Coop breaks silence on public coming out, Suicide Prevention Day brings updated LGBT-specific national strategy, Wanda Sykes rocks the gay vote on Logo, Romney gives up on Bachmann-Pawlenty state, “New Normal” debut, and more LGBT headlines.
• Wanda Sykes rapid-fires politics in Logo special. The comedian (top photo) hosted the first of the network’s two 2012 election specials on Monday to wide critical acclaim, keeping pace with panelists including GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia and Congressman Barney Frank. Logo’s second Sykes-led special airs Nov. 5.
• Even with anti-gay initiative, Romney gives up on Minnesota. A ballot referendum is polling toward banning gay marriage in the home state of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty. But since the state has voted Democratic in the past nine presidential elections, Romney hasn’t set up an office or stepped foot there.
• Brad Pitt: “Gay marriage is inevitable.” The Hollywood hunk (second photo, left) reiterated his support for the president (right) in a question about his mother’s widely publicized backing of Mitt Romney. “The next generation, they get it,” Pitt said. “It is just a matter of time before it becomes a reality.”
• National Strategy for Suicide Prevention highlights LGBT issues. Released to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, the report identifies high-risk groups for suicide and takes a hard look at the prevalence of suicide among LGBT people in the first revision since the document was published 11 years ago.
• Anti-gay marriage mailings fly in New York legislative races. E-mails and flyers against state Republicans who voted in favor of marriage equality in the state, including one “political whores” message with a gay blowjob image, are piling up in an effort by conservatives to oust the candidates up for re-election in November.
• How “New Normal” dads killed Al Bundy and Archie Bunker. As “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom about gay dads (third photo) hits NBC on Tuesday, a look at how the couple joins TV’s new trying-too-hard super dads in replacing cynical Neanderthal dads in the sitcom formula. Tim Allen notwithstanding.
• Monopoly board to honor gay code breaker Alan Turing. The World War II genius, mathematician and grandfather of computers killed himself in the ‘50s after being criminalized for being gay. A special edition of Monopoly now features places and achievements from Turing’s life.
• Top 20 gay travel destinations for 2013. An annual survey by LGBT marketing company Out Now places New York at No. 1 among a host of cities domestic and abroad. It also estimates a dollar figure spent by gay tourists in 2012: $165 million.
• Ex-husband and his boyfriend blamed for wife’s death. In a decade-old case of a missing Australian woman, her brother has set police on the trail of her husband and his male lover, who the brother says are responsible for her apparent death.
• Anderson Cooper talks gay. Though the TV newsman (bottom photo) said he’d make no further statements about coming out publicly after a July confirmation that even made local Atlanta news, what better time and place than Monday’s reboot of his own daytime show? Coop gives guest co-host Kristin Chenoweth the scoop.
Sykes photo from Logo; Pitt-Obama photos via TelegraphUK; “New Normal” still from NBC; Cooper photo from “Anderson Cooper Live”