JC Penney, gay Pride Mormons, Jason Alexander
Penney’s gay Father’s Day ad reactions, Mormons show big love marching in Utah Pride parade, “Seinfeld” actor sorry for calling British cricket “gay,” Elizabeth Warren’s gay porn benefactor, coach fired for Facebook photos, and more LGBT headlines.
• Jason Alexander apologizes for calling cricket “a gay game.” The “Seinfeld” alum riled activists when he told late night host Craig Ferguson “You know how I know it’s kind of really a gay game? It’s the pitch (throw). It’s not like a manly baseball pitch. It’s a queer British gay pitch.” Soon after, he admitted he should have known better.
• California school fires gay coach over Facebook photos. Water polo assistant coach Mitch Stein is suing for wrongful termination. He was fired when administrators uncovered photos of him with drag queens and taking a bite out of a corn dog.
• Conservative Jews approve gay wedding guidelines. The branch of American Judaism that approved ordaining gay rabbis six years ago voted unanimously Thursday to pass two model wedding ceremonies that can be modified for individual couples.
• JC Penney’s gay Father’s Day ad fires up haters – again. It’s been a big, anti-gay year for One Million Moms, who have tried and failed to influence JC Penney and Toys R Us for pro-gay moves. Now they’re after Penney’s for a third time over an ad featuring real-life gay dads (second photo). After taking an online beating, One Million Moms deleted their Facebook page last week.
• Fire guts Chicago gay club, slurs left behind. The owner of the Velvet Rope says anti-gay messages were spray-painted on the club’s burned-out walls and the back door was kicked in. The blaze is being investigated as arson.
• Gay adult website owner fundraising for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. Stephen Driscoll, founder and performer “Kid Driscoll” on nude gay wrestling website BGEast, has raised $5,000 for Massachusetts candidate Warren, but the money may not balance the publicity about the identity of the candidate’s benefactor.
• 300 Mormons march in Utah Pride parade. A first-ever large contingent from Mormons Building Bridges (bottom photo) brought tears to the eyes of some LGBT onlookers with a message of love and support, which goes against traditional Mormon rejection of gays and gay rights.
• First gay New York state senator won’t seek re-election. Thomas Duane from Queens became the state’s first openly gay and openly HIV-positive lawmaker in 1998. His retirement leaves lawmakers lamenting the loss of his outspoken and respected LGBT voice.
Alexander photo via StarPulse; ad from JC Penney; Utah photo by Salt Lake Tribune
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