Like all great divas, Jennifer Hudson got her start in gay nightclubs: “I used to go out to the gay clubs when I was a kid. We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager,” The singer-actress tells V magazine. “I’d have these amazing drag queens style me up and down, honey. They would be up there lip-synching and then I’d get up and sing for real — some Whitney Houston or some old-school Shirley Murdock — and I would make all the money. That was, like, my training.”
Hmm, we wonder if the audience thought Hudson was just a fishy queen?
Inspired by a federal judge’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state gay marriages, former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent came out as a lesbian on her blog.
“I am queer,” wrote Trent, 27. “I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share, and after all of that I have finally realized: ‘There ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.’”
Trent, who was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2010 and placed in the Top 15 of the 2011 Miss America Pageant, says unlike other aspects of her life, it was easy to keep her sexuality private .
It should be seemingly easy for one to look at me and see that I am woman, just as it is also pretty obvious that I am black. But sometimes, I forget to put the “QUEER” stamp on my forehead on my way out the door in the mornings…
For a while, I struggled with the decision of whether or not it was necessary to “come out”. Over the past few years, we have seen many celebrities and public figures open up and take this step. And as a result of their actions, we have seen a surge of urgency, awareness and change, as well as a greater sense of community, and individuals building up the courage to share their personal journeys and coming out stories. Coming out is a very personal process; and I have found that once you decide to to come out to the public, it is a never-ending process.
With Illinois enacting its marriage equality law on June 1, Loyola University Chicago has decided to ban almost all weddings on campus rather than allow gay couples to tie the knot.
A policy adopted by the religiously affiliated school in December permits only Catholic weddings between a man and a woman with ties to the school—and only at the Madonna della Strada Chapel.
Any other kind of marital ceremony, religious or otherwise, is banned from any campus facilities, including the popular Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills.
“Our policy reflects our desire to reserve and use our facilities and campuses for rituals and ceremonies that are congruent with our obligations and values as a Jesuit, Catholic institution,” said Loyola spokesman Maeve Kiley. “That is why we are limiting weddings to Catholic ceremonies in our Catholic chapel.”
Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura has been an ally to the LGBT community since he serves as the governor of Minnesota (and probably before).
On the latest installment of his web series “Off The Grid,” “The Body” puts states that ban marriage equality in a headlock and says that depriving people of equal rights because they’re a member of a certain group “is un-American.”
Ventura, an avowed atheist, calls the struggle for LGBT rights “the civil rights movement of today.”