Pop singer who came out as bisexual now says he’s gay, tagger claims free speech in Chick-fil-A vandalism, HRC splits $1 million between four marriage ballot fights, Dallas couple arrested again, Marines still divided over gays, gay deportation reprieves, and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay artist takes credit for ‘Hate’ graffiti at Chick-fil-A. The words “Tastes like hate” were spray-painted on the side of a California Chick-fil-A (top photo) the day before restaurant supporters “buy-cotted” last week. Manny Castro says he was expressing free speech, echoing the misplaced argument that Chick-fil-A supporters use. After more than a week of chicken chatter, here are two more fast-food bigots, plus 24 more anti-gay companies to worry about.
• Republicans avoid Democrats’ gay marriage plank. Even though conservative pundits freely expressed opinions against the proposed party platform, officials at the GOP and the Mitt Romney campaign remain silent on the development.
• Previously bisexual singer Mika comes out second time – as gay. Having come out as bisexual in 2009, the Freddie Mercury-meets-Elton John-meets-Scissor Sisters artist (middle photo) now comes completely clean in the September issue of Instinct. “It’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.” Does he have a new album coming out? Why, yes. Yes he does.
• HRC drops cool mil into state marriage battles. A million bucks from the national gay group was split evenly between Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota, which all face voter ballot initiatives on gay marriage at the November polls.
• U.S. to weigh gay deportation cases. Amid pressure from lawmakers, Homeland Security officials reiterated Friday that a foreigner’s longstanding same-sex relationship with a U.S. citizen could help stave off the threat of deportation. Binational gay couples are eligible for consideration under a federal program designed to focus resources away from their cases, an official says. Gay activists want more.
• Marines still divided on openly gay soldiers. A year into the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” stories from gay Marines who says it does, indeed, get better, contrasted with Marines who still say it was “one of the worst decisions in military history.”
• Second arrest for gay Dallas couple who sit-in for gay marriage. Beau Chandler and Mark Jimenez (bottom photo) were escorted out of the county clerk’s building in cuffs last month for refusing to leave after being denied a marriage license. A second sit-on on Thursday came with similar results, but the couple says they won’t quit.
• Gay Congress candidate in “toss up” for Massachusetts seat. A new poll shows Richard Tasei in a dead heat to become the next openly gay member in the U.S. House.
Chick-fil-A photo by Los Angeles Times; Mika photo from Instinct; Dallas photo via WFAA