (No. 8) and „Like the Way I Do/If I Wanted To“ (No. 16) and helped make Etheridge a household name. –Keith Caulfield

Hip-hop aficionados were left dumbfounded when heterosexual MC Lil B announced that his forthcoming album was to be called I’m Gay. The Oakland rapper’s announcement, made during his performance at the 2011 Coachella festival, came days after Hot 97 DJ Mr. Cee was controversially arrested for lewd conduct with another man. „No matter what you do, it doesn’t matter,“ said Lil B. „We only have one life to live. Be happy. F*ck the hating, baby.“ After months of receiving death threats, Lil B stuck with the title — although the album cover shows the title to be I’m Gay (I’m Happy). Diluted message or not, Lil B’s stand for individuality brought the discussion of gay issues into the largely homophobic world of hip-hop. –Erika Ramirez

Madonna continues to speak out for LGBT equality. In 2013, she arrived at the GLAAD Media Awards dressed a Boy Scout uniform, called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays while also calling for a „revolution“ to prevent discrimination and abuse of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. „When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry a river of tears,“ Madonna said from the GLAAD podium.  Later she added, „I don’t know about you, but I can’t take this (expletive) anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution.“ –Keith Caulfield & M. Tye Comer

Bronski Beat wasn’t the only LGBT-friendly synth-pop group of the ’80s. But back when bands like Pet Shop Boys and Erasure were only making veiled references to their sexualities, falsetto vocalist Jimmy Sommerville and company were adorning their album covers with pink triangles and writing political, gay-empowering club tunes that left no room for misinterpretation. 1984’s „Smalltown Boy“ was the trio’s most celebrated hit, and the song’s video was one of the first of any genre to address the issue of violence against gays. –M. Tye Comer

The world’s biggest Latin touring act, Mana, made a strong statement on April 2, 2012. The Mexican rock band’s lead singer, Fher Olvera, joined a chorus of other like-minded musicians and backed gay couples on the band’s millions-strong Facebook account. „Full recognition for same-sex couples is not just a question of equality, it is also a matter of justice,“ the singer wrote. „In a chaotic world where there is still too much hatred, all expressions of love are important so that we do not forget that, even in spite of our imperfections, we are called to be angels. Because the only sin is the absence of love.“

Although other high-profile artists have expressed their support of the LGBT community, the politically charged topic is rarely touched so directly in Latin music, where heterosexual love ballads frequently chart. Like in the real world, responses ranged from opposition to supportive fans like Olivia Ramirez, who applauded the band and echoed its sentiments in a reply post: „If two men or two women love each other who are we to say what love is bad? Peace and love for all.“ –Justino Aguila

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury never wore his sexuality on his sleeve, though the flamboyant performer openly had relationships with both men and women during the band’s popularity. In November 1991, Mercury revealed to the world that he had contracted HIV, and — upon his passing one day later — became the first major rock star to die of AIDS. In April 1992, the remaining members of Queen staged The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness to celebrate the life and legacy of Mercury and raise money for AIDS research. The concert, which featured performances by Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, MetallicaDavid BowieU2 among others, was broadcast live to 76 countries, had an estimated viewing audience of 1 billion people, and was instrumental in bringing awareness about the disease to a generation of music fans. –M. Tye Comer

In 1961, Judy Garland made a comeback at Carnegie Hall that is revered as one of her most legendary performances. The campy magic of that night was recreated by singer Rufus Wainwright, who paid homage to the gay icon by recreating the her show in June 2006. In 2007, Wainwright took the act to Britain’s Glastonbury festival, where he donned lipstick and heels for a performance that declared his friendship with Dorothy. Over the rainbow, indeed. –M. Tye Comer

25 Pivotal LGBT Moments In Music

A historic candidacy

Then there is the one attribute that sets Buttigieg apart from the rest of this year’s Democratic field – and from the rest of any presidential field in history, for that matter. In 2015, shortly in the midst of his mayoral re-election campaign, Buttigieg announced in a column in the local newspaper that he is gay.

„Putting something this personal on the pages of a newspaper does not come easy,“ he wrote in the South Bend Tribune. „But it’s clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good.“

„Being gay has had no bearing on my job performance in business, in the military, or in my current role as mayor,“ he continued.

„It makes me no better or worse at handling a spreadsheet, a rifle, a committee meeting, or a hiring decision.“

On the campaign trail, Buttigieg doesn’t wear his sexuality on his sleeve, and seldom talks about the ground-breaking nature of his candidacy – but his supporters know and recognise it. Some say they’re glad, at least for the moment, it has not been the top-line focus of his campaign. Others put it high on their list of his positive attributes.

„I admire the fact that he’s openly gay,“ says Celia Botto of Manchester, who came to the Buttigieg event with her husband, Brandon. „I can’t believe it’s taken this long for an openly gay man to run for president.“

When Buttigieg does mention his sexuality, he does so obliquely – in reference to marriage rights in general or his husband, Chasten, who has become a minor celebrity in his own right, the result of a snarky and irreverent presence on social media.

