It’s been 11 years since John Meletse, a deaf, gay South African man, first learned he was HIV positive.
But the events of that day are all too vividly etched on his mind: After a brief but anxious wait inside a Soweto clinic, near Johannesburg, a doctor called him in his office. The doctor, unable to communicate with him in sign language, quickly wrote something in a piece of paper and stuck it in front of him.
“You are HIV positive” read the note. “He didn’t explain anything,” Meletse recalls in sign language as tears roll down his face.
The world listened last week as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defended her country’s laws that discriminate against its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex population. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, she spoke of preserving Liberia’s “traditional values” and said in part, “We like ourselves the way we are.”
A theater and dance instructor is suing Lamar University, alleging the college discriminated against her after she failed to attend and LGBT-inclusive performance.
Claiming that she was punished because of her religious beliefs, Linda Ozmun filed suit against Lamar and Judith Sebesta, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance, on March 26 in Jefferson County District Court.
Well, that’s not entirely true. He wants to act and perform and raise Cain too.
And tell stories and entertain and create that almost indefinable flash, that tantalizing moment when an audience says, “Yes, we get it!”
So it all boils down to teaching.
That’s why he was so deeply offended when Villanova University, which had invited him to conduct a weeklong workshop with enthusiastic theater students, a few weeks ago abruptly disinvited him and canceled his workshop.
Retired KPIX, San Francisco, political reporter Hank Plante will accept the 2012 Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association on June 2 in Pasadena, California.
Plante was one of the first out gay reporters in the country. He tells Towleroad, “I never thought this award would be possible when I made a decision to be open & honest about being gay when I started in TV 35 years ago.”
Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, will return as host of the 2012 Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® on Sunday, June 10th, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This will be the third time that Harris has hosted the telecast...
"The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions," the organization said in a brief statement.
A legal battle over a law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples is headed to a federal appeals court in Massachusetts.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act, enacted by Congress in 1996, defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and prevents the federal government from recognizing marriage for same-sex couples.