“No Tip” Hoax Waitress Never Donated Money, School Cancels Production Of “Rent”: Today In Gay

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The Thespian Society at Connecticut’s Trumbull High School had planned on mounting a school-friendly edition of Rent this spring, one with some of the profanity removed, but principal Marc Guarino banned the show in November.

“Mr. Guarino has told me that he’d like to do Rent at some point, but needs more of a plan,” said Thespian Society president Larissa Mark. “Personally I think it’s a good idea to have experts and others come in to talk about these issues, because, while I may not consider them sensitive, some in the community might. But I don’t believe we need over a year to plan this.”

In the wake of the cancelation, a  “Trumbull for Rent” page on Facebook was started and a petition in support of the production has been signed by at least two-thirds of the school’ students.

The show was actually chosen by two faculty advisors, after years of staid fare like Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man and The Wiz.


wounded warrior projectDayna Morlaes, The lesbian waitress who scammed everyone into thinking she had been given an anti-gay note on a check in lieu of a tip, never donated the thousands of dollars she received from kindhearted strangers to charity—even though she said she would.

Morales, a former Marine who was discharged earlier this year, had said she was going to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project, which aids veterans returning from foreign engagement. But according to Bridgewater Patch, the organization never received a donation from her, or even in that amount from Bridgewater.  A representative said it is possible the money was donated by a third party or in a different area.

Meanwhile, Morales is suspended from her restaurant job pending the results of an investigation.


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Despite rumors of a cancelation, Elton John’s concert in Moscow will go on as planned—but the veteran pop star won’t be discussing LGBT rights from the stage. “You don’t just go in there with guns blazing and say, ’Well, to hell with you.’,” John explained. “Because they’re going to say, ’To hell with you, and get out of the country.’ That’s not going to solve anything. But if I can go there, maybe I can talk to some people in the administration.”


ESPN commentator Chris Broussard stuck his foot in it not long ago when he claimed openly gay basketball player  Jason Collins was living “in open rebellion to God.” In a recent interview, though, Broussard defended his comments and said he merely “disagrees” with Collins, and that such”diversity of opinion” should be tolerated.

Sometimes the First Amendment can be a real pain, y’know?


autobiography_us_hardcover-360x528Alt-pop god Morrissey has always been a bit cagey about defining his sexuality, but details of his romantic relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters have been excised from the American version of his new memoir, Autobiography.

According to WENN, Walters is all but blotted out from Autobiography, including a photo of him as a boy and a story about a wild night out with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.

It’s not clear why the gay details have been cut: Perhaps some bad blood between the Mozzer and Walters? Or maybe publishers fear the “revelations” won’t go down well with Morrissey’s significant Latino fanbase. Then again, anyone who thinks Morrissey being “humansexual” is a revelation needs to get out more .

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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