A look back at today's top stories
If you are having trouble deciding who you are rooting for in the Super Bowl on Sunday, maybe the fact that Chris Culliver of the 49ers doesn't want gays in the NFL will help you pick (p.s. - he 'apologized'). Lawmakers in Tennessee are again trying to make it an extremely intolerant place as the "Don't Say Gay" bill is back and worse than ever. The Prime Minister of Singapore has a really well reasoned answer for why the law that criminalizes homosexuality will remain; just because it's already there. Also the Westboro Baptist church is throwing their crazy into the ring against the Prop 8 trial.
Oh and apparently invoking the Holocaust while trying to attract dudes is not a cool thing to do.
While Manti Te'o has tried to make it clear that he is "faaaar from" gay, the man behind the hoax appears to be just the opposite. Today he told Dr. Phil (below) that he was obsessed with Te'o. Congrats to former Gomer Pyle actor Jim Nabors who recently married his longtime partner! And Jon Stewart takes a look at the inroads gays are making in the Boy Scouts and the NFL.
With the White House's recent statements regarding gay inclusion in immigration reform, our Ari Waldman takes a look at what the possibilities for and roadblocks to LGBT inclusion are. Former Rep. Gabby Gifords made a stirring speech in front of the Senate Judiciary hearing on gun violence today. It's worth a listen.
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Outed Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris Denounces Chris Culliver's Anti-Gay Remarks as 'Vitriol and Hate'
Kwame Harris, the former San Francisco 49er outed earlier this week after it was revealed he was being charged for assaulting a former boyfriend, has responded to Chris Culliver's anti-gay remarks.
Said Harris to NBC Bay Area:
“It’s surprising that in 2013 Chris Culliver would use his 15 minutes to spread vitriol and hate. I recognize that these are comments that he may come to regret and that he may come to see that gay people are not so different than straight people."
San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver on Anti-Gay Remarks: 'I Apologize to Those I Have Hurt and Offended'
"The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel," he said in the statement. "It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience."
Culliver planned to formally address his remarks at a news conference during the 49ers' media availability Thursday morning, according to his personal public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.
"Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone," Palmer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "His intent was not that at all. He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong."
Former Congressman Barney Frank, who made known his desire to be picked as interim U.S. Senator from Massachusetts replacing John Kerry, was passed over by Governor Deval Patrick in favor of Patrick's former chief of staff William "Mo" Cowan.
Frank told the Washington Blade he had concerns about the process:
“But let me tell you, there was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it — nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor’s office and others — was that the governor would want to appoint someone who’s either a minority or a woman,” Frank added. “And what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I’ve never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me.”
While Cowan’s appointment was hailed a milestone for diversity in terms of race because he’s black, Frank said the lack of attention to being LGBT as a diversity factor suggests those involved with the decision were unaware of President Obama’s inaugural address in which he mentioned the 1969 Stonewall riots in the same line as other iconic civil rights moments.
“It’s almost as if some people didn’t listen to the president when he said, ‘Seneca, Stonewall and Selma,’ and didn’t hear the Stonewall part,” Frank said.
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Mother seeks letters of support for bullied son.
Openly gay Councilman Gary Schiff hopes to be new mayor of Minneapolis.
South Korea launches satellite into orbit.
Dazed and Confused actor Jason London arrested after bar fight, defecates in police car, and spews anti-gay slurs at officers.
Hillary Clinton says she's "not inclined" to run for President in 2016. “I’m not thinking about anything like that right now,” Clinton smilingly told a questioner. "I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation."
RIM rebrands itself as BlackBerry.
Ke$ha gets a reality TV series: "You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage or in a music video, but that's only a part of the story," Ke$ha told MTV News. "With this documentary series I'm revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It's not all glamorous but it's all real."
Columbus, Ohio to host Gay Softball World Series in 2015: "It is expected to attract more than 5,000 players from 46 cities in 20 states and Canada and generate about $5 million in visitor spending."
31 Adam Lambert fan art drawings.
David Beckham training with Arsenal.
Steven Soderbergh retires from film: "The worst development in film-making – particularly in the last five years – is how badly directors are treated," Soderbergh told New York magazine. "It's become absolutely horrible the way the people with the money decide they can fart in the kitchen, to put it bluntly. It's not just studios – it's who is financing a film. I guess I don't understand the assumption that the director is presumptively wrong about what the audience wants or needs when they are the first audience, in a way. And probably got into making movies because of being in that audience."
DailyKos: Tough times for the bigots.
Germany's gay foreign minister Guido Westerwelle speaks out against Russia's plan to ban gay "propaganda": "Westerwelle had made clear that in Germany's view the law violated the European human rights convention, the report said.
'Such a law will hamper European-Russian relations and will harm Russia's image in Europe,' it cited an unidentified official as saying, setting out Westerwelle's position."
Lindsay Lohan dodges jail once again.
Bradley Cooper visits NYC's SoulCycle, shirtless.
Justin Timberlake to perform at the Grammys.
STUDY: Straight men more stressed and depressed than gay men. "Authors said they were not surprised to find that homosexuals who had disclosed their sexual orientation to friends and family showed fewer signs of depression than those who had yet to come out. However, they said they did not anticipate that the overall systemic stress, or allostatic load, measured in straight men would exceed all groups."
Lindsey Graham: "Hillary Clinton got away with murder" in Benghazi.
Illinois GOP wants marriage equality passed: "The reason so many Republicans would like to see the bill passed is because they know that with the huge, new Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, that it’s eventually going to pass anyway. They want to get this issue out of the way and behind them as soon as possible. The issue is trending hard against the GOP’s historical opposition, and they want the thing off the table before it starts to hurt them."