Posted on 13 March 2014.
By D. David Kinney
From Georgia being one of the largest consumers of gay porn in America to South Carolina cutting college funding because professors assigned gay themed books, it’s a busy week for gay news headlines. Here are the seven headlines we’re discussing at FENUXE’s editorial meeting today: Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia // Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial // South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books // Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out // Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade // Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players // ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State
Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia
“Pornhub discovered that every single state in the South watches [gay] porn at a higher percentage than the average of states where gay marriage is legal,” Buzzfeed announced on Wednesday. Mississippi watches the most gay porn. It is closely followed by Louisiana in second and Georgia in third.
Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial
Can you be dismissed as a juror because of your sexual orientation? Abbott Laboratories (you may know them as the makers of Androgel, Norvir, Humira, Ensure nutritional supplements, Selsun Blue, etc.) and SmithKline Beecham are currently involved in a lawsuit over HIV drug marketing and pricing. “A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Lawyers for SmithKline Beecham objected, and to shorten a long story, the matter wound up before the 9th Circuit,” NPR is reporting. The 9th Circuit ruled that a juror cannot be dismissed because of their sexual orientation. “The 9th Circuit said it based its ruling on U.S. v. Windsor — the case in which the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — and that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subjected to ‘heightened scrutiny,’” NPR explained. This is a major step forward for the LGBT community. Anti-gay laws will have a hard time getting past heightened scrutiny. If this precedent holds water then the government must show that any existing or new anti-gay law is necessary and fair to the LGBT community. This ruling could help put the final nail in the coffin for gay marriage bans.
South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books
The House of Representatives in South Carolina has “approved nearly $70,000 in cuts to two public universities on Wednesday in retaliation over reading material containing homosexual themes,” Fox News is reporting. The College of Charleston asked students in its “College Reads!” program to read “Fun Home” and the University of South Carolina asked students to read “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.” The first book is graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel who is a lesbian. She is also the author of the “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. Bechdel explores growing up with a closeted father and her own coming out. The second book was co-written by an associate professor at the university, Ed Madden, and gay rights activsit Candace Chellew-Hodge. The book was born from Madden’s radio show “Rainbow Radio: The REAL Gay Agenda” that airs on Air America in Columbia, South Carolina.
Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out
Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the lovable and loyal Hodor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” came out to the world during an interview this week with winteriscoming.net. The interviewer asked: “I have some friends in the gay community, “bears” as they’re wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?” Nairn responded: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it, yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”
Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Allied War Veterans Council, the group that organizes and sponsors the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will once again ban gay veterans “from making any reference to sexual orientation during the parade.” Groups annually fill out applications to participate in the parade. They create banners with their group name and march through Boston during the parade with bagpipes keeping their beat. But the no gay rule makes it functionally impossible for the group LGBT Veterans for Equality to participate in the same way. MassEquality, a group that advocates for the gay community in Massachusetts, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had been working with the Allied War Veterans Council for weeks so that gay veterans could participate. He was able to convince the parade organizers to allow 20 gay veterans to march in the parade. However, the Boston Globe is reporting that LGBT Veterans for Equality won’t participate because the rules would force them to hide who they are and what their group stands for.
Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players
Major League Soccer has decided to “expand training for players and will post a Player Code of Conduct in home and visitor locker rooms underscoring that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not allowed,” the Huffington Post reports, “The new measures are part of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” anti-discrimination initiative, which launched last year.” It has been a little over a year since Robbie Rogers, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a winger and second striker, announced that he was gay.
ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State
Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states,” the AP announced on Thursday. The gay couples are asking for a federal judge to declare Florida’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages unconstitutional. This case asks the court to consider a different legal question from the gay marriage case previously filed this year. It asked a federal judge to strike down Florida’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.