Rachel Maddow appeared on The Wendy Williams Show today and talks about how she was outed to her parents, where she met her partner Susan, and why she follows Ice-T and Coco.
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Dr. Robert Spitzer, a psychiatrist who published a controversial 2001 study suggesting that in rare instances gay people could change their sexual orientation, retracted those claims in an American Prospect article published last week. Spitzer had led the effort to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973, and the 2001 article was an attempt, according to Spitzer, to "question 'whether everything you've been taught is wrong.'"
Now, in a letter to Dr. Ken Zucker, Spitzer is apologizing for the wrongs he caused:
I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some “highly motivated” individuals.
Read the full letter at Truth Wins Out.
Nebraska Asst Football Coach Ron Brown Says It Would Be an Honor to Be Fired for His Anti-Gay Christian Beliefs
Nebraska Assistant Football Coach Ron Brown, who has faced calls for his firing since testifying against an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance that passed in Omaha in March, gives an interview to the AP in which he portrays himself as a victimized Christian.
Brown acknowledges that he uses his position as a platform for his ministry. He sprinkles in football metaphors during his many speaking engagements and sometimes references the players he’s coached. He said the risk of losing his job pales in comparison to the price others have paid for standing up for their beliefs. Christians throughout the world, he pointed out, have been murdered because of their faith.
In his March testimony, Brown told the Omaha City Council what they were doing was "not Biblical".
Since the "not Biblical" ordinance passed, residents can now file complaints with Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department if they are fired over their orientation, suffer other workplace discrimination or are refused service at restaurants, hotels or other places that serve the public.
Watch video of Brown's testimony before the Omaha City Council, AFTER THE JUMP...
Said Brown: "The question I have for you, like Pontius Pilate, is: 'What are you going to do with Jesus?' For those of you on this council who have a relationship with Christ, and only you know if you do, you will be held to great accountability for the decision you make."
Blogger Aksarbent, who shot video of Brown's "sermonette" to council members, wrote: "Brown has made a career of foisting his reactionary brand of Christianity on football players and of ignoring separation of church and state in his attempts to proselytize in public schools under the guise of campaigning against alcohol abuse, drunk driving and other problems which are quite solvable without religion."
Says Brown to the AP:
“To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn’t win enough games. I haven’t lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen.”
Lincoln, Nebraska is considering a similar LGBT non-discrimination ordinance to that passed in Omaha. A hearing may be held on May 7.
"Brown said he is 'praying about' speaking in opposition if his schedule allows."
Watch video of Brown's testimony before the Omaha City Council, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Colorado State Senate approved SB-2, the Colorado Civil Union Act, on its second reading. The bill passed with bipartisan support and moves on to third reading and final passage, most likely tomorrow.
"If signed into law, the bill will provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, such as the ability to inherit property, to take family leave to care for a partner, to visit a partner in the hospital, and to make medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner," according to an email from advocacy group One Colorado.
Said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado: “Civil unions are about commitment. They’re about responsibility. And they’re about being able to take care of the one you love. Today’s bipartian vote in the Senate affirms the dignity of all loving families in the state. We look forward to a fair hearing in the House. Issues with overwhelming public support like civil unions deserve an up-or-down vote by all of our Representatives.”
Said Senator Pat Steadman (pictured), the bill's sponsor: “Civil unions will allow committed couples to share in the responsibilities and protections in Colorado law that most families take for granted. Our society is stronger when we promote personal responsibility and taking care of one another, and civil unions do just that."
The bill faces a much tougher battle in the House where a similar bill was killed last year.
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RUSSIAN PARKOUR: Oh, just doing a backflip off the side of a tall building.
FREDDIE MERCURY: An animated "Don't Stop Me Now".
SPHERO: Obama drives a robotic ball.
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Elton John and David Furnish plan to have another child: “I would like Zachary to have a sibling. I think he would be better with a sibling than on his own. It’s something we talk about all the time. But in terms of when, where and how, nothing’s decided yet."
Calvin Klein boyfriend Nick Gruber appears in court on charges of assault, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance: "Nick Gruber, 22, a model and former gay porn star, was accused of bloodying New Jersey college student Calvin Swint, 20, during the 4:20 a.m. fisticuffs."
Digestive systems cower in fear.
Patrick Breen Luke MacFarlane, and Christopher Hanke to lead national tour of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart: "Arena Stage today announced initial casting for its limited engagement of THE NORMAL HEART, which will run June 8 to July 29, 2012 and will coincide with AIDS 2012, the biennial international AIDS conference that returns to the United States for the first time in 22 years."
Kardashians ink $40 million deal with E!
Hong Kong pop star Anthony Wong comes out of the closet at the end of a concert: “People don’t need to guess whether or not I’m a tongzhi [Chinese slang for homosexual] anymore. I’m saying, I’m gay. I’m a homosexual. G-A-Y.” VIDEO.
Judge refuses to throw out charges against Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning: "Army Col. Denise Lind denied the defense motion to dismiss all 22 charges during a pretrial hearing in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The ruling means the hearing that's mainly concerned with the exchange of evidence will continue."
TED launches new initiative for assisting educators in the classroom.
Justin Bieber gets his mascara on.
Adam Sandler snatched Chris Colfer's Candy Land dreams: "When I was fourteen, I was obsessed with Candy Land, and I wanted to make it into a Broadway musical. I thought Candy Land could be the next Wicked. Candy Land the game was invented for kids with polio, so the story would start out with a boy who had polio and was magically transported into Candy Land and got to have all these adventures that he normally couldn't because he was chained to a hospital bed. So when I found that Adam Sandler had snatched up the rights to the movie, I was so bummed!"
Romney wins New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island, sets record.
UK boy band The Wanted premiere new video for "Chasing the Sun".
Rufus Wainwright buttons up for Vman.
California Senate panel advances bill protecting citizens from "ex-gay" therapy: "he law does not outright ban all ex-gay therapy, but it does prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing sexual orientation change efforts."
Gay cop sues NYPD after poor evaluation, claims supervisor taunted him: "In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the probationary sergeant, Michael Fox, said Lt. Roger Lurch routinely sneered things at him in the West 100th Street station house like, 'You’re not a real cop,' 'You belong at a desk,' and, 'In the real world, we have to lay hands on people and make arrests.'"
22 elephants massacred by poachers in Congo.
Family of slain gay Nova Scotia activist Raymond Taavel thanks supporters: "We are overwhelmed by the people of Halifax and Nova Scotia and your explosion of compassion and love for our son and brother. We are so grateful for what you have done and are doing in Raymond’s memory. We do not mourn alone when you mourn with us. You will never know what this meant for us...Raymond died the way he lived, helping people. He is our hero, and you are heroes for what you are doing for him, and also for us. Nova Scotia is a good place to be. Our hope is that all the ‘Raymonds’ of the world can someday find their own ‘Nova Scotia’."