Corey Johnson, who came out as gay as an 18-year-old high school athlete, worked as Towleroad's political director and is now running as a Democrat for City Council in NYC, has come out as being HIV-positive in a low-key New York Times piece that simultaneously addresses his relationship with mentor Tom Duane and the status of one's HIV status in 2013.
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GLAAD has refused a press-credential request from the New York Post, citing such recent Post headlines as:
"Fire kills tranny in dairy den"
I don't believe, as GLAAD does, that the word "tranny" is as universally insulting as the N-word. Plenty of transgender folks and drag queens ("drag queen" sounds like a term that will be considered offensive in a few years) use the word freely, and not just in the "reclaiming a hateful word" way that we have seen with black people using the N-word of gay people using "faggot."
However, the context is unmistakably dehumanizing and contemptuous when the Post—whose anti-gay coverage of AIDS in the '80s spawned GLAAD in the first place—uses "tranny" (and "she-male") in headlines to sensationalize and make light of stories about rape and assault and murder.
Reading the headline I highlighted above absolutely reminded me of the anti-gay coverage of Stonewall in the '60s, and especially of the heartless news coverage of the infamous Upstairs Lounge fire. Back then, when 29 gay people were burned alive, The media was as anti-gay as the populace back then.
The Post is still publishing in the past, and, for all of its arguable flaws, GLAAD is trying to push the media into the present. I think GLAAD's decision is appropriate and I applaud them for making it.
I have made this point 100 times (most recently when I was hilariously accused of "bullying" an anonymous closet case), so of course I was all about it when I read it in the Times: Not everything is bullying. To casually refer to everything as bullying is to rob it of its seriousness. Stop doing it or I'll beat your ass.
The New York Times states that Matt Grubbs, owner of Discover Annapolis Tours, is discontinuing wedding services aboard his trollies rather than work with the expected gay couples now that Maryland is legalizing same-sex marriage on the 1st of January.
The paper—and Grubbs—characterizes this as an act of "Christian conviction." I call bullshit. It's not Christian to refuse to so much as do business with a gay person, a gay married person or even with someone who is, in a Christian's opinion, sinning. This man has served couples he knows full well had sex prior to being married, he serves people he assumes lie and cheat and maybe even steal (or doesn't ask)...why is the "sin" of being gay and married put on a higher plane than any other?
I agree with the straight groom who made this a story by publicizing it as "repressive bigotry"—that's what it is, bigotry. It's his right to be a bigot, but it's mine to point it out. The fool is dropping $50K a year with this decision, so it's not not morally misguided, it's just plain dumb.
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Republicans thumb noses at wheelchair-bound Bob Dole.
Scorching-hot cub calendar for charity.
Hillary Clinton is totally running in '16. C'mon.
Is Kate Middleton a gay icon? C'mon.
Anderson Cooper went blind for 36 hours.
Mike Diamond sweats Ben Cohen's jock.
Handicapping Supreme Court Justice deaths.
Trade association NRECA selects homophobic head.
Even more Jayson Blair.
Dutch treat blackface as jolly Christmas tradition.
Newest Vanity Fair cover looks funny "ha-ha."
Paris Hilton's a DJ...wait, what did she used to be?
Boybands ready to scratch each other's eyes out.
Madonna's touring must-haves.
Top sugar daddy misconceptions. (Wait, aren't any of 'em bottoms?)
West Point chapel's first same-sex wedding.
Boy Culture's new Facebook page.
Sir Ian McKellen for New Zealand marriage equality.
Frank Bruni to Bill Clinton: Apologize.
Murderer Johnny Lewis wasn't drugged.
Tyson Beckford's manscaping pic.
He Wears It Well: According to Ricky Martin, "Every Day is World AIDS Day."
Red carpet for a Walgreens opening???
Jack Mackenroth = Athlete of the year.
Adam Lambert = Glitter hornet.
Will Swenson (below) for NOH8.
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Matthias Schoenaerts heads up a spread for Vogue.
Yasser Arafat to be exhumed, tested for poison.
Al Jazeera: Radioactive polonium detected on Arafat's belongings.
Muslim radio station fined for pushing "torture" for gays.
TRAITORS: Texans flirt with secession.
TRAITOR: Gay Tory sez LGBT people don't want marriage equality.
Amnesty International against "Kill the Gays" bill, says being gay a "choice."
Parenting and being gay no longer mutually exclusive.
What if names were farts?
Finally, a time-traveling cops Web series.
Scratch That: Meet two men who own 50 tons of 78 records.
Honey Boo Boo's portrait in trash.
"Twink" is not the new N-word.
If Looks Could Kale: New model alert.
Barbara Bush to anti-Obama Republicans: "Move on."
CBS breaks up with gay sitcom Partners.
NOM raised 75% of its funds last year from two donors.
Bus driver refuses vehicle with pro-gay ad.
James Franco and Lindsay Lohan give R.E.M.'s "Blue" palpable ennui.
Shirtless photo of agent in Petraeus scandal not so inappropriate.
John McCain is still an ornery old coot.
Equality that's music to your ears: "Same Love".
Japanese fat-blocking soda pop???
No offense to One Direction, but Twinkies might be scarce soon.
Andrew Christian boys get "Wet".
Glow Magazine's latest is sexy "To the Max."
James Franco is Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Hey, Rihanna: If it's "Nobody's Business", don't call the cops.
Keira Knightly's Anna Karenina inspiration: The Whore of Babylon.
Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen share double-headed...gummy snake???
Anti-equality Tea Partier turns out to be a serial adulterer.
Did gays push Obama to victory in Ohio and Florida?
Georgia GOPers concerned Obama practicing mind control.
Obama nominates out black judge for fed bench.
Out's Out100 cover stars revealed.
"Every inch of my body craved male sexual contact."—Ex-gay loon
Jimmy Savile molestation scandal crosses the Atlantic?
Romney losing ground as election nears.
Five things you don't know about Barack Obama.
How to buy Madonna's ugly-coolest outfit EVER.
P!nk interprets Madonna.
Octo-Grandpa said, "No, no, no!"
Charlie Sheen's crack addiction winning.
Puppet show: Gaga v. Die Antwoord.
Latinos fired up for Obama.
Lawrence Schiller's Marilyn Monroe images get a gallery show.