The Most Popular Gay Stories of the Week
Lindsay Lohan Glitter-Bombed, Jailed Again
It’s not a good time to be Lindsay Lohan. The “Freaky Friday” actress was sentenced to 90 days in rehab, 30 days of community service and 18 months of psychotherapy after pleading guilty to reckless driving charges.
On March 18, Lohan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges — one count each — of reckless driving, providing false information to a police officer, and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The incident took place last summer in Malibu, when Lohan was involved in a car accident during the filming of the television movie “Liz & Dick.”
Lohan was “glitter-bombed” on her way to court, a form of protest frequently reserved for those who oppose gay marriage. However, the actress stance on the issue has not been confirmed.
In 2008, the troubled actress reportedly said she wanted to marry her then-girlfriend, DJ Samantha Ronson.
Lohan has denied being a lesbian. Asked about whether she’s bisexual she told Harper’s Bazaar: “Maybe. Yeah,” adding “I don’t want to classify myself.”
Santa Fe Mayor: Gay Marriage Legal in NM
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and several city officials held a press conference announcing that gay couples should be allowed to marry in New Mexico because the state’s marriage law is gender-neutral
City Attorney Geno Zamora is one of the officials backing Coss’ proposed bill to start handing out marriage licenses to gay couples.
“New Mexico already recognizes valid marriages performed in other states between same-sex couples; it would violate our state’s constitution to deny equal rights in our own families,” Zamora said in a statement
For her part, City Council member Patti Bushee, who is openly gay, said getting the bill approved won’t be easy, and expects the issue to reach the state Supreme Court.
“It is disheartening to me to be creating laws for my community for 19 years and not be treated equally in the eyes of New Mexico law,” Bushee said. “We are the last group allowed to be legally discriminated against. This is a civil rights issue–it’s time for Santa Fe to lead the way.”
South Korea Rules Trans Can Amend Official IDs
A court in Seoul has set a new precedent for LGBT rights in the Asian country, ruling that transgender South Koreans can reaffirm their gender on official documents without having to undergo sex-change surgery.
The ruling came after five transgender people filed the case in a district court. A transgender man included in the lawsuit argued there are medical problem that can arise from removing sex organs, the Korea Times reported.
According to the Gay Star News, transgender women experience some visibility in South Korea, with its most prominent activists being popstar Harisu and Choi Han-bit, the first transgender model to be featured on a Korean television show last year.
However, a television talk show that planned to discuss trans issues was pulled off the air after the first episode following protests by conservatives.
In Florida, changing a legal name does not require gender reassignment surgery. However, changing the gender mark on government documents does require a letter from a physician stating that the person is undergoing a transition.
Former Lesbian Singer Michelle Shocked Goes Anti-Gay, Petition Starts to Cancel Concerts
After coming out in 1990, singer Michelle Shocked lived up to her namesake by going on an anti-gay tirade at a recent concert in San Francisco.
Shocked’s first set went on without an incident, but while onstage for her second set Shocked said she lives in fear that the world would be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry, according to tweets from concert goers. The San Francisco venue shut the show down.
“You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags’,” Shocked said before fans stormed out of Yoshi’s club.
And tweet they did.
Christine Penfield wrote on Twitter that, “[It] seemed clear that she designed the show to deliver this message.”
Shocked responded to the criticism with a simple tweet: “Truth is leading to painful confrontation.”
John Becker from Burlington, Vermont has started a petition an online petition asking venues worldwide to cancel her upcoming appearances. The petition has over 2,000 signatures.
According to Becker, a venue in Illinois has already cancelled an upcoming Shocked concert in light of her anti-gay rant.
“Freedom of speech and artistic expression are critically important, but this isn’t free speech,” Becker wrote in his petition letter. “This is hate speech.”
Georgia Senator: I Won’t Support Gay Marriage Because I’m Not Gay
Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is on a long list of GOP members who are still against marriage equality. Chambliss decided to be more vocal that his counterparts and reaffirmed his beliefs when asked if he would change his stance on same-sex marriage.
