In an echo of the parade controversy in New York, Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts has announced he plans to boycott the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade unless LGBT groups are allowed to participate openly.
Members of the New York City Council have joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in boycotting the city’s 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, for its refusal to allow LGBT people to participate openly.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, February 4, that he will not be attending Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March. The 52-year-old Democrat said his decision is based on parade organizers’ disapproval of gay and lesbian lifestyles and their unwillingness to embrace LGBT pride. He will be the first mayor to be absent from the event in over twenty years.
Last week, it was reported that German President Joachim Gauk was not going to represent his country at the Sochi Games in February. Despite his strong support of LGBT rights, his office denied claims that his decision is related to the Russian anti-gay propaganda law.
In a letter sent to parents on November 13, the Head of the Myrtle Grove Christian School, located in Wilmington, NC, announced the school’s new “Biblical Morality Policy,” which reserves the school’s right to refuse admission to an applicant if their home activities don’t align with the school’s Biblical world view.
When “Ender’s Game” premiered in Los Angeles on the night of October 28, the author of the original book, Orson Scott Card, who is becoming better known for his anti-equality activism than for his novels, was nowhere to be seen.
It’s not shocking that Vitaly Milonov, the man who proposed banning “homosexual propaganda,” has made another homophobic remark. It is quite strange that he made that comment at a Russian Queer Fest film festival; according to an interview with French journalist Julien Pain, he attended the festival so he could look at “how European country officials support those who rape kids.”
Family Research Council (FRC) head Tony Perkins called on followers to not let them eat cake after Betty Crocker donated free wedding cakes to gay couples marrying in Minnesota. "Betty celebrates all families," company brand manager Laura Forero said at the time.
Lions Gate Entertainment, the Canadian film company distributing the upcoming big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s landmark sci-fi book Ender’s Game, increasingly finds itself in a no-win situation with the film.
Entrepreneur Mike Waxman is using his personal experiences to create social change for the LGBT community with his newest venture.