Illinois Becomes 15th Marriage Equality State

11.5.2013

By Out.com Editors

...And 5 Other Things You Need to Know Today

1. Today the Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, affirming the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the state. The bill passed the state Senate in February and will soon go to Governor Pat Quinn, who has expressed strong support for marriage and will sign it into law. "This is great news for the thousands of committed same-sex couples in Illinois who will now be able to make the ultimate vow before their friends and family, protected and supported by their marriage," said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, which was a lead partner in the coalition Illinois Unites for Marriage. "It also represents tremendous momentum, with another victory in the heartland and our sixth state victory in 2013. "

2. Straight guys don't believe in bisexuality. According to a University of Pittsburgh study, heterosexual men were three times more likely to categorize bisexuality as "not a thing." Almost 15 percent of the online sample of 1,500 did not consider bisexuality a legitimate sexual orientation and participants responded more negatively to bisexual men than bisexual women. Researchers found that people who are female, white, or gay are more likely to believe in bisexuality, but it is stigmatized even within the queer community. 

[H/T NYMag.com]

3. Kathy Griffin sets a new world record for most stand-up specials. The comedian, bestselling author, and Out100 honoree (for being a strong LGBT ally) is no longer on the "D List" apparently since she set a new Guinness World Records® title for the “Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian.” She'll be presented the honor at her San Antonio show at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 24, and her 20th special will air on Bravo this December. “You know when I first heard Britney Spears’ lyrics to ‘Work Bitch,’ I knew she was speaking directly to me. I’m just following her direction, as we all should,” Griffin said. “At the end of the day, I’m humbled by the honor and can’t wait to set the award next to my two Schmemmys and forthcoming Grammy Award!”

4. Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, and Stephen Trask visited Jinkx Monsoon's New York City Off-Broadway show, The Vaudevillians. That means there were three Hedwigs in the room. As Gay.net pointed out: NPH is about to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical about a fictional band fronted by an East German transgender singer, which starts March 29, 2014, at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. FYI, in case you're not a Hedhead, John Cameron Mitchell is Hedwig's original star and book writer, and Stephen Trask is the show's composer. And Jinkx is set to star in a Seattle version of the show in December.

5. Tony Winners Jane Krakowski and John Benjamin Hickey to guest star on Modern Family. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Krakowski and Hickey have been tapped to make cameos in the hit ABC comedy in an episode titled "Under Pressure." Also joining them will be Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg. Krakowski is set to play a "mean girl mom" called Dr. Donna, who will catfight with Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria. Meanwhile, Hickey will reportedly play one of the Dunphys’ therapists and Eisenberg will make an appearance as an eco-obsessed neighbor of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).

6. Michael Mayer's first feature-length film, Out in the Darkis out on DVD today. The "gripping" and "sensual" film follows a border-crossing relationship between an increasingly desperate Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer.

Watch the trailer for Out in the Dark below:

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