Philly Man Murdered After Grindr Tryst, Fred Phelps’ Grandson Flees Westboro Baptist Church: Today In Gay

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Johnny Weir has apparently mended things with husband Victor Voronov: “My husband and I have happily reconciled,” Weir tweeted Tuesday. “Please respect our privacy and integrity at this time.”

Because nothing says “privacy” like tweeting your relationship drama, right?

The couple have had a very messy couple of months: First Voronov accused Weir of biting him, but both men appeared before a judge asking charges to be dropped. Then Weir signed divorce papers in February, which Voronov claims he was blindsided by.  Then came allegations of more abuse, a Faberge egg custody battle, and even a destroyed Birkin bag.

In April there were rumors of a reconciliation—with the provision Victor made sure his “meddling mother” stayed out of their affairs. But just last week Voronov told Inside Edition “what he’s done to me is unforgivable. Morally reprehensible. It is the most conniving behavior I’ve ever seen anybody do. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that I love him.”

Together, not together—just pick a relationship status and stick with it, guys!


Watch What Happens Live - Season 8We told you how video surfaced of reality star Porsha Williams telling a church congregation that gays needed to be saved (along with hookers and drug dealers). Now the Real Housewives of Atlanta peach has posted a video apologizing for her preachy past with the High Praise Christian Center Ministries:

I woke up this morning disturbed and I felt that my heart was heavy and it was imperative for me to address the issue at hand. First let me say that God loves all his children and—although [some] discriminate against other because of their race, their religion, their sexual orientation, their status in life—that we’re all worthy of God’s love.

The sermon that was shown was shown not in its entirety therefore the message was omitted. I apologize that those words hurt the LGBT community, my fans and my supporters. Life is a journey and I’m growing every day. And I continue to encourage everyone to love each other unconditionally.

Williams’ Housewives co-star Cynthia Bailey threw shade on her homophobic remarks: “To put gays and lesbians in the same category as drug dealers, hookers, and people who attempt suicide is ignorant and insensitive,” said Bailey.


Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 5.56.32 PMAnother member of the Phelps clan has defected from the hateful Westboro Baptist Church:  Zach Phelps-Roger, the 23-year-old grandson of late WBC leader Fred Phelps, fled the group’s Kansas compound in February and has been adapting to life in the real world—which includes meeting (shock!) real-life gay people.

“After I left the church I met some homosexual men who were very kind to me and I was taken aback,” Phelps-Roger told the Topeka Capital-Journal.  “I met this guy at Olive Garden one night with my sister and he offered to pay for my entire dinner and I was so taken aback… I was like, ’I don’t know what to say,’ so I said, ’No, no, let me do that, I’ll just pay for that, I’ve got it.'”

Phelps-Rogers said they ran into each other again the next night, when the unnamed man bought him a drink: “He just came up to me and just kindly got me one of these fruity kind of drinks that I like and he just said ’Here you go man,’ and just walked off – he didn’t even expect a thank you.”

He might have, however, expected a second date.


Dino DizdarevićA Philadelphia man murdered last week is believed to be the victim of a predator he met on Grindr.  The body of Dino Dizdarević, 25, was discovered in an alley in Chester, Pennsylvania, with what Delaware County District Attorney’s Office described as “multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.”

Dizdarević had told his boyfriend, Nick McBee—with whom he was in an open relationship—that he was going to Chester to meet someone he had met on the app. But he never came home.  “He was a responsible person. He always called to let me know where he was,” said McBee. “I knew something was wrong.”

Police haven’t released details of their investigation but G Philly reports the slaying is not currently being treated as a hate crime.

A memorial fund has been started in Dizdarević’s name.

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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