A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: This amazingly heartfelt anti-gay bullying ad, making the rounds on televisions in Ireland, recently went viral. The video is in support of the country’s Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week.
Gay Bashing Report: Wisconsin 17-year-old charged with hate crime for allegedly punching gay bus passenger | A British male nurse was arrested and savagely battered in Saudi Arabia for being gay, then warned he faced death by beheading | Homeless man busted in connection with vicious beating of gay man in Greenwich Village says it couldn’t have been a hate crime becasue he’s also gay | Police unnecessarily raid new gay bar in Shanghai, dozens detained
Robert Greenblatt makes history as first gay president of a broadcast television network.
A lesbian senior at a Chicago high school was told by her principal that she couldn’t wear a dress to prom. She contacted the ACLU who filed a complaint with the school district. The school changed their mind and the girl is now picking out her tux for prom.
California lawmakers fight over bill to teach students about gay people’s contributions to history. A measure proposed by state Sen. Mark D. Leno of San Francisco would require new social science textbooks to include “a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”
Ohio Queers Quickie: Another Republican Senator from Ohio that’s giving us a bad name.
March Madness is over, but here’s a gay roundup of the NCAA Championship.
Minnesota lawmakers introduce Minnesota Safe Schools 4 All Act into state’s Congress, that would add anti-gay bullying laws to the constitution.
The Botswana High Court has announced that it will soon take up a case that challenges as unconstitutional a section of the country’s penal code that criminalizes homosexuality. The court date for this high-profiled case is set for April 15.
Apparently 9 million Americans are gay or bisexual. That’s about 3.5 percent. (This study doesn’t appear to be completely legit, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in the statistics).
Lionsgate has picked up the Judd Apatow-like script Gay Dude, a popular script that’s been making its rounds in Hollywood for a few years. It’s the typical story of two high school friends who are trying to loose their virginity before going off to college. A kink is thrown in the system when at the beginning of this adventure one of the guys comes out to the other. Looks interesting. I’m a huge fan of that Judd Apatow School of Comedy (Knocked Up, Superbad), so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
BBC does second profile on Westboro Baptists Church, chronicling the hateful group’s apparent (and hopeful) demise.
Meet the Hockey Lovin’ Homos.
A national movement has started where gay couples are refusing to file their taxes separately, which could find a lot of couples facing large fees and even jail time.
50 Cent is O.K. with the gays??? (Does this mean I have to like his music now?) For those unaware, famous New York DJ Mr. Cee was arrested for engaging in oral sex in the back seat of a car with a transgender male. The backlash, of course, has been vicious, and many are saying his career is over. All except 50, surprisingly.
Remember that crackpot Andrew Shirvell? The Assistant District attorney who was disgraced and suspended for stalking University of Michigan’s president Chris Armstrong. Well, Armstrong has finally filed a lawsuit against Shirvell. To the tune of $25,000. God, I hope he wins. That kid was put through hell.
Federal judge who struck down Prop 8 comes out. The retired U.S. district judge who struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage last year came out as gay to reporters on Wednesday and said he’s been in a relationship with a physician for 1o years.
The gay deportation saga continues. Pro-gay Senators tried to intervene on our behalf and asked Homeland Security to hold off on deporting gays in bi-national relationships until the DOMA mess was figured out. They totally said no.
ENDA was officially re- introduced in Congress this week, but with 92 fewer co-sponsors than its last introduction.
Virginia’s Department of Social Services is considering adding sexual orientation to the list of characteristics their agency cannot discriminate against when approving perspective parents for adoption. The state’s governor disagrees with this change and has gone on record saying he won’t approve it. The Human Rights Campaign has been in the area lobbying to change the governor’s mind. They even took out a full page ad in the Richmond Times Dispatch urging the governor to think twice before making a decision based in bigotry.
Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall are working on the film Call Me Kuchu, a documentary about a small, but brave group of out LGBT people in Uganda, who are literally fighting for their lives to be who they are. It also features the last known footage of activist David Kato who was murdered earlier this year. Please go donate and support this film. It is a story that needs to be told.
Was Jesus gay? (Wouldn’t it be amazing though if he was. Broadway would replace church! A boy can dream can’t he?!)
The continued saga of people making a big fuss over nothing and doing so in the name of “protecting kids.”
An appeals court in San Diego upheld the firing of a teacher who placed sexually a explicit ad on Craig’s List. The ad did not include his name and made no mention of his occupation or the name of the school where he worked.
DeJuaii Pace from the popular gospel group The Anointed Pace Sisters recently came out after appearing in Addicted to Food on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Reichen Lehmukuhl of Logo’s The A-List got caught with his past off this week.
Photo of the Week: The Abs of Glee. Don’t ask, just swoon. Glee returns April 19. Can’t wait!