A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: Kylie Minogue gave a fan the opportunity to propose to his boyfriend at her packed concert in Perth. The emotional video has gone viral. I heart Kylie 🙂
Of course the big news this week is that New York’s Senate voted to legalize gay marriage, making it the six and largest state in the nation to do so.
History was also made at the U.N. last week when the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution supporting equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation.
The President has been getting a lot of flack (and rightfully so) from the press lately about his position on same-sex marriage. Many believe (and I agree with this assessment) that he refuses to come out officially for gay marriage because he’s up for re-election soon. He recently appeared at a gay right’s organization’s fundraiser for his campaign and gave a painfully democratic response to the marriage equality vote in NY. In this NYT article Maureen Doud takes him to task for being bi (as in binary). Get it together Obama.
Darian Aaron from the popular blog Living Out Loud with Darian has recently released When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color, a book profiling 18 gay couples of color.
Rachel E.B. Lang and Nick Espinosa want you to join the Glitterati.
Gay Bashings Report: California man charged with hate crime for hanging noose at gay rights event | Vandals slash tires of 30 Chicago Pride floats | New York gay bar suspiciously raided during celebration of marriage equality vote
Rock band Rise Against’s new album, Endgame, features the song “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” which is a tribute to the eight kids who committed suicide in the month of September last year becaues of anti-gay bullying. The song and the music video are benefiting the It Gets Better Project. The video features stark images of gay youth dealing with bullying and contemplating suicide. It’s extremely powerful and definitely a must-watch. The band’s lead singer talked with MTV about the video and the IGB campaign.
It’s being reported that government officials in Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department have hired a a psychiatrist who claims he can “cure” homosexuality. Gay activists have protested the department’s offices. “This could be the world’s first government-sponsored training session on gay conversion therapy,” reports the AFP.
The Glee Project is my new obsession. This week the theme is vulnerability and out contestant Alex uses the assignment to shine light on the oppression faced by LGBT people.
RuPaul’s Drag Race reining champ Raja released the music video for her coronation song, Diamond Crowned Queen.
Photo of the Week: Patrik-Ian Polk Tweeted out this photo of himself, Darryl Stephens and Wilson Cruz on the set of his new film The Skinny. Love, love, love these three men and so can’t wait to see this movie!