Red Eye special columnist Lenox Magee called into the J.R. Bang Morning Show to speak on the coming out of R&B singer Frank Ocean. Magee, a gay man, speaks on his reaction, will it open the the door to a rapper coming out and more.
Red Eye contributor Lenox Magee returned to the J.R. Bang Morning Show yesterday to speak on a couple of topics in the gay community including his latest article “Has time come for gay blacks?” Other topics include the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Queen Latifah and more!
Part 1 includes Magee talking about the Red Eye Chicago article ”Has time come for gay blacks?“, President Barack Obama, Jay-Z and NAACP.
Part 2 includes Magee, his partner and myself talking about gay issues like Gays in sports, Queen Latifah, Raven Symone and more.
DC Comics plans to reintroduce a character as gay in a future issue, it has been revealed.
Co-publisher Dan DiDio previously said that the company would not change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero and would bring in a new one altogether.
But at Kapow Comic Convention in London on Sunday, he revealed that an existing character – who was previously assumed to be straight – will become ‘one of our most prominent gay characters’, according to comic blog BleedingCool.com.
Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne said DiDio’s view ‘had evolved’, comparing the shift to Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage.
DiDio did not specify which character would ‘come out’ or in which issue it would be featured.
But Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment’s senior vice president of publicity, told ABC News that it would be soon.
‘One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June,’ Simmons told the network.
[Via Daily Mail]
Last week President Barack Obama announced that he supports marriage for gays and lesbians, bringing on once again the debate on the subject. Newsweek Magazine takes the conversation a little further.
[Via Fox News]
Following President Barack Obama’s public announcement backing gay marriage last week, Newsweek magazine has featured him on its front cover with the headline, “The First Gay President.”
With Obama’s face pictured looking skyward and a rainbow-colored halo above his head, the controversial cover leads to a story written by gay writer Andrew Sullivan — a self-described political conservative — who analyzes the president’s backing of gay marriage.
Obama said Wednesday he supported gay marriage, reversing his position on a controversial social issue just six months before the November election and adopting a stance fraught with uncertain political implications.
The president said that after years of lengthy discussions with friends and family, including his wife and two young daughters, he now “personally” believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
I understand the meaning on the cover but does it go too far? Vote!
The Advocate.com, a Gay and Lesbian online magazine presented it’s list for the “15 Gayest Cities in America, 2012.”
Surprisingly (I guess it is) Chicago is not on the list. Boystown wasn’t enough for The Advocate but check out the top 5! Haaaaaaaaaay!
1. Salt Lake City
While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred. There are more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women, including the eco-friendly nightclub Jam (JamSLC.com), though the sustainable bamboo flooring is perhaps less of a draw than the packed dance floor. The Coffee Garden (878 South 900 East) is a gathering spot for those looking for a caffeine fix, the Sundance Film Festival brings LGBT film buffs to screenings downtown, and lesbian-owned Meditrina (MeditrinaSLC.com) is a true wine bar — yes, you can get a drink in this town.
2. Orlando, Fla.
Besides hosting Gay Days at Disney World, where 50,000 LGBT folks and their kids dressed in red T-shirts invade the theme park the first Saturday in June (and spend $100 million in town), Orlando has more gay softball teams than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at. And residents just got domestic-partnership protections. For non-Mickeyphiles, there’s oodles of homo content each year at the annual Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival (OrlandoFringe.org).
3. Cambridge, Mass.
The home of Harvard University likes a smarty-pants, including the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor, E. Denise Simmons. Though her reign ended in 2009, she is currently in her sixth term on the City Council, which enacted anti-discrimination protections for transgender people in 1997. The town’s Paradise bar (ParadiseCambridge.com) is billed as New England’s only gay club with hot male dancers six nights a week — hey, everyone needs a night off — and the town is right next to a little hamlet named Boston, where allegedly LGBT stuff sometimes happens too.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Booting spring breakers from its shores may have not boosted Jagermeister sales, but it sure has classed up the joint. Add to that a mass exodus from Miami, where a real estate boom priced out many gay clubs (then the boom busted), and you have the recipe for a rising homo mecca in South Florida. The area is teeming with gay bars and restaurants, and a ton of guesthouses and spas that run the gamut from mild to spicy. Lesbians are finally starting to move to Fort Lauderdale too, though most girl bars, like New Moon (NewMoonBar.com), are in nearby Wilton Manors.
When Forbes named Seattle the most miserable sports city in the nation, many of us felt a twinge of empathy. No matter; there’s heaps of other stuff to keep us busy, including tons of locavore and cosmopolitan cuisine, funky bars in a robust LGBT scene, Dan Savage, and hookups — or at least the search for them. TheStir.com noted that Seattle ranks among the top cities for residents who list “casual sex” as the type of relationship they’re seeking.
Ok at some point in your life you have to realize your doing WAAAAAY too much. This School in Michigan doesn’t not understand that. Shouts to NBC for this bit of Ignorant News.
A traditional Christmas carol is at the center of a controversy at an elementary school in Michigan, according to WPBN.
A music teacher decided to change the lyrics to “Deck The Halls” because one particular word – “gay” – had the students giggling.
“There were some students that had been snickering at the lyrics of ‘Deck The Halls’ and she had attempted to get them back on track quite a few times and just decided to make a change in the wording,” Cherry Knoll principal Chris Parker said.
The teacher gave the students a music sheet with the verse reading, “Don we now our bright apparel.”
Parker said he immediately went to speak to the teacher when he found out.
“I had not heard of the substitution of the word ‘bright’ before in that song,” he told WPBN. “It sort of caught me by surprise.”
The word gay, in the context of the song, means “happy” or “joyful.” Parker said he thought the teacher should have used the issue as a teachable moment.
“We have an anti-bullying and discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and so going forward the teacher will be addressing this is how we’re supposed to be reacting, this is the way to be respectful about this,” Parker said.
J.R. Bang Says: I’m not gay and NOBODY is gonna bully me… I WILL sing the original version. Fa La La La La….La-La…La…La.