"From where I stand... You're beautiful."
"Cause if you want to keep me, you gotta love me harder And if you really need me, you gotta love me harder Love me, love me, love me Harder, harder, harder”

"Cause if you want to keep me, you gotta love me harder
And if you really need me, you gotta love me harder
Love me, love me, love me
Harder, harder, harder”

"And if in the moment I bite my lip Baby, in the moment you’ll know this is Something bigger than us and beyond bliss Give me a reason to believe it”

"And if in the moment I bite my lip
Baby, in the moment you’ll know this is
Something bigger than us and beyond bliss
Give me a reason to believe it”

"Tell me something I need to know Then take my breath and never let it go If you just let me invade your space I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain”

"Tell me something I need to know
Then take my breath and never let it go
If you just let me invade your space
I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain”

LOOK AT THIS MAP
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released this new map of marriage equality in the United States, showing just how far we have come in the last decade. In 2004, 10 years ago, Massachusetts was the first to legalize same-sex marriage, and now there are 32 states + Washington D.C. with marriage equality, 3 states on the cusp, and 4 states awaiting imminent decisions by the courts. Ladies and gentlemen, this is history. We have dreamed of it, we have fought for it and we have won. The LGBT community faces many more important challenges, especially in countries which still imprison and execute homosexuals, but I think this map should bring hope for LGBT people across the globe. The view is changing. Equality is coming. Don’t give up now, we are too close for that. It gets better!

LOOK AT THIS MAP

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released this new map of marriage equality in the United States, showing just how far we have come in the last decade. In 2004, 10 years ago, Massachusetts was the first to legalize same-sex marriage, and now there are 32 states + Washington D.C. with marriage equality, 3 states on the cusp, and 4 states awaiting imminent decisions by the courts. Ladies and gentlemen, this is history. We have dreamed of it, we have fought for it and we have won. The LGBT community faces many more important challenges, especially in countries which still imprison and execute homosexuals, but I think this map should bring hope for LGBT people across the globe. The view is changing. Equality is coming. Don’t give up now, we are too close for that. It gets better!

"Oh baby I can’t come down, so please come help me out You got me feelin’ high and I can’t step off the cloud And I just can’t get enough”

"Oh baby I can’t come down, so please come help me out
You got me feelin’ high and I can’t step off the cloud
And I just can’t get enough”

"Addicted, I can’t get away from you Afflicted, I need it, I miss it  I want your love right next to me And I can’t erase you out of my memory”

"Addicted, I can’t get away from you
Afflicted, I need it, I miss it
I want your love right next to me
And I can’t erase you out of my memory”

"Boy I think about it every night and day I’m addicted, wanna jam inside your love I wouldn’t wanna have it any other way I’m addicted and I just can’t get enough”

"Boy I think about it every night and day
I’m addicted, wanna jam inside your love
I wouldn’t wanna have it any other way
I’m addicted and I just can’t get enough”

US MARINE IN CUSTODY IN MURDER OF JENNIFER LAUDE
A United States Marine is being held in custody after Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a 26 year old Filipina Transgender, was found brutally murdered in an Olongapo City hotel on Saturday. The suspect has been identified as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton and is being held by the United States Navy aboard a ship in the Philippines. Details are mixed, but according to some reports, Laude and a friend met Pemberton at a local disco bar and later went to a hotel where Laude became nervous and asked to leave before it was discovered that she was Transgender. What happened next is still a mystery but later that night, she was found savagely beaten, bruised, strangled, and drowned in a toilet. Angry protestors have taken to the streets demanding the United States military leave and transfer Pemberton into Filippino custody. The Philippine Government is reassuring the family and the country that everything will be done to achieve justice. Many protestors say this has brought back harsh memories of the 2005 raping of Suzette Nicolas, a Filipina Transgender who was abused in a moving vehicle by an American Marine while 3 others watched and cheered. Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was found guilty of the rape and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment, Lance Corporals Keith Silkwood and Dominic Duplantis and Staff Sergeant Chad Carpentier were all acquitted. In 2009 the conviction was overturned and Smith was released and allowed to leave the country. Corky Hope Maranan, who leads a Transgender and Lesbian group locally, said “If he remains in U.S. custody, certainly he can escape from our justice system again. We don’t want another Daniel Smith.”
My heart goes out to Jennifer, her friends and family, the Transgender community of the Philippines, and all of those affected by this disgusting act of violence. The struggles that the Transgender community faces are often overlooked and forgotten, especially and most shamefully by the rest of the LGBT community, but we will all come together today to mourn one of our own, and demand justice.
#JusticeforJennifer

