July 5, 2012
Odd Future’s Frank Ocean Comes Out

Make no mistake, this is a much bigger deal than Anderson Cooper because the hip-hop world isn’t exactly known for embracing homosexuality and Tyler, the Creator, Odd Future’s front man, has been accused of writing homophobic lyrics — though he did tweet his support for his friend. You can read Ocean’s entire letter at his website, where he doesn’t specifically come out, but does admit his first love was a man.  He also gets the NYT’s profile treatment, which addresses the issue.

Anyway, Russell Simmons said Ocean just changed the game with his courage to admit what he did. There’s probably no bigger authority in the hip-hop world than Russell Simmons, except maybe Kanye and Jay-Z, so who am I to understate the importance of this.

June 1, 2012
Green Lantern is Gay

Literally: “Today, DC has confirmed Internet rumors that the character in question is Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, currently appearing as a lead character in DC’s Earth 2.”

I was pulling for Superman or Batman once the rumors started a few weeks ago, but I kind of assumed it would be Aquaman. Wrong on both my assumptions and desires.

April 10, 2012
The Bible and Homosexuality

Two different stories about homosexuality and the bible floating out there in the world within days of one another is just two good to pass up. So here they are, lumped together for your reading pleasure.

1. Dan Savage highly recommends a new documentary on the subject by Matthew Vines:

Matthew Vines is a young gay man who grew up in Kansas. His family is Christian and very conservative. After coming out, Vines took two years off college to research and think deeply about what the bible says—and doesn’t say—about homosexuality. You could argue that what Vines has to say is irrelevant to non-Christians. But Vines’ argument and his insights are highly relevant to gay Christians, to their families, to Christians who point to the bible to justify their bigotry and the pain they inflict on LGBT people (including their own LGBT children), and to anyone who happens to live in a country that is majority Christian.

You can check out a trailer for the documentary here.

2. A student group at BYU, which isn’t regarded as one of the most friendly campuses for LGBT students, has made an “It Gets Better” video that features gay Mormon students sharing their struggles to reconcile their sexuality and their religion.

If we find one more example of the bible and homosexuality we’ll have a full-blown trend story on our hands folks.

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