02/15/2013BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
There was some ground being broken in soccer today where a member of the U.S. National team came out in a late night blog post in which he also announced that he would be taking time away from the sport to discover himself away from soccer. If Robbie Rogers needs some help in that discovery send him my number!
Also Gallup just released it's run-down of states and the percentages of people in them who identify as LGBT. Our nation's capital tops the list.
ICYMI: Check out Will and Sonny's steamy Valentines Day shower make-out on Days of our Lives! Maggie Smith may be very proud of her work on the smash hit Downton Abbey but that doesn't mean that she has seen a single second of it. And Azealia Banks continues to pontificate on the proper usage and true meanings of gay slurs
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Armageddon-like scenes in Russia where a meteor exploded as it came through the atmosphere! The resulting explosion has reportedly injured up to 1,000 people. On a much, much brighter note check out this heart-warmingly adorable gay birthday video!
Earlier this week, a decision by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC to bar author Sarah Schulman from doing a reading there based around a book dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came under scrutiny. The Center has now lifted its ban and changed its rules.
They released a statement:
In 2011 the Center was thrust into a controversy involving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict about which we took no position, but were forced to expend significant resources to address. This controversy placed substantial strains on management resources and front line staff, and created an environment that interfered with our ability to assist those in our community who needed our services. In response, we imposed a moratorium on renting space to groups that organize on all sides of this conflict, which, while itself controversial, allowed things to cool down and gave us time to rethink the Center's space use policies.
Our resulting Space Use Guidelines, Terms and Conditions will govern the use of our space going forward, and, accordingly, the moratorium is no longer in effect. The Center does not endorse the views of any groups to which it rents space. We adamantly believe in and defend free speech and the open exchange of ideas, but we deplore the rhetoric of hate and bigotry.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYS Assembly member Deborah Glick, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, and NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer released a joint statement regarding the new guidelines:
We support the new Space Use guidelines, terms and conditions being implemented by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center..
...That said, we want to make abundantly clear that we categorically reject attempts by any organization to use the Center to delegitimize Israel and promote an anti-Israel agenda. We adamantly oppose any and all efforts to inappropriately inject the Center into politics that are not the core of their important mission.
...We vehemently oppose the absurd accusations by some groups that Israel is engaged in so-called “pinkwashing”. We find this charge offensive and fundamentally detrimental to the global cause of LGBT equality. These accusations should be understood as just one part of the arsenal of those who seek to completely discredit the state of Israel altogether. In fact, Israel’s highly laudable record in advancing LGBT rights deserves praise, not scorn. Given the very poor record of much of the world on LGBT issues, we should be celebrating Israel's – or any country's – LGBT equality advances. We must always encourage countries with strong records of achievement for our community to be rightly and publicly proud so they may set an example for others. We continue to believe that the boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement against Israel is wrongheaded, destructive, and an obstacle to our collective hope for a peaceful two-state solution.
Earlier today I posted about Stacy Dawson, a gay Missouri teen who was told he couldn't attend his prom with a male date. Some good news to report. The district superintendent has said Dawson, or any gay teen, may bring a same-sex date, the line forbidding it has been removed from the rule book, and the school says it was not originally put there to ban gay students, NBC News reports:
"I found out why the stipulation in the student handbook was originally put in there, and it's rather innocent, to be honest," Alvin McFerren, Scott County Central School District superintendent, said. "This was during a time 10-15 years ago that the previous administration was having issues with some of the students trying to come in on either the single rate or the couple rate. They implemented that to make sure they couldn't circumvent the rates that students were supposed to pay as they entered into our dances."
McFerren said Dawson will be allowed to go to prom with his boyfriend.
"It was never intended to be a discriminatory thing," he said. "We want an educational environment for all of our kids and we're not ever going to discriminate as to whether or not the board has the policy and we don't do that based on sexual orientation. Period."
Happy prom, everyone.
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith (Will and Sonny) steamed it up in the shower (and in Will's head) this week on Days of Our Lives. Now there's a wet daydream for you.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
ILLINOIS MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Highlights from yesterday's Senate debate.
BLOSSOM: She grew up to be a neuroscientist.
The xx: Covering Beyoncé's "I miss you".
SRIRACHA: I'm a fan.
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Obama asked about gay inclusion in immigration reform during Google+ hangout.
Vin Diesel covers Rihanna.
Welsh MP David Jones says gay couples cannot raise children: "I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do. Which is not to say that I'm in any sense opposed to stable and committed same-sex partnerships."
Harrison Ford to return as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII?
Gays in Belarus face reprisals: "Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning. One activist accuses police of beating him during questioning, while others say they were interrogated about their sex lives."
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius weeps in court while being charged with murder of girlfriend.
Snooki's baby is adorable.
John McCain admits Hagel opposition is political payback because Hagel said bad things about Bush. "He was anti-his own party and people — people don’t forget that. You can disagree but if you’re disagreeable, then people don’t forget that."
Same-sex couples request Valentine's Day marriage licenses in Salt Lake City.
The New Yorker on Barney Frank's night on Broadway: "Two Saturdays ago, Barney Frank walked onstage at City Center and declared to an empty house: 'I’m not a senator, but I play one in the theatre!' It was a loaded ad lib. Three days earlier, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had appointed William 'Mo' Cowan as interim senator, in the seat vacated by John Kerry. This, despite a public bid for the job from Frank, who had just retired from Congress after thirty-two years. Nevertheless, Frank had one last shot at the upper chamber: for one night only, he was making a cameo appearance as a Republican senator in the 1959 musical 'Fiorello!'"
Not exactly sure you can call it singing, but apparently that is Britney Spears on 'Scream & Shout'.
Fake lesbian engagement announcements being sent to small newspapers.
Duluth, MN moms for marriage equality: "The three Duluth women stood among what organizers said was a crowd of up to 2,000 in the Capitol, all asking state leaders to legalize gay marriage. It was one of the largest under the Capitol dome in the past few years."
Prominent Methodist pastor says Christians get it wrong on homosexuality: "In my own life, it was both reading the Bible’s passages on same-sex intimacy in the same light as passages on slavery (and violence and the place of women) and coming to know gay and lesbian people that led me to see this issue differently, particularly children who grew up in my church who loved God and sought to serve Christ. As I listened to their stories I saw that they did not fit the stereotypes I had been taught about gay and lesbian people. The love they shared with others looked very much like the love I share with my wife --a deep friendship and companionship. And their faith was as authentic as that of anyone else in my congregation."