Bigg Boss, India’s version of Big Brother, appears to have its first gay housemate—and a possible same-sex romance brewing. A compilation of scenes from the current season shows openly gay contestant VJ Andy and wrestler Sangram Singh being very cosy, “touching each other, cuddling and talking.”
The clip ends with Andy massaging Sangram’s thighs, reports to Mid-Day.com. (It’s worth mentioning intimacy between men is more acceptable in Indian society than in the U.S.)
Members of India’s gay community have complained—not at the content, but about the laughter it’s prompted from Bigg Boss host Salam Khan.
Bigg Boss is not fiction, and shows what really happens — or at least, that is the claim. Hence it is for the first time that a gay relationship is being portrayed on a non-fiction TV show.
Salman Khan introduces the proceedings rather heavy-handedly, holding two playing cards in either hand — one the king and the other, the queen.
He sings the popular Hindi song “Raja ko rani se pyar ho gaya” [“The king fell in love with the queen”] and replaces the queen with another king, changing the lyrics to sing “Raja ko raja se pyar ho gaya”,[The king fell in love with the king”], this time with extra emphasis on the word gay. He also laughs, and this has not gone down well with the gay audience.
While many people liked the video, which showed the “bromance” between the housemates, many commented that Salman’s laughter and mockery was disgraceful.
Sibi M, the admin of a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Facebook page, who shared the video, said, “While the video looked cute, I wish I could the say the same about Salman’s introduction to it. His mocking and laughing was disgraceful and smacked of the homophobic jibes which we have worked so hard to stop.
Obviously none of these folks were watching Big Brother in America this season.
LGBT rights groups around the world are outraged by the International Olympic Committee’s statement that it is no longer concerned by Russia’s anti-gay laws.
“The Olympic Charter states that all segregation is completely prohibited, whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, color or other, on the Olympic territory,” said Jean-Claude Killy, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, in a statement today. After getting written assurances from Russian officials, Killy said “that will be the case [in Sochi], we are convinced.”
Killy also added that “the IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.”
But advocacy groups aren’t satisfied: “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless,” said HRC president Chad Griffin.
Olympic Principle 6 states: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
“Clearly the IOC refuses to stay true to their own charter and the ideals of the Olympic Movement. It is a shame and an embarrassment to athletes all over the world,” said All Out co-founder Andre Banks.
Just yesterday, activists were arrested for protesting the law outside the Moscow headquarters of the Sochi Olympics organizing committee.
Gays in Pennsylvania are trying to bring marriage equality to the Keystone State: Nearly two dozen same-sex couples filed suit Wednesday to overturn PA’s ban on gay marriage. A separate challenge to the law was filed two months ago in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
The plaintiff couples had received marriage licenses from a Montgomery County court clerk, who issued them after Democratic state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declared Pennsylvania’s marriage ban was unconstitutional and refused to defend it in court. Attorneys maintain the law, which defines marriage as the union of “one man and one woman,” violates both the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania the state constitution.
Kane, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, and state Health Secretary Michael Wolf are named as defendants in the suit.
Now that Miley Cyrus is seemingly done with Liam Hemsworth, Sir Elton John would like to take her sloppy seconds: On Ellen to promote his new album, The Diving Board, he weighed in on Miley, her VMA performance and her ex-fiancee.
Saying he didn’t care much for the whole tongue-lolling thing, Elton admitted he “would take her old boyfriend,” Hemsworth.
Wait in line, sister.