Frank Ocean, Obama’s gay donors, Madonna
Hip Hop’s Odd Future singer comes out, Obama’s $9 million three-day watershed after gay marriage, Madge fights for gay rights in Russia, CPAC prodigy swings left, gay dads kicked out of community pool, France gets gay marriage, and more LGBT headlines.
• Conservative prodigy dumps CPAC, embraces marriage equality. After being dubbed the wunderkind of the conservative movement, Jonathan Krohn (top photo) abandons the cronies who embraced him at the Conservative Political Action Conference three years ago. Now 17, Krohn says he was “naïve.”
• Singer Frank Ocean comes out before his album does. Originally slated for the liner notes of his upcoming debut solo album “Channel Orange” from the Hip Hop group Odd Future singer, the recording artist reveals he’s gay on his website. Chely Wright says congrats but prepare to lose fans.
• Obama marriage equality endorsement raises $9M in three days. It took just 72 hours of LGBT fundraisers held immediately following the president’s “evolution” announcement, some number crunching reveals a big gay windfall in campaign donations.
• Madonna to use St. Petersburg concert as gay rights platform. Rather than cancel her scheduled performance in the Russian city that just banned “gay propaganda,” the Material Girl (third photo) says she’ll raise hell from the stage to protest it… all the way to the bank.
• France legalizes gay marriage, gay parent adoption. The Prime Minister made good on an election campaign promise to open marriage and adoption rights to “all couples, without discrimination,” he announced to Parliament. The law takes effect in 2013.
• The 30 most popular gay celebrities. Based on how recognizable they are, out gay famous faces shine in this roundup. “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn and actress Cynthia Nixon (bottom photo) top the list.
• Gay couple and their toddler turned away from community pool. William Trinkle and Juan Granados were sold a family membership to their Roanoke, Va., neighborhood fitness facility. Then they were turned away when they tried to use it. They’re suing.
• Duh: “’Magic Mike’ is a big draw for gay men.’” The New York Times investigates the obvious. Here’s all the big gay fuss about the famous-hunk-filled Channing Tatum stripper movie. (Read our review and enjoy pics of the movie’s hunky stars.)
Krohn photo by Politico; Ocean photo via Huffington Post; Madonna photo from Daily Beast; Nixon photo via IBN
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