Roland Martin, gay SuperPAC, thong bias
CNN reinstates Roland Martin after twitter flap, LGBT SuperPAC seeks president’s re-election, Pride reveler makes federal case out of thong arrest, HHS studies lifting gay blood ban, porn star gets teaching license, and more LGBT headlines.
• CNN lifts suspension for GLAAD-blessed Roland Martin. After a firestorm of media coverage of thinly veiled homophobia in Super Bowl tweets, the ascoted anchor (top photo) is back on the roster after a “dialogue” with the gay media watchdog group.
• Defense rests in Rutgers spycam case. After 12 days of incriminating texts and testimony, it appears clear that Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi with another man days before Clementi committed suicide. Defense closers argued Ravi doesn’t hate gays, which would increase his sentence if convicted.
• San Diego gay man files Pride thong discrimination lawsuit. “Will X” says police wrongly arrested him on nudity charges when he wore a thong during Pride. His federal suit alleges a double standard for women’s G-strings.
• Former gay porn star cleared for teaching certificate. Shawn Loftis was fired from a substitute teaching job and blocked from a Florida teaching certificate when his past as Collin O’Neal (middle photo) came to light. On Friday, the state’s Education Practices Committee allowed the certificate, though getting hired is a whole other question.
• Gay SuperPAC backs Obama. The San Francisco-based Pride PAC hopes to raise $1 million toward the president’s re-election campaign. The LGBT grassroots effort won’t create negative ads or join the fray on issues like marriage equality. It’s just about Obama.
• Marriage gets Costa Rican man U.S. deportation reprieve. David Gonzalez is an undocumented immigrant in Texas, but since he was legally married to his partner in California, the governor halted his deportation. They wed in California in 2008.
• Brooklyn Museum opens Keith Haring retrospective. The art exhibit “Keith Haring: 1978–1982” explores the late gay artist’s early art (bottom photo) in an effort to re-charge perspective of his iconic later works that may have become ubiquitous enough to sap Haring’s legacy of its cultural significance.
• U.S. considers lifting ban on blood donations by gay men. The department of Health & Human Services plans a pilot program to establish “alternative donor deferral criteria” for gay men. The department is currently seeking input on designing the feasibility study.
Martin photo from CNN; Loftis/O’Neal photo by World of Men; Haring photo via Art Daily
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