Today In Gay: Euro-Gays Afraid To Hold Hands, GLAAD President Resigns, More

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  • Herndon Graddick (above) has resigned as the executive director of GLAAD after 13 months on the job. “I’m proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff,” he said in a statement.
  • According to the new European Union survey, two-thirds of gays and lesbians are afraid to hold hands with their partner in public. Nearly half felt “harassed or personally discriminated against.”
  •  A trans male student at Saint Pius High School in Albuquerque is being told he must wear a female graduation gown.
  • The Baltimore Sun has launched a new LGBT-specific blog, Gay Matters.
  • One Million Moms claims its perseverance got The New Normal cancelled. Not, y’know, bad ratings and weak jokes.
  • Activists and allies around the world are celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), but demonstrators in Georgia were attacked by thousands of anti-gay thugs. In Kenya, police shut down an IDAHO rally.
  • The Portuguese Parliament narrowly approved a bill today that allows married gay couples to adopt their partner’s biological or adopted children.
  • Despite appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, last night’s American Idol finale was an all-time low, ratings-wise, for the show.
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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