Navy urged to christen ship for veteran Harvey Milk, White House confab on LGBT elderly, singer takes on Country detractors, analyzing Romney’s gay aide, 40 Obama LGBT accomplishments, bashing victim speaks out, and more LGBT headlines.
• Illinois State gay bashing victim tells his story. Through a wired jaw, Eric Unger (top photo) details the weekend attack by multiple assailants that he says was a hate crime.
• Romney’s gay aide just an attempt to blur the lines. With little more than a passing glance at the facts, the appointment of gay campaign spokesperson Richard Grennell won’t work to sway moderate Republicans, but will alienate the party’s far-right base.
• In related news, Grennell wrote a blistering attack on the president days before his Romney appointment, ignoring 40 Obama accomplishments for LGBT rights.
• Congress member wants Navy ship named for Harvey Milk. U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) says naming a ship after the slain gay rights leader would be a great tribute to Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the 1950s (second photo).
• White House to hold May conference on LGBT Aging. Administration officials will descend on Miami on May 7 to discuss health, housing and security needs for elderly LGBTs with community leaders and members of the public. The White House Conference on AIDS was in Atlanta this month.
• Gay man takes on incumbent Rhode Island senator. Todd Giroux ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. Now he’s setting his sites on the seat held by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who Giroux calls ineffective.
• Chely Wright: “I didn’t come out to shut up.” Accepting an award from the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the singer (bottom photo) says she still takes heat from straight fans who ask, “Why don’t you just sing anymore?” “I am singing. You just don’t hear anything except gay,” Wright says.
• ACT UP commemorates 25th Anniversary with march down Wall Street. For the Wednesday demonstration, the New York chapter of the 1987-founded AIDS activist group marches under the motto “ACT UP & Occupy. Tax Wall Street! End AIDS!” Here are some of ACT UP’s most visible moments in the last 25 years.
• Newt Gingrich pulls out, leaves messy pool of Santorum behind. Georgia’s own embarrassment officially announces dumping his presidential campaign next week. A look at the anti-gay wake he leaves behind.
Unger photo by CBS Chicago; Milk photo from LGBT Times; Wright photo via Miami Herald; Giroux photo from Edge Boston