Oprah and NPH, gay Green Lantern, CNN gaffe
Sneak peek of “Next Chapter” with Neil Patrick Harris and family, DC Comics confirms Green Lantern as gay hero, CNN anchor opens mouth inserts foot, court rules “gay” isn’t a bad word, Pride month revisits straight allies and gay teletubbies, and more LGBT headlines.
• CNN anchor: Gay is “voluntary.” Pedophilia and incest aren’t. Ashleigh Banfield (top photo) stepped in it Thursday with that remark. She tried to step out of it Friday to mixed results. She “probably misspoke and mangled words,” she says. Ya think?
• Court: Calling someone gay isn’t slander. Finally agreeing with what gay journalists have noted for years, a New York appeals court wipes out decades of rulings that said calling someone gay is defamation. The decision is “based on a false premise that it is shameful or disgraceful to be described as lesbian, gay or bisexual,” the ruling states.
• Straight celebs as gay allies. Even if Atlanta Pride isn’t until October, it’s Pride Month as of Friday, so why not see which 22 straight famous people have spoken in favor of gay rights? Look for Brad Pitt, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Cyndi Lauper (second photo) as you click through who else made the cut.
• Anti-gay bigots pull Target into Minnesota marriage fight. Target’s limited edition Pride line of t-shirts already had One Million Moms hopping mad. Now Minnesota for Marriage says the shirts are a “slap in the face” and wants the superstore to take a stance on the state’s November ballot measure to ban same-sex unions.
• Green Lantern in different light as DC’s gay superhero. As predicted, the comics giant releases the issue next week that finally confirms the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, as the hero rebooted as gay (third photo). He’s the head crimefighter in DC’s parallel universe series “Earth 2.”
• Has Queen Elizabeth II “turned her back” on queens? The jubilee queen is taken to task by one gay British columnist who says she’s out of touch with modern times, including ignoring LGBT rights where her influence might make a difference.
• Catch up on the whole week of LGBT national news in our weekday Afternoon Headline Rambles.
• Former teletubby on Tinky Winky “scandal.” Are people still talking about Jerry Falwell’s ridiculous 1997 comment that the toddler show’s purple character is gay 15 years later? Well, at least the actress who played yellow teletubby Laa-Laa is. She’s still embarrassed for the idiot.
• Oprah’s big gay Neil Patrick Harris interview. The media queen’s struggling network gets a boost when she is on it, so Sunday’s 9 p.m. episode of “Next Chapter” should be a boon for OWN as the actor, his husband and their twins sit down at home with the O (bottom photo). Sneak peek:
Banfield photo from CNN; Lauper photo via Huffington Post; Green Lantern by DC Comics; Harris-Winfrey photo from OWN
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