A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…
Video of the Week: Tuesday Patrik Ian-Polk (Punks, Noah’s Arc) released a lengthy teaser trailer for his new film The Skinny. CAN. NOT. WAIT!
Just this afternoon President Obama and the Pentagon certified the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Repeal will be officially implemented in 60 days. Am I the only one experiencing deja vu? I’m confused. Didn’t we already do this?
Officials in Ghana are calling for the arrest of all suspected homosexuals. According to The Star Observer: “Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP…has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.”
The legislative hearings to repeal DOMA started this week. My favorite moment? Senator Al Fraken completely shuts down the testimony of Thomas Minnery, Focus on the Family’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy, who falsely sites studies that supposedly prove children raised by gays are worse off. You must check it out. It’s thoroughly enjoyable.
Fallout from California’s new law making it mandatory for public schools to teach gay history continues. Last week The Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative group in California, started sending around a petition to have the issue put on a ballot for California voters (much like the unconstitutional referendum that was Prop 8).
Stephen Colbert also donated some of his special hilarity to the issue on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report this week. My fave line? “Bringing gay history into our classrooms teaches our children a dangerous lesson. That gay people exist.”
Speaking of Colbert, he recently put out a very serious and heartfelt It Gets Better video.
A new study out of Massachusetts has found that the the horrendously high homeless gay teens statistics are even worse then we thought.
Erica and Tevonda are a black lesbian couple from New Jersey who’ve had enough. The couple was forced to get a second-parent adoption to ensure legal protection of their son (born through surrogate) because of civil unions’ unequal status. With the help of Lambda Legal, they are suing the New Jersey government for their (and our) equal rights. Watch their powerful story here.
Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black has penned a new play about Prop 8 in California, simply titled 8. Staged readings will begin on Broadway in September.
And in more theater news, there are, not one, but two stage musical versions of the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange in the works. I wonder if the people behind these have read the book?
Gay Bashing Report: Reported hate crimes on the rise in NYC | Transgender woman shot and killed in Washington D.C. Wednesday | Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director, was involved in an anti-gay attack last week, he went on MSNBC to speak about the incident this week, saying (in so many words) “gays need guns, not hate crimes legislation.” Interesting.
Jim Dabakis was elected last week as the first openly gay man to lead a major political party in Utah. And he’s apparently got the Mormon Church there on his side. Did someone forget to tell me that hell froze over?
And speaking of GOProud, the gay conservative gay group has been on the news recently talking about how they are trying to get a meeting with Michelle Bachmann. I used to give these gays the benefit of the doubt, now I’m not so sure. Here is one of their leaders talking about it on MSNBC.
Here’s a pretty interesting piece on the HBR (Harvard Business Review) Blog Network by Karen Sumberg about coorporate discrimination called The Cost of Closeted Employees.
Gays in New York can start legally getting married on July 24th and NYC is expecting a large rush to the alter come Sunday. To quell the demand the City Clerk’s Office has instituted a lottery system. Here’s a cute local news story about a lesbian couple hoping to get in on the lottery.
Speaking of, The NY Times just put up an interactive feature titled Young New Yorkers Speak Out on Gay Marriage, where you can hear 18- to 24-year-olds dish on gay marriage. Some of it’s good, but some of the kids make me want to slap their parents.
RuPaul’s new CD Superglam DQ was released on iTunes this week.
Louis Marinelli, who became known a few months ago for defecting from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has started a group called NOME (National Organization for Marriage Equality). Marinelli served as the bus driver on NOM’s hateful “Summer for Marriage Tour.” He just released a statement announcing the new group’s Summer Equality Tour that will travel through 17 states. It kicks off in San Diego on August 14.
The AIDES organization, of France, put out yet another NSFW cartoon about safe sex.
Photo of the Week: The people over on Avenue Q (I’m just brimming with Broadway news today) recently released the below image. Now that gay marriage is legal in New York, puppet same-sex lovers Rod and Ricky are planning to tie the knot!