Trans man drops to knee for White House marriage proposal, fifth grader’s marriage equality speech a go, TV talkie’s own show to take down “Glee,” big picture on death of gay porn’s Erik Rhodes, JC Penney dads on Father’s Day, and more LGBT headlines.
• Are you smarter than a fifth grader on marriage equality? Queens, N.Y., elementary student Kameron Slade (top photo) won a school-wide speech contest but was denied presenting his essay on gay marriage by the principal. The state Department of Education stepped in, and Slade delivers his speech on Monday.
• What the JC Penney dads got for Father’s Day. After being featured in Penney’s gay Father’s Day ad that caused a stir, Father’s Day reflections by Cooper Smith about the worldwide love and support he, his partner and kids received since the ad came out.
• Why the death of a porn star matters. Details on the tortured life and last week’s headline-making death of Falcon Studios’ star Erik Rhodes help one columnist draw some conclusions about what it means in the big picture of gay culture.
• Trans man proposes to girlfriend at White House Pride Reception. At president Obama’s annual June reception for LGBT advocates on Friday, Scout (his full legal name, second photo left) decided to make the event just a little bit more special: he proposed to his longtime partner. Check out Obama’s Pride Reception speech, too.
• LZ Granderson’s “evil gay lifestyle” makes gay Atlanta proud. In a video quickly going viral, the gay former co-owner of Blake’s on the Park co-owner and current ESPN magazine writer gives a speech you don’t want to miss on the myths of a “gay lifestyle” and “gay agenda.” Click the headline to watch.
• Adam Shankman makes the gay case for “Rock of Ages.” The gay director’s ‘80s rock musical now in theaters is widely panned, but Shankman keeps talking it up for the gays with comments on Tom Cruise, the LGBT presence in ‘80s rock and his passion for the Trevor Project.
• Gays join march against NYC’s “Stop & Frisk” policy. In a crossover collaboration between gay groups and other civil rights activists, a contingent marched on the home of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to demand an end to a racial profiling policy at the NYPD.
• Glenn Beck “horrified” by “Glee,” working to replace it. The right-wing TV talker (bottom photo) is developing a “push-back with artists with music” project that will take down the popular show, he told a Faith & Freedom Coalition conference. Watch:
White House photo via Huffington Post; Beck photo by Talking Points Memo; Slade photo from CBS New York