Author Archives: Ashton Pittman

The Dandelion Project Will Keep Fighting for Love

Brandiilyne Dear One week after the premiere of Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin,” which featured my partner and I and the lesbian community in South Mississippi, we were having dinner in the safety of our home when our business line rang. Instead of the expected typical question about gym membership or business hours, […]

Rosco Bandana: Time to Begin, Again

Photo by Brian Powers Growing has its pains, and Rosco Bandana is experiencing them. The band, that hails from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, won the first Hard Rock Rising contest, and was given a record contract two years ago. Since then, they have been touring the country and have shown no signs of slowing […]

Lesbian couple threatened with rape over pro-LGBT ministry

Brandiilyne Dear and Susan Magnum, founders of the Dandelion Project / Source: The Dandelion Project A lesbian couple behind a pro-LGBT ministry received a threatening phone call Saturday after a documentary featuring them aired earlier this month. Brandiilyne Dear and Susan Magnum, who founded The Dandelion Project out of Laurel, Mississippi, said the man called […]

Ole Mess

Protestors carry Confederate flags in the town square in Oxford, Miss., to protest changes at the University of Mississippi. / Photo courtesy of Cristen Hemmins. The following is an opinion piece by Brian Powers. I am an Ole Miss Rebel. I love this school. I always have. I’m proud to attend the university at a […]

Find out why people are feeling happy all across Mississippi

Source: #HappyMS From Jackson, to Oxford, to Tylertown, to Hattiesburg, to Ocean Springs, people are happy all across Mississippi. At least, that’s what one group of filmmakers hoped to portray when they traveled the state filming Mississippians dancing to and living out their lives to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ optimist anthem – Happy. “There […]

‘Hate-Filled’ Backlash After Laurel Paper Reports on Mississippi Gay Couple Who Married Despite Brain Cancer Struggle

The front page of the Feb. 7, 2013 edition of theLaurel Leader-Call highlights the town’s firstgay wedding. Click here to visit the site.The staff of the Laurel Leader-Call were met with what a new op-ed called a “hate-filled” response in which at least 15 people cancelled their subscriptions after the century-old newspaper dared to report on an […]