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09/19/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Releases Statement Responding to Catholic Coach's Involvement in Gay Bashing

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Yesterday, we reported that an assistant basketball coach at a Pennsylvania Catholic high school was fired (technically forced to resign) for his alleged role in the brutal attack on a gay couple last Thursday in Philadelphia that left one victim with facial fractures and a jaw that had to be wired shut. 

Now, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles Chaput, has released a statement in response to the attack, writing:

Charles chaput"A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not. What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it. Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian. A recent beating incident in Center City allegedly involved, in some way, a part-time coach at Archbishop Wood High School. After inquiries by school leadership, the coach was contacted regarding the matter and he resigned. Archbishop Wood's handling of the matter was appropriate, and I support their efforts to ensure that Catholic convictions guide the behavior of their whole school community, including their staff." 

Sexual orientation is currently not included in the state's hate crimes statues. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims has already pledged to bring the victims to the state legislature and try and get a hate crimes bill passed. 

Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 11:55 AM EST by in Hate Crime, News, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia | Permalink | Comments (1)


Anti-gay Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Says He's 'A Better Man' After Undergoing Sensitivity Training

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended for two games and required to attend sensitivity classes following allegations earlier this year that he was active in promoting locker room homophobia and anti-LGBT hostility, is speaking out about his time away from the team while at sensitivity training.

PrieferThe AP reports:

"It was very positive," Priefer told reporters at team headquarters Thursday in his first public comments since the suspension was lifted on Sunday night. "It was very professionally done. Like anything else in life, if you put a lot into it, you're going to get a lot out of it. I tell my kids that. I tell our players that. So I went into it with a great attitude and I got a lot out of it, to be honest with you."

When asked if he's changed in any way after being deluged with criticism for making the comments and taking the subsequent training, Priefer said, "I don't know if I've changed, but I think I have more awareness of my surroundings and other people around me. I think I'm a better man because of it."

Considering that this is the guy who allegedly said "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows," the fact that Priefer isn't sure if he's had a change of heart is disturbing to say the least. 

Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 11:30 AM EST by in Chris Kluwe, Football, Football (American), Minneapolis, Minnesota, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (3)


First iPhone 6 Owner Immediately Drops it on Live TV: VIDEO

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As you may have heard there is a new iPhone coming out today worldwide. As stores opened in Australia, the media was there to capture the "iPhrenzy", interviewing the first fanboy to emerge with one of the coveted devices.

Unfortunately, the unboxing didn't go as planned.

Watch what happened, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 11:05 AM EST by in Apple, Australia, iPhone, News | Permalink | Comments (4)


Dancing With the Stars Judge Outs 'Mean Girls' Star Jonathan Bennett As Gay: VIDEO

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Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls alumni and current contestant on Dancing With the Stars, was seemingly outed by DWTS judge Julianne Hough during an recent interview with Mario Lopez on Extra. 

HoughSaid Hough:

"[Bennett] tweeted me last year and said, like, I  had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer. And so I was like, 'Oh, he's hitting on me. I should try to go on a date with him'"

When asked by Lopez what happened with the potential match-up, Hough responded:

"He's gay. So, I was like, that's not gonna work"

Watch the revealing interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

You may recall the interwebs being abuzz with rumors last year that Bennett had previously been in a relationship with Kyle XY star Matt Dallas. 

Bennett's rep has declined to comment on Hough's interview. 

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 10:40 AM EST by in Dancing with the Stars | Permalink | Comments (15)


Barney Frank Explains Why Marijuana Legalization Will Follow In Gay Marriage's Footsteps: VIDEO

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One part generational, one part faulty arguments on the opposition's side.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 10:15 AM EST by | Permalink | Comments (2)


Teen Comes Out to Mother, Mother Reveals Secret of Her Own: VIDEO

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We've seen videos of parents taking their kid's coming out horribly, and we've seen parents react rather indifferently, but this is something else entirely. 

YouTube user Hayden Smith decided to record his mom's reaction to his coming out, but ended up recording a reaction of his own - when his mom chose to open up about a past secret. 

"Can I tell you something too?" Mom says. "Since you've opened up to me, I'll tell you a little secret too - I had a girlfriend."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... (note: mild language)

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 9:50 AM EST by in I'm Gay | Permalink | Comments (6)


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