John Travolta, gay Scouts, Wash. marriage vote
Tell-all ex-lover book threatens Travolta’s marriage, Boy Scouts board member bashes gay ban, Washington to vote on blocking gay marriage law, Obama backs Maryland marriage equality, American Apparel’s trans “Top Model,” and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay Mormon blogger with wife and kids outs himself. “I am sexually attracted to men yet my marriage is wonderful,” says Washington based Josh Weed (top photo) in the blog post. His wife knew, but most of their friends and family didn’t. He let them know with details of their “robust sex life.”
• Confirmed: Washington state to vote on gay marriage. Signatures gathered by opponents of legal same-sex unions were officially accepted Tuesday. That puts it on the November ballot before legislature-approved gay marriage would go into effect.
• What happened at Senate’s ENDA hearings. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s pro- and anti-amendment Senate committee testimony on the bill to ban employment bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including the bill’s first-ever transgender witness.
• American Apparel hires transgender “Top Model” contestant for gay t-shirt campaign. Isis King (middle photo) didn’t win Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” but her career hit another high note as the clothing company’s first trans model.
• Olympics under pressure to support gay rights. Activists are urging the International Olympic Committee to take an official stance against the human rights atrocities taking place in some of its participant countries.
• Boy Scouts board member: End gay ban. James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young and member of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Board, said he will work from within to change the organization’s ban on openly gay scouts and troupe leaders. Meanwhile, the most recently ousted lesbian den mother starts a new petition.
• Obama calls on Maryland voters to uphold marriage equality. Gotta love it. Now that the seal is broken, the president let more support flow Tuesday by saying Maryland voters should support gay marriage in a likely referendum this November.
• John Travolta’s self-proclaimed male lover plans tell-all book. Doug Goterba, who came out with claims of a six-year affair with Travolta (bottom photo) after other men accused him of sexual advances, says his revelations will end the actor’s marriage to Kelly Preston.
• Even with light sentence, Rutgers roommate appeals conviction. Convicted of hate crimes in a webcam spying case on Tyler Clementi days before Clementi took his own life, Dharun Ravi’s attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of the bias intimidation law. Prosecutors are already appealing Ravi’s 30-day sentence as too light.
Weed family photo from The Weed; King photo via American Apparel; Travolta photo by AP
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