A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: Eight members of the lgbt action group Queer Rising were arrested this week after they blocked a major intersection in Manhattan to protest marriage inequity.
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is going to be awarded the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at their swanky annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City March 19. He’s also a part of the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. Hip-hop has always been known for the homophobia it often perpetuates. It’s nice to see a hip-hop leader stepping out publicly against lgbt discrimination.
My fave comedian Bryan Safi takes on DOMA.
Speaking of DOMA, here’s a nice compact and easily digestible look at the six DOMA cases currently going through the courts that are suing the government because of the discriminatory act.
A gay Belgian couple was finally reunited with their child this past weekend after a surrogacy nightmare kept the child hostage in the Ukraine for two years. This story is a heartbreaking tale with a beautiful ending that you must familiarize yourself with. Here’s video of the reunion.
Gay Bashing Report: Patrons of a Jamaican gay bar were “beat and pistol-whipped” during an unwarranted police raid. | Police say gay encounter may have led to Colorado murder. | NY public defender trying to use “gay panic” for defense in Staten Island slaying.
Lots of teen bullying news this week: Gay rights advocates storm school board meeting. | Bill that bans bullying of gay students stalls in Kentucky House because legislator wants to add amendment exempting “Christians”? | White house to hold anti-bullying conference next week. | Anti-gay shirts worn by students deemed O.K. by Chicago judge.
Catholic college fires openly gay priest because of homophobic letter. The college knew he was gay when they hired him.
It looks like Lady Gaga will be the godmother of Elton John’s newborn son.
GLAAD has issued a call to action against Spanish-language program “José Luis Sin Censura” for their constant promotion of homophobic slurs and on-air gay bullying.
Progress: New poll just released yesterday by the Pew Research Center shows Americans are now evenly split on legalizing gay marriage.
Setback: The Utah Senate voted (21-7) against holding a hearing on a gay and transgender employment discrimination bill.
Gilead HIV breakthrough stymied by $12,000 cost, side effects.
Photo of the Week: This picture taken by Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times photojournalist Damon Winter in Afghanistan was just to precious not to share. The photo took third place at this year’s Picture of the Year International Competition. POYi also awarded Winter a special Photographer of the Year award.