Skittles ‘Gives Up The Rainbow’ In Honor Of Pride Month

Multi-colored candy Skittles has announced it’s giving up its ‘giving up its rainbow’ in honor of Pride Month this year.

In an Instagram post, the popular candy company wrote, “During PRIDE only #OneRainbow matters. That’s why we are giving up our rainbow to show support for the LGBTQ+ community! For every SKITTLES Pride Pack sold we are donating $1 to GLAAD. 🌈”

The special-edition grey ‘Pride Packs’ will be available at CVS and select Walmart stores beginning this coming week through the month of June.

This isn’t the first time Skittles has gone colorless. CNN reports the brand has released the limited-edition ‘Pride Packs’ in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom in previous years.

For the US debut, Skittles has partnered with LGBTQ+ advocacy group GLAAD – one dollar will be donated to the organization for every pack of gray Skittles sold up to $100,000.

And, in case you’re worrying – losing the colors doesn’t mean losing the fruity rainbow flavors. Have no fear – you’ll still get to ‘taste the rainbow.’

Trump Administration Orders Rainbow Crosswalks Removed, City Says No

(image via Ames, Iowa)

When the Trump administration wrote to the city of Ames, Iowa, instructing the town to remove its rainbow-themed crosswalks, the Ames City Council said, “Thank you, but no.”

At the intersection of Fifth Street and Douglas Avenue, the city has installed rainbow crosswalks as a sign of LGBTQ inclusion for the city.

This year’s Ames PrideFest was held at the intersection on September 7.

Two of the crosswalks use the colors of the inclusive Pride flag which adds black and brown to the traditional rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker in the 1970s.

Another utilizes the colors of the transgender Pride flag (blue, pink, white) and the fourth features purple, yellow, black and white representing gender-nonbinary pride.

The Ames Tribune reports that on September 5, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sent the city a letter saying the crosswalks could “compromise pedestrian and motorist safety by interfering with, distracting from, or obscuring official traffic control devices.”

Mark O. Lambert, City Attorney for Ames, penned a memo to the mayor and city council saying the FHWA has no jurisdiction over the streets where the crosswalks are installed since they are not part of a federal highway and Ames receives no federal funds for their upkeep.

Lambert’s interpretation of the law was that the state of Iowa should decide whether the federal standards should apply to city streets.

“With the system of federalism in the United States, the federal government does not have jurisdiction over everything,” Lambert summed up in his memo.

Lambert also noted that the FHWA’s letter didn’t threaten any penalties regarding the crosswalks, and had only ‘requested’ the removal of the crosswalks.

During a meeting of the Ames City Council, members discussed the issue and decided no action would be taken.

City Council member Chris Nelson said during the discussion, “Can we just accept the letter and say thank you?”

One resident even pointed out that the FHWA had gotten its own rules wrong.

“The crosswalk lines are white pavement markings that identify the crosswalks,” said resident Bill Diesslin reports the Ames Tribune.  “The rainbow crossing in Ames has white lines demarcating, so it’s consistent with federal recommendations.”

Rainbow crosswalks have been a fixture in the United States for years.

From West Hollywood, which installed colorful walkways in 2012, to San Francisco’s The Castro which celebrated Pride with the rainbow crosswalks in 2014.

Philadelphia, Seattle, Key West and more have all embraced the rainbow.

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(Source: Ames Tribune)

Michelle Obama Snuck Out Of The White House To Enjoy Rainbow Lights Celebrating Marriage Equality

In her new memoir, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares a touching episode from the day the U.S. Supreme Court declared marriage equality the law of the land.

The date was June 26, 2015.

Although she had just returned from a funeral service for the victims of the Charleston church shooting, she saw crowds gathering in front of the White House as evening fell.

From the window she could see a purple glow.

The staff had arrange to illuminate the residence in rainbow lights in celebration of the landmark ruling by SCOTUS.

Seeing the energy of the people, she found she was “suddenly desperate to join the celebration.”

