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Why do we love this cake? Because two skiers who met through @SKIBUMS just got married in California — congrats, Alex & David!

Why do we love this cake? Because two skiers who met through @SKIBUMS just got married in California — congrats, Alex & David!

Wow, GO @OkCupid, go!
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Tim Hardaway Becomes First To Sign Florida Gay Marriage Petition

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A former NBA star who once declared “I hate gay people” became the first person to sign a new petition seeking to legalize gay marriage in Florida.

Tim Hardaway signed the first petition Wednesday night for Equal Marriage Florida, a fresh effort to repeal a 2008 state amendment banning same-sex unions. He added his name while leaning over a pool table in a public ceremony at Sully’s Tavern in Miami alonside Equal Marriage Florida organizer Vanessa Brito.

Hardaway, whose killer crossover served teams including Golden State and Miami, has been working for years to undo the damage caused by a hateful tirade on South Florida sports radio in 2007. Asked to respond to the coming out of retired player John Amaechi, he admitted to being homophobic and said he would distance himself from a gay colleague:

"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway replied in part. “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”

The resulting controversy nearly ruined his post-playing career and prompted several apologies. Admitting he "had no idea how much I hurt people" and pledging to “do whatever I can to correct it,” Hardaway shortly took classes at a Miami-area LGBT youth suicide prevention organizationraised money for a nationwide suicide hotlinefor young gay people, and in 2011 in El Paso fought a recall of three local politicians who voted to restore health benefits for gay city employees.”

Read more at the Huffington Post >

David and Alex met on a #SKIBUMS trip to #MountSnow — and they just got engaged in #California! Huge congrats, guys!!! #love #equality #prop8 #lgbt #gay #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

David and Alex met on a #SKIBUMS trip to #MountSnow — and they just got engaged in #California! Huge congrats, guys!!! #love #equality #prop8 #lgbt #gay #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

Skiing is Gay | POWDER Magazine | A Q & A with SKI BUMS founder Chris French

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On the occasion of yesterday’s historic Supreme Court case rulings, the awesome people at Powder Magazine contacted SKI BUMS president & founder Chris French to chat about how SKI BUMS began, get a reaction to the rulings, and discuss how he reacts when snowboarders say “skiing is gay!”

Check out the fun interview:

Ski clubs are scattered throughout the country as a way to bring shredders together in cities and towns and transport them to the mountains. And they’re a great excuse for people to get together and drink beer. Chris French, 39, is the founder of Ski Bums, the self-proclaimed largest LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) ski club in the world. Based in New York City, French has planned trips all over the world and had a damn good time doing it along the way. Via Skype, he chatted with POWDER.com about running a ski club, ripping pow in Japan, and yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that entitled gay married couples to the same federal benefits as straight couples.

POWDER: Let’s start with the basics of your club. 
Chris French: Ski Bums is the world’s largest club for LGBT skiers and snowboarders. We got started as a local club in New York City in 2004, but then we grew pretty rapidly to become a regional club. Then a national club. Today we have more than 1,000 members from 40 U.S. states and roughly 20 foreign countries.

When did you first go on trips? 
Our first trips were in January 2005. And that first year, we only took local trips to East Coast places in the Catskills and Vermont. We got excited pretty quickly and things took off rapidly. We started the very next year going out West. We went to Zermatt, Switzerland. Last year we had 20 trips. And we’re going to Argentina later this summer.

So why a gay ski club? Skiing is a predominantly white sport, but there’s an African American ski club, Jewish ski clubs, and others. I find it interesting there’s clubs devoted to particular races, religions, and sexual preferences. 
The question that I hear from some of my straight friends is this: “Well why do you only want to ski with other gay people? Why don’t you want to ski with us? Why don’t you want to be around us?” And that’s not the case at all. On the contrary, I don’t hear that question so much from LGBT people because…we have to do something to find each other. We either have to go to a bar, or go to a club. We can’t just like walk out onto the street and be like, “Hey everyone, if you’re gay, raise your hand right now.” (laughs) The ultimate purpose of Ski Bums is to connect with other LGBT people and make new friends.

Read more: how does Chris react when people say “skiing is gay”? FInd out here >

Yesterday was an amazing day for #equality! We will never forget it! #noh8 #loveislove #pride #doma #prop8 #lgbt #gay #marriageequality #lesbian #castro #sanfrancisco #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

Yesterday was an amazing day for #equality! We will never forget it! #noh8 #loveislove #pride #doma #prop8 #lgbt #gay #marriageequality #lesbian #castro #sanfrancisco #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

Historic day for #GayRights! #DOMA and #Prop8 overturned! Thank you, #SCOTUS for this step toward full #marriageequality! #gay #lgbt #lesbian #transgender #pride #equality #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboarding #snowboard #chillout

Historic day for #GayRights! #DOMA and #Prop8 overturned! Thank you, #SCOTUS for this step toward full #marriageequality! #gay #lgbt #lesbian #transgender #pride #equality #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboarding #snowboard #chillout

Infographic: Marriage at the Supreme Court | Lambda Legal

For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two gay rights cases in one term. One case challenges California’s Prop 8, which revoked same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in that state. The other challenges the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. Here’s a handy graphic from legal experts at Lambda Legal explaining how the Court may decide each case.

We got this from an awesome friend of the BUMS! Reblog if you support marriage equality!

We got this from an awesome friend of the BUMS! Reblog if you support marriage equality!

Brendon Ayanbadejo Speaks Out On Marriage Equality - HuffPost Live

Yet more reasons to adore Brendon Ayanbadejo — he and other NFL players have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to support marriage equality in the Prop8 trial. Wow.

Breaking: Supreme Court to Review Prop 8, Defense of Marriage Act | NPR

Major news for the LGBT community!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California’s Supreme Court.

Read more at NPR >

Modern Love - A Father, a Son and a Fighting Chance - NYTimes.com

In time for Father’s Day, the New York Times has an incredible column from the father of one of the Prop8 lead plaintiffs, Dominick Zarrillo. It’s well worth the read!

Check out the touching op-ed >

Last night in Los Angeles, Hollywood stars came together for a reading of “8,” the new play by Oscar-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, with text taken from the actual testimony in the landmark Prop 8 trial in California. It was filmed in its entirety and is now viewable on YouTube. Watch George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer and others in a play that will soon be performed around the country.

In the video above, the performance begins at 29:00 minutes in.

Learn more about local productions of 8 >

Ninth Circuit Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday -- A Guide to Understanding What's Happening - Poliglot

It’s easy for anyone to get confused over the circuitous path that Proposition 8 has taken through the courts over the last three years. With Tuesday’s important ruling on its way, here’s a great overview of the background of the case.

Read it at Metro Weekly >