CNN anchor Cooper finally comes out publicly as gay, get to know U.S. Soccer’s out lesbian Megan Rapinoe, Lauper writes lovingly for LGBT youth, conservative predicts Supreme Court DOMA doom, gay journalist found dead, and more LGBT headlines.
• Anderson Cooper says the words: “I’m gay.” Long understood to be gay but never actually taking it public, the CNN anchor and daytime talk host gives gay journalist Andrew Sullivan the ultimate scoop: “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud.” He also goes into his reasons for waiting until now.
• George Wills says DOMA will lose at Supreme Court. The High Court hasn’t decided whether to take an appeal by House Republicans on a lower court ruling that the federal ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, one of several similar cases winding their way to the nation’s top court. Here’s why respected conservative thinker George Wills says DOMA will likely die.
• Out lesbian plays face of U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer team. Megan Rapinoe (middle photo) is one of the most well- known players in women’s soccer. By the time the Olympics are over, everybody else will know who this out-and-proud Seattle Sounders midfielder is, too.
Gay American journalist found dead in Mexico City. Armando Montano, 22, caught attention with a headline on same-sex marriages during Argentina Pride 2010, which led to internships with the Associated Press and New York Times as well as membership in the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association. His body was found Saturday at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
BET profiles Uganda’s top gay activist. Frank Mugisha is one of the few Ugandans brave enough to be out and proud in the nation where gay people are in constant danger and the government is considering a life sentence for gay acts. BET looks into Mugisha’s story.
Cyndi Lauper op-ed: It’s time to give a damn about homeless LGBT youth. The singer and LGBT ally (bottom photo) writes a heartfelt piece about her interactions with and efforts for LGBT kids living on the streets of New York City.
D.C. Republican Committee adopts gay-inclusive platform. While state GOPs like Texas write LGBT inequality into their platforms, District of Columbia Republicans approved a stance calling for full and equal protection under laws and the Constitution “without regard to sexual orientation.”
Cooper photo via Daily Beast; Rapnoe photo by Out; Lauper photo from Advocate