Fashion Star, gay lawmaker, Moms v. Penneys 2
Watch lesbian “Fashion Star” open up, Missouri Republican comes out as gay, One Million Moms comes for JC Penney again over catalogue lesbians, Mitt Romney’s gay spokesperson forced out, bullied gay teen fires taser in defense, and more LGBT headlines.
• Missouri legislator comes out as gay to fight bill. As state lawmakers consider a “Don’t Say Gay in Schools” bill similar to Tennessee’s perennial effort, General Assemby member Zach Wyatt decided the best way to fight it was to put a face on it – his. The Republican publicly announced he is gay (top photo) on Wednesday.
• Gay Romney aide trounced out by anti-gay haters. That was fast. Mitt Romney’s controversial new foreign policy spokesperson Richard Grennell was barely on the job two weeks. He blames a “hyper-partisan discussion.”
• Lesbian couple in JC Penney catalog refuels One Million Moms. The same group that tried and failed a boycott against Ellen Degeneres as spokesperson has its panties in a wad over the department store again. This time, it’s a gay catalogue layout (second photo).
• Just kidding. Don’t punch your gay kids. A Fayetteville, N.C., pastor got caught up in his Sunday sermon against his state’s proposed gay marriage ban. “The second you see your son dropping that left wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist,” minister Sean Harris said. “Man up. Give him a good punch.” He later apologized.
• Bullied gay student fires stun gun, faces expulsion. After his mom gave him a taser to protect himself, Darnell “Dynasty” Young (third photo, left, with his mother and brother) shot it in his Indiana high school to scare six kids advancing on him hurling anti-gay slurs. No one was hit.
• Judge: Gay man unfairly fired. A federal judge ruled that a Kentucky state agency discriminated against Milton Stroder by firing him for violating a workplace policy while still employing a female coworker who violated the same rule. The judge is considering ordering Stroder’s reinstatement.
• Friends, family mourn murder of transgender Oakland woman. Brandy Martell was shot down in cold blood in her car while parked on a downtown street about 6 a.m. Sunday.
• Lesbian designer Kara Laricks is kicking ass on “Fashion Star.” Beyond celebrating her continued advancement, LGBT fans got gay-specific bonuses on this week’s episode: Laricks (bottom photo) shot a gender-neutral ad campaign, then wished aloud she had come out sooner. Watch both:
Wyatt photo by Kansas City Star; JC Penney ad via Dallas Voice; Young photo by Indianapolis Star; Laricks photo from NBC
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