Burgeoning indie actor comes out, FDA’s ban on gay sperm donors exposed on “Drop Dead Diva,” charges filed in Family Research Council guard shooting, anti-gay Cheerios firebug protestor is dead, Rick Santorum is desperate, and more LGBT headlines.
• Viral video anti-gay firestarter is dead. Just last week, flame-throwing General Mills protestor Michael Leisner (top photo) became an internet joke when his attempt to burn a box of Cheerios against the pro-gay company went dangerously awry and cost him his job. He died suddenly Wednesday. The cause of death has not been released.
• Suspect charged in shooting of security guard at Family Research Council. Police say Floyd Lee Corkins, 28, had a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and ammo when he approached the anti-gay group headquarters, said “I don’t like your politics,” and shot the guard, who is credited with saving others inside the building. The president, the GOP frontrunner and nearly every noteworthy gay group have denounced the shooting.
• Actor Ezra Miller: “I’m queer.” The cutie (second photo) who last year gave a riveting performance as the disturbed son in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and will appear in the film version of the heralded novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is about to hit big. The buzz is heightened with his coming out interview.
• Former Michigan AG: “No hate” for gay harassment target. Already fired and publicly humiliated, Andrew Shirvell testified Wednesday in a civil suit against him for stalking and cyberbullying of the University of Michigan’s gay student president Chris Armstrong. “I have no hate in my heart” for Armstrong, Shirvell said.
• Rick Santorum won’t shut up. Missing the spotlight of his presidential bid, the anti-gay mouthpiece (third photo) vies for attention again with a couple of speeches in Washington state against its ballot referendum on gay marriage.
• Prop 8 campaign fined $49,000. The state oversight committee found the campaign to pass California’s gay marriage ban guilty of failing to disclose late contributions and failing to dispose of an anonymous $10,000 contribution. The Yes On 8 group admitted the charges and agreed to pay the fine.
• “Drop Dead Diva” to highlight gay sperm donation ban. Did you know that in addition to the FDA ban on gay men giving blood, we can’t give sperm either? Well, producers of the Lifetime hit filmed in Atlanta did. Sunday’s episode tackles the topic with hottie actor Tyler Jacob Moore (bottom photo) as a gay daddy.
• Tips to being a financially savvy gay. Gay financial planner David Rae fights your consumerist tendencies with some gay-specific money management counsel. Not much on how to actually follow through on “Spend less than you make” and other sage advice, but you might pick up a tip or two.
Leisner photo via Gawker; Miller photo by Out; Santorum photo from Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Moore photo via Lifetime