The Most Talked About Gay Stories of the Week
Olympic Gymnast Reveals He’s HIV Positive
Gay Australian Olympian Ji Wallace has revealed his HIV status in a letter to the Star Observer. According to a letter, Wallace, who won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and is currently in London viewing the events, said he was inspired by U.S. diver Greg Luganis. “I caught a CNN Piers Morgan interview with Greg Louganis here in London. It made me think and think and I couldn’t sleep, so I wrote.” Louganis won four gold and a silver medal at the Olympics in 1976 and 1988, before coming out as both gay and HIV-positive in a 1995 autobiography. “I felt inspired to write. I too am an Olympic medal winner living with HIV,” Wallace said. Wallace said he chose this time to come out to raise awareness about the issue.
Mika: ‘If You Ask Me Am I Gay, I Say Yeah’
British pop singer Mika has confirmed long-time rumors about his sexual orientation. In an interview with Instinct magazine Mika said he’s gay and always has been: “If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah,” the Lebanese-born star, 28, told the magazine. “Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.” But that wasn’t exactly what Mika had said before when asked about his sexuality. “I’ve never ever labeled myself,” he is quoted by Pink News as having told the publication. “But having said that, I’ve never limited my life. I’ve never limited who I sleep with. …Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.”
Donate a Chicken Sandwich to Support Gay Marriage
A group of LGBT activists and web designers was inspired by Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay donations and decided to put a hate-free, calorie-free spin on the concept. Hence BurgerRiot.com, a new website that lets users choose from a “Donations Menu.” For example, pick Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken sandwich for $6.99, then upgrade your order with some “Riot Fries” and an ice cream. Total calorie count? Zero. The orders are just symbolic. All the money will be donated to support LGBT organizations and equal rights. “We are raising money to support marriage equality by asking people to donate the cost of a burger (or chicken sandwich) from the online (fictitious) restaurant BurgerRiot,” says Wes Ashell, one of the founders of the initiative. “While they’re eating chicken, we’re making a difference!” A friend chicken sandwich that’s actually good for you.
‘Underground Railroad’ Kidnapping To Save Children
It is pretty common for American Family Association’s mouthpiece Bryan Fisher to get LGBT activists riled up with his inflammatory anti-gay comments, and this is not the exception. Fisher tweeted calling for an “Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.” That tweet also linked to an essay written by Robert Oscar Lopez, who claims that “children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them — I know, because I have been there.” Fisher then reiterated what his tweets on his radio show, “Focal Point.” Could be one of the dumbest things ever said about LGBT people?
National Marriage Equality Day to Counter Chick-fil-A Day
It is estimated that Chick-fil-A raked in more profits than any other day in its history on Wednesday, Aug. 1 during “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” an event spearheaded by conservative politician Mike Huckabee to show support for the company and its head, Dan Cathy. On. Aug. 7, LGBT activists attempted to counter the record sales—many of those profits could be donated to anti-gay groups as it has been the company’s nature in the past—by buying products from pro-gay companies and donating to gay non-profits on what was called “National Marriage Equality Day.” Over 34,000 people confirmed their participation on the event’s Facebook page that day. It’s unclear whether Starbucks sells, the most popular gay-friendly company people showed up to that day, came anywhere close to setting a record.
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