News bites from around the LGBT community...
Blogger Trashes Fashion Designers
Is Perez Hilton becoming a political commentator? The gay blogger, who built a reputation with scandalous postings, appeared on the MSNBC morning program, “Daily Rundown,” last week to chime in on the on-going legislative efforts in Indiana. “The conversation has changed,” said Hilton. “Marriage equality is inevitable across the country so they are trying to find new ways to hate.” Hilton included fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana among those haters, saying the gay Italians have “very small minded and archaic views.” Hilton, 37, is no stranger to controversy and widely believed to have forced celebrities Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris out of the closet.
'Cabaret ‘ Actor Prefers Bisexual Label
Award-winning stage and screen actor Alan Cumming recently stated he prefers to identify as a bisexual. In an interview with The Advocate Magazine, Cumming, who is married to a man, stated, “I see a worrying trend among LGBT people, that if you identify yourself in just one way, then you close yourself off to other experiences. My sexuality has never been black and white; it’s always been gray. I’m with a man, but I haven’t closed myself off to the fact that I’m still sexually attracted to women.” The 50-year-old Scotsman presents a solo show, April 11, at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
Manning Tweeting From Military Prison
Convicted U.S. Army solider Chelsea Manning has opened a Twitter account (@xychelsea) and is dictating her tweets from a landline phone inside Fort Leavonworth military prison. Manning, 27, was found guilty in July of 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act. She is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence and is eligible for parole in seven years. Manning is transitioning to female. As Bradley Manning, the army intelligence officer leaked thousands of classified documents and videos to the international journalism organization, Wikileaks. Manning was assigned to an Army intelligence unit in Iraq during 2009, which gave him access to highly classified databases.