“Glee” actress No. 1 on World Pride Power 100, global support gets small town police to attend gay couple’s plight, Boy Scouts reaffirms its gay ban, ESPN sportscaster on his coming out, “It Gets Better” hits campaign trail, and more LGBT headlines.
• “It Gets Better” TV hits the campaign trail. When he’s not stooping to belittle right-wingers, Dan Savage (top photo) and the team behind MTV and Logo’s “It Gets Better” documentary specials take cameras with “unprecedented access” to campaign training offered by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Get to know LGBT candidates and how they get schooled.
• Boy Scouts’ dangerous message to youth: Gay kids don’t measure up. With an announcement after a two-year review that it would continue to exclude gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders, the Boy Scouts of America justifies itself with this: Keep gays away because they are not like to the rest of us. The investigative committee was secret. Bilerco wants names.
• Jane Lynch tops World Pride Power list. The “Glee” actress and LPAC founding member ranked best in an annual analysis by the UK Guardian that decides which 100 gays are the most influential. See which other celebrities, politicians and activists made this year’s list.
• More red flags raised on controversial “gay parenting” study. An even closer look at the study that says kids by gay parents are worse off picks apart findings so severely flawed that the University of Texas is investigating its researcher for “scientific misconduct.”
• What happens in Vegas … Gay New York City Schools principal sued for groping male aide. Frank Farino, an assistant principal at PS 43 in Queens, claims that then-principal John Quattrocchi put the moves on him during a 2009 Las Vegas professional conference.
• Victimized small town gay couple find international support. Friends of Felix Bermea and Roy Messerschmidt and their foster children took to the internet and created a worldwide viral takedown of Gilbert, Ariz., police, who ignored 18 separate complaints of anti-gay vandalism and break-ins between March and July until the issue went global.
• ESPN’s Jaren Max discusses his coming out. The sportscater’s announcement made headlines last year, but the ESPN radio jock (bottom photo) hasn’t delved further into the decision or the reaction until now.
• Top 11 gay-inclusive reality shows. With Project Runway 10 debuting Thursday, a look at other shows that make sure to inject some gay. “Runway” and “Glee Project”? Obviosuly, but “NY Ink” and “Full Metal Jousting” make the list among less likely suspects.
Savage photo via Gay Politics; Lynch photo from SheWired; Max photo by David Yello for Out