1. #educatorFAIL
"Moral of the story: Don’t be gay," posted Jim Whitney, a math teacher at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri, to a former student’s Facebook page. Whitney was commenting on the high school graduate’s, Josh Gonzalez, article related to the suicide of Jamie Hubley and anti-gay bullying - just a day before Spirit Day.  
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a special education teacher, Viki Knox, also used Facebook to express her views on homosexuality saying it “spreads like cancer.”
And this all follows ‘Teacher of the Year’ Jerry Buell who used Facebook (noticing a trend?) to denounce on New York’s decision to allow same-sex marriage.
While it is still being determined if Whitney was actually behind the posts, Knox was escorted from school grounds. Buell was suspended but later reinstated following an investigation.
It seems to me that there should be tougher rules for educators - especially when interacting with students on social media platforms. Clearly, bullying is an ongoing issue but this issue becomes even worse when teachers are the ones involved.  
[Our trusty Tumblr friend, Toaster-Haus, came across Whitney’s posts and was trying to draw the attention of local media. I’mWithKanye regrets offering poor PR advice and not doing something much sooner. However, we are happy to see that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves.]

    #educatorFAIL

    "Moral of the story: Don’t be gay," posted Jim Whitney, a math teacher at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri, to a former student’s Facebook page. Whitney was commenting on the high school graduate’s, Josh Gonzalez, article related to the suicide of Jamie Hubley and anti-gay bullying - just a day before Spirit Day.  

    Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a special education teacher, Viki Knox, also used Facebook to express her views on homosexuality saying it “spreads like cancer.”

    And this all follows ‘Teacher of the Year’ Jerry Buell who used Facebook (noticing a trend?) to denounce on New York’s decision to allow same-sex marriage.

    While it is still being determined if Whitney was actually behind the posts, Knox was escorted from school grounds. Buell was suspended but later reinstated following an investigation.

    It seems to me that there should be tougher rules for educators - especially when interacting with students on social media platforms. Clearly, bullying is an ongoing issue but this issue becomes even worse when teachers are the ones involved.  

    [Our trusty Tumblr friend, Toaster-Haus, came across Whitney’s posts and was trying to draw the attention of local media. I’mWithKanye regrets offering poor PR advice and not doing something much sooner. However, we are happy to see that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves.]

  2. On Monday, Huffington Post launched HuffPost Gay Voices. 
Gay Voices will provide a place for all of those stories to “live” together, thereby making it much easier for readers to find, share and discuss queer topics. What’s more, with a specific vertical dedicated to the queer “community,” The Huffington Post will be able to delve deeper into the issues that matter to queer people and that can’t be addressed by other verticals due to time or the specificity of the issue.
My take:

Yay: Finally, Huffington Post creates a dedicated portal to capture issues and news stories for the ‘queer community.’ I found this a major oversight for the website as a whole. I am looking forward to being able to find and explore new voices and writers. Huffington Post at its best is a great aggregate for news and blogs. 
Nay: Why use Lady Gaga to launch the new site? There are so many relevant stories - GOP’s silence while gay soldiers get booed, Obama and the 15th annual HRC dinner, the formal repeal of DADT - that I think the site did a disservice relying on such a polarizing pop culture figure to establish its ‘voice.’ 
TBD: The site in its initial form is unorganized and confusing. There’s a Gaga article next to an Obama post followed by naked guys dancing for a kitty charity. I hope the site learns to group (or identify) stories by politics, (pop) culture, living, etc. so there is more direct access to specific elements of gay news.  

    On Monday, Huffington Post launched HuffPost Gay Voices

    Gay Voices will provide a place for all of those stories to “live” together, thereby making it much easier for readers to find, share and discuss queer topics. What’s more, with a specific vertical dedicated to the queer “community,” The Huffington Post will be able to delve deeper into the issues that matter to queer people and that can’t be addressed by other verticals due to time or the specificity of the issue.

    My take:

    Yay: Finally, Huffington Post creates a dedicated portal to capture issues and news stories for the ‘queer community.’ I found this a major oversight for the website as a whole. I am looking forward to being able to find and explore new voices and writers. Huffington Post at its best is a great aggregate for news and blogs. 

    Nay: Why use Lady Gaga to launch the new site? There are so many relevant stories - GOP’s silence while gay soldiers get booed, Obama and the 15th annual HRC dinner, the formal repeal of DADT - that I think the site did a disservice relying on such a polarizing pop culture figure to establish its ‘voice.’ 

    TBD: The site in its initial form is unorganized and confusing. There’s a Gaga article next to an Obama post followed by naked guys dancing for a kitty charity. I hope the site learns to group (or identify) stories by politics, (pop) culture, living, etc. so there is more direct access to specific elements of gay news.  

  3. Archie comics embraces gay marriage

The amazingly popular Kevin Keller is featured in the twenty-something world of ‘Life With Archie.’ Kevin followed in his father’s foot steps and is returning to Riverdale as a war hero, but that’s not all - It’s Kevin’s wedding day! The whole gang turns out for Kevin Keller’s wedding as we discover how Kevin met “Mr. Right.” It’s not all hearts and flowers, however. Unfortunately, this all occurs during the separation of Archie and Veronica. Archie Comics presents the wedding event of the year … again!
[HuffPo]

    Archie comics embraces gay marriage

    The amazingly popular Kevin Keller is featured in the twenty-something world of ‘Life With Archie.’ Kevin followed in his father’s foot steps and is returning to Riverdale as a war hero, but that’s not all - It’s Kevin’s wedding day! The whole gang turns out for Kevin Keller’s wedding as we discover how Kevin met “Mr. Right.” It’s not all hearts and flowers, however. Unfortunately, this all occurs during the separation of Archie and Veronica. Archie Comics presents the wedding event of the year … again!

    [HuffPo]

  4. Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.

    — 

    From Rick Perry’s book, On My Honor, an encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008.

    Because, you know, a book about Boy Scouts is a great time to compare homosexuals and alcoholics.

  5. A news analysis of DOMA six months later

    A half-year after the Obama administration decided to stop defending DOMA, the impact on the legal landscape has been felt throughout the country.

    The impact of that decision in the months since, however, has been all but straightforward, finding its way into cases and considerations of all types – from bankruptcy filings to civil-rights violation investigations and from ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to immigration cases.

    [Read more at Metro Weekly]