UK footballers are being encouraged to stand up for gay rights by donning rainbow shoelaces provided by the British LGBT rights group Stonewall. “It’s time for football clubs and players to step up and make a visible stand against homophobia in our national game,” Said Stonewall deputy CEO Laura Doughty. “By wearing rainbow laces, players will send a message of support to gay players and can begin to drag football into the 21st Century.”
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton (right) not only supports the campaign, he’s come up with his own twist, ” with his own twist: “If you have glorious, flowing locks like I do, you can use the laces as a headband!”
Speaking of football—well, American football—Super Bowl champ Steve Young and his wife, Barb, spoke this weekend at the annual Affirmation International Conference for LGBT Mormons in Salt Lake City. The former 49er, who is Mormon, said his goal was “to build bridges with my gay brothers and sisters… We need to see each other as Jesus sees us.” Barb Young, whose brother is gay, told the audience that “more and more people are opening their hearts every day… You are teaching them about [gays] and Jesus and that his love is infinite.” She urged attendees to be “patient like Jesus” as the Church evolved toward understanding and embracing the LGBT community. “One of the most beautiful things about this Church is that it can evolve,” she said. “It may not go as fast as everyone wants, but it is evolving.”
A street in New York’s Greenwich Village will be renamed after a gay police officer who was one of the first in the city to come out as gay. The local community board is expected to approve the renaming a block of Washington Place, between Grove Street and Sixth Avenue, after Sergeant Charles H. Cochrane, who came out of the closet in a City Council meeting in 1981 when he testified in support of a gay rights bill and inspired the formation of Gay Officers Action League.
The original statement, more of a goodwill gesture than anything binding, called out discrimination against “people of different age, sex, physical capacity, religion, race and social status.” The new wording says the Sochi Games will “promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.”
According to the New York Times, “That was enough for all sides to agree that the Olympic Truce was back on track.”
“I think it’s a very good outcome, and I think the Russians want to have a consensus to adopt this,” said Iakovos Iakovidis, a Greek representative to the United Nations, who was one of several officials in support of revising the statement. “I think people will be happy with this.”
You’d think wrong, Mr. Iakovidis.
Mister Cee, the Hot 97 DJ who quit after details of his encounter with a crossdressing prostitute became public, has come back to the station. After an on-air conversation with program director Ebro Darden—who told Cee “There’s nothing wrong with being who you are,”—the DJ rescinded his resignation and was back on the air by Thursday.
Call it wishful thinking: Filmmaker Myron Banks says Lady Gaga is close to signing on to star in his film, The Drag Queen of Auschwitz, about a drag queen who time travels, winds up in a Nazi concentration camp and falls in love.
“It will be a controversial film, but it deals with the tolerance of Jewish people as well as gays, lesbians, and transgendered folks. This role is perfect for Lady Gaga,” says Banks, who claims to be lining up Justin Timberlake or James Franco as the male love interest. While we could totally see Gaga and Franco doing a movie like this, we’re not gonna hold our breath until Banks’ movie is made.