Post Office Releases Harvey Milk Stamp, Transphobic Radio Hosts Fired: Today In Gay

Plus: Governor Corbett declines to appeal court ruling marriage-equality legal in PA.

harvey milk stampHarvey Milk is having a postal stamp in his honor unveiled at the White House today, on what would have been his 84th birthday.

The first-class stamp, based on a black-and-white photo of the assassinated civil-rights leader and politician, is believed to be the first postage stamp honoring an openly gay politician.

President Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom to Milk in 2009.

“Harvey Milk is a hero to millions of people who believe in freedom and justice for LGBTQ people, and for everyone,” said Rea Carey, director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “He always liked to say, ’I’m Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you.’ Now his drive to engage more people to the movement for positive change will be immortalized in a forever stamp.”

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 2.01.06 PMPennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has decided not to appeal the recent federal court decision that ruled the state’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.

“Given the high legal threshold set forth by [U.S. District Judge John E. Jones], the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal.” Corbett explained in a statement. “Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision.”

While Corbett, a Roman Catholic, said he personally believes marriage is between one man and one woman…  “The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.”

Good enough for us. (But not, apparently, NOM)

SalvadorA California man convicted of being the ringleader in the horrific carjacking and gang rape of a lesbian has been sentenced to more than 400 years in prison.

Humberto Salvador, 36, was found guilty of rape in concert, forcible oral copulation in concert, kidnapping for sexual purposes and kidnapping for the purpose of carjacking and sentenced to 411 years to life.

The unnamed victim was targeted because she was a lesbian. “She has lost the will to live,”  her partner said in a statement. “Although she is alive, they killed her inside.”

kim-and-beck_12175Two morning DJs in Rochester, NY, have found themselves on the unemployment line after firing off a litany of anti-trans comments in yesterday’s broadcast.

Kimberly and Beck of  98.9 WBZA thought it’d be hilarious to poke fun at the news that Rochester  was now covering transgender-health related treatments for city employees. During Wednesday morning’s show, the two made comments including:

  • About the term “transgender”: “What the hell does that mean? Like you’re not a woman or a man?”
  • Declared that transgender female athletes should not be able to participate in sports in the gender in which they identify. “When he steps up to the plate, doesn’t he have two bats?”
  • “Does that mean then if women want a boob job they’ll pay for a boob job because that’s only right”
  • Declared that if someone is need of trans-related healthcare,  “you’re probably a nutjob to begin with!”
  • When a woman called in to complain they replied “thank you, sir!”

WBZA’s general manager, Sue Munn, apologized today and announced the two had been terminated:

“This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately. Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their hateful comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership.”

A bad bit of business that came to the right conclusion.

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.