Troops come out as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ends [video], staffer sues Jackson for anti-gay harassment, Chaz Bono’s “Dancing with the Stars” debut, Foo Fighters play for Westboro picketers, judge unseals Prop 8 trial tapes, and more LGBT headlines.
• Foo Fighters sing about tolerance in front of Westboro protesters. The band (top photo) warmed up for a concert in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday by performing on a rolling rig before a group of “God Hates Fags” picketers, who at first seemed unaware the band was making fun of them.
• Gay former staffer files harassment suit against Jesse Jackson. Tommy R. Bennett alleges he was fired from Jackson’s (second photo) Rainbow Push Coalition for being gay and for complaining about cleaning up after Jackson’s sexual encounters with women in hotel rooms. Jackson’s camp denies the claims.
• Fred Karger attends Log Cabin Republicans reception. The annual LGBT reception with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at the Governor’s Mansion included a special guest: upstart gay GOP candidate Fred Karger.
• Gay journalists’ group joins race-based newroom diversity group. The boards of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color agreed to a partnership that allows, among other benefits, NLGJA members to attend the national UNITY 2012 convention in Las Vegas.
• Judge unseals tapes of Prop 8 trial. U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware ruled Monday that the public has the right to see video recordings of the landmark trial that ultimately declared California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. The Dustin Lance Black play based on trial transcripts “8” debuted with an all-star reading on Monday, and in a freaky twist, National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher attended.
• Gay troops commemorate DADT Repeal Day. Atlanta veterans celebrate on Monday and Tuesday (view photos), the gay military group OutServe founder sheds his alias, the same-name magazine OutServe debuts Tuesday with coming out stories (bottom photo), Obama says repeal is the right move and releases a video with four DADT stories, a gay rights group rallies for even more gay military changes, a Navy officer weds his partner, a gay veteran sues to be reinstated, some gay Marines are still afraid to come out, and one soldier tells his dad he’s gay in this video:
• All that, and the Pentagon issues a business-as-usual statement that the change is causing few waves.
Foo Fighters photo by Kansas City Star; Bono-Schwimmer photo via MSNBC; Jackson photo from Chicago Sun Times