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    Lesbian TV star Heather Peace blasts Catholic extremists over gay marriage  

    By Tris Reid-Smith, Gay Star News - June 28, 2012

    Heather Peace, star of lesbian BBC TV drama Lip Service, has labeled the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage as ‘embarrassing’.

    Peace, 36, who is engaged to her partner Ellie, said she doesn’t want to get married in a church but was ‘ferocious’ for same-sex marriage equality. [Read Full Story]


    Sundance Film Short Explores Homosexuality in the Korean-American Community

    By Matt Hilbrun, Voice of America - January 19, 2012

    The story behind the new short-film Dol (First Birthday) is packed with enough drama to be turned into a movie of its own.

    Dol was Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn's way of coming out to his parents. He wanted acceptance from his family. He got that and, in the process, had the movie accepted for screening at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most prestigious cinema showcases in the world. [Read Full Story]


    'Love Free or Die' hits close to home

    By Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record - January 17, 2012

    Macky Alston has been to Sundance once before, to debut one of his films in 1997, but this year the experience is a little different. Alston's movie, "Love Free or Die", a documentary competition film, hits close to home and he hopes it will start a dialogue that could change a lot of people's lives.

    The documentary follows Bishop Gene Robinson, a New Hampshire man who became the first openly gay Bishop to be elected by the Episcopal Church. Producer Sandy Itkoff and Director Macky Alston follow Robinson's fight to bring equality to the church and prove that he should not have to choose between loving God and loving his husband. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Gillian Laub


    Benetton Pulls Ad of Pope Benedict Kissing El-Tayeb

    By Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service - November 16, 2011

    VATICAN CITY - International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric on Wednesday (Nov. 16) after the Vatican threatened legal action to protect the pope's image.

    Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi had called the Benetton campaign a "totally unacceptable" show of "grave disrespect."

    The image of Benedict kissing Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb, imam of the renowned al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, was pulled almost immediately after the Vatican protested. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Getty Images


    Brad Pitt Blasts Religious Bigotry, Government on Same-Sex Marriage: 'What Are You So Afraid Of?'  

    By Andy Towle, Towleroad - September 16, 2011

    In the new issue of Parade magazine, Brad Pitt talks about how he split with religion when he realized it couldn't answer basic questions that he had.

    Said Pitt:

    “My religion was telling me what not to do—what not to even think about doing. Those are the things I would try, because that was my nature. I had to experience things to know what would work for me—say, something as simple as premarital sex..." [Read Full Story]