Rundown, Queer 411: Get Equal Protests Perry, Harvard Athletes Support Coming Out, Cheerleader Suspended for Same Sex Kiss, Gay GOP Accuses Democrat of Homophobia + Joss Stone Supports Marriage Equality

An LGBT activist’s view of entertainment and world news.

As an LGBT activist, the promotion of queer rights is #1 on my homosexual agenda. This weekly column serves as a forum for me to comment on issues and causes currently affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. My “rundown” of these topics is from the perspective of an LGBT activist; it is my goal that by keeping our community informed, we can all help contribute to the battle for equality.
Gays Protest Perry
Get Equal activists in Texas are staging protests in nine cities against the anti-marriage equality stance of governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry. The protests will take place today in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, Huntsville, Odessa, and San Antonio. The marches and rallies will call for marriage equality in the state — some same-sex couples are also planning commitment ceremonies at the events. ”Unfortunately, the doors to the house of justice have been slammed in our faces, and 1,138 federal rights provided by marriage are denied to our families due to state and federal regulations like the Defense of Marriage Act. Today, we are protesting that state and federal inequality and drawing attention to the need for pro-family laws that will provide safety and protection for ALL Texas families, including the over 17,000 children being raised by same-sex couples in Texas,” said Jay Morris, co-lead organizer for Get EQUAL Texas.

Harvard Athletes Support Equality
Out of respect and to honor National Coming Out Day Tuesday, Harvard varsity wrestling team members swapped their usual uniforms for gay pride tees and rainbow pins.  The wrestlers were first to introduced to the idea of sporting pro-LGBTQ attire before an afternoon practice by nonresident and friend Robert Joseph “R.J.” Jenkins. After Jenkins, who is gay, brought up the idea one day in conversation with several athletes, the team members decided to show their support as allies of LGBT people. “Sometimes it’s difficult to be very vocal as an ally,” said Harvard College Queer Students and Allies co-president Emma Wang. “We want them to feel included because they play such an important role.”

Gay Cheerleader Suspended
A gay male high school student from Alice, TX says he was removed from the cheerleading squad and suspended from school for kissing a male student on campus. The young man, who has not been identified, says the kiss was captured by a surveillance camera, which leads him to believe that school officials were targeting him because of his sexual orientation. While the school’s superintendent declined to comment on the incident, the student’s parents say if their son isn’t reinstated to the cheerleading squad, they will take further action.

Gay GOP Accuses Democrats of Homophobia
A gay Republican campaigning for state Senate in Virginia is accusing his Democratic incumbent opponent of engaging in gay-baiting tactics. On the recording, the intoxicated Democratic volunteer can be heard saying, “Why would you want to vote for someone who’s a homosexual and is going to push his agenda in your schools?” Patrick Forrest, an openly gay candidate who is behind in the polls, said he’s heard through the grapevine that Democratic volunteers for State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) have been reaching out to conservative voters in her district to inform them of his sexual orientation in an effort to dissuade them from supporting him. Nick Kowalski, Howell’s campaign manager, said Imarti is a Democratic volunteer for a county-coordinated campaign and doesn’t speak for Howell or her campaign. At the same time, GOP candidate Patrick Forrest refuses to discuss the “Occupy Movement” and any issues around business taxes.

Joss Stone Supports Marriage Equality
UK Pop sensation Joss Stone says she’s “snogged girls” before, and thinks duet partner Ricky Martin is a great father, in a revealing new interview with PrideSource. Stone performed with Martin on his single “The Best Thing About Me Is You” and describes him as physically gorgeous and a sweet person. “Ricky welcomed me into his home,” she recalls. “And what a great dad! Those two kids, he loves them — and I love to see that. He’ll drop everything for his kids. It says a lot about him.” Stone, who has performed at GLAAD and Pride events, affirmed that LGBT issues are important to her. “It’s always been something that’s been close to my heart because a lot of my best mates are gay. It’s important that everybody gets treated the same,” said Stone. “I don’t like prejudice in any kind of way, whether it’s color or sexual preference. I just think it’s disgusting the way that people treat people who are a little bit different.”

That’s all folks and I hope you tune in next week!

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