FEMEN protesters in France have been a recurring and dramatic presence during the country’s debate about marriage equality. They go bare-chested and loudly into anti-gay marriage protests and are often arrested. So after Dominique Venner, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, took the extreme measure of committing suicide inside Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral in apparent protest of the country’s new law, a FEMEN protester showed up to counter. The woman is painted in the slogan “May Fascism Rest in Hell” and she wields a gun, even pointing it into her own mouth, but unlike Venner she doesn’t pull the trigger. The photos of the startling protest are jarring, and they end in arrest.

President Obama, changing minds and hearts in a state where only 27% favor marriage equality. Watch the speech here: http://bit.ly/ObamaMorehouse

President Obama, changing minds and hearts in a state where only 27% favor marriage equality. Watch the speech here: http://bit.ly/ObamaMorehouse

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This summer’s Pride coverboy  is Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. You can read the cover story and see the first set of images on Advocate.com. Above, are two outtakes from the shoot, photographed by M. Sharkey in New York City. After the jump, see a behind-the-scenes GIF of Jesse’s mean encounter with his collection of bowties and an industrial fan. —Scott McPherson

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Queen Maxima of Netherlands is the country’s newly crowned royal, and she received a rainbow-coded map of Europe during a visit on Thursday to the two-day International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Conference in The Hague. The map shows how European countries are progressing on equal rights for LGBT people. (GETTY IMAGES) The map comes from the ILGA Europe. See a larger view.

In a 30-37 vote, the Minnesota State Senate approved a marriage equality bill today. The governor is expected to sign the legislation on Tuesday. In addition to Washington D.C., this brings the total number of states with marriage equality to 12!  —Scott McPherson

In a 30-37 vote, the Minnesota State Senate approved a marriage equality bill today. The governor is expected to sign the legislation on Tuesday. In addition to Washington D.C., this brings the total number of states with marriage equality to 12!  —Scott McPherson

Funny Or Die’s new video featuring Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, The Lonely Island and Spring Breakers is a quite an eyeful. Since it has a “marriage equality twist,” here’s a summary of each set of nuptials in GIF form. Cheers!  

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Delaware became the 11th state to join the forces of marriage equality on Tuesday. With this momentous week for the equal rights movement, we decided to begin a Marriage Equality Census, keeping an estimated count of the number of self-identified LGBT citizens that can legally get married in their home state. See the number in the graphic above.
Here’s how we got to this grand number: We pulled 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data of the population for each state that has full marriage equality (not civil unions). Then we combined it with information gathered by a 2012 Gallup poll in conjunction with the Williams Institute at UCLA, which identified the percent of self-identified LGBT people in each of those states. See the table below for the numbers.
Which state will be next? —Scott McPherson

Delaware became the 11th state to join the forces of marriage equality on Tuesday. With this momentous week for the equal rights movement, we decided to begin a Marriage Equality Census, keeping an estimated count of the number of self-identified LGBT citizens that can legally get married in their home state. See the number in the graphic above.

Here’s how we got to this grand number: We pulled 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data of the population for each state that has full marriage equality (not civil unions). Then we combined it with information gathered by a 2012 Gallup poll in conjunction with the Williams Institute at UCLA, which identified the percent of self-identified LGBT people in each of those states. See the table below for the numbers.

Which state will be next? —Scott McPherson

Liza with a “Z” is the latest star icon to don masking tape and pose for the NOH8 campaign. The photo was released Monday by the organization, jazz hands included. The campaign has featured countless celebrities and politicians standing up for marriage equality in what was first created in 2008 as a response to the passing of Prop 8, which is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. More information on the case, Hollingsworth v. Perry on Advocate.com. —Scott McPherson

Liza with a “Z” is the latest star icon to don masking tape and pose for the NOH8 campaign. The photo was released Monday by the organization, jazz hands included. The campaign has featured countless celebrities and politicians standing up for marriage equality in what was first created in 2008 as a response to the passing of Prop 8, which is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. More information on the case, Hollingsworth v. Perry on Advocate.com. —Scott McPherson

What is black and white and read for filth? We have no words for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Winner 4th place contestant Detox and her head-to-toe black and white look she wore to the filming of RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited! on Wednesday in Los Angeles.The image you see of Detox above has not been altered in any way beyond the cutout. It’s a full color image. We just couldn’t resist making this GIF, if only to put her makeup job to the test! See her on the red carpet in the original photo here. —Scott McPherson

What is black and white and read for filth? We have no words for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Winner 4th place contestant Detox and her head-to-toe black and white look she wore to the filming of RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited! on Wednesday in Los Angeles.The image you see of Detox above has not been altered in any way beyond the cutout. It’s a full color image. We just couldn’t resist making this GIF, if only to put her makeup job to the test! See her on the red carpet in the original photo here. —Scott McPherson

imageIconoclastic Features released the teaser trailer for their independent feature Disappear Here last week. The thriller stars out actor and activist James Duke Mason, grandson of the late Academy-Award Nominated James Mason and a 2010 Advocate Forty Under 40 honoree. While tackling the timely issue of the “Hollywood closet,” Mason plays a young and successful closeted actor who is blackmailed after a video surfaces (they always do!) of him and his boyfriend, and he finds himself in the middle of a political conspiracy. While initially funded via Kickstarter.com, the feature is currently in production and due out next year. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump!

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