In yet another sad tragedy, openly gay 15-year-old Jamie Hubley of Ottawa, Canada, committed suicide after complaining about being bullied at his school. He said goodbye on his Tumblr blog writing: "It's so hard. I'm sorry, I can't take it anymore." Our thoughts are with Hubley’s family and friends during this time.
While further south in Alice, Texas a male cheerleading student is claiming he was kicked off the squad and suspended from school for kissing another guy on campus.
Speaking of Texas this weekend protests were held around the state protesting Gov. Rick Perry’s hardline stance against gay marriage. Events were held in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, Huntsville, Odessa, and San Antonio while 15 same-sex couples got ‘married’ at the state Capitol. The LGBT community though may have a long way to go before changing the hearts and minds of Texans. A poll administered earlier this year showed less than 30 percent of the state’s residents support marriage equality.
And speaking of Republicans the few of them who support gay marriage usually pay a hefty price in doing so, but in New York the four Republicans who stood with the LGBT community on marriage equality were rewarded with a $1.2 million thank you gift at a recent fundraiser. The event “GOP Heroes” reception honored lawmakers James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, and Stephen Saland.
In other presidential news President Obama’s Campaign adviser, David Axelrod, attacked presidential hopeful former Gov. Mitt Romney’s flip flops telling ABC he was a “pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environmental candidate” during gubernatorial and senatorial bids, but compromised those stances for his White House ambitions.
Speaking of presidential candidates Herman Cain told NBC’s Meet the Press he believes in traditional marriage, but each state should have the right to decide the marriage question for the themselves. He went on to say he would not seek a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum immediately criticized Cain’s stance stating “Mr. Cain, Governor Perry and Congresswoman Bachmann all believe 50 different definitions of marriage is fine. But I strongly disagree and will continue fighting for traditional marriage between one man and one woman.”
And speaking of gay marriage Santorum wasn’t the only conservative upset with Cain’s position. Penny Nance, executive director of Concerned Women for America, said “States need an opportunity to choose a constitutional amendment. I find it disappointing Herman Cain doesn’t see this as a viable option and is missing this opportunity.” Additionally Christian conservative leader Gary Bauer was also upset at Cain. “His answer misses the whole point. The left will not permit each state to decide. They have mounted a well conceived plan to have the federal courts order every state to recognize the same sex marriages performed in every other state. The Defense of Marriage Act prevents that now. Eventually a constitutional amendment will be needed.”
In entertain news Celebrity Apprentice will feature two gay contestants next season: Clay Aiken, runner up on American Idol’s Season 2 and George Takei of the original Star Trek series.
Speaking of Star Trek, Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the film reboot, revealed this week he’s gay. Rumors have swirled about his sexual orientation for years and in the past he’s refused to say one way or the other until now. Apparently his role in the award winning AIDS-era drama "Angels in America” had a profound effect on him. He played the role of Louis Ironson, a character who walks out on his AIDS-stricken boyfriend. Quinto stated: "the most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor and the most rewarding. And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there's still so much work to be done, and there's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed."
And speaking of Quinto, his coming out inspired ABC news anchor Dan Kloeffler to also come out of the closet. He wrote in a blog post: "I've never shared that I'm gay on-air, even though I've been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend - now best friend - has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life. There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance. As a kid I wanted someone to look up to, someone that could relate to the feelings I was having. Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better."
Lastly Presbyterian Church USA ordained their first openly gay minister, Scott Anderson, this week. In response the “God Hates Fags” church Westboro Baptist Church flew to Wisconsin to protest at the event. As usual they picketed with hate filled signs with one that read “Fag O Lantern.”