The nation’s first sports hall of fame specifically honoring LGBT athletes is being unveiled today, with inductees including vanguards like Martina Navratilova, Renee Richards and Billie Jean King, more recent additions like basketball player Jason Collins and boxer Orlando Cruz, and allies like rugby star Ben Cohen.
Many of the honorees are flying in to celebrate the occasion, which will also include a special Out at Wrigley night at Wrigley Field—the largest Gay Day at any MLB stadium. Meanwhile founders are still searching for a permanent home for the hall.
Though they’ve stalled on numerous Obama appointees, the Senate finally confirmed yesterday four openly gay men as U.S ambassadors around the globe: Daniel Baer to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Rufus Gifford as Ambassador to Denmark, James Costos as Ambassador to Spain and John Berry as the Ambassador to Australia. Before this position Berry was Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and the highest-ranking gay person in the Obama Administration. Well done, lads!
Harvey Fierstein told HuffPo’s Michelangelo Signorile he’s not done attacking the haters: “It seemed to me a really good time for us as a community to say, ‘You know what boys? Time to stop fucking with us.. It’s time for them to stop to making money. Time for churches to stop raising money by demonizing us. Time for politicians to stop making money by demonizing us. It’s time to make the gay community too dangerous to do that too. Russia happens to be a great place to do it because Putin — I call him ‘Rat Putin’ — is such a villain. I think there’s an entire movement here and an opportunity to say the gay community is no longer available to be your scapegoat.”
He’s got a point: While our boycotts of Florida Oranges and Chick-fil-a didn’t shut those companies down, they brought massive media attention to the issues and left a permanent stain on their reputations.
We sometimes forget that there are religious groups that have our back: Father Bower, an Anglican minister in Gosford, Australia, shot back at anti-gay bible-thumpers with a billboard outside his church that read “Dear Christians, Some people are gay. Get over it. Love, God.” Loving it!