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A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of The Week: A couple of gay-themed ads entered into Doritos Super Bowl Commercial contest are making the rounds online. It was mistakenly reported that they were finalist and possibly might make it on the air, but an outcry from the religious right forced Frito Lays to come forward and officially issue a statement. Below is my favorite of the two. Here’s the other

Of course the big horrible news this week is the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His funeral today was also rife with turmoil and as violence broke out amongst the onlookers. This week President Obama and Hilliary Clinton both released statements honoring Kato.

In related news, Ugandan lesbian still faces deportation despite Kato’s murder.

Gay bashing seems to be on the rise everywhere recently as horrendous cases have been reported in Louisiana, London, San Diego, Canada, Atlanta and New Zealand just this week.

Democrats in the Iowa Senate succeeded in voting down a push by Republicans to add a ban to same-sex marriage to the state’s constitution. However, across the pond France’s Constitutional Court recently upheld a ban on gay marriage. (Side note: Paris’ mayor is openly gay.) The debate heads to parliament next.

In the wake of promising developments regarding the DADT repeal, Dan Choi (a former luitenant discharged under DADT) wrote an open letter to Obama publicly refusing to pay a $2,500 bill he recently recieved from the Department of Defense. They want his signing bonus back since he didn’t finish his term. Hmm? Who’s fault is that?

A homeless shelter in Georgia is trying to defend their right to turn away “practicing homosexuals.” Apparently the Christian credo of helping all in need doesn’t apply to us gays.

Gay judges are having a good week. At the federal and state levels.

Prop. 8 trial update.

Responses to Keith Olbermann‘s abrupt departure from MSNBC are still coming in. This article features statements from Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert. I prefer the latter.

Dav Savage is back in the news.  The sex advice columnists may be getting his own show on MTV. He’s also under fire for comments he made about the presidents State of the Union Address. It’s also been announced that he’s turning the “It’s Gets Better Project” into a book.

Speaking of here’s a State of the (Gay) Union by John Culhane, Professor of Law at Widener University.

Apparently recruiting of women for college basketball teems is polluted with homophobia. Jeesh, we can’t even give lesbians their sports now!?

Lady Gaga has released the lyrics of her ridiculously anticipated single “Born This Way” for her upcoming new album. She’ll be releasing it officially when she performs it at the Grammy’s Feb. 13. This shit is really bananas. Glee has already optioned the song for a remake on the show. She also talks about it by phone on Ellen.

Broadway revival of Evita, starring Ricky Martin opens in March 2012.

Jay Z and Will Smith are creating a production company, the first project of which is a remake of Annie starring Will’s daughter Willow Smith, of “Whip My Hair” fame. BLASPHEMY!

Maria Carrillo High School senior Kayla Kearney bravely came out to her entire high school, in an assembly honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Arkansas supermarket censors cover of US Weekly featuring Elton John with partner and new baby on the cover.

Not one, but two Project Runway spin-offs are in the works.

Cher’s not happy with Burlesque Oscar snub.

Blair’s cousin Geri on The Facts of Life is gay!

Plans are in the works for the third and fourth installments of the popular “Eating Out” movie franchise. No, it’s not a porno, but it’s close.

Photo of the Week: This month’s Marie Claire U.K. features an interview with a gay porn star and his wife. No, that isn’t a typo. Click pics below for full article.


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