October 21, 2014

LGBT Community Center Opens New Public Resource Space

Posted on April 8, 2013 by in Features, News

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Maryland (GLCCB) has opened an informational center, which includes support services and resources, a computer lab, Wi-Fi, and an LGBT bookstore.  The Welcome Center will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. It is located on the ground floor of the GLCCB (241 W. Chase St.). [BaltimoreSun] (more…)

Gay Literature Added to California K-12 Reading List

Posted on March 25, 2013 by in Features, News

Drawing the ire of right-wingers, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of LGBT-identified people. Brown said:

“History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.” [HuffingtonPost] (more…)

Furor Over Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Views Drives ‘Superman’ Illustrator to Leave Comic

Posted on March 12, 2013 by in Features, News

Artist Chris Sprouse has thrown in the towel on illustrating anti-gay author Orson Scott Card’s upcoming Adventures of Superman issue. A petition urging DC Comics to drop the Ender’s Game author currently boasts almost 17,000 signatures. Sprouse said in a press statement: (more…)

Wolverine, Hercules Share Gay Kiss In Alternate Universe

Posted on March 5, 2013 by in Features, News

Back in June, Northstar tied the knot with his male partner. And now, Marvel’s Wolverine and Hercules share a kiss in X-Treme X-Men #10. The series features Marvel characters from “alternate universes.” [HuffPo] (more…)

From ‘Cinderella’ to ‘King and King’: The Rise of Alternative Fairytales

Posted on February 25, 2013 by in Features, News

Last week, a special event called “Alternative Families, Alternative Fairytales” was held at London’s Southbank Centre. The meeting was dedicated to “addressing the lack or literature” available for same-sex parents in the UK and their estimated 19,000 children. In recent years, significant strides have been made in LGBT-inclusive children’s books –Justin Richardson’s And Tango Makes Three and Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland’s King and King are two prominent examples. (more…)

‘All Out’ Petition Against Anti-Gay ‘Superman’ Author Draws Thousands of Signatures

Posted on February 18, 2013 by in Features, News

Despite the recent wave of inclusiveness in major comic books, many believe that DC Comics has taken a major step backward by hiring the anti-gay Orson Scott Card to pen the first issue in its Adventures of Superman series. The Mormon author of Ender’s Game once said that “the dark secret of homosexual society … is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.” An All Out petition against DC Comics’ choice currently boasts over 13,500 signatures. [Guardian] (more…)

Books That Illuminated Gay Life for Americans

Posted on February 10, 2013 by in Features, News

With the Boy Scouts of America mulling over its anti-gay policies until May, a Washington Post blogger has compiled a reading list to help “open their hearts and minds.” It includes Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, among others. [WashingtonPost] (more…)

New York Mayoral Contender Christine Quinn’s Forthcoming Memoir

Posted on February 3, 2013 by in Features, News

City Council speaker and New York mayoral contender Christine Quinn will soon have a memoir on the shelves. The book, titled With Patience and Fortitude, is slated for a May 14, 2013 by publisher William Morrow and Company. If Quinn is elected mayor, she will be the first female and first openly gay candidate to fill the position. [NYTimes] (more…)

Judge Dredd May Be Gay, Writers Hint

Posted on January 28, 2013 by in Features, News

Judge Dredd fans have been reacting to an image of the comic book hero in the arms of another man with the caption, “I guess, somehow, I’d always known I was gay. I was just too scared to admit it.” The latest issue of the 2000 AD comic is called “Closet”, but the illustration actually depicts a man dressed in a Judge Dredd costume, and not the hero himself. Writer Rob Williams says Dredd “may well be gay, straight or bi”, but his sexuality is likely to remain a mystery, at least for now. [Guardian] (more…)

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on January 21, 2013 by in Features, News

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The extensive list includes contenders for Outstanding Film, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Newspaper Article, and more. View the full list here. (more…)