Jane Lynch, ‘Don’t Ask’ actions, Prop 8 hearing
Emmy-winning “Glee” star accepts another award, gay military White House protest preceded by vigil, Prop 8 appeals date set, Oklahoma high school expels lesbians for being a couple, and a Minnesota high school paper deletes pro-gay opinion columns. Those and more LGBT headlines.
• “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activists chain selves to White House gate. Police arrested 13 people—nine of them veterans—in the Monday demonstration (top photo) that urged the president to use his executive authority to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay members. Earlier in the day, the group gathered in vigil at the gravesite of gay military pioneer Leonard Matlovich, an Air Force Sergeant discharged in 1975 for disclosing that he was gay. The tombstone reads, “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
• Jane Lynch receives Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center honor. The Emmy-winning “Glee” actress (second photo, center) accepted the award for achievement from her co-star Matthew Morrison and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy. Kathy Griffin and Lily Tomlin (left, right) were also recognized.
• Appeals court sets hearing date on Prop 8. The Dec. 6 hearing will focus on two topics: who has legal authority to challenge the ruling that California’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, and then a rehash on whether it is constitutional or not. The ultimate decision of the court will uphold or override a judge’s ruling against the ban.
• Gay male couple joins fight for full marriage in Britain. Scott Maloney (third photo, front) and Matthew Toresen are the latest to apply for a marriage license expecting to be denied. The Northhamptonshire couple’s action is part of the Equal Love campaign to gather rejections and take the “separate but equal” civil partners law to court.
• Oklahoma high school stops two lesbians from graduating. When the principal of Del City High School found out that the two 18-year-olds were a couple and living together rather than with their parents, they were expelled before their senior year was complete.
• “Mama Wu” unlikely hero for gay men and lesbians in China. A profile of Wu Youjian (fourth photo), who went on national television five years ago to plea for gay rights after her son came out and became an icon in LGBT China. She was part of a supportive parents contingent present at a Shanghai Pride event last week.
• Catholic school paper deletes pro-gay student opinion columns. The Minnesota high school newspaper originally published a bishop’s piece against gay marriage and allowed two editorials challenging it. An online firestorm in the comments section led to the paper deleting both opposing pieces.
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson calls “Modern Family” a “Trojan horse” of pro-gay messages. In an appearance on “The Joy Behar Show,” the actor who plays half of a gay couple on the sitcom (bottom photo, left) made the statement in reaction to a study that showed Republicans overwhelmingly like the show.
• Straight cop asks officers to fight hate crimes. As a Laramie, Wyo., detective at the time of Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder, David O’Malley told a national law enforcement conference on civil rights about his switch from homophobia to tolerance.
• Australian Labor Party to back gay marriage surveys. In a stall to bringing the actual issue of same-sex unions in the country to a vote, Labor says it will back a Green motion requiring all ministers of parliament to solicit feedback from their constituents gauging acceptance of same-sex unions.
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