A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: Four-year-old Kellen Mirador Sarmiento took over YouTube this week when his parents posted a video of him performing the Glee version of “Teenage Dream” by The Warblers, complete with custom Warbler jacket and tie, made by his grandmother (see vid below). Many are saying this is a publicity stunt and the parents are exploiting their child, but in this interview with Kellen and his parents it looks like the kid just really loves him some Glee and is a genuine fan of Darren Criss, nothing more nothing less.
This week Tracy Morgan caused an uproar in the gay community when he went on a homophobic rant during a stand-up performance in Nashville, in which he allegedly said he’d stab his son if he told him he was gay. GLAAD jumped right on it and called for Morgan’s apology, which he did. And even CNN reported on the outrage, and got an interview with the gay man in the audience who broke the story on his Facebook page.
Now GLAAD is calling for Morgan to meet with youth and families who are victims of vicious anti-gay bullying. I’m not surprised by what he said and I’m pretty sure the apology was bogus. This isn’t the first time Morgan has made homophobic statements. And, personally, I think we’re wasting our time trying to reform this imbecile. By the way, Tina Fey and 30 Rock producer Bob Greenblatt have also issued comments condemning Morgan’s homophobic remarks.
The AARP has launched a new Web site dedicated to senior LGBT Americans.
In related news, the President recently signed into law a declaration that extends protections to same-sex couples under medicaid. Now if a same-sex couple is living together and one of the partners is admitted to a nursing home the other is legally entitled to the home they shared. This is a big win for LGBT senior citizens.
Anti-gay NY Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.’s grand-daughter, Erica Diaz is an out lesbian and pens an amazing editorial in the New York Post condemning her grandfather’s homophobia.
Could someone please explain to me why Ann Coulter is relevant? I’ve never quite understood. She’s making waves again lately for statements she made about the possibility of her having a gay kid. First she dodged the question and then when asked again she gave this ridiculous quote: “I’d tell him he was adopted, ask for some help redecorating the dining room.”
Gay Bashings Report: Man calls beating outside California bowling alley a hate crime | An Australian man claims he bludgeoned his gay roommate to death with a platypus statue because he made an unwanted advance | In Peurto Rico, 3 gays killed in three days last week; brings number to 18 gays killed in 18 months | Model in gay activist lover’s NYC hotel castration slay, likey to use insanity defense
With Glee taking over the world, the logical next step would be a series featuring all gay high school characters, right? Well, the new web series Fabulous High doesn’t necessarily feature a all gay cast, but it is advertising itself as a show that focuses on LGBT themes. They recently met their fundraising goal on Kickstarter. No word on when the show will air, or where for that matter. But I must say, I’m definitely looking forward to the final product.
Speaking of Glee, Oxygen’s new reality competition The Glee Project premieres this Sunday. Here’s a preview video featuring the final 12 singing Katy Perry’s “Firework.” (Loving it!) The winner will be awarded a multi-episode, guest-starring role on Glee’s third season.
Toronto’s gay rugby team recently put out this interesting recruitment mockumentary called The Gay Who Wasn’t Gay Enough. Inspired by the players’ true stories, it’s about one man’s quest to find himself.
Apparently YouTube celebrity Chris Crocker is trying to be a singer now. Personally, I think he’s taking his Britney obsession a little too far. It just sounds like a male version of Ms. Spears to me.
This ad from the organizers behind Toronto’s Pride Festival is causing a stir in the gay community. Gay publication Toronto Life took it to task for pushing the gay rights movement back 10 years. It is ridiculous, but I wouldn’t go that far. What do you think?
HIGH-larious!: Biebershop Quartet. It’s Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber taken to a whole new level.
HRC release a list of the worst companies for LGBT workers.
Gay Christmas, I mean the Tony Awards are this Sunday! Here’s a preview vid of host Neil Patrick Harris getting ready for the big night.
Photo of the Week: This safe-sex ad was taken down in Asutrailia after complaints came in from the religious group Australian Christian Lobby. After the company who took the ad down learned that all 50 of the complaints came from ACL they reinstated the campaign. I personally don’t see the problem, they’re not even nude!