„Obviously I’m pretty biased because I love him,“ Buttigieg told reporters after his speech in Manchester, „but it’s pretty great to see the rest of America starting to fall in love with him, too.“

A historic candidacy

Who will take on Trump in 2020?

„This isn’t to say that Mayor Pete isn’t brilliant,“ tweets feminist author Jill Filipovec. „He is really smart. That is admirable (and should be a quality we emphasise). It is to say that we recognise and applaud brilliance and intelligence in white men, and are less likely to identify it in women and people of colour.“

Even Buttigieg’s gay identity is being questioned from some corners of the left. Christina Cauteracci in Slate writes that the mayor’s emphasis on the irrelevance of his sexual preference means he has an „assimilation perspective“ and „can be more accurately lumped in with his white male peers than with anyone else“.

„Has Buttigieg faced setbacks or barriers to success because he’s gay?“ she asks. „Does he have an identity-specific worldview that would inform his work as much as, say, Harris‘ experience as a black woman would inform hers? Would a win for Buttigieg be as historically significant and culturally meaningful as a win for a member of an underrepresented race or gender?“

Others have pointed out that Buttigieg’s Ivy League pedigree and corporate consultant resume make him just a more eloquent face of the same old political establishment.

Buttigieg has been able to avoid the kind of ferocity of attacks a frontrunner – or even a top-tier contender – would face for the first few months of his (unofficial) presidential campaign. That may quickly change.

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1951: First National Gay Rights Organization is Founded

During the 1950s, it would have been dangerous and illegal to register any kind of pro-gay organization. The founders of the first major gay rights groups had to protect themselves by using code.

The small group of gay men who created the Mattachine Society in 1951 drew on the Italian tradition of street comedy in which the jester-truthteller characters, the mattacini, revealed the flaws of pompous characters representing societal norms.

And the small group of lesbian couples who created the Daughters of Bilitis found their inspiration in an obscure 1874 poem, „The Song of Bilitis,“ which invented the character of Bilitis as a companion for Sappho.

Both groups essentially served a social function; they didn’t, and couldn’t, do much activism.

1961: Illinois Sodomy Law is Repealed

Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute has long been one of the most influential legal organizations in the country. In the late 1950s, it issued an opinion that stunned many: That victimless crime laws, such as laws banning sexual intercourse between consenting adults, should be abolished. Illinois agreed in 1961. Connecticut followed suit in 1969. But most states ignored the recommendation, and continued to classify consensual gay sex as a felony on par with sexual assault–sometimes with prison sentences of up to 20 years.

1969: The Stonewall Riots

1969 is often regarded as the year that the gay rights movement took off, and for good reason. Before 1969, there was a real disconnect between political progress, which was most often made by straight allies, and lesbian and gay organizing, which was most often swept under the rug.

When the NYPD raided a gay bar in Greenwich Village and started arresting employees and drag performers, they got more than they bargained for–a crowd of some 2,000 lesbian, gay, and transgender supporters of the bar took on the police, forcing them into the club. Three days of riots ensued.

A year later, LGBT activists in several major cities, including New York, held a parade to commemorate the revolt. Pride parades have been held in June ever since.

1973: American Psychiatric Association Defends Homosexuality

The early days of psychiatry were both blessed and haunted by the legacy of Sigmund Freud, who created the field as we know it today but sometimes had an unhealthy obsession with normalcy. One of the pathologies Freud identified was that of the „invert“–one who is sexually attracted to members of his or her own gender. For most of the twentieth century, the tradition of psychiatry more or less followed suit.

But in 1973, members of the American Psychiatric Association began to realize that homophobia was the real social problem. They announced that they would be removing homosexuality from the next printing of the DSM-II, and spoke out in favor of anti-discrimination laws that would protect lesbian and gay Americans.

1980: Democratic National Convention Supports Gay Rights

During the 1970s, four issues galvanized the Religious Right: Abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and pornography. Or if you want to look at it another way, one issue galvanized the Religious Right: Sex.

Leaders of the Religious Right were squarely behind Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election. Democratic leaders had everything to gain and little to lose by supporting gay rights, so they inserted a new plank in the party platform: „All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation.“ Three years later, Gary Hart became the first major-party presidential candidate to address an LGBT organization. Other candidates of both parties have followed suit.

1984: City of Berkeley Adopts First Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships Ordinance

A key component of equal rights is the recognition of households and relationships. This lack of recognition tends to affect same-sex couples most during the times in their lives when they already face the greatest levels of stress–in times of illness, where hospital visitation is often denied, and in times of bereavement, where inheritance between partners is often unrecognized.

In recognition of this, The Village Voice became the first business to offer domestic partnership benefits in 1982. In 1984, the City of Berkeley became the first U.S. government body to do so–offering lesbian and gay city and school district employees the same partnership benefits that heterosexual couples take for granted.

