Paris has been named as the official host city for the 2018 Gay Games, beating lead contenders Limerick and London. Founded in 1982 as the Gay Olympics, the games have evolved into a premier sporting and cultural event. The 2014 Gay Games take place in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, next August.
Guido Barilla, the embattled president of Barilla Pasta, met with a delegation of Italian LGBT activists yesterday morning in Bologna. According to Gay Star News, Barilla one again apologized for his statement that he’d never use gay families in his ads, and promised to enact “some pro-gay policies in the future.”
“We spoke about the company’s policies and about the impact on the LGBT community worldwide,” Franco Grillini of Arcigay told GSN. “Mr. Barilla apologized once again and told us they are really worried for the boycotting in North America. The news had a big impact in the United States and they went to the U.S. last week to reinforce their presence in that country.”
Grillini says he intends to meet with Barilla again to discuss specifics about new ads and initiatives:”We are very happy for what Mr Barilla has said today. But we can not say that peace has come. We are still waiting for real pro-gay policies, even though today’s really serious talks are a very good starting point.”
A gay couple was brutally attacked Saturday night in Pittsburgh, sending both men to the hospital overnight.
Ben Stoviak and his boyfriend, Aaron, were set upon by a group of men outside Remedy Bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday night after being taunted by a group of men. “After yelling, from across the street, “Faggot!” at us, I replied, “yes, we’re faggots!” Stoviak posted on Facebook “Immediately after, the group of men ran across the street and began hitting, kicking, and stomping me. The mark on my right cheek is a bootprint. Aaron threw himself on top of me to discourage them from continuing the assault, but they began kicking him in the head, as well.”
A witness wrote down the assailants’ license plate number and stayed to talk with the police, who have arrested three suspects. Stoviak and his partner were taken to the ER and given MRIs, CT scans and x-rays to make sure there was no internal bleeding.
“I don’t ask you to cheer on my romantic and sexual lives. I do, however, expect people not to act violently against one another because they do not share tastes and preferences,” says Stoviak.
Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, has endorsed a ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage in Oregon, where the major outdoor retailer in based.
“It doesn’t make any sense to exclude people from the constitutional rights they should have,” Boyle told the Willamette Weekly. “Frankly, this should have happened a long time ago.”
Speaking of gay marriage: Liz Cheney probably got crossed off her sister Mary’s Christmas list when she came out against same-sex nuptials in August. But she’s been slammed by a conservative group in Wyoming, where she’s running for senator, for not being anti-marriage-equality enough.
A television ad airing in the state aligns the former Vice President’s daughter with MSNBC, “the go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington’s liberal elites.” A male announcer declares, “In Wyoming, Cheney campaigns as a conservative,. In Washington, she appears on MSNBC to campaign against the marriage amendment and support government benefits for gay couples.”
Even though Liz declared she was “not pro-gay marriage” on her campaign website and insists “the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states,” the American Principles Fund paid for the ad because it doesn’t think she’s towing the conservative line.
“It’s very clear she doesn’t support a constitutional amendment” limiting marriage to one man and one woman,” a APF spokesman told the L.A Times. “There’s not one thing she would do to protect traditional marriage at the federal level.”
What do you want her to do—shut down the whole federal government? Oh, wait…
A woman has been expelled from a conservative Christian college after administrators discovered she was transgender. California Baptist University rescinded an acceptance letter to Domaine Javier after administrators learned she had appeared in a 2011 segment of MTV’s documentary series True Life, in which she discussed being a trans woman.
Because CBU is a private religious institution, it’s not beholden to California’s anti-discrimination laws.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Javier told the Riverdale Press-Enterprise . “The [administration] said, ‘On your application form you put female.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’”
Javier was expelled from CBU’s nursing program before classes even began for “committing or attempting to engage in fraud or concealing identity,” and her $3,500 scholarship was canceled. She plans on enrolling elsewhere, but having missed the deadlines for fall registration, she’s forced to delay her graduation date for at least a year. She says the expulsion “totally ruined my career path.”
Home Depot is being sued by a former manager who claims the home-improvement chain fired gay and lesbian employees to save money on heath-insurance payouts. Lex Housh, a former manager at a San Diego store, says the company pushed out older, gay employees “because of its perception that it would pay more medical benefits associated with HIV and AIDS viruses.”
He also maintains he was subjected to sexual harassment, and received sexually explicit photographs, after his managers learned he was gay. Housh is seeking $100,000 in damages from Home Depot, which is ranked one of the best companies for gay and lesbian workers by the HRC.