National Same-Sex Kiss Day against Chick-fil-A with parody video inspiration, Obama nominates another gay judge, Trevor Project’s first lesbian board chair, Mississippi governor opens mouth inserts foot, gay Olympic medalist, and more LGBT headlines.
• Mississippi governor: Church should let blacks marry, but not gays. In the wake of a church declining to host an African American couple’s wedding, Gov. Phil Bryant (top photo) launched into a soliloquy about his state evolving and him “making every opportunity I can for any couple that wants to to go get married.” Oh, not gay couples though. No, not at all.
• Trevor Project names its first lesbian board chair. The crisis intervention and suicide prevention agency for LGBT youth named five-year board member Meredith Kadlec as chair on Thursday, making her the non-profit’s first-ever lesbian to hold the post.
• Obama nominates lesbian judge for federal bench. Pamela Ki Mai Chen is up for New York’s U.S. District Court. She’s the latest in a long line of gay nominations made by the president. If approved, she would also become the second Chinese-American female to ever serve on a federal court bench.
• Cyclist first out lesbian to medal at London Olympics. World champion Judith Arndt (middle photo, left) won the silver medal in the time trials, coming in second to American Kristin Armstrong (center).
• Dispute leaves gay rights pioneer’s ashes on a shelf. The estate of Frank Kameny is in conflict with the gay group Helping Our Brothers and Sisters. HOBS purchased a gravesite and headstone at the Congressional Cemetery that the estate didn’t approve, and parties are at an impasse. As a result, the remains are still awaiting interment 10 months after Kameny’s death.
• Bakery says they’d close before selling wedding cake to gay couple. Protests, boycotts, petitions and news coverage of the Denver debate over the cake shop’s refusal of a male couple’s order haven’t swayed the business owner one bit.
• Catch up on the whole week in national LGBT news in our weekday Afternoon Headline Rambles.
• Happy National Same-Sex Kiss Day against Chick-fil-A! Atlanta joins the country with four gay kiss-ins on Friday, kiss-started early by an Atlanta lesbian couple. Kissing for equality is among the best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend. Meanwhile, a Chicago gay group files multiple Chick-fil-A complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
• “Randy Rainbow” serves conservatives Chick-fil-A. Because you can’t get enough bigot chicken this week, keep it going with this parody (bottom photo) about gay Chick-fil-A employees serving Republican icons and doing a kiss-in of their own during Wednesday’s ignorance-based “buy-cott.”
Bryant photo by Mississippi Press; Olympics photo by AP; “Randy Rainbow” photo from YouTube