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A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of the Week: ABC’s latest What Would You Do segment featured two gay parents as they dined with their families at a restaurant in a small conservative town, and were berated about their lifestyles by a rude waitress. Suprisingly a large number of people came to their defense.

Don Lemon spoke with Dr. Drew this week about his book and the damage homophobia is doing to the black community. He also wrote this amazing piece about “parying away the gay” for CNN’s Belief Blog.

No More Down Low recently released their latest episode featuring intersting segments on homophobia in hip hop and the Kobe Bryant controversy.

Homohop update: The Freaky Boiz have released their first original song, “Warning.” It’s definitely a departure from their usual fare, think Salt ‘n’ Peppa meets old school Snoop Dogg. And in case you’re interested, here’s video from their Chicago concert May 25th. | Loco Ninja just released the first single, “I’m in Love,”  off his new mix tape, “Flame On,” available June 14th. You can also see him on the PBS special “Out in America” premiering June 8th.

To recognize the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, CNN is running a series of stories on the history of HIV/AIDS told “through the eyes of people who lived it.” Here’s a piece featuring Edmund White, founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

The New York Times has gone live with a new interactive feature that lets gay teens tell their coming out stories. It’s extremely powerful and something you must peruse.

According to a new Gallup Poll, support of gay marriage in the U.S. has hit an all time high at 64 percent.

It was just announced that mega-church pastor Eddie Long has reached a settlement with the four men who accused him of “sexual misconduct.” Reports are coming in that he settled so damaging information found during the investigation wouldn’t surface. It’s estimated that the final settlement payment was in the millions.

Gay Bashing ReportNot guilty plea entered for NJ teen in Tyler Clementi case | Transgender woman beaten by mob in Virginia | Assault on two Portland, Ore. gay men investigated as a bias crime | 4 get prison, jail time in Utah gay man’s beating | 3 arrested after beating of gay man in Minnesota

Transgender individuals had a good week in Nevada as the governor signed a non-discrimination bill specifically protecting transgender citizens from employer discrimination into law. There’s also another law going through the state’s Congress that outlaws transgender discrimination in public establishments (restaurants, libraries, etc.).

Indie darling Violet Tendencies just got a DVD release. You can purchase it online here.

’80s pop singer Belinda Carlisle is interviewed by her out son James Duke Mason is this beautiful video (via The Advocate) about a family’s love and acceptance.

Vanity Fair profiles Grindr.

Two gay male teens are crowned prom king and queen at a high school in Maine. (I think it’s hilarious how no one who was against this had the balls to say so on television.)

Lady Gaga chats with the ladies of the The View about being bullied in high school.

Former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni becomes the first openly gay columnist in the paper’s 160 year history.

Photo of the Week: It was Fleet Week in NYC! And the popular Big Gay Ice Cream Truck got in on the fun.


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