“I’m not gay,” Chambliss told Politico. “So I’m not going to marry one”
Opposition is still strong despite what Politico calls a dramatic swing in public opinion toward supporting gay marriage. An ABC/Washington Post poll found that only 36 percent of Americans oppose gay marriage, down from 55 percent in 2003.
The poll comes at the same time that Ohio Senator Rob Portman became the first Republican to reverse his stance on the issue. Portman’s son, Will, came out to him and his wife, prompting the conservative’s change.
“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote in The Columbus Dispatch.
Still, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sides with Chambliss.
“I believe in traditional marriage — between a man and a woman, without animosity,” Grahm told Politico. “I don’t mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I’ve stayed with the concept of traditional marriage.”
British Man Pleads Guilty to Burning Gay Teen Alive
A British man has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter for burning to death an 18-year-old gay teen.
Steven Simpson, who was gay and suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, died after receiving burns to over 60 percent of his body.
While at his 18th birthday party, Simpson became drunk and had homophobic insults scrawled on his arm and stomach, told to strip to his boxers and encouraged to dance around.
The BBC reports Simpson was then covered in tanning oil and Jordan Sheard, a 20-year-old at the party, held a cigarette lighter to the teen’s groin. The flammable liquid quickly caught on fire. Instead of helping Simpson, Sheard ran away. The flames were put out by a neighbor and Simpson was taken to the hospital where he would later pass away from his injuries.
The prosecutor in the case, Sarah Wright, said that what was described as “good natured fun” at the expense of a mentally vulnerable person was actually “cruel behavior” toward someone who was an easy target. Simpson had just started college and thought his party would make him new friends.
Sheard’s lawyer Andrew Smith said his client’s actions were a “criminally stupid prank that went wrong in a bad way.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton said Simpson was described by all who know him as a “very caring and likeable young man, whose family will miss him greatly.”
“His generous spirit was taken advantage of and a single thoughtless act resulted in his death,” Middleton said.
Gay Jacksonville Jags Fan to Team: ‘Stop the Kiss Cam’
Dave Uible, a gay man that owns season tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has written a letter to team owner Shahid Khan asking him to put an end to the team’s use of a “kiss cam” during games that often pokes fun at gay people by showing two players from the opposing team on screen.
OutSport’s Jim Buzinski wrote that his website has long decried the use of a “kiss cam” at sporting events that try bait male fans into kissing. Uible told OutSports he feels the cam is unnecessary and hopes Khan will put an end to it.
“In the grand scheme of things, this bit hasn’t bothered me enormously,” Uible told OutSports. “I’m hoping Mr. Khan will just end it since he is new on the scene and seems like a stand-up guy. The Kiss Cam on its own is perfectly fine, but why insult people at all at the games?”
Buzinski agrees with Uible, calling the routine “lame.”
“[The Jacksonville Jaguars] need all the season-ticket holders that they can get, so here’s hoping Shad takes Uible’s letter seriously.”
Colombian Model Says Eating Chicken with Hormones Turns Boys Gay
Colombian top model Natalia Paris is trying to prove she’s not just a pretty face. Paris has theorized that eating chickens injected with hormones causes young boys to turn gay.
Television station CaracolTV reportedly filmed the model making her controversial statement as she greeted fans outside a store in Bogota, the country’s capital city. In the clip, Paris starts out by saying girls between the ages of seven and 10 are developing faster than normal because of growth hormones used in chicken. She then goes on to say those hormones turn boys gay.
“That’s why those boys who are eating those chickens … they’re starting to turn into homosexuals,” she said according to the Huffington Post.
Paris, a notorious animal rights activist, has taken heat from Facebook fans and the National Federation for Colombian Poultry Farmers who called Paris’ claims “urban myths.”
“When you hear this kind of a statement from a public figure like Natalia Paris, we must express our total outrage,” FENAVI president Andres Fernando Moncada said.
Paris isn’t the only person who has accused chicken of turning people gay. Bolivian president Evo Morales claimed that eating chicken with hormones could lead to homosexuality and baldness, according to the Guardian.