Kohl’s Holiday Ad Celebrates Family With Gay Couple
Kohl’s released a new ad “Celebrate Togetherness” just before the holiday season, and it features a gay couple apparently making a big announcement at Thanksgiving dinner.
It was posted on their official YouTube page with a description that reads: “The best of the holidays? Being together with family and friends of course!”
According to executive vice president of marketing Will Setliff, Kohl’s new #AllTogetherNow campaign “focuses on how Kohl’s is bringing modern families together in unexpected ways.”
The ad shows a diverse family preparing a holiday meal together in a bustling kitchen. As they sit down to dinner, a handsome gay couple shares a toast that, from the looks of it, might be celebrating an engagement.
Kohl’s will also put a “storytelling pop-up truck” in Times Square November 20 and 21. The company says that the truck will allow families or individuals to “share their family traditions via social media.”
Watch the video below:
January 5, 2016
Two Gay Dads Sharing Story of Their Fatherhood
The couple shared their story with “Gays With Kids” – an organisation designed to help gay dads and to encourage other gay men to navigate fatherhood.
The couple have opened up about coming out and starting a new family. They said that they desperately wanted to have children while still young, so they made a difficult decision to start a family with a women. Even though they knew they were gay.
Donovan Gutierrez and his fiancé Eric Alvarado, were already fathers when they met each other. They have a child of their own from previous relationships.
Like most cases like this, neither marriage lasted, so they both ended up divorced.
Gutierrez stated: “It becomes difficult, especially when it comes to communication. My parents still argue and they’ve divorced for 30 years.”
They met each other online, and after a while , Alvarado moved to California to be with Gutierrez.
Gutierrez’s 10-year-old son, Desi, at one moment asked them: “Why don’t you make it official?”
So they did make it official, with a full support of Desi.
Donovan and Alvarado said: “We wanted a traditional family per se. I’m really looking forward to it. The way I’m looking at it, we’re starting from step one.”
December 28, 2015
20 Years After Publicly Shaming Gay Couple, Man Writes an Open Apology Letter
A man who publicly shamed a gay couple more than 20 years ago, has written an apology letter.
The man recalled how he was going with his friends, and saw the couple “smooching” on a curb near the entrance to an amusement park, when he loudly said: “Ewww gross!”
He also said that “as we walked away I felt a prick of shame”.
“Outwardly I had acted as if it was you who should be ashamed, but for over 20 years it has been me who carries this shame.”
Read the full letter that this man from Omaha wrote and posted on Craigslist:
“Dear young gay couple in 1993,
You were sitting together on the curb near the entrance of Worlds of Fun. I was walking in with my church youth group. I was 17 and bigoted, taught that you were wrong and sinful. You were happy, sitting close, having fun, smooching a little, probably waiting for some friends. We walked in as a group, excited, adventurous, privileged. My friend pointed you out with a gasp of surprise and disgust. I looked over to see you together, relaxed and confident, and I said out loud, “Ewww gross.”
I don’t remember your reaction and I don’t know if you heard me. As we walked away I felt a prick of shame. Outwardly I had acted as if it was you who should be ashamed, but for over 20 years it has been me who carries this shame. I’m writing this today to apologize for my behavior.
Dear young gay couple in 1993, I am so sorry. I am so sorry I treated you as second class citizens and ruined that sweet moment you were having. I want you to know that shortly after this youth group trip I entered college and my whole world changed. My learned bias and my belief in homosexuality as a sin was flipped upside down as I was exposed to new people and new ideas. I have walked away from the religion that taught me to hate. My life is now one of empowering and advocating for young people. 20 years later I carry my shame as a reminder to check my privilege. I consider myself an ally and I hope my advocacy over the years has righted some of my wrongs.
Wherever you are I hope you’re each still sitting close with a loved one and living a wonderful life.
With a heartfelt apology,
A kid who learned the truth”
December 21, 2015
Gay Black Couple in New Hip Hop Reality Show
While gay characters and actors are becoming more commonplace on mainstream TV and film, hip hop is one of the last bastions for homophobia in the entertainment industry and its hoped by showing the lives and struggles of Christopher and Brock.
VH1’s new season of Hip Hop reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, features two new rapping hopefuls – Milan Christopher and Miles Brock – a gay black couple.
Mona Scott-Young, Love and Hip Hop’s executive producer and CEO of Monami Entertainment told the LA Times depicting a same sex relationship on the show was long overdue.
“We’ve had same-sex relationships happening around us since the beginning of time. But somehow we tiptoe around the subject and we never want to give it the same prominence and visibility as we do heterosexual relationships. Here was an opportunity to do something that was reflective of our time.”
“In this world we are a minority and [some people] don’t like it,” Brock told the LA Times. “It’s hard. Being a black man, in hip hop and religious, I have so many strikes against me … all these hurdles.”
Scott-Young hopes Christopher and Brock’s involvement on Love & Hip Hop can change the views of the black community on what it means to be same-sex attracted.
December 14, 2015
WATCH: Gay Marriage Proposal on Beijing Subway
A viral video showing a young man proposing to his male partner on a busy Beijing subway has attracted thousands of comments debating same-sex marriage rights – and is moving the conversation about marriage equality forward.
“As usual, I was taking the subway home, but contrary to what I was expecting, I encountered a couple’s love,” said the video’s uploader.
“I think this is really incredible.”
The video shows a man kneeling beside his partner, saying how he invites both people he knows and doesn’t know to bear witness to his proposal. “I’ll be loving you for the rest of my life,” he told him.
Passengers react in various ways, with some saying “kiss him, kiss him” and others calling them “disgusting” or “sinful”.
The man’s partner says “yes” and his now-fiancé gives him a watch. The subway carriage erupts into loud applause.
The video was uploaded to Chinese social media giant Weibo, where it got several thousand views and shares, plus hundreds of comments.
The viral video shows how attitudes to same-sex partnerships are changing in China, especially among youth. There were still a few negative comments, but the wave of support for the couple was clear, and brilliant to see.
December 7, 2015
WATCH: 7 Celebrity Aided Gay Proposals
All you need is love, and celebrities are here to support it. Here are 7 proposals aided by celebrities.
Madonna offered her microphone to a gay couple, for a very special proposal. She paused her Rebel Heart Tour in Canada for this.
Ellen Degeneres welcomed a gay couple from Florida, Benjamin and Justin, up on the stage.
With his song “Same Love”, he inspired people around the world. That’s why these two couples thought it would be the perfect moment.
Lady Gaga paused her concert last year in Manchester Arena to help a man propose to his boyfriend. He got down on one knee, in front of 21,000 people.
On this picture, Kesha is ordaining her hairdresser friend’s wedding. She also officiated two same sex weddings.
This brave man waited for three years for the perfect moment to propose to his boyfriend, on stage with Kylie Minogue.
This guy’s boyfriend told him: “You can’t marry me until I have met Mariah Carey.”
Jennifer Hudson crashes wedding, as this couple ties the knot as part of the Human Rights Campaign – #TurnItUpForChange
Memorable moment in the Grammys 2014, when Madonna, Macklemore and Queen Latifa came together to marry 33 loving couples. Both gay and straight couples were there to celebrate that day, in front of millions of viewers all over the world.
November 28, 2015
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