President Obama issued a proclamation at the end of May stating that June is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but June has unofficially been Pride Month for the LGBT community for decades. We place it in June, and our pride parades at the end of June, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. This year will be 45 years.
The fact that our President is so markedly in support of LGBT rights is historic, but what really makes it remarkable to me is that he and his administration have been vocal lately about transgender rights. Sex reassignment surgery can now be covered on Medicare. Chuck Hagel is now “open” to reconsidering the military’s ban on transgender service members. This is all part of a very fast, sweeping change in our culture’s conversation about transgender people, marked just since the beginning of this month, for example, by Laverne Cox’s appearance on the cover of TIME and a viral video telling the story of a family raising a transgender child. Keep reading »
God, it was must be sooooo difficult being on the WRONG side of history. I almost — almost, but not at all, really — feel bad for Amy Kushnir, one of the hosts of Dallas’s morning show “The Broadcast,” who got into it with two of her fellow cohosts — including the totally rad Courtney Kerr — over the “appropriateness” of Michael Sam’s gay kiss being shown on ESPN this past weekend. Sam, as I’m sure you remember, became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL on Saturday and celebrated by — GASP — kissing his boyfriend, Vito Camissano, while cameras rolled. This has apparently been too much for some people — including Kushnir and some other homophobic ninny on “The Broadcast” — to handle. Kerr and Kushnir got into it because Kushnir pulled the usual tired old “but what about the childddddddren?” card, saying:
“When parents do not have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is wrong … I don’t call it a moment of celebration … It’s being pushed in faces. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other.”
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“Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, [husband] Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one. Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further.”
Judy Shepard is more gracious than most parents would have been following the death of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed her son Matthew’s funeral. In 1998, a 21-year-old Matthew was tortured and killed by two young men because he was gay. The Phelps family has picketed LGBTQ pride events, military funerals, high-profile funerals in general, inaugural balls, and performances of the play “The Laramie Project” (about Matthew Shepard’s death), carrying signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “Sin & Shame, Not Pride.” Phelps died this week at age 84. Judy Shepard’s response is the personification of class. [Advocate] [Photos: Getty]
Just days after his estranged son revealed he was ”on the edge of death,” Fred Phelps has died. The death of the 84-year-old founder of the Westboro Baptist Church occurred shortly before midnight, son Timothy Phelps tells WIBW. Read more on Newser…