The AggreGAYtor: August 8

Your daily dose of LGBTQ news

Who does your hair?
Who does your hair? (Screen grab from MSNBC.com)

Gay Olympians win more medals, Amway makes a mess, and San Francisco loses a legend. Today’s AggreGAYtor has a perfect dismount.

• A shocking letter from a father disowning his gay son goes viral.

News of Eminem’s collaboration with Lady Gaga turns out to be fake. How provocative.

Andrew Shirvell, the Michigan state attorney fired for harassing U-M student Chris Armstrong, faces defamation lawsuit.

Amway is the new Chick-fil-A.

• Luxury department store Harrods launches gender-neutral toy department.

• Gay geek fest Gaymercon reaches Kickstarter goal. The AggreGAYtor hopes Chilean gymnast Tomás González will be there for a little Mario cosplay.

• Appallingly, Oregon man charged in anti-gay hate crime will avoid jail time.

• Marriage equality champion finishes cross-country trek.

• LGBTQ high-school opens in Phoenix, making it second only to DeGrassi in cool alma-maters.

• In what surely must be a portent of the coming apocalypse, Fox News reporters break ranks with the party-line on LGBTQ rights.

• Illinois transgender woman settles police discrimination case.

• Team LBGTQ owns dressage. Dashing Brit Carl Hester wins gold while the Netherland’s Edward Gal takes the bronze. Ann Romney’s pretty pony goes home empty-handed.

Seimone Augustus and the US Women’s basketball team move past quarter-finals.

• Courageous Olympian Ji Wallace comes out as HIV positive.

• Gay Day in Grand Rapids tainted by protester’s rape threats. (Warning: video at link may be triggering.)

• ACLU challenges Michigan state same-sex benefits law.

• Illinois Family Institute urges parents to pull kids from classes with gay and allied teachers.

• The identity of the Cheerios arsonist from yesterday’s post has been revealed. In video post, he refers to gay men as “fierce faggots.” The AggreGAYtor considers renaming his dance crew.

• Queer pioneer Jack Fertig, the legendary Sister Boom Boom, dies at 57.

Bird’s Barbershop stylist Jualdo Vielma, aka drag terrorist Bulimianne Rhapsody, has his work featured on the Rachel Maddow Show. No word on when Ms. Maddow will be sitting in his chair.

• The Chick-4-Gays guys gave the AggreGAYtor an update on their new tasty enterprise. Their Big and Bangin’ BBQ has been scheduled for August 26th with proceeds still going to Equality Texas and PFLAG Austin.

BONUS CHIKIN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Murfreesboro, TN couple Justin Young and Taylor Watson stumbled upon the Gay Place while Googling Chick-fil-A. We think their video adds some much needed levity to the poultry wars.

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

News, Rachel Maddow, Bulimianne Rhapsody, Jualdo Vielma, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Edward Gal, Carl Hester, Jack Fertig, Sister Boom Boom, Ji Wallace, ACLU, Marriage Equality, Seimone Augustus, Harrods, Andrew Shirvell

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