Carrie Underwood, gay allies, GLAAD awards
Country star reiterates her gay marriage support, Hagel promises gay military spousal benefits, GLAAD nominates usual suspects for media inclusivity, “Girls” Lena Dunham won’t get engaged, homoerotic “Spartacus” is coming back, and more LGBT headlines.
Obama replaces anti-gay inaugural pastor with pro-gay Episcopal priest. To recap, Atlanta bigot Louie Giglio is out in what felt like a replay of Rick Warren in 2009. The Obama team wakes up and gives Luis Leon (top photo, with First Couple) of a gay-affirming D.C. church the benediction honor.
Carrie Underwood reaffirms support of gay marriage. She took heat for it last time, but she won’t back down in a cover story for Allure (second photo). The “Idol” turned Country phenom further reveals how she can’t judge anyone as a Christian and believes “everyone should be able to love openly.” She also reveals absolute support for wearing underwear. Deep.
Anti-gay church moves into Seattle’s gayborhood. The new location of Mars Hill Church Downtown sets up house blocks from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The gays are pissed, the pastor considers it “a blessing” to be closer to AIDS patients who need ministry.
Hagel promises to extend benefits to gay military spouses. The Republican nominee for Defense secretary has taken some heat and apologized for remarks made 15 years ago against gay rights. A letter released Tuesday promises that he’ll do everything permissible by law to instate equal benefits still missing from military families after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Lena Dunham won’t get married until everyone can. In what we hope is our last gay Golden Globes headline of the year, the Best Actress winner and HBO “Girls” star (third photo) says she and that boyfriend she so effusively thanked – Jack Antonoff of the LGBT-allied band fun – agreed not to become husband and wife until all gay couples have the same right. You go, queen of quirk!
Usual suspects up for GLAAD Awards. Did you know the annual celebration of all that’s gay and good in mainstream media includes a comic book category? Yup. Sift through the expected films, TV shows and celebrities, and check out these direct-market comics nominees: Astonishing X-Men’s gay marriage, Batwoman’s gay solo lead, Buffy with a gay male slayer, Earth 2 with a gay Green Lantern or Kevin Keller of Archie Comics. It’s more interesting than wondering of “Glee” or “Modern Family” will take home a prize. Or both! It might be both! Zzzzz.
Kentucky town becomes nation’s smallest with LGBT rights law. Hello, Vicco! Your tiny town of 334 residents is only the fourth municipality in your state to protect citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations.
Cue DVR: “Spartacus” returns. The Starz series that combines unnecessarily gory violence and softcore gay porn into a late night guilty pleasure returns on Jan. 25 for its final season. Here’s a look at the lineup of beefcake, including the show’s titular star Liam McIntyre (bottom photo).
Marines honorably discharge AWOL transgender woman after 31 years. A random bureaucrat discovered a 1981 warrant for desertion and arrested Elizabeth Tremblay. Well, she’s been through a lot since she was Donald. Tremblay was jailed on the warrant for two and a half days before the military told Maine sheriff lackeys to just let her go.
Leon-Obama photo by AP; Underwood photo by Allure; Dunham photo via SheWired; Spartacus photo from Starz
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