Anderson Cooper, Chick-fil-A, Ricky Martin
CNN anchor attacked in Egypt, sandwich chain allowed back at Indiana college, singer inspires gay teens, not guilty plea in castration killing, Tila Tequila’s lesbian sex tape, Maryland and Iowa marriage battles, DADT repeal in motion, and more LGBT headlines.
• Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt. During a backlash attack on protestors in Cairo on Wednesday, a mob of Mubarak supporters apparently jumped the gay CNN personality (top photo) and his crew. Early reports say Cooper was punched in the head about 10 times.
• Chick-fil-A returns to University of Indiana South Bend. The school suspended the restaurant chain’s sales privileges on campus under a firestorm after support of anti-gay groups came to light. After a review, the suspension was lifted and the chicken giant is back in business on campus without restrictions.
• Model pleads “not guilty” to murder, castration of journalist. Renato Seabra (second photo) confessed to police after his arrest, and during his court appearance, gruesome details of the Times Square hotel room killing of his alleged lover also came to light.
• Majority of state Senate Republicans in Maryland to oppose gay marriage push. The caucus voted behind closed doors Tuesday and emerged with a revelation: most of them will vote against a bill to legalize same-sex unions in the state. Republicans hold a minority in Maryland’s state Senate. Elsewhere, the Iowa House advances constitutional amendment against gay marriage.
• Daily Hookup launches first “social buying service” for gay men. Interested parties can sign up to receive a notification each day of deals on goods and services. The offers begin in New York City and Washington, D.C., with a plan to expand into other large cities in a yearlong rollout program. In an interesting bit of timing, Fab.com launches Big Gay Deal of the Day at the same time.
• Ricky Martin wants to be a gay activist. The singer who finally came out last year (third photo) talks to Parade magazine about being out to inspire others, including a teenager who says Martin gave him the courage to be open about his own sexual orientation.
• Name change denied to South Dakota lesbians. Two female couples so far have been denied changing their last names after marriages in Iowa. Since South Dakota officially bans recognition of gay marriages from other states, officials cite name changes as legal validation of the unions.
• Gay rights advocates react to Pentagon plan to implement repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As promised, a training schedule and strategy was revealed Friday. Gay groups are cautiously optimistic that the military can institute the plan this year. The repeal requires that the president and top brass “certify in writing” that the strategy can be set in motion, leaving room to press pause if they see fit.
• Tila Tequila furious over release of lesbian three-way porn video. The bisexual reality TV personality (bottom photo) is threatening a lawsuit over the Vivid Entertainment release, set for Valentine’s Day. A lesbian reviewer finds the excerpts of the sex tape “actually pretty annoying,” not hot.
• Golden State Warriors hosts first “Gay & Lesbian Night.” The team most associated with Tim Hardaway and his “I hate gay people” comment leverages the large LGBT population in the Bay Area in the March 11 game against the Portland Trailblazers. Beginning in 2004, other NBA teams that have held “gay nights” include the 76ers and the Raptors.
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