A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: Guyanese singer Nhojj has created an amazing rendition of the hymn “Amazing Grace” and shot it against a music video featuring a gay wedding. This has been turning heads on YouTube for a little while now. I love it and wish Nhojj all the success in the world as he continues to use his art to support gay marriage rights.
Chris Colfer and Darren Criss who play Kurt and Blaine on Glee have been making their rounds in the press circuit. The creators behind Glee have released an album by The Warblers and the group promoted it on The Today Show with two performances. The group also appeared on Ellen for a performance and chat with Criss as well. Colfer is quite busy with the development of a new pilot on The Disney Channel, which he wrote, and a new movie which he also wrote and stars in. And he was in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people, where there are also a couple video interviews where he discusses his rise to fame.
A same-sex immigration bill is finally making its way through the U.S. Senate. We’ll see how far its gets.
A new study finds that teen suicide rates for gay and straights is higher in conservative areas. This doesn’t surprise me at all.
Two 14-year-old girls in Minnesota commit suicide together and bullying may have been the reason.
Lil B says he’s receiving death threats for his I’m Gay album title. The straight rapper announced at Coachella that’s he’d be titling his next LP I’m Gay in an effort to support LGBT rights. GLAAD even released a statement about his efforts.
Gay Bashing Report: Gay rights groups want Austin shootings prosecuted as hate crime | 15 charges for U.S. student in Tyler Clementi’s suicide case, including bias | A transgender woman was brutally beaten by two teens at a Baltimore McDonald’s earlier this week, she’s now speaking out about the vicious attack and Equality Maryland is pushing for the assault to be charged as a hate crime, the McDonald’s employee who filmed the attack and put in on YouTube praising the attackers because the victim was a man has been fired
Malcolm X’s daughter disputes claims that X had a same-sex relationship in new bio on father.
A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. Really?!
Christina Aguilera is to be the first star immortalized on West Hollywood’s new Gay Walk of Fame.
DOMA Update: Speaker John Boehner has hired law firm King & Spalding to defend DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in court. (And fyi he’s using tax dollars to pay their $500/hour bill.) But what’s worse is the contract with King & Spalding bars all employees of the international law firm from advocating for repeal of DOMA, which many are saying is illegal.
In response to Kobe’s usage of a gay slur during a recent game, GLAAD has been working with the Lakers to find a solution. First Kobe was fined $100,000 and now he and other Lakers players are appearing in this PSA about hurtful language. Also GLSEN and the NBA has teamed up to put out a national PSA. Here’s some behind-the-scenes video of that effort.
46 Years Ago [This Week]: First lesbian and gay protest at the White House.
The latest episode of No More Down Low features Noah’s Arc vets Doug Spearman and Darryl Stephens, they discuss being black gay actors in Hollywood and if Noah’s Arc is planning another comeback.
Photo of the Week: After being discontinued, the New York Fire Department is releasing a new calendar filled with scantily clad firemen. The latest edition was released on Thursday and can be purchased here.
And here’s an ad for the calendar that was posted on YouTube.