US MARINE IN CUSTODY IN MURDER OF JENNIFER LAUDE

A United States Marine is being held in custody after Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a 26 year old Filipina Transgender, was found brutally murdered in an Olongapo City hotel on Saturday. The suspect has been identified as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton and is being held by the United States Navy aboard a ship in the Philippines. Details are mixed, but according to some reports, Laude and a friend met Pemberton at a local disco bar and later went to a hotel where Laude became nervous and asked to leave before it was discovered that she was Transgender. What happened next is still a mystery but later that night, she was found savagely beaten, bruised, strangled, and drowned in a toilet. Angry protestors have taken to the streets demanding the United States military leave and transfer Pemberton into Filippino custody. The Philippine Government is reassuring the family and the country that everything will be done to achieve justice. Many protestors say this has brought back harsh memories of the 2005 raping of Suzette Nicolas, a Filipina Transgender who was abused in a moving vehicle by an American Marine while 3 others watched and cheered. Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was found guilty of the rape and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment, Lance Corporals Keith Silkwood and Dominic Duplantis and Staff Sergeant Chad Carpentier were all acquitted. In 2009 the conviction was overturned and Smith was released and allowed to leave the country. Corky Hope Maranan, who leads a Transgender and Lesbian group locally, said “If he remains in U.S. custody, certainly he can escape from our justice system again. We don’t want another Daniel Smith.”

My heart goes out to Jennifer, her friends and family, the Transgender community of the Philippines, and all of those affected by this disgusting act of violence. The struggles that the Transgender community faces are often overlooked and forgotten, especially and most shamefully by the rest of the LGBT community, but we will all come together today to mourn one of our own, and demand justice.

#JusticeforJennifer

I have never seen so many drag queens, rainbows, and adorable gay boys in my life! OutFest was a fabulous experience and I cannot wait to go again next year. I wish I could go back and tell the younger me that he would witness something so incredible. Never would I have believed that a rainbow flag would fly at City Hall and people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and sexualities would take to the streets in a celebration of our community. Thank you Philadelphia, it is a pleasure to call you home.

REBLOG AND ADD THE DATE YOU CAME OUT:
I came out as gay on New Year’s Eve - 31 December 2011.

REBLOG AND ADD THE DATE YOU CAME OUT:

I came out as gay on New Year’s Eve - 31 December 2011.

HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
Today, 11 October, is the day we celebrate those who are out as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender, who stand as pillars in LGBT community. These people who risk their reputation, jobs, family, and sometimes even their lives to say “Yes I am Gay and I am not ashamed” stand up to the hatred and show LGBT people of all ages that there is hope for a better, more tolerant future. Today we thank those who show us that the bullying, hate, ignorance and oppression should not be the end of our dreams, they show us we must continue the fight on for our rights, for our families, and for our future.
Today, we send a strong message to those LGBT members who are still in the closet, hiding who they are. We hold out our hands and tell them that if they ever need help, we will gladly do whatever we can. We understand the pain and the confusion, but you are never alone! When the time comes, we will gladly embrace you and welcome you, until then, your safety is what matters most.
Today, we celebrate a milestone for the LGBT community, on this day in 1987, the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place and showed that we will not back down. This is often known as the “Great March” but is left out of the history books.
Today, we celebrate enormous victories for the LGBT community across the world and those who have fought to end oppression and inequality. Although the battle is far from over, we have made great strides and there should be no doubt that the wave continues, sweeping down the mightiest walls of oppression.
Lastly, today we send an even stronger message to those who wish us harm or stand against us - we will not give in and we will not back down. We will battle on until equality is a reality and until every young Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender understands that this life is worth living, that giving up is not an option and that we will rise above!
To all of my friends and family who are LGBT, remember that we are not just fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for those who stood up in the past for our rights, we are fighting for the children of today, and we are fighting for the generations of the future. 
Happy National Coming-Out Day everyone.
- Richard (Storyofagayboy)

HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY

Today, 11 October, is the day we celebrate those who are out as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender, who stand as pillars in LGBT community. These people who risk their reputation, jobs, family, and sometimes even their lives to say “Yes I am Gay and I am not ashamed” stand up to the hatred and show LGBT people of all ages that there is hope for a better, more tolerant future. Today we thank those who show us that the bullying, hate, ignorance and oppression should not be the end of our dreams, they show us we must continue the fight on for our rights, for our families, and for our future.

Today, we send a strong message to those LGBT members who are still in the closet, hiding who they are. We hold out our hands and tell them that if they ever need help, we will gladly do whatever we can. We understand the pain and the confusion, but you are never alone! When the time comes, we will gladly embrace you and welcome you, until then, your safety is what matters most.

Today, we celebrate a milestone for the LGBT community, on this day in 1987, the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place and showed that we will not back down. This is often known as the “Great March” but is left out of the history books.

Today, we celebrate enormous victories for the LGBT community across the world and those who have fought to end oppression and inequality. Although the battle is far from over, we have made great strides and there should be no doubt that the wave continues, sweeping down the mightiest walls of oppression.

Lastly, today we send an even stronger message to those who wish us harm or stand against us - we will not give in and we will not back down. We will battle on until equality is a reality and until every young Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender understands that this life is worth living, that giving up is not an option and that we will rise above!

To all of my friends and family who are LGBT, remember that we are not just fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for those who stood up in the past for our rights, we are fighting for the children of today, and we are fighting for the generations of the future.

Happy National Coming-Out Day everyone.

- Richard (Storyofagayboy)

Don’t forget to come to Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Sunday, October 12, 2014 to celebrate National Coming-Out Day with us! Outfest is the largest NCOD event in the world hosting over 40,000 people annually. Rain or shine, from noon to 6:00 PM, there will be music, dancing, awards, family events, parties, great food, contests, pet adoptions and more… Not to mention all of the cute boys who will be there… Just saying you do not want to miss this event!

*Yes, I know this picture is from 2013, there is not an updated one on my computer.

Don’t forget to come to Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Sunday, October 12, 2014 to celebrate National Coming-Out Day with us! Outfest is the largest NCOD event in the world hosting over 40,000 people annually. Rain or shine, from noon to 6:00 PM, there will be music, dancing, awards, family events, parties, great food, contests, pet adoptions and more… Not to mention all of the cute boys who will be there… Just saying you do not want to miss this event!

*Yes, I know this picture is from 2013, there is not an updated one on my computer.

"And darling, darling Stand by me, oh stand by me Oh stand now, stand by me Stand by me”

"And darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me
Stand by me”

"If the sky that we look upon Should tumble and fall Or the mountains should crumble to the sea I won’t cry, I won’t cry No, I won’t shed a tear Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

"If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

NEVADA SENATOR ASKS PARTNER TO MARRY HIM

Is there a better way to celebrate Nevada’s fresh marriage equality than the union of these two men? This is Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson and Sherwood Howard, boyfriends until the senator popped the question at a Freedom Nevada event Tuesday.

"You are the one person that I trust the most to be there with me, to be there for me, to be that confidant, to be my best friend and my partner… And so I’ll say it in front of everybody, will you marry me?"

The crowd erupted in cheers as Howard said yes and the couple embraced, holding each other tight and kissing briefly.

After a long legal battle, Nevada began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, including Atkinson and Howard who then became one of the first couples to say “I do.”

Congratulations Kelvin Atkinson and Sherwood Howard!