Gay ‘Fashion Star,’ Kony 2012 funds, GLAAD
NBC designer Kara Laricks talks lesbian love and reality TV, viral video by Invisible Children linked to anti-gay donations, GLAAD project holds anti-gay commentators accountable, Tennessee “Don’t Say Gay Bill” nears death, and more LGBT headlines.
• GLAAD’s most-wanted list. The watchdog’s Commentator Accountability Project targets 36 pundits like old standbys Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher (top photo, left-right) by distributing their anti-gay histories to journalists in hopes they’ll reconsider passing them off as “experts.” You can help.
• Invisible Children and its “Kony 2012” video linked to anti-gay funds. Getting as much attention for their practices as their viral war criminal exposé, Invisible Children’s donations list includes, among others, the anti-gay Family Research Council plus the Caster Family Foundation and The Call, key backers of California’s gay marriage ban that regularly vilify gays.
• Rutgers webcam trial heads to jury. In an exact opposite closing argument to the defense, prosecutors focused on evidence that Tyler Clementi’s roommate had hate in his heart for gays when he recorded Clementi making out with another man days before Clementi took his own life.
• Lesbian designer Kara Laricks among “Fashion Star” hopefuls. NBC’s runway-shopping-celebrity trifecta debuted Tuesday with Laricks (middle photo), who talks here about being out on the show and her androgynous designs.
• New Hampshire alters course on gay marriage repeal. The sponsor of an amendment to the state constitution that would overturn marriage equality in the state now introduces a non-binding voter referendum that would replace marriage for gay couples with civil unions. A Washington judge scraps “redefine marriage” from that state’s voter referendum.
• California University system may ask students about sexual orientation. The Academic Senate of the University of California system initiated the proposal for all of its campuses to ensure better services for LGBT students. They do not have to answer the question.
• Neurotic gay reality star Jeff Lewis premieres “Interior Therapy.” The infamously obsessive-compulsive real estate guru (bottom photo) brings his new show to Bravo Wednesday night. In advance, he talks about how it’s more “realistic” than the rest of reality TV. Elsewhere in gay TV, Wednesday’s episode of the sitcom “Whitney” features a coming out storyline.
• Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill may be dead. On Tuesday, sponsors of the bill that would ban mention in public schools of gay people until high school delayed debate until the end of the legislative session, a traditional signal that they won’t take it up this year.
Perkins, Gallagher photos via GLAAD; Larick’s photo from NBC; Lewis photo by Bravo
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