193 Reason to Have Pride: Part Two
BY Advocate Contributors
May 17 2011 4:00 AM ET
“EXCLUSION IS NOT AN IRISH THING”
Sadly, antigay discrimination is to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan what green is to leprechauns — just a regular part of the ensemble. Every year, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which coordinates the parade, prohibits gay and lesbian marchers from participating with any identifