Pastor Withdraws From Inaugural Ceremony Over Anti-Gay Remarks

A pastor set to deliver the inaugural benediction at the Obama Inauguration this month has withdrawn over anti-gay remarks he made in the mid-90s.

Atlanta’s Pastor Louis Giglio once advocated for ex-gay therapy and spoken out against the “homosexual lifestyle.”


He also invoked a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people to be executed and argued that homosexuals choose to be gay.

GLAAD Congratulates Jet Magazine on Featuring Same-Sex Wedding

GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) took a moment to congratulate Jet Magazine for featuring a same-sex marriage in its wedding section:

As part of our year-round work to raise visibility of LGBT people of color in the media and to grow acceptance of LGBT people in these communities, GLAAD worked closely with Ravi and Paris to help them shape their story and also worked with JET to feature the couple.

STUDY: African Americans Make Up Largest Share of LGBT Community

A recent Gallup survey finds that people of color are more likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

4.6 percent of African Americans identify at LGBT; compared to 4 percent of Latinos and 4.3 percent of Asian Americans. Only 3.2 percent of whites say they are LGBT.

These survey results stand in stark contrast to the stereotypical rendering of LGBT people as wealthy, single white males.

Black Clergy Members Protest Gay Marriage at NAACP Convention

A group of black clergy members protested gay marriage at the NAACP’s convention in Houston TX.

The NAACP came out in support of marriage equality in the wake of President Obama’s endorsement in May.

The group – dubbed the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) – says gay marriage is wrong, and that the NAACP should concern itself with more pressing issues.

From the Huffington Post:

“‘This is supposed to be an organization for black people who were beaten, who were mistreated and who were enslaved,’ Owens told The Huffington Post. ‘You’re advocating for something that’s not normal, that’s not natural. It’s still out of line, it’s against moral law.’

Frank Ocean Comes Out

R&B singer and Odd Future member Frank Ocean came out of the closet yesterday, writing a poetic blog in which he admitted that his first love was a man.

“‘4 summers ago, I met somebody,’ he wrote. ‘I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together.  By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.'”

Ocean’s admission is relatively unheard of in mainstream Hip Hop, and will certainly make waves across the music world.

14 Year-old Left Blind in One Eye After Homphobic Attack from Bullies

14 year-old Kardin Ulysse is now blind in one eye after a brutal, homophobic assault by bullies in the cafeteria of Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Brooklyn.

The bullies shouted anti-gay epithets as they pinned Kardin to the ground and punched him repeatedly on the head and neck. According to the Ulysse family, Kardin had been hounded by bullies for months, but school officials failed to effectively intervene.