Politicians, celebrities and haters all have something to say about president’s gay marriage support, House committee strips gay soldiers rights, gay employee alleges boss is anti-straight, gay church splits from Presbyterians, and more LGBT headlines.
• George Clooney throws Obama a hero’s welcome. The stars will come out for a $40,000-a-plate dinner at Clooney’s Los Angeles home on Thursday. Raffle winners of a $3-plate nosebleed seat might run into the host (top photo), as well as Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr. and more. Celebs are thrilled with the president’s gay marriage endorsement. The anti-gays, not so much.
• What’s next for Obama on gay rights? After the president’s history-making public support (video), a timeline of gay rights accomplishments and speculation on where he’ll go from here. Will Romney use it against him?
• House panel backs limits on gay rights in the military. Still pissed about the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Republicans on the Armed Services Committee advanced a Defense bill that bans gay union ceremonies on bases and let chaplains decide for themselves if they’ll service gay troops.
• AIDS documentary nominated for Daytime Emmy. The here! TV documentary “30 Years From Here” (middle photo), a look at three decades of the epidemic, landed among nominees for Outstanding Special Class Special. The awards will be announced at a June 23 ceremony.
• Gay man’s lawsuit: My boss discriminated against straight people. Jamie Ardigo says his former employer hired with bias: he was opposed to hiring straight people. Ardigio’s suit says he was fired from an HR job when he sought to hire without bias toward heterosexual orientation.
• Special session could resurrect Colorado civil unions. Bound and determined not to let Republicans kill the bill that was doing well for the first time in the state House, the governor extended the legislative session to get a vote on the issue. The Senate already passed it.
• Gay-led church splits from Presbyterians. It’s a first. An uber-gay Los Angeles congregation left the Church because it’s not doing enough for gay rights. Most churches leave the Presbyterians over policies that ordain gay ministers and bishops and perform same-sex weddings.
• “Cold Blood” tackles brutal lesbian murder. An episode of the true-crime series dramatizes (bottom photo) a 1995 attack on a lesbian couple in Brooklyn that left one partner dead, the other raped. The episode entitled “Park Slope Justice” airs on the Investigation Discovery channel Thursday at 9 p.m.
• Senate panel to hold ENDA hearings. Under increasing pressure from gay lobbyists and ally lawmakers, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, announced plains for a June 12 hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
• Soledad O’Brien jousts with Family Research Council over Obama’s marriage support. By inviting anti-gay group leader Tony Perkins to explain what Obama’s support means, CNN basically asked for it, having him on Wolf Blitzer Wednesday then with Soledad on Thursday. The pair battle to a draw in this segment:
Clooney photo via Hollywood Reporter; “30 Years” photo from Here! TV; “Cold Blood” photo from Investigation Discovery