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Love Wins

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National history was made at the U.S. Supreme Court today as the highest court in the land ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to legally marry, in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. This makes the USA the 20th country in the world achieving marriage equality.

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Word of the 5-to-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges spread like lightning across all forms of social media, as rainbow memes, pro-marriage cat videos and #LoveWins hashtags zoomed the news around the world in seconds.

Within three hours of the announcement, same sex couples in Georgia started getting married, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Emma Foulkes and Petrina Bloodworth of Atlanta received the first marriage license for a gay couple in Fulton County.

Impromptu celebrations sprung-up across the nation, outside the landmark Stonewall Inn in New York City, where riots by LGBT patrons 46 years ago next week are credited with igniting the modern gay rights movement. Bisexuals and trans couples celebrated as well.

In its ruling, the Court determined that the U.S. Constitution does indeed require states to allow same-sex marriages, effectively striking down existing bans in the 13 states and Puerto Rico, and requires every state in the nation to recognize marriage equality.

Kids discuss Caitlyn Jenner

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A group of kids was presented with two photos — one of Bruce Jenner and one of Caitlyn Jenner — and then asked for their reactions, which ended up being refreshingly honest and supportive.

SheKnows made the video above as part of its Hatch initiative, which aims to teach kids about what they’re consuming online and engage with them about various social issues. The children discuss Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition and although some are a bit confused at first, they end up being quite empathetic. One girl says, “Who she wants to be is who she should be.” Another adds: “It’s important for you to be yourself, because if you’re not yourself, who are you?”

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Caitlyn Jenner recently became one of the most high-profile cases of someone publicly coming out as transgender in America. Her story received a lot of media attention due to her celebrity status but some argue that considering her privileged position she might not be the right poster child for transgender equality.

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Cobra Club: A Dick Pic Game

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dickpicsIf you’re into weird video games about sex that carry some form of social critique within, you might have heard of indie developer Robert Yang. Creator of games as Succulent (where you suck a phallic object while travelling through dimensions) and Stick Shift (about jerking off a gay car), Yang is the master of making games that while odd & sexual, carry an interesting and intellectual message.

Over the weekend, Yang released his newest free game, Cobra Club. So, what do you do in Cobra Club? You take a whole bunch of interactive dick pics, send them to people on a fake social media program and get sent other dicks to look at.

Set your dick length, level of erection, girth, ball size, ball bias, pose, lighting, filters, rotation, skin tone and zoom. Get that perfect dick pic and send it to every hot guy who wants it. Add some sparkle, turn off the safety limiters, see dicks as they were always meant to be seen.

While it may on the surface appear to be just a silly experience, Cobra Club has a real level of depth and social commentary hidden within it. You’ll have to dive quite far down the dick photography rabbit hole to find it, but the game makes some really interesting points about body image and online data security.

The photo above is there just for illustration and has nothing to do with the game ;) If you want to see actual screenshots check out this in-depth review here.

Avery’s Story

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Meet Avery and her parents, Debi and Tom, who set a beautiful example of love and support. In their series Transgender Today, The New York Times profiled an incredible 7-year-old girl named Avery Jackson.

Like most kids her age, Avery is happy, active, and enjoys a wide range of interests, from Girl Scouts and gymnastics to “being a ninja.” In a video diary called “Avery Chat,” Avery admits she’s “just a normal girl.” However, she also explains what makes her different, and in the process, sets an example of tolerance and acceptance.