Gay protest, bachelorette ban, Sharon Needles
Thousands converge for North Carolina preacher protest, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner pees outside a police station, L.A. gay bar bans bachelorette parties, Romney’s shortlived gay aide gets it from both sides, One Million Moms returns, and more LGBT headlines.
• 2,000 protest over anti-gay North Carolina preacher. Most showed up on Sunday (top photo) against pastor Charles Worley’s “concentration camp for gays” video sermon. But hundreds of counter-protestors brought signs and megaphones, too. That doesn’t count law enforcement officers from across the state.
• Gay Romney aide speaks out on his quick departure. Richard Grennell was Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesperson for about two weeks. He says he left because he was a liability – gays don’t want him to be Republican and vice versa – but that he wasn’t forced out.
• Sharon Needles on clash with the cops. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner (second photo) knelt between cars last week in what she thought was a secluded place to pee. It was a Manhattan police station, and an officer tapped her on the shoulder. After some fast talking, she got a ticket but wasn’t arrested as some have reported.
• Los Angeles gay bar bans bachelorette parties until gay marriage is legal. Famed West Hollywood watering hole The Abbey gets into the same-sex marriage fight with the decision. It has nothing to do with conflict over straight girls in gay bars, owners say.
• One Million Moms fixates on gay superheroes. The unsuccessful boycotters of JC Penney over Ellen Degeneres and Toys R Us over Archie Comics’ gay wedding, turn their attention now to upcoming gay storylines in both DC and Marvel (third photo) comics.
• Gay marriage opponents lose a round in Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio’s Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge brought by anti-gay groups hoping to block a referendum on retiring the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage and replacing it with gender-neutral language that would allow same-sex couples the right to marry.
• Newark man acquitted of murdering transgender model. A jury on Friday found Alrashim Chambers, 25, not guilty of murder, bias intimidation, and two weapons charges in the 2010 death of transgender lingerie model Victoria Carmen White (bottom photo). The jury bought that Alrashim’s former co-defendant, who took a plea deal, is the perpetrator.
• Letters to judge may have influenced Rutgers sentencing. The judge in the Dharun Ravi case received more than 100 letters—including from gay groups and hate crime victims—pleading for leniency. A month in jail was handed down to Ravi, convicted of bias for webcam spying on his gay roommate Tyler Clementi, who soon after committed suicide.
Protest photo by Winston-Salem Journal; Needles photo via Chexy Decimal; “X-Men” photo from Marvel; White photo via New Jersey Star-Ledger
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