Lesbian lied, gay ‘Design Star,’ GOProud
Woman who claimed hate crime made it all up, “Design Star: All Stars” winner first lesbian contestant to get her own HGTV show, GOProud endorses Tammy Baldwin’s anti-gay opponent, Hugh Hefner’s gay marriage support, and more LGBT headlines.
• Police: Lesbian staged hate crime attack. Charlie Rogers (top photo) said on video that three masked intruders tied her up, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to burn down her house. She plead not guilty to filing a false report Tuesday after evidence, including videotape of her buying the gloves, retraints and knife used in the incident, was revealed.
• GOProud endorses Tammy Baldwin’s anti-gay opponent. The lesbian Congress member is running to become the first openly gay U.S. senator. The gay group is running to become notorious. GOProud goes against the grain – again – by backing former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who supports DOMA and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
• Bullies vandalize gay student’s car; body shop fixes it for free. Radford University student Jordan Addison (second photo) says his car was vandalized four times between March and May, keying it with slurs and even a death threat. A Roanoake, Va., auto repair shop owner heard the story and didn’t just repaint it, but threw in a stereo, new tires and tinted windows – all at no charge.
• Court cases that changed the gay world. A roundup of landmark decisions like Lawrence v. Texas and the ironically named Bottoms v. Bottoms that kept the LGBT rights movement moving.
• Hef’s Playboy editorial: Gay rights under “assault.” Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (third photo) criticizes conservatives in an editorial in the September issue, accusing them of continuing “to assault the right of gays.” The fight for marriage equality “is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights,” he writes.
• Unraveling the alphabet soup of LGBTQQIA. As the acronym gets longer and changes according to who’s using it, a brief history of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and other people evolved to be included in the conversation and their part of the movement.
• Gay designer wins HGTV “Design Star: All Stars.” Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and lesbian mom Leslie Ezelle (bottom photo) lost her season of the reality competition by a long shot, but she came back as the victor on “All Stars.” She wins her own show on HGTV as a result.
• Log Cabin disappointed in Republican platform. The GOP keeps it anti-gay with a vengeance in the proposed language to be voted on at the upcoming convention. The gay Log Cabin Republicans express their consternation as they try to find a place at the table to work within the party.
Rogers photo from KETV; Addison photo via WDBJ7; Hefner photo by AP; Ezelle photo from HGTV
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