1993: Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

In Baehr v. Lewin (1993), three same-sex couples challenged the State of Hawaii’s heterosexual-only marriage won. The Hawaii Supreme Court declared that, barring a „compelling state interest,“ the State of Hawaii could not bar same-sex couples from marrying without violating its own equal protection statutes. The Hawaii state legislature soon amended the constitution to overrule the Court.

So began the national debate over same-sex marriage–and the pandering efforts of many state legislatures to ban it. Even President Clinton got in on the act, signing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 to prevent any future hypothetical same-sex married couples from receiving federal benefits.

1998: President Bill Clinton Signs Executive Order 13087

Although President Clinton is often best remembered in the LGBT activism community for his support of a ban on lesbians and gay men in the military and his decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act, he also had a positive contribution to offer. In May 1998, while he was in the midst of the sex scandal that would consume his presidency, Clinton authored Executive Order 13087–banning the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in employment.

2003: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down All Remaining Sodomy Laws

Despite the considerable progress that had been made on gay rights issues by 2003, gay sex was still illegal in 14 states. Such laws, though seldom enforced, served what George W. Bush called a „symbolic“ function–a reminder that the government does not approve of sex between two members of the same gender.

In Texas, officers responding to a nosy neighbor’s complaint interrupted two men having sex in their own apartment and promptly arrested them for sodomy. The Lawrence v. Texas case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which struck down Texas‘ sodomy law. For the first time in U.S. history, celibacy was no longer the implicit legal standard for lesbians and gay men–and homosexuality itself ceased to be an indictable offense.

Here’s everything we know about „Bros“

The film will star Billy Eichner, of „Billy on the Street“ fame, who is also co-writing and executive producing. The release of “Bros” will make Eichner, 42, the first openly gay man to write and star in a major motion picture.

“I honestly can’t believe it… move over, Julia Roberts,” Eichner wrote on Twitter Friday, “there’s a new rom-com QUEEN in town!”

I honestly can’t believe it…. move over Julia Roberts, there’s a new rom com QUEEN in town! BROS, prod by @[email protected] hits theaters AUG 12, 2022! (Twitter, we wanted to give you a year to figure out why you already hate it!)

Eichner recently told Variety how much representation matters to him, and it was when watching “Love, Simon,” a film about a gay kid in high school who falls in love, that, “Straight people go to the movies and literally see themselves all the time… it was so unusual to have a connection to what was happening on-screen instead of being a step or two removed. ‘Love, Simon’ really got to me.”

Eichner also wrote on Twitter Friday that his manager told him to be „less gay“ back in 2006, when an agent was coming to his show, and that the making of his new film „only took 100 years! Thanks, Hollywood!“

“Bros,” will be produced by Judd Apatow, who was also behind the film “The Big Sick,” which starred Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan and was credited with breaking all the rules of traditional romantic comedies. The genre has continued to expand its definition of what love stories look like, and over the 2020 holiday season Hulu released “The Happiest Season,” one of the first holiday films to feature a lesbian romance.

In shocking news, BROS will be the first rom com about gay men ever produced by a major studio and, apparently, I’m the first openly gay man to ever write and star in their own studio film. Only took 100 years! THANKS HOLLYWOOD!!! ?

Eichner has been vocal about the homophobia he has experienced in Hollywood, saying the film industry hasn’t come far enough, which makes writing and starring in “Bros” bittersweet.

“I’m honored that it’s me, but it should have been someone else 30 or 40 years ago,” he told Variety. “I hear people talking about diversity and inclusion, but I often see gay people left out of those conversations. The comedy community, which has always been such a straight man’s game, has not been kind to openly gay men, and I still see so much homophobia when it comes to casting.”

Billy Eichner talks ‘Lion King,’ Beyonce, Oscar buzz, more

Though details on the film have been a well-kept secret, Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film, said in a statement to TODAY the film is “a smart, swoon-y and heartfelt comedy about finding sex, love and romance amidst the madness.”

It has not yet been announced who will star as Eichner’s love interest. Universal Pictures has been quiet on the casting, and only said the film is “the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.” Who with this „very busy“ person be? We’ll have to stay tuned.

“We stan our new rom-com queen,” the studio said in a tweet Friday.

„Bros“ is set to be released on Friday, August 12, 2022.

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Popular gay bar Dins Sa Gabia has drag & cabaret shows on the weekend on Saturday night, from 1am.

Traditionally Spanish in design but very gay in nature, Flexas is one of the favourite gay haunts for locals and tourists in Mallorca.

Delicious cocktails and food, outrageous shows. Attracts a mixed crowd. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

bar, music, dancing, karaoke, live music, cafe, restaurant

New aviation themed gay bar in Mallorca with 2 rooms, pool table and karaoke. Also complete with dance floor, seating booths and outside terrace.

There are frequent special offers on drinks, check out their Facebook page for the latest deals!