Bruno Mars, gay cruise photo, DOMA battles
Singer comes out as straight, photo exposes Caribbean cruisers who denied public sex, two DOMA fights back in court, gays against gay rodeos, North Carolinians don’t want marriage ban, four gays vie for one NYC Council seat, and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay activist and blogger enters New York City Council race. Corey Johnson (top photo), who was the nation’s first out high school football captain and later an activist and Towleroad writer, will run to succeed lesbian council president Christine Quinn, who is running for mayor. There are already three other LGBT candidates in the race.
• Gay clinic settles federal probe for $715,000. Chicago’s 38-year-old LGBT medical center Howard Brown Health Care agreed to pay back a federal HIV research grant as a result of a misspending scandal in which the funds were used for operational expenses.
• Bruno Mars not gay. No really, Twitter, not gay. A CNN iReport led to social media rumors so widespread that a rep for the singer (second photo) had to make an official statement saying that no closet doors have been opened.
• DOMA heads to appeals court in Boston. After a Massachusetts federal judge declared part of the gay marriage ban unconstitutional, plaintiffs are back in court Wednesday to defend a state’s right to have its marriages – even the gay ones – federally recognized. Bi-national gay couples filed an immigration-based suit against DOMA in New York on Monday.
• Gays against gay rodeos don’t like goats in panties. Protestors gathered outside a gay bar in San Francisco on Sunday to protest a fundraiser inside the bar. The National Gay Rodeo Association says it strives for kindness to animals, but critics take issue with putting panties on goats (third photo) and bringing down bulls by their heads.
• Cleveland’s NAACP president backs gay marriage in Ohio. A key political figure in the state, George Forbes, has endorsed the effort to repeal Ohio’s gay marriage ban. “Not since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has there been a more important step to achieving equality for all Americans,” Forbes says.
• Photo incriminates Caribbean cruise arrestees. The picture (bottom photo) appears to catch the California men having sex aboard ship while docked in Dominica. The couple, who were arrested, plead out and went home, have said they were simply naked and not having sex.
• Poll: 60 percent of North Carolinians oppose gay marriage ban. A telephone poll, as the legislature heads toward making their state the last of the Southern stalwarts to define marriage as one man and one woman, shows only 32 percent favor the idea.
Johnson photo by City & State; Mars photo from CNN iReport; cruise photo from Queerty; rodeo photo from San Francisco Chronicle
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