What I Learned at The Women in the World Summit

Hillary Clinton at the Women in the World Summit.

Hillary Clinton at the Women in the World Summit.

Yeonmi Park was 13 when she and her mother escaped North Korea, but their battles were far from over: Once they reached China, her mother was repeatedly raped in front of her eyes, and both women endured brutal mental and physical anguish, ranging from having to submit to sexual encounters to hunger.

As Ms. Park eloquently told her story at the 2015 Women in the World Summit at New York City’s David Koch Theatre, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house—male or female—as she tearfully proclaimed, “For the first time in my life, I own me, I own myself.”

I received a last-minute invitation to attend the Thursday portion of the three-day summit as a seat filler from a casting agency. Sure, the list of headliners enticed me to take them up on their offer: Hillary Clinton, Ashley Judd, Barbra Streisand, and Katie Couric were all scheduled to speak. But still, the question remained: What would I, a young gay man, get out of attending a women’s conference? I quickly learned the answer: a lot. The issues and innovation discussed at the summit showed how gender and sexuality aside, we’ve all got a lot to learn about equality, and there are remarkable individuals making huge strides to help people across the globe. Read more »

Cowboys Fan Chris Christie Says He’ll Beat Hillary Clinton. In Pennsylvania.

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Chris Christie isn’t even a declared presidential candidate — yet — but he’s already got some fighting words ready for Hillary Clinton.

“If I run, I will beat her,” Christie told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.

Hewitt, sensibly, asked which “blue” states Christie might win back from Democrats to make that happen. Christie’s first answer was automatic: Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has watched him govern New Jersey for more than five years, he said, and is comfortable with his style.

“If I were to run, I think Pennsylvania is a state that is very much in play,” Christie told Hewitt.

Maybe. But the evidence suggests that Clinton already has a head start on Christie in Pennsylvania. Read more »

Market Report: 7 Bizarre But Genius Ways to Organize Your Beauty Products

Images via Daily Makeover

Images via Daily Makeover

  • If your bathroom looks like a Sephora threw up in it, you’re not alone. Here are 7 out-of-the-box hacks to organizing your beauty products and getting rid of all the disaster. [Byrdie]
  • Rebel Wilson proved to the world that you don’t have you to be a size 0 to don the famous angel wings and still look fierce doing it. [Elle]
  • Kiddy-fashion faux pas, or slyly awesome? Check out the new “Bello Yellow” collection by Giles Deacon, inspired by our favorite nonsensical yellow minions. [WWD]

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I Can’t Get On Board the Hillary Clinton Bandwagon. Yet.

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, during a rally at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in College Park, Md.

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, during a rally at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in College Park, Md.

Man, I wish I could jump on board the Hillary Clinton bandwagon.

I’d love to be rooting for the First Woman President right now. I’d love to reward a career spent largely in public service. And I’d love to not risk being even tenuously associated with all the sexist d-bags and Clinton Conspiracymongers who are already coming out of the woodwork, again — not that they ever really went away.  Read more »

That Was Fast: Hillary Clinton Already Attacked for Running While Female

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in LeClaire, Iowa.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in LeClaire, Iowa.

Well, that didn’t take long.

The same day Hillary Clinton officially launched her campaign for president, she was scrutinized for doing so while being a woman.

“I don’t need her to drown me in estrogen every time she opens her mouth,” GOP strategist Ana Navarro said Sunday while on CNN to complain about Clinton’s lack of “subtlety.” “Every time she opens her mouth it’s about the granddaughter and Chelsea’s wedding and the yoga routines. She doesn’t need to have a sign that says, ‘I’m a woman, hear me roar!'”

(I know – I thought this was another on-point Onion story, too. I’m still a little paranoid it might be. But I watched the video, and those are real words coming out of a real person’s mouth in 2015.) Read more »

Gay Boys Come Out in Droves to #BottomForHillary

From @bottomforhillary's Instagram account.

From @bottomforhillary’s Instagram account.

We were all excited when Hillary Clinton announced she was throwing her hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race yesterday—but not as thrilled as the bottoms among us, apparently. Not long after the announcement, a group of queens from San Francisco launched the “I’d Bottom for Hillary” website where you can pick up a T-shirt to show your utterly gay support. Read more »

Hillary’s First Campaign Stop? Pa.

It was no surprise that Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy for president on Sunday. The unexpected part? She started her campaign with a road trip and ended up in Pennsylvania.

She was on her way to Iowa. But still.

The New York Times:

Around the time a video was posted announcing her candidacy for president, Mrs. Clinton began a two-day drive to Iowa where she is scheduled to have her first campaign event on Tuesday.

The surprise road trip was Mrs. Clinton’s idea and would not have been made public had someone who saw her at a gas station in Pennsylvania not alerted CNN, an aide said. The aide added that Mrs. Clinton wanted to visit with people at rest stops and diners along the way.

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Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Video Features Two Gay Couples

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A gay couple featured in Clinton’s campaign kick-off video.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a political rock, you’ve most likely heard that former Secretary of State and 2008 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was going to announce her bid for the 2016 Presidency today via a video. What many of us didn’t realize was just how much the campaign video would feature gays and lesbians as prominent figures. Read more »

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