National vigils mourn shooting of female Texas couple, Josh Dixon could become the first out male Olympic gymnast, Sharon Needles’ Atlanta meeting goes bad and nationwide, House bill for gay military spouses, Meghan McCain sorta gets it, and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay groups condemn shooting of lesbian couple. Activists are calling for a thorough police investigation into a shooting of two Texas women at a park that left Mollie Olgin dead and her girlfriend Mary Kristene Chapa (top photo l-r) injured. Police say they haven’t ascertained a motive. The incident is sparking vigils across the country.
• Olympic hopeful could become first out male competing gymnast. Josh Dixon (second photo) is going for one of six spots on the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics team headed to London. A closer look at this aspiring 22-year-old.
• House bill would extend benefits to gay military spouses. Just days after the Pentagon held its first-ever Pride event, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) introduced a measure to extend health and other protections to the spouses of gay service members.
• Gay couples finding more tailor-made financial planning. Banks that are adding LGBT-specific plans and entire divisions for LGBT customers are on the rise, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, UBS and Marcum LLP.
• Sharon Needles’ Atlanta confrontation goes viral. First we tried just keeping up with the controversial “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner (third photo) before her local appearance on Wednesday. Then Project Q Atlanta’s eye-witness report of a meeting with LGBT activists over racial slurs went national. Now we have video of Needles rebuking her protesters from the stage, plus a performance video and photos from the sold-out show, too.
• Kids cause decline in sex lives for gay parents, too. Just like straight people have said at least anecdotally, same-sex couples are reporting less bedroom action after children enter their lives though a higher degree of overall life satisfaction.
• Meghan McCain, misinformed ally. While pimping a new book, the senator’s daughter (bottom photo) hopped the bandwagon against GOProud, but for “exacerbating” gay stereotypes. She went on to say President Obama isn’t doing enough for gay rights.
• Minnesota Vikings star comes out for marriage equality. Hunky punter Chris Kluwe said, “I’ve always believed that people are inherently the same and should have the same rights and equal protection under the law. It really doesn’t matter what you do with who or whom as long as you’re not infringing on someone else’s rights.”
Olgin-Chapa photo via SheWired; Dixon photo from Out; Needles photo by Project Q Atlanta; McCain photo via Huffington Post