Swimmer Doesn’t Dance Long
Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad was one of the first participants eliminated from season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Last year, Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. She is a lesbian and for the show’s season 18 premiere, Nyad danced a foxtrot with her professional partner, Henry Byalikov. While she showed no fear in the water, Nyad told TVGuide.com her televised dance routines left her “mortified.” “Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Crist: Government Should Stay Out of Personal Lives
Speaking at the home of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis last week, Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist echoed President Barack Obama’s comments on marriage equality. “Who am I to tell other people who to love and who to marry,” Crist said. Crist, 57, is campaigning to return to the office he once occupied as a Republican from 2007-2011. This time around he is seeking the Democratic nomination. Joining Crist at the Trantalis home were South Florida Gay News Publisher Norm Kent, former Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl, former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti and Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Levoyd L. Williams.
Lambda Legal Honors Boo
Robert Boo, Chief Executive Officer for The Pride Center at Equality Park, is the honoree at Sunday’s Lambda Legal cocktail party in Fort Lauderdale. Headquartered in New York, Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Boo has a distinguished career. In addition to his work at the Pride Center, Boo volunteered with the Howard Brown Hotline Crisis Center and helped found Stop AIDS Chicago while living in the Windy City during the 1980s. Sunday’s cocktail party is from 5-7 p.m. at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 North Birch Road in Fort Lauderdale.
Idaho Activist Hides in the Closet
In Boise, Idaho sometimes one must resort to political theater to get a point across and Nicole LeFavour has been doing a lot of acting lately. Idaho’s first openly gay state lawmaker, LeFavour has organized several protests, sit-ins and blockades at the Idaho Statehouse this month. LeFavour, 50, wants legislators to add protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. Last week, LeFavour hid inside a closet in the Senate lounge for five hours before being asked to leave by Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill. LeFavour has been arrested by Idaho police four times this year.
Lesbian Voted Off ‘Idol’
MK Nobilette, the first openly gay contestant on the television talent show “American Idol,” was eliminated during last week’s broadcast. The San Francisco singer was voted off the show after a less than stellar rendition of Pink’s “Perfect.” The Los Angeles Times said Nobilette lost her grip on the melody and lyrics midsong and never quite recovered. Nobilette, 20, told reporters during a conference call that coming out on the show was the honest approach. “I feel like if I want America to get to know me and who I am, they should know my sexuality,” she said.