Equality Act passes US House faces uncertainty in Senate

Washington, D.C. – After several hours of often contentious debate, the Equality Act passed the House of Representatives on February 25 with a 224-206 vote. Every Democrat voted for the bill, with three GOP members joining. In 2019, eight Republicans voted for the Equality Act when it came before the House. But in 2021, only Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). John Katko (R-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) voted with the Democrats. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) voted for the bill in 2019, but not in 2021. GOP Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Will Hurd (R-TX) and Greg Walden (R-OR) voted […]

Swimming in a sea of whiteness makes it hard to breathe

Charlotte. NC – It is difficult to understand what it feels like to be Black and an LGBTQ person. If you are not, however, here is my stab at it. Being Black in America, a nation that rose to its meteoric heights by stealing Black bodies from Africa and around the world for free labor, is like having the oxygen needed for strong life diminished. We definitely have other groups who were exploited, such as all immigrant and ethnic minority groups. However, no other group was stripped of their homelands, stripped of their language, stripped of their culture, stripped of […]

Two out Gay men run for Dallas City Council

Dallas, TX – Three Dallas City Council members have reached their term limit and will not be able to run for re-election., including openly gay Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents District 2, which includes part of the Gay neighborhood Oak Lawn. Dallas limits council members to four consecutive two-year terms. Each of the 14 seats on the Dallas City Council is contested, with more than 50 candidates having filed to run. In addition to Medrano, the City Council has two other gay incumbents: Omar Narvaez in District 6 and Chad West in District 1.             Six candidates have […]

Number of Americans that identify as LGBTQ is going up

New York, NY – The latest Gallup survey found that 5.6 percent of Americans identify as LGBTQ. That compares to just 3.5 percent who identified as LGBTQ in 2012 and 4.5 percent in 2017. Only 86.7 percent say they are straight and 7.6 percent didn’t answer the question.             Of those identifying as LGBTQ, more than half say they are bisexual. Almost a quarter identify as gay. Only 12 percent call themselves lesbian and 11 percent transgender. One reason for the lower number of women who identify as lesbian is that women are much more likely than men to identify […]

Rush Limbaugh’s death: one less polluting blowhard

Palm Beach, FL – Rush Limbaugh died on February 17 following a yearlong diagnosis of lung cancer. He was best known for “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which premiered on August 1, 1988, and focused heavily on politics, with a strong conservative voice. The show reeled in 27 million daily viewers and he regularly said demeaning things about women, bigoted comments on race, and homophobic diatribes.             Limbaugh said that, “feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” In 1988, he called Amy Carter “the most unattractive presidential daughter in the history of […]

President Biden supports The Equality Act

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, February 19, President Joe Biden issued a statement in support of The Equality Act, re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 18, by openly gay U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who has introduced the measure each year since 2015. Three Democratic senators — Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Cory Booker of New Jersey and, the first open lesbian elected to the Senate, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin — are expected to re-introduce The Equality Act in the Senate next week.             Biden said in his statement, “I applaud Congressman David Cicilline and the entire Congressional […]

Charlie Brydon, early Seattle LGBTQ rights leader, dies at 81

Seattle, WA – Charlie Brydon, an early LGBTQ rights leader, died February 9, 2021 at age 81 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. From the mid-1970s through the 1990s, Brydon tirelessly networked with political and community leaders in Seattle to establish the LGBTQ community as an important constituency group in the public fabric of Seattle. At key points, Brydon took leadership roles in obtaining anti-discrimination protections in Seattle, as well as defending against ballot initiatives in the late 1970s and mid-1990s that sought to repeal those protections.             Born and raised in New Jersey, Brydon’s education included military prep school and […]

Nearly a third of Gay male couples have open relationships

San Francisco, CA – A new report from the Gay Therapy Center reveals that 30 percent of gay men are in open relationships. The center surveyed 517 gay men in December on the variables of a successful relationship. Adam D. Blum, MFT, the founder and director of the Gay Therapy Center, says that research has also shown that about 50 percent of gay male couples are monogamous and about 50 percent have sex outside of the relationship, which likely comes from a 2010 survey of 556 gay male couples conducted by San Francisco State University. As a couples counselor working […]

RV camp for Gay men criticized for requiring penises

Orleans, MI – David Reddish reports for Queerty that Camp Boomerang, the new gay men-oriented camp near Orleans, Michigan, has come under fire for discrimination…and it hasn’t even opened yet. Owners of the camp declared on social media that transgender men will not be allowed on the campground. “Camp Boomerang is a private, membership-only RV park/campground that allows only ‘guys,’” said Bryan Quinn, owner of Camp Boomerang in a Facebook post, according to PrideSource. “A ‘guy,’ in terms of this discussion, is defined as a person with a penis, [who] presents himself as male and has a state-issued ID that […]

Obama to produce biopic about civil rights icon Rustin

Los Angeles, CA – David Reddish reports for Queerty that just one year after receiving a posthumous pardon for gay sex crimes, Civil Rights icon Bayard Rustin is getting his own biopic, produced by former President Barack Obama and Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Obama’s production company Higher Ground–co-owned with former First Lady Michelle Obama–will produce Rustin for Netflix films. Openly gay, African-American director George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the original Broadway production of Angels in America) will direct the film from a script by Black. No casting or release dates have been announced. […]