The first thing you discover about Herndon Graddick, the new president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is that he’s direct and plainspoken —he doesn’t mince words the way more seasoned LGBT leaders do.
Earlier this week, Graddick told Europe’s Gay Star News, “I think it’s finally time for us to grab our power and really use it and make sure that we’re not sort of treated as second-class citizens anymore. I intend to do that in this role at GLAAD.”
Wayne Besen: The next time I photograph Love Won Out founder and former Exodus chairman John Paulk in a gay bar, he may actually pose for the picture. According to his Facebook page, he is now interested in “men and women.”
For those who do not remember, on Sept. 19, 2000 I photographed Paulk inside Mr. P’s, a Washington, DC gay bar. At the time, he was flirting with a colleague of mine from the Human Rights Campaign. Paulk had just come from a so-called “pro-family” conference and then went to this homosexual watering hole to unwind.
Gay rights activists argue that the UMC must become more inclusive to attract young Americans who view the sexuality prohibitions as hypocritical. Conservatives counter that only churches that hold fast to traditional doctrines are growing. United Methodists who support gay rights have proposed about 100 resolutions this year that would lift the bans and excise the “incompatible” phrase from the Book of Discipline. Leading up to General Conference, they argued that momentum is on their side.
Pop star Anthony Wong came out at the end of his concert in Hong Kong earlier this week. According to WSJ, Wong told the crowd: “People don’t need to guess whether or not I’m a tongzhi [Chinese slang for homosexual] anymore,” he said on the last night of his concert series at the Hong Kong Coliseum earlier this week. “I’m saying, I’m gay. I’m a homosexual. G-A-Y.”
"Gays messing up the sanctity of marriage? I think Kim Kardashian's doing an alright job of that herself."
So joked Zach Wahls during his Tuesday night appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The Iowa-based student, YouTube video sensation and HuffPost Gay Voices blogger is currently promoting his new book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family," which is due out April 26, and spoke to Letterman about his personal experiences with homophobia and being bullied in school for having two lesbian moms.
By 1987, almost 10,000 New Yorkers had died of AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The vast majority of them were gay men, already ostracized by society, and despite the agony of the epidemic, ignored by all the power centers of society; the government, big business, and most certainly the Catholic Church. The national response veered between sheer panic and the idea of internment camps for the infected. A schoolyard taunt at the time – I remember hearing it quite well – was that "gay" was an acronym that stood for "got AIDS yet?"
Two weeks from now, North Carolina will hold a public referendum on what could become one of the toughest anti-gay measures in the country: a far-reaching proposal to amend the state constitution to ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. But President Obama is not expected to touch the subject when he appears in Chapel Hill on Tuesday — even though it is roiling the electorate there.