The AggreGAYtor: February 1
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
By Brandon Watson, 1:00PM, Fri. Feb. 1
Stacey Campfield gives an indecent proposal, Jim Nabors puts a ring on it, and Nancy Brinker goes to bat. Today’s AggreGAYtor’s been bitten by the green-eyed monster.
• Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has died at 88. Long-rumored to be closeted, Koch was one of the central figures of the early AIDS epidemic.
• In a brave move to dethorn the meaty slabs of America’s cactus, lawmaker Steve Gallardo has introduced four bills to extend equality to LGBTQ Arizonans.
• Meanwhile, activists in Delaware are ramping up their campaign to bring full marriage equality to the state.
• And Maryland legislators have introduced a bill seeking transgender rights.
• Predictably, all those pro-gay headlines have brought out increasing bluster from the religious right. Overly stretched saltwater taffy Tony Perkins is blaming military suicide on the repeal of DADT.
• Melted Werther’s toffee Bryan Fischer thinks “Big Gay” wants to kill your daughters.
• Brittle Chick-o-Stick Stacey Campfield has taken to legislatin’, regurgitating his Tennessee “Don’t Say Gay” bill with new a new forced outing clause.
• Oddly, only Rand Paul seems to have any qualms about the religious right’s tactics. We’ll be kind and call him a crushed but still edible brown M&M.
• The Institute for American Values is urging armistice in the marriage equality fight for the good of the institution.
• Zoe Mandelski is like the Coloradan Tracy Flick, except maybe a bit more likeable.
• Nancy Brinker, the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is now fundraising for LGBTQ causes.
• Jamie Kuntz, a not quite cause célèbre after being booted from his football team following some May-December snogging, has been booted again by Palomar College.
• It’s hard believe there was any debate surrounding Washakie County School student Matt Jolley carrying a rainbow flag in his yearbook photo. It’s six colorful stripes, not the hankie code.
• San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Pope’s own Dave Barry, tries his hand at observational humor.
• The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals have ruled that Virginia violated Ophelia De’lonta’s rights after refusing to evaluate her for gender reassignment surgery.
• Pham Le Quynh Tram, the first and only officially recognized Vietnamese transgender woman, is having her gender reversed due to legal technicality.
• Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon, says that attitudes about criminalizing homosexuality are changing. I’m thinking this has something to do with Megan Rapinoe’s celestial light. Just a guess.
• Zimbabwe, however, refuses to accept the true lord and savior.
• Although rumors surrounding Mahatma Gandhi’s sexuality are nothing new, it is a surprise to find out he employed Annie Oakley.
• America’s favorite gay dog has been saved from euthanasia.
• ‘Niners corner back Chris Culliver doesn’t exactly endear himself to the hometown crowd.
• Kyle Henry's sexual opus dei FOURPLAY will start a 10 city tour with a special preview and after party February 7 at the Austin Film Society and a limited engagement starting January 8 at the Alamo Drafthouse.
• Hmm. This guy has been seen all over our fair ATX. Is he scouting? Looking at real estate? Searching for a new BFF?
• Ahem. The Gay Place had to hear about PJ Raval showing Before You Know It at SXSW from Facebook and the Advocate. THE ADVOCATE!!!??? We're sure it's just that PJ lost our email while getting facepainted at the Free and Queer Cinema screening of Madame X, but our unicorn horn is drooping.
• In case our dear readers were wondering, that email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We want your juiciest tidbits.