Lesbian Defends Donation to Anti-Gay Pizzeria

Courtney Hoffman, a lesbian business owner, defended her donation to an Indiana pizzeria, which made international headlines for shutting down in order to not serve gay people. “As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean-spirited attacks on you and your business,” Hoffman tells the Associated Press she wrote in a note accompanying a $20 donation to Memories Pizza. The pizzeria came under fire from LGBT activists for ceasing operations due to their religious beliefs. The scandal was part of an uproar over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Since shutting down, the pizza joint has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars online.


‘Vice’ Documents Fears Gays Face In Iran

In Iran, gay men are considering sexual reassignment surgery in order to save their lives, according to a report by the Vice news organization. “Gay Iranians now face the agonizing choice of fleeing their communities or permanently changing who they are,” said Thomas Morton, Vice correspondent who traveled to the Islamic Republic of Iran to document struggles of homosexuals and transgender people. Formerly known as Persia, Iran began to crack down on gay life in 1979 when Ayatollah Khomeini came to power. Homosexuality in Iran is a crime and punishable by death. To view clips of the documentary, visit www.vice.com.


‘Flash’ Actor To Marry Boyfriend

Actor Andy Mientus is preparing to wed fiance Michael Arden in Los Angeles, the Huffington Post reports. Mientus, 28, is openly bisexual whose acting credits include the NBC Broadway dramedy, “Smash” and CW Superheroes show, “The Flash.” In “The Flash,” Mientus plays the gay villain, Pied Piper. “He’s incredibly complex and fascinating,” Mientus told the Post. “He goes back and forth between his good and bad sides so you never really know what team he’s playing for.” A talented singer, Mientus recently joined the cast of “Les Miserables” for a “Beyond the Barricades” performance at New York’s 54 benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


EEOC Charges Alabama Research Lab With Sex Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity and Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, found a Huntsville, Alabama army center violated the U.S. government’s anti-discrimination laws under Title VII. The EEOC ruled Tamara Lusardi was discriminated against at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), where she works as a transgender woman. During Lusardi’s transition, the AMRDEC prohibited access to the women’s restroom and one of her former supervisors repeatedly and intentionally harassed her by using her former name and male pronouns, said the Lesbian Center for Lesbian Rights, in a statement applauded the EEOC’s ruling.