The Most Popular Gay Stories of the Week
J-Lo to Make Cameo in Lesbian TV Series
After her lesbian television drama “The Fosters” was given the green light, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez said she’ll make a guest appearance on the show once it starts airing.
The show will focus on a biracial lesbian couple who raise biological and adoptive children together. It is set to premiere on ABC Family on June 3.
Jake Austin, best known for his role on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, will play the foster son of two lesbian moms in the series. He told E! Online that Lopez wants to make a cameo appearance.
“She was maybe thinking about doing a cameo in the pilot … but there was some apprehension in deciding how early they wanted to feature someone like her into the show,” he said. “So she’ll definitely come on…but at this point we just don’t know when.”
Lopez has said in the past she’s pro-gay: “When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love,” she told The Advocate in 2010.
Bipartisan Group Reintroduces ENDA
A bipartisan group has reintroduced a bill that would protect LGBT people from being fired by most public or private employers.
According to Think Progress, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was filed in today (April 25). If passed, it would provide nationwide workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) are spearheading the effort. ENDA has been reintroduced in Congress every year since 1994, however, activists believe that the momentum behind the gay rights movement could prompt legislators to finally pass it.
A survey by the Center for American Progress indicates that 73 percent of voters support ENDA, including Republicans and conservatives.
Under the bill, religious organization would be exempted from these LGBT workplace protections.
“This commonsense bill levels the playing field for LGBT workers by finally affording them the same workplace rights and safeguards afforded to other protected classes on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and disability, among others,” writes Think Progress policy analyst Crosby Burns.
Trans Man Becomes Chile’s First To Give Birth
A Chilean transgender man is making headline as it is believe to be the first man to give birth in the South American country.
Only identified as “Matias,” the person is legally a man, but he was somehow able to keep his female reproductive organs, according to The Santiago Times.
The times calls it “the first recorded male pregnancy in Chile’s history.” Matias talked about how her life has changed after the pregnancy.
“We know that our case is a milestone, a precedent,” he’s quoted by Gay Star News as saying. “Along the way we discovered loop holes and such, but the entire thing has been so normal. Our life hasn’t changed in absolutely any respect.”
The first transgender man to give birth in the U.S. was Thomas Beatie, who became known as “The Pregnant Man” in 2008.
Since then, Beatie, has given birth to three children. He recently announced plans to appeal his divorce after his marriage was declared invalid by an Arizona court.
Wilton Manors Recognizes International Family Equality Day
The City of Wilton Manors became even more gay-friendly. Officials gave a proclamation to start recognizing International Family Equality Day on Tuesday, April 23.
The celebration takes place around the globe on May 5.
Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Julie Carson, whose brother has adopted two sons along with his partner, recognizes that the city of Wilton Manors is home to many types of diverse families.
“I believe we are an emblem of diversity, not just here in Florida but nationwide,” Carson told SFGN. “In my own family diversity is a very important element.”
Carson said one of the inspirations for requesting the proclamation is the work she has seen through the local organization, South Florida Family Pride. SFFP is a volunteer run organization aimed at providing support, advocacy and fun for the LGBT families in South Florida.
“The work that [South Florida Family Pride] does is something special,” Carson said. “I wanted to make sure a local group was recognized for the work they do with LGBT families.”
With family and marriage equality issues at the forefront of the political debate in Washington, Carson said recognition like this was needed.
Said Carson: “With the importance of marriage equality and what is means to our community, it’s to validate every family.”
Nebraska Lesbian Who Faked Hate Crime Sentenced
Charlie Rogers, a lesbian who was found guilty after she pleaded no contest to claims that she faked a hate crime, was sentenced to a week in jail, according to the Huffington Post.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that the former University of Nebraska basketball star will also serve two years on probation and be required to undergo a psychological evaluation and complete 250 hours of community hours for lying to investigators in July 2012.
The judge in the case, Gale Pokorny, called Rogers’ claims an “incredible and outrageous lie” and a “disservice” to the LGBT community, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Rogers had claimed that in July of last year she was attacked in her home by three men whom she said bound her with zip ties, carved homophobic slurs into her skin, and lit a fire in her living room.
Trans Teen Told He Has to Run for Prom Queen
A high school student in Pennsylvania has been receiving an outpouring of support from the online equal rights community after he was denied a bid to be his school’s prom king.
Issak Wolfe, a senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School in York County, Pennsylvania, told The York Dispatch that his transition from female-to-male had been relatively positive up until this incident.
Wolfe alleges school principal Mark Shue put his name under prom queen instead of prom king.
Wolfe told the York Daily Record that the incident has left him “humiliated” since he had already passed out fliers and huNg posters promoting himself for prom king.
“If I would have known they would’ve done that, I probably would have opted out,” Wolfe told the York Daily Record. “What bothers me the most is they never told me.”
The Southern York County School District’s policy manual states that “The district shall provide to all students, without discrimination, course offerings, counseling, assistance, employment, athletics and extracurricular activities.”
The policy also says that all students should have access to “review of programs, activities and practices to ensure that all students have equal access and are not segregated except when permissible by law or regulation.”
Phone calls left with the School District were not returned at press time.
Singaporean Gay Couple Raise Funds to Challenge Ban Gay Sex
A gay couple in Singapore has raised over $80,000 in their quest to challenge their country’s ban on gay sex. The original goal was $50,000 but that goal was surpassed just 18 hours after launching their campaign on indiegogo.com.
In April of this year, Gary and Kenneth were disappointed when the Singapore High court ruled against them and upheld Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code which criminalizes sex between two men. They are raising money to challenge the ban.
Man Uses Two Gay Dating Apps to Rape, Rob Community in Two Cities
A man from Kent, Washington has been charged with seven felony counts stemming from a week-long crime spree in Seattle where police say he contacted men on the gay social app Growlr before raping them at gunpoint and robbing them, according to Advocate.
Seattle police described the attacks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer saying the accused, 32-year-old convicted felon Leverne Lee Maxwell, would meet up with the men at their homes after talking on the social app. After asking for water, Maxwell would brandish the gun threatening to kill the victims if they did not cooperate.
Maxwell insists he is innocent, saying the sex was consensual. Investigators said they found fingerprints on an unused condom linking Maxwell to the alleged crimes. He was also identified by “several victims.”
He remains in jail on $750,000 bail awaiting his May 6 court appearance.
The man is also accused of the same crimes in Kent using the gay mobile app Scruff.
Cher: ‘Just Finished My CD’
In an announcement on her Twitter page, Cher told her 1.4 million followers that her first album since 2001 is ready for their ears.
“I just finished my CD,” the gay icon wrote on Twitter.
The Huffington Post reports the new album will hit stores in September and includes collaborations with Pink, Lady Gaga, Jake Shears and Christina Aguilera.
The album was first slated to be released in March of this year. Perez Hilton reports that a source inside Warner Bros. Records says the reason for the delay was due to “enormous promotions in the works.” The source would go on to say the record would be the “best record of her entire career.”
With a new album, a new tour may be in the works for the 66-year-old diva. Cher last performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 2011. Before that, her farewell tour lasted from 2002-2005.