Lesbian Singer Advances on ‘American Idol’

M.K. Nobilette, the first openly gay contestant on the hit television show ‘American Idol’ has made it into the “top 13.” Nobilette, 20, came in ninth in the voting and says reaction to her coming out as a lesbian has been overwhelmingly supportive.

Nobilette sang “All of Me,” a John Legend song, during the semi-finals round against the top 10 girls.

“If this is an indication of where our country is going, it's about time," said judge Harry Connick Jr. "I hope in 10 years we won't even have to talk about this. It's a big world, and everybody lives in it." 

“American Idol” airs Wednesday and Thursday evenings on Fox.

Sam Has Disappointing Combine Showing

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam had an uninspiring performance at Monday’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Sam, seeking to become the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, ran a slow 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has some observers wondering if he may be caught in between positions with his size (6-foot-2, 255 pounds.) Sam, the Southeastern Conference’s co-defensive player of the year, went through linebacker conversion drills at Monday’s combine. Scouts are now describing Sam as a mid-to-late round draft selection. The 2014 N.F.L. draft begins May 8.

Lance Bass to Chair Mississippi Marriage Campaign

Lance Bass, memorable to most as a member of the boy band, ‘N Sync, has agreed to chair the Mississippi campaign for Freedom to Marry, the bipartisan organization working to bring full marriage support in the South.

Born in Laurel, Mississippi, Bass was elected vice president of his junior class at Clinton High School. The 34-year-old singer and author came out as a gay man in 2006 in a cover story in People Magazine.

Mississippi is traditionally one of the most culturally conservative states in the union. Voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man, one woman in 2004.

Actress Sharon Gless Joins Florida Fight

Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless has joined with Equality Florida Institute in its fight for marriage equality. A vocal advocate for LGBT rights, in 2013 Gless is known for her acting roles in “Cagney & Lacey” and “Queer As Folk.” 

In January, Equality Florida Institute joined with six couples in a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s ban on marriage equality.  In recognition of her support, Equality Florida will be honoring Gless and the six plaintiff couples with the Voice for Equality Award at the organization’s Annual Miami Gala at the Pérez Art Museum on Sunday, March 16.