Linda Harvey attends Pride, fears AIDS, David Hasselhoff shills for coffee, Andrew Keenan-Bolger hits the right notes in his skivvies.
Tim Hardaway was the first signer of the Florida marriage equality petition. Hardaway made headlines a few years ago saying that he didn’t like gay people and was homophobic. He did some image rehab to become an equality supporter after the backlash. On a side note, I met him a few times when I was working in Florida, and found him to be a very unpleasant man. While I appreciate the support, based on personal experience, I’m not buying it.
A 20-year-old man is in jail after shooting a man at the St. Peteresburg Pride festival. He came to Pride to let the gays know exactly what he thought of him before shooting a man with a BB gun. Thankfully, the victim wasn’t seriously injured.
Robert Sarvis is running for Virginia governor as a Libertarian, and isn’t being shy about his support for marriage equality. And it’s not just marriage equality he’s speaking out about, but also the “conscience bill” that allows adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples. “People have a right to conscience, but they don’t necessarily have the right to accept state funding and behave that way. Generally, I’m not in favor of giving state money to those who discriminate. Adoption agencies that receive private dollars can always behave differently.”
The Boy Scouts may be allowing openly gay scouts, but they’re far from accepting. They’ve banned scouts from wearing their uniforms in Pride celebrations, even when participating in flag ceremonies, where they traditionally wear their uniforms for all sorts of parades. Coincidentally, 40,000 scouts are descending on my area for their Jamboree this week at their new 11,000 acre facility.
William Hudson had been the president of Totino-Grace High School, a Catholic school in Minnesota for nine years. But once it became know he was gay and in a relationship raising children, he has resigned. The school says it wasn’t a forced resignation, but they also say “leading a Catholic school while living in a committed same-sex relationship is not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church.”
And the lawsuits continue, with couples in Arkansas suing for the right to marry citing the SCOTUS decision on DOMA. While I do believe that the DOMA decision will be a tipping point to future cases that will bring full marriage equality nationwide, I question whether now is the time to press, as SCOTUS didn’t seem to be ready to go there themselves. But then again, that’s what activists originally said about the Prop 8 case, so what do we know!
A thank you letter to Dustin Lance Black for his work on marriage equality. For all that we know he’s done, he’s done so much more than that.
Baroness Deech has introduced an amendment to the marriage equality bill in the UK that would allow for unpaid caretakers and cohabiting family members to enter into domestic partnerships. She’s tried this tactic to sink the equality bill before, and this is likely just more grandstanding.
Did you know that back in 1988, Michael Jackson almost starred as The Doctor in a Doctor Who movie? Or that the second choice was Bill Cosby?
Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage sent out a fundraising email with the American flag and the rainbow flag flying, asking “Which Banner Will You Choose?” he also asserts a rather twisted version of the founding of our nation with “Tomorrow as we celebrate Independence Day, we’re reminded of how richly blessed America has been. We’re a republic founded on the principles of religious liberty, freedom and democracy, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. We’re a nation where citizen rights come from God, not from government, and where the people are sovereign, not politicians or judges.” Amusingly, the American flag flying in the header image has 20 stars, putting it at 1818, which seems to be the time he wants to roll back civil rights to.
Hater and radio host Linda Harvey went to Columbus Pride, and somehow survived, though she was shaken. “I attended a recent ‘gay pride’ parade in Columbus. I’d been to one a few years earlier, and the bad news is that the event has grown much, much larger. Corporate support is everywhere. Macy’s, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, JC Penney, Chipotle, Frito-Lay, and many others. Local Ohio banks, Fifth-Third and Huntington. American Family Insurance. All had sizeable contingents of marchers and banners. So the continuing high incidence of HIV among males who have sex with males, generating around 29,000 new cases per year in the U.S., is acceptable to these companies and their boards of directors? Just asking. This abundant fruit, so to speak, of the homosexual community is now ignored by the media and considered a big yawn, except by those infected, of course.”
Congratulations to Macklemore and Lewis, who have hit #16 on the Hot 100 charts with “Same Love.” I’m not sure that I ever expected an equality anthem to crack the top 20, but can we drive it to #1 as a political statement?