Rose McGowan, Starbucks, gay White House rep
“Conan the Barbarian” actress has more gay ties than you, coffee king cancels mega-church speech, interim LGBT liaison named at White House, more It Gets Better “True Blood” cast videos, New Balance steps lightly around Romney, and more LGBT headlines.
• Interim replacement named for White House LGBT liaison off to DNC. As Brian Bond exits the post to play a larger political role this month, Raul Alvillar (top photo) steps in during the search for a permanent replacement. Alvillar is a former congressional relations officer for the Department of Housing & Urban Development and western political director for the president’s 2008 campaign.
• Starbucks CEO cancels speech at anti-gay mega church. The coffee chain won’t confirm that the cancellation was due to an online petition urging company chief Howard Schultz – who was set to deliver “How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul” – to denounce the church’s views on gays and gay rights.
• “Conan the Barbarian’s” Rose McGowen a better LGBT activist than her gay friends. The actress talks about her latest role as inspiration for gay Halloween costumes (second photo), how she was raised by drag queens, her lesbian posse, and getting twitchy in straight crowds.
• California amusement park sued over doctored “fags” photo. Craig Person and Edmund Yang declined to buy a photo of themselves holding hands taken by Great America park employees. The photo appeared later displayed in a park photo booth with the speech bubble, “We’re fags.”
• DADT-discharged gay troops plan to re-enlist. Meet three soldiers with stellar records prior to coming out who say they’ll be ready for the recruitment office on the day “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed.
• Lesbian star of “The Wire” busted on drug charges. Felicia “Snoop” Pearson (third photo) has had issues since her critically acclaimed role on the HBO drama ended. She pled guilty to conspiracy to sell heroine this week. She received a suspended seven-year sentence to be served on parole.
• John Kerry targeted in campaign to keep gay blood ban. Kerry led the call by 40 senators for the Department of Health & Human Services to overturn the outdated policy, and last month, HHS advisors agreed it needed changing. Now in a particularly hateful letter, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality wants its followers to flood Kerry and other senators with their dissent.
• New Balance mea culpa over Mitt Romney donation. After a public flap when the shoe company’s chair made a private donation to the presidential candidate’s campaign, the company released a statement saying that Romney’s pledge against same-sex marriage does not reflect the company’s views or policies of inclusion.
• Washington, D.C. mayor commits to transgender workplace improvements. Mayor Vincent Gray made a commitment to decrease employment barriers and improve conditions for trans workers after a meeting with the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.
• More “True Blood” It Gets Better videos. Sam Trammell (“Sam”), Joe Manganiello (“Alcide,” bottom photo), and Deborah Ann Woll (“Jessica”) each added to their series’ contributions to the anti-bullying campaign this week. “True Blood’s” gay creator and Atlanta native Alan Ball inspired his cast with his own video. Read our gay take on each week’s episode of the show, and watch Trammell’s video:
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