After more than 50 years as an entertainment icon, Betty White is changing her name: On October 17 you can call the last remaining Golden Girl “Betty Purple,” in honor of Spirit Day, the annual anti-bullying campaign that sees individuals and institutions wearing purple to show of support for LGBT teens and young adults.
The owners of an Iowa wedding venue are suing for the right to only service heterosexual couples, even though the Hawkeye State legalized marriage equality in 2009.
Betty and Richard Odgaard, who operate the Gortz Haus Gallery in Des Moines, refused to book the wedding of Lee Stafford and his fiancé, Jared Ellars, insisting their religious belief that homosexuality is sinful takes precedence over state law.
Because the Odgaards believe that marriage ceremonies communicate a powerful social, religious, and legal message, they sincerely believe it would be sinful for them to personally plan, facilitate, or host a wedding ceremony that contradicts their religious beliefs.
Further, publicly associating with a wedding ceremony that violates their beliefs would send a message to others who share their beliefs, including some of their employees, that those beliefs are untrue or unworthy of devotion, and thereby cause those others to sin.
We would love to know if the Odgaards host second marriages or interfaith ceremonies, both of which would violate their deep-seated religious values. We’re gonna take a guess and say they cash those checks.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Follow the protest signs! The LGBT activist group Queer Nation is staging a demonstration outside the legendary performance venue on October 10, when acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the Russian Mariinsky Orchestra.
Gergiev is closley allied with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and was the subject of an earlier protest when he conducted the Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night performance of Eugene Onegin.
“Gergiev’s support for Putin is approval for the Russian government’s ongoing bigotry against LGBT Russians,” said Queer Nation’s Alan Klein “We protested loudly and clearly at the Met on September 23, but Gergiev’s refusal to speak out against these anti-gay laws allows hatred and violence to continue against LGBT Russians.”
A letter to Carnegie Hall director Clive Gillinson, requesting the institution condemn Russia’s attacks on its LGBT citizens has gone unanswered.
Just when you thought you saw the last of Patricia Krentcil, a.k.a. Tan Mom, she’s back—in a porn movie. Oh don’t worry, the Tang terror isn’t sexing it up, she just has a nonsexual role in Kings Of New York 2, the latest erotic epic from Michael Lucas.
Also appearing (fully-clothed) are gossip guru Michael Musto, A List alum Reichen Lehmkuhl, drag diva Latrice Royale and entertainer Candis Cayne.
There’s been much debate about how LGBT and ally athletes can show solidarity at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, given the IOC’s declaration that rainbow pins and other such “political” paraphernalia are forbidden.
Well, some industrious activists think they have a solution: Athlete Ally and All Out have teamed with the marketing group Idea Brand to appropriate the I.O.C.’s charter’s Principle 6, which denounces all forms of discrimination and declares the games are committed to equality and human rights.
The idea is that a logo referencing Principle 6 or P6 couldn’t be banned by the IOC since it’s the Olympics’ own principle. A P6 sticker or patch would be “like a Supreme Court justice tattooing the First Amendment on his or her arm,” says Athlete Ally’s Brian Ellner. “Is that political? No. It’s the Constitution.”