Military wedding, ‘Top Chef’ couple, Ed Helms
Gay couple ties knot in first U.S. on-base wedding, gay chef power couple compete for Bravo’s “Masters,” “Hangover” actor catches Chick-fil-A clue as fallout continues, “Mitt Gets Worse,” gay slobs, disproportionate black male HIV, and more LGBT headlines.
First gay wedding on a U.S. military base. Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and civilian Will Behrens (top photo) said “I do” at the chapel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on June 23. The possibility of an on-base same-sex union has been talked about since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but theirs makes history as the first.
Still true: Black gay, bisexual men still at highest HIV risk. The think tank Black AIDS Institute released results of a sweeping study that confirms sobering statistics: 25 percent of new HIV cases in the U.S. are African American men who have sex with men.
“Mitt Gets Worse” targets Romney’s gay record. Mitt Romney’s mixed record on LGBT rights is the focus of a new online campaign and website (second photo) by two Democratic Super PACs. Mitt Gets Worse launched Wednesday with video testimonials from four prominent gay rights activists.
Gay slobs come out. A funny account of an un-stereotypical couple who calls themselves “Globs” (gay slobs) and their disappointed neighbors who thought they were going to upgrade the neighborhood. “We’re one dried cat carcass away from a cameo on ‘Hoarders.’”
The gay couple that might just win “Top Chef Masters.” Season four of Bravo’s hit spinoff includes three gay chef contestants. Along with Art Smith, a bevy of queer guest judges like Indigo Girls and B-52s plus judge James Oseland, the ones to watch are gay power couple Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier (third photos), each competing for his own charity.
B&B owners ordered to compensate gay couple denied a room. A Canadian human rights tribunal says that personal religious beliefs or not, the owners of a north-of-the-border staycation retreat should have followed business anti-discrimination laws. Now they have to pay the American male couple $4,400.
“The Office,” “Hangover” star Ed Helms boycotts Chick-fil-A. Catching on to what many LGBTs have done for years, the popular actor (bottom photo) won’t eat at the Atlanta-based chicken chain after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy finally admitted outright that his brand is anti-gay marriage and proud of it. The company tried to minimize the fallout without actually backpedaling from Cathy’s statement.
Apparent hate-motivated murder worries Baltimore. The slaying of a gay teenager is prompting community leaders to address what they call a double bias—homophobia among African Americans that just makes black-on-black crime worse.
Umali-Beherens photo by New York Daily News; “Top Chef” photos from Bravo; Helms photo via ABC
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