Quinto on his “Glee” and “Boss” star boyfriend, college player booted from football team for gay kiss, gay-bating in Tammy Baldwin’s race and at FRC and AFA’s Values Voter Summit, Romney’s history of LGBT ignorance, and more LGBT headlines.
• Gay football player kicked off team for kissing boyfriend. North Dakota State College of Science linebacker Jamie Kuntz (top photo) says he was booted from junior college squad after smooching his 65-year-old beau during a game. A dismissal letter from the coach says the kiss was “detrimental” and a “distraction.” The coach now says Kuntz was booted for initially lying about it.
• Tammy Baldwin opponent distances himself from aide’s gay-baiting. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is running against the lesbian candidate for U.S. Senate. His political director Brian Nemoir tweeted and e-mailed attacks on Baldwin for being gay. Thompson apologized but didn’t fire Nemoir.
• Mitt Romney’s disturbing interactions with gay people. Plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 Massachusetts gay marriage case, former gay staffers, lobbyists on anti-bullying, and gay Republicans recount meetings with then-Gov. Romney. To say MittBot lacked empathy is an understatement.
• Zachary Quinto confirms relationship with “Glee” star. The “Heroes,” “Star Trek” and “American Horror Story” actor (middle photo, right) opens up about coming out and his career, though he keeps it brief on boyfriend Jonathan Groff (left). Groff is best known as Rachel boyfriend and “New Directions” nemesis Jesse St. James on “Glee” and is now a white-collar cutthroat on the Kelsey Grammar series “Boss.” Quinto is “very happy, very lucky,” he says.
• Pols urged not to join anti-gay Value Voters Summit. The anti-gay Family Research Council and American Family Association host the haters convention this weekend. Gay groups wrote 15 high-profile invited speakers – most notably VP candidate Paul Ryan – pressing them not to “legitimize anti-LGBT extremism” with their attendance.
• 10 innovative companies and their LGBT bigwigs. From Google’s Megan Smith to Apple’s Tim Cook, Twitter’s Dana Contreras and beyond, a look at gay execs who helped push their companies to the forefront of culture and tops in business.
• Too much? Man pepper-sprays gay-slurring teen. A 14-year-old girl harassed Christopher Whittle’s partner for six weeks with terms like “faggot” and “fruit.” Whittle (bottom photo) was arrested for taking the matter, and a can of mace, into his own hands. Whittle says he thought she was an adult and regrets his actions. He faces four charges including assault and possessing a weapon.
• FAMU: School blameless in gay Atlanta man’s hazing death. Florida A&M University attorneys filed documents Monday saying Robert Champion’s death on a band bus was his own fault because he was an adult who shouldn’t have been engaging in dangerous activities. Gay Atlantans, attorneys and Champion’s friends have speculated on whether his sexual orientation was a contributing factor in his beating.
Kuntz photo via Washington Post; Whittle photo by CBC; Quinto-Groff photo from MaleCeleb