June 11, 2013 |
Sixtysomethings Jewel Haines and Kay Brown had never been to a gay pride parade, but on Sunday, the friends from Philadelphia sat in folding chairs beneath a tree near Fifth and Market Streets as a show of support. It was all for their crochet teacher at the St. Charles Senior Community Center. Somewhere along the 1.3-mile parade route, the seventysomething instructor was riding a float. "In this country, how long have people been biased and prejudiced against us as black people?"
June 6, 2013 |
In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho, and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in scouting. It's far from the mass defection that some predicted before the vote by the BSA's National Council. But the exodus could soon swell, depending on the outcome of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting next week in Houston. Baptist leaders say the agenda is likely to include a resolution encouraging SBC-affiliated churches to phase out their sponsorships of scout units.
June 4, 2013 |
PACERS CENTER Roy Hibbert apologized yesterday for using profanity and a gay slur after Saturday's Eastern Conference finals win over the Heat. After the game, which forced tonight's Game 7 in Miami, Hibbert was asked why he finished 10th in Defensive Player of the Year Voting. "I mean, you know what? Cuz y'all [incestuous expletives] don't watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth," Hibbert said. "Alright? So that's fine, you know. I'm going to be real with you, and I don't care if I get fined.
May 29, 2013 |
NFL MVP Adrian Peterson said he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects, but regarding gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back said, "That's not something I believe in. " Peterson made his comments in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL radio. He was asked his thoughts on the Vikings cutting longtime punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for gay rights and gay marriage. Peterson said he considers Kluwe a good friend. "I have relatives who are gay," Peterson said.
May 25, 2013 |
Mack Finkel remembers when the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members morphed for him from an abstract concept into a palpable reality. It was a few years ago, when Finkel, now 17 and an Eagle Scout, was in eighth grade. On the last night of a camping trip with his troop, Finkel's friend, during a private conversation, came out. If his friend did so publicly, however, he risked being kicked out of the troop. "That's when I realized that scouting was forcing him to hide that part of his identity," Finkel said Thursday, without identifying the friend because of privacy concerns.
May 24, 2013 |
GRAPEVINE, Texas - The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay scouts but not gay scout leaders - a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors. Of the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council who cast ballots, 61 percent supported the proposal drafted by the governing executive committee. The policy change takes effect Jan. 1. "This has been a challenging chapter in our history," the BSA chief executive, Wayne Brock, said after the vote.
May 24, 2013 |
Can anything in theater still make audiences uncomfortable? In Bootycandy , playwright Robert O'Hara thinks vulgarity-laced, brazen explosions of gay and racial stereotypes can do the trick by shocking our diaphragms into eruptions of raucous, if somewhat shamefaced, laughter. He'd be wrong. O'Hara's 11-scene work loosely focuses on a handful of characters, including Sutter (Phillip James Brannon). First a precocious child in the 1970s asking his mother the meaning of dirty words, he later appears as a Michael Jackson-obsessed, sexually abused teen in the 1980s-era sketch "Happy Meal," then grows into a gay adult dealing with badly requited hetero-love in the late-1990s' "Drinks and Desire" and 2000s' "The Last Gay Play," in which he reverses a drunk's gay-baiting with tragic consequences.
May 20, 2013 |
PARIS - France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President Francois Hollande signed a law Saturday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate. Hollande's office said he signed the bill Saturday morning, a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a challenge to the law and ruled it in line with France's constitution. Hollande, a Socialist, had made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year.
May 10, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Six months after Minnesota voters turned back an effort to ban gay weddings, lawmakers are poised to make the state the first in the Midwest to pass a law allowing them. The shift comes amid a rapid evolution of public opinion nationally. But with Minnesota and possibly Illinois set to broaden the definition to include same-sex couples, coastal states may soon have some company. In November, voters unexpectedly defeated a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution, even after more than two dozen states passed similar bans.
May 9, 2013
Delaware is the 11th state to allow same-sex marriage after a divided state Senate gave its approval Tuesday. Less than an hour after the 12-9 vote, Gov. Jack Markell signed the measure into law. "I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer," Markell told about 200 supporters who erupted in cheers and applause after the Senate vote. "I am elated," said Scott Forrest, 50, of Newark, who entered into a civil union last year with his partner of almost 21 years, Kevin.