Too busy to spend time looking round all the LGBT sites to find out what you should be keeping up to date with? Fear not Queeried are here to do it for you with our Wednesday round up of the five GLBT stories you need to be reading.
1. Bullied Gay Teen Dies After Hanging Himself In Suicide Attempt
One of those stories that you never want to hear. SFGate reports on the heartbreaking story of Seth Walsh. Walsh was a 13 year old kid who like many of us was subjected to homophobic bullying. Sadly due to a lack of support from school officials Seth felt the only way to bring the issue to an end was to kill himself. It isn’t and we as community need to push to make sure that we don’t ever have to hear stories like this again.
2. Indonesia Gay Film Festival Targeted By Islamic Protesters
The Guardian reports on how a gay film festival in Jakarta found itself yesterday targeted by the Islamic Defenders Front who chanted homophobic slogans and accused organisers of blasphemy. The founder of the festival promised it would carry on but organisers did eventually have to cancel some screenings.
3. I’m Sorry We Don’t Accept Orders For Gay Muffins
Womanist Musings discusses the decision by Just Cookies in Indianapolis to reject an order from a gay student wanting rainbow cookies because that would make them obscene cookies. Really? So what exactly happens when there’s a rainbow in the sky? Does he walk around with his eye closed because of this horrific sight?
4. Michigan’s Assistant Attorney General Obsessively Targets Gay Student
MetroWeekly reports on Andrew Shirvell, Michigan’s Assistant Attorney General and his decision to set up a blog when he posts and rants about Chris Armstrong the Student Assembly President of University of Michigan. Taking posts by Armstrong from Facebook as well as marking up photos of him with swastikas. He says it’s important that people know exactly who Chris is…. or just how loopy Shirvell is…
5. Mormon Leader Apologises For Pain Caused By Proposition 8 Campaign
The Advocate reports on an apology by Elder Marlin K. Jensen to a gathering of around 90 Mormons who were hurt by the role that their church played in the Prop 9 campaign. Saying he knew that many people had been deeply hurt by their actions he also added that “I know that the Lord expects better of us”
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