Milk Forever Stamp Ceremony Announced, and more...
The United States Postal Service has announced the official first-day-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp is May 22 at the White House. Milk, known as the Mayor of Castro Street, was a visionary leader who became the first openly gay elected official when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. “Harvey Milk was an extraordinary activist whose courage, tenacity and legacy is alive today in everything we do to advance real freedom and justice for all LGBT people and their families,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Huckabee: ‘I’m not homophobic’
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and one-time Presidential candidate, told an audience in Iowa recently, “I’m not homophobic.” Huckabee ran for the Republican Party’s nomination during the 2008 election cycle and his appearance at last week’s Faith & Freedom Coalition stoked rumors he is considering another bid for the White House. A Southern Baptist pastor, Huckabee, 58, appears to be softening his tone with gays. “I’m not a hater,” he said. “I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives.” Huckabee went on to tell the Iowa crowd that he is “on the right of the Bible.”
College Basketball Player Comes Out
Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, revealed recently that he is gay. In an interview with ESPN, Gordon said the reason for coming public with his sexuality was, “I just didn’t want to hide, anymore. I didn’t want to have to lie or sneak.” Gordon, a 6-foot-3 guard for the Minutemen, averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as his team advanced into the NCAA Tournment during the 2013-14 season. He transferred to UMass from Western Kentucky and played his prep ball for St. Patrick High School in Plainfield, N.J.
GMCSF Gets Grant
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida received a $60,000 grant from the John C. Graves Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward for an initiative called “Preserving the Legacy: John C. Graves Maestro’s Chair.” Graves was a local philanthropist, committed to several projects in Broward County. His posthumous generosity will undoubtedly aid the cultural efforts of GMCSF, a 159-member group with singers from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. The chorus’ next production, “Believe: Wishes Do Come True” is scheduled for June 20-21 at Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.gmcsf.org