A’s pitcher tweets Kiss Cam disgust, gays break anti-gay church’s windows, Methodists debate gay clergy and marriage, Nebraska coach’s homophobic crusade, Colorado civil unions advance, Pennsylvania’s first gay lawmaker, and more LGBT headlines.
• Brian Sims becomes Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state lawmaker. The lawyer (top photo) defeated state Rep. Babette Josephs on Tuesday in her bid for a 15th two-year term. Sims faces no opponents in November and takes office in January.
• Civil unions bill advances in Colorado Senate. A strong bipartisan vote to approve the measure – voters put a ban on equal marriage for gay couples into the state constitution in 2006 – awaits one more vote before it heads to the state House for consideration.
• Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweets against homophobia. After a game, McCarthy (second photo) tweeted his disapproval of MLB “Kiss Cams” catering to anti-gay humor. “They put two guys on the ‘Kiss Cam’ tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.” It’s the subject of this week’s Queery to our readers: “Are Kiss Cams a homophobic gag? Would you gay smooch for one?”
• Methodist conference to weigh gay clergy and marriage equality. When some 1,000 delegates of the UMC General Conference gather in Tampa through May 4, the hot-ticket items are debates on ordaining openly gay clergy and blessing same-sex unions in Methodist churches.
• San Francisco police seek three Castro gay bashers. Police sketches based on victim testimony will hopefully lead to identifications of a trio that approached two victims who were alone in separate attacks and punched them while yelling homophobic slurs.
• Gay vandals attack conservative Oregon church. A gay rights group took responsibility for breaking century-old stain glass windows at Mars Hill Church in Portland. The Seattle-based congregation is infamous for unwavering rhetoric that gay people are sinners.
• Nebraska coach would be “honored” to be fired for anti-gay views. Cornhuskers assistant football coach Ron Brown (bottom photo) traveled out of his way to speak against an Omaha gay rights ordinance and says he’d do it again. It’s the latest in Brown’s longstanding homophobic crusade.
• Catholic school cancels keynote speech by gay alum. Dominic Sheahan-Stahl was set to deliver an address at his brother’s commencement ceremony until officials at his Michigan alma mater found out he is openly gay. Sheahan-Stahl and his supporters are pissed. Watch:
Sims photo by via Philly.com; McCarthy and Brown photos by AP