Chris Brown, gay hunger strike, Dick Cheney
Hip Hop artist says “no homo” to Frank Ocean, activists fast to protest inequality, Cheney defends keeping gay marriage support secret, San Francisco’s new anti-gay archbishop, D.C. mayor against Chick-fil-A, and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay marriage foe named Archbishop in San Francisco. Rev. Salvatore Cordileone (top photo) takes the reigns in the gay mecca after raising big Catholic bucks to get California’s Proposition 8 on the ballot, then campaigning heavily for the state ban on same-sex marriage.
• Chris Brown to Frank Ocean: “Man, no homo!” As Brown (second photo) left a nightclub over the weekend, that was the entirety of his response to paparazzi about his fellow recording artist coming out. Put him on the wrong side with Atlanta’s Lil Scrappy, not with supporters like Murs and 50 Cent.
• Washington, D.C., mayor calls Chick-fil-A “hate chicken.” Mayor Vincent Gray joins the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco—and not Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed – in announcing that new restaurants from the chicken chain are not welcome in his city.
• Gay New York City Council member gets hitched. Just weeks after the council’s lesbian speaker tied the knot, Queens representative Jimmy Van Bramer (third photo, left) married his male partner of 13 years on Saturday.
• Dick Cheney defends his in-office silence on gay marriage. The former vice president supported gay marriage at least as far back as 2000 but says voicing it during the campaign would have sunk George W. Bush’s chances.
• Gay activists go on hunger strike for LGBT equality. A group of activists led by the director of Detroit’s LGBT center plan to fast for 24 hours on Monday in a “Hunger for Equality” protest against Michigan’s “extreme” paucity of gay legal and civil rights.
• Hollywood’s third “Partners” vehicle gets its gay-straight due on CBS. The 1982 film and short-lived 1995 Fox sitcom by that name about odd couple coworkers were bombs. The director of both, in cahoots with “Will & Grace” co-producers whose story is the basis of the new show, hopes to get it right this time with openly gay actor in an openly gay role. “Partners,” take three (bottom photo), premieres Sept. 24.
• Denver cake shop denies service to gay couple. Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig thought they were going to choose a wedding cake. Instead, a few seconds into the meeting, they were shown the door. The couple says their rights have been violated, and activists are protesting outside the store. In other private sector news, a New Mexico Christian school rejects student with gay parents.
Cordileo photo by San Francisco Chronicle; Brown photo from Timotew; Van Bramer photo via Advocate; “Partners” photo from CBS
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