With the rapid changes happening for marriage equality over the past year, it can be hard to focus on what is happening and can be easy to miss some great stories on gender and marriage equality. Here are 10 of the biggest, most interesting, and most important articles you should know about (ordered by date published).
Tumblr's Response to Same-Sex Wedding
Back in November 2013, the Daily Dot reported on the warm response that a woman's Tumblr post received, reiterating just how far we've come in such a short time. The newlyweds received literally nothing but positive responses.
Ellen Paige Comes Out in a Big Way
You may have heard the news somewhere: Ellen Paige is a lesbian. But what you may not have heard is her incredible, moving, heartfelt speech that she made at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive Conference's opening remarks. Her words are inspiring.
Betabrand Uses Real Women with Real Ph.D.'s in Ad Campaign
There is something comforting about a clothing advertising campaign that shows women who are confident, smart, and real as the center of their brand. PolicyMic published a well-rounded article about the positives and possible negatives or shortcomings of this ad campaign.
Fathers Control Daughters' Sexuality with Purity Ball
In this unsettling article by PolicyMic about the Nightline piece on the Purity Balls, it is clear that not all people are open to the idea of autonomy in any sense of the word. Aside from straight girls participating in this ceremony of giving themselves to their fathers until they are married, there is no room for any girls who are anything other than straight. The article lays out the many things that are wrong with these ceremonies.
OkCupid Lights a Fire Under Mozilla
After word got out that OkCupid was sending a very clear message to the users visiting their site through firefox, the Mozilla CEO in question resigns from his position. Lesbian News quotes the statement given by Mozilla.
Equal Pay Day - April 8
This year's Equal Pay Day - the number of extra days women have to work in 2014 to make the same amount as men in 2013 - was April 8th. We heard from many different news outlets and professionals - and the president.
Ingrid Michaelson Gives Some Background on her Gender Swap Video
This in-depth article takes a look at Ingrid Michaelson's new album, her past success, and her single featuring both male and female counterparts to the females in the popular "Simply Irresistable" video by Robert Palmer.
Emma Stone Not Afraid to Be Awesome
Andrew Garfield made a common mistake in a recent interview for the upcoming Spiderman movie - and Emma Stone was quick to call him out on it. She led him to expand on his comment, which ends up being quite the impressive recovery.
'The Fosters' is Honored by Lambda Legal
After receiving the stamp of disapproval from One Million Moms, The Fosters continued to build momentum on the ABC Family channel and was honored by Lambda Legal at its awards ceremony. The series, produced by Jennifer Lopez, deals with common - and some uncommon - issues facing individuals and families of all ages and types in such a poignant and seamless way that it continues to capture the hearts of viewers of all ages.
Clergymen Stand With LGBT Allies
Clergymen join those fighting for marriage equality in North Carolina, despite some saying that it is just another 'lawsuit of the week' meant to impose same-sex marriage on the state. The clergymen filed the lawsuit on the grounds that it violates religious freedom: they wish to perform same-sex marriages but can't because it is against the law.