After checking with her husband (“There are tons of people out there – you know I can’t do tons of people!”) and her youngest daughter, Sasha, who was engrossed in her iPad, Michelle found Malia was down for the adventure.

(image via Twitter/WhiteHouse)

From Becoming:

“Looking out the window, I saw that beyond the gates on Pennsylvania Avenue, a big crowd of people had gathered in the summer dusk to see the lights. The north drive was filled with government staff who’d stayed late to see the White House transformed in celebration of marriage equality. The decision had touched so many people.

“From where I stood, I could see the exuberance, but I could hear nothing. It was an odd part of our reality.

“We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors. Malia and I just busted past the agents on duty, neither one of us making eye contact.

“The humid summer air hit our faces. I could see fireflies blinking on the lawn. And there it was, the hum of the public, people whooping and celebrating outside the iron gates.

“It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, but we’d done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.

“Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.”

In related news, Michelle appeared on ELLEN today to chat on the new book.

The segments included a visit to Costco with Ellen (where she created a foreseeable spectacle); her first kiss; Malia attending her prom with secret service agents in tow; and a discussion about inauguration crowd sizes (“Two of ours, one of someone else’s…”).

Michelle’s publisher, Crown Publishing, reports that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day making it one of the biggest debuts of the year.

Ryan Reynolds Is The Rainbow Unicorn We’ve Been Waiting For

We always knew Ryan Reynold was the rainbow unicorn we’ve been waiting for all our lives.

And now we have proof.

The Deadpool star recently appeared on the South Korean reality competition King of Mask Singer which challenges contestants wearing silly, absurd costumes (like a rainbow unicorn for example) to try and win the judges votes.

As part of his promo tour for the upcoming Deadpool 2, Reynolds belted out his rendition of “Tomorrow” from the Broadway classic musical Annie while the judges and audience were stupefied over who could possibly be the man-behind-the-mask.

Watch hottie Ryan’s performance here:

And then came the reveal:

Doritos Goes Rainbow To Support LGBT Youth – Sells Out In One Day

Pepsico owned snack company Frito-Lay announced earlier this week to team up with the It Gets Better Project to raise money for LGBT youth.

Donate $10 to the It Gets Better Project and in return you get your own bag of rainbow colored Doritos (inspired by the LGBT Pride flag) sent to your door.

Ram Krishnan, the chief marketing officer of Frito-Lay, stated that the partnership reflected the brand’s commitment toward LGBT equality.

“Time and again, our consumers have shown us, there really is nothing bolder than being true to yourself and living life to the fullest,” said Ram Krishman, chief marketing officer for Frito-Lay, in a statement. “With Doritos Rainbows chips, we’re bringing an entirely new product experience to our consumers to show our commitment toward equal rights for the LGBT community and celebrate humanity without exception.”

All of the funds raised go to It Gets Better Project, and good thing – the campaign sold out of bags of the tasty chips in one day! That’s $100,000 going to help LGBT kids.

Of course, there were the usual haters who can’t stand anything positive happening to the gays.

Breitbart columnist John Nolte wrote:

Sales will go to It Gets Better, a non-profit group started by the infamous anti-Christian bully and bigot Dan Savage. Savage has demanded Republican presidential contender Ben Carson to “suck his dick.” He’s demanded the same from Republicans Herman Cain and Mike Huckabee. Savage went on a smear campaign against Rick Santorum to destroy Santorum’s reputation in Google searches. The hate Savage has hurled at conservative Christians is practically endless. The rainbow color of the Dorito chips represent the LGBT rainbow flag, a symbol now widely seen as one of anti-Christian hate and bigotry.

There were also hateful things written over at Twitchy and Free Republic.

Isn’t that amazing? A company works to raise money to help kids, and they gotta slather their dark, ugly hate on it.

What you gonna do? Haters gonna hate.

Me? I’m reaching for a bag of Doritos 🙂