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John Oliver Talks Uganda's Harsh Anti-Gay Laws with LGBT Activist Pepe Julian Onziema

Here's a segment from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver explores the recent rise of persecution against homosexuals in Uganda and how the country's extreme homophobic attitude can be easily traced to a few idiots back here in the states. Be sure to watch the end of the clip, in which Oliver interviews Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe Julian Onziema about working for equality where homosexuality is illegal and why the harsh laws would've never been enacted without interference from the US. Click through for Oliver's extended interview with Onziema.

Todd Glass Films Powerful PSA to Support Gay Youths

Earlier this year, Todd Glass came out on WTF. He explained much of the impetus in doing so was to set an example and to communicate to kids and teenagers that it's ok to be gay. He spoke about how every time he heard about a kid committing suicide, he felt partially to blame. The above video channels a lot of this message and features the passion that is to be expected from Todd. The spot was filmed as a submission to a GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) contest, in which the winner gets to produce a PSA with Tom Ford and Brett Ratner. You can [...]

Jason Jones Searches Moscow for Signs of Gay Rights Support

Last night on The Daily Show, Jason Jones continued his "Sochi-ish" Olympics coverage by interviewing Vladimir Putin's spokesman Sergey Markov and a bunch of cold, sad Russians on the street. Jones was in search of some sign of straight Russians in support of gay rights, but he was only met with American responses circa 40 years ago. If you didn't catch Jones's earlier segment this week where Gorbachev threatens to slam him against the wall, click through.

'All in the Family' and the First Gay Sitcom Character

In February 1971, All in the Family became the first sitcom to bring a gay man into America’s wallpapered, shag-carpeted, plaid-couched living rooms.

And he turned out to be a former linebacker.

It was only the show’s fifth episode. The Gay Rights Movement was still getting off the ground in earnest — the first Pride Parades had taken place the previous summer — but I can’t find an earlier sitcom representation of an openly gay character. For some insight into how shocking the half-hour had been for some viewers, one need look no farther than the Oval Office (the same room from which President Obama announced his “evolved” position [...]

One Million Moms Is Taking on 'The New Normal'; Is the Worst

One Million Moms is a group of about 40,000 (not one million) bigot moms who aspire to make sure their kids grow up with completely intolerant, prejudicial upbringings. They previously failed in their protest of Oreo's rainbow Oreos, Ellen DeGeneres's hiring as the spokeperson for JC Penny, and gay comic book heroes. Their new target is NBC's freshman sitcom The New Normal, a show about a gay couple who is able to have a baby as a result of a surrogate. The awful Moms explained on their site:

NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and [...]

How a Serbian Comedy Is Fighting Homophobia Throughout the Balkans

Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic's latest film, Parada, is about a "homosexual couple who wants to organize a gay pride parade in Belgrade, despite obstacles in the form of right-wing violence and government opposition." Amazingly, this film is actually changing people's views in a widely homophobic region (one teenager "thought the film was shit because after seeing it he can no longer hate gays"). Oh, and it's funny. Dragojevic says that making the movie a comedy was "a conscious choice":

If I'd made an art house drama I would have shoved the film into a self-made ghetto. That's exactly what I didn't want. Therefore I made a film for [...]