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Off to college—gay? College can be a time to explore and break free from home and high school in your quest to be who you really are. But, before you dive in dorm-first, follow these tips for a better gay college experience.

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A New Lawsuit Challenges Georgia's Gay Marriage Ban

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Is Georgia next to legaliser gay marriage? A lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal Tuesday in Atlanta seeks class action status to overturn a 2004 voter initiative banning same-sex marriage in Georgia.

Lambda Legal filed the suit on behalf of seven couples, including Shelton Stroman and his partner Christopher Inniss of Snellville, Ga. They are suing the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Court and a Fulton County Probate Court judge in their official capacities as enforcers of the ban.

This isn't the first challenge to Georgia's constitutional ban. A lawsuit filed in 2006 in state court challenged the wording of the 2004 ballot initiative which was overwhelmingly approved by voters. It was determined that the wording was legal and would stand. However, the current lawsuit opposes the ban itself as unconstitutional.

'Mala Mala' Celebrates Trans Community at Tribeca Film Festival

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Are this year's audiences at Tribeca ready for a trans experience? Of course they are and filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini deliver with 'Mala Mala', a feature length documentary about the struggles of the trans community in Puerto Rico.

The documentary, which shows until the April 26, explores the every day lives of trans women which Sickles and Santini show is a witty, often boisterous and sometimes tumultuous experience.

'Mala Mala' is the debut documentary by director/producer Dan Sickles, who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials for clients from New York to Tokyo. In a sense, the themes addressed in the film are as expected. For instance, one of the main subjects Rebecca describes the painful experiences of undergoing hormone treatment on the black market and struggles with society's expectations of masculinity and femininity. Yet, however much we've come to associate these struggles with trans mean and women, it can not be stated enough how gender standards are thrust upon us. In this way, 'Mala Mala' is one of the most important entries at Tribeca, as film has the power to increase awareness of the both the victories and difficulties of living as we are and as we please.

'Mean Girls' Actor Daniel Franzese Comes Out

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Actor Daniel Franzese comes out as gay in a heartfelt letter posted to his former 'Mean Girls' character, Damian.

"I was twenty-six; you were sixteen. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I'd had you as a role model when I was younger. I might've been easier to be gay growing up. You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn't bring you down," Franzese wrote.

In the letter, originally published on gay site /bent, Franzese goes on to explain what took him so long to come out. It's been 10 years since Franzese played the confident and openly gay Damian, which he says "ruined his life". Franzese also says he reached a "gay ceiling" and despite his desires to play straight characters, only received interest from agents for flamboyant roles similar to his Mean Girls appearance. This drove Franzese deeper into the closet, resulting in years of denial and cover ups from him and his agents.

But all has changed now that Franzese has faced and accepted how significant playing Damian was to his life:

"It wasn't until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street - some of them in tears - and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them."

For Franzese, today marks a new chapter that started 10 years ago and has begun in grand style. This June he'll be the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade. Congratulations, Daniel!

Malta's Prime Minister Celebrates New Gay Marriage Law

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat joined an estimated 1,000 people celebrating a new law that gives same-sex couples in Malta the same rights as marriage and the right to adopt.

Although Malta's legal system follows closely with the United Kingdom, the former British colony gained its independence on September 21, 1964 and officially became the Republic of Malta in 1974. Although acts between same-sex parters have been legal since 1973, the new bill approved by the Labour government does not call the new legal unions "marriage" but extends the same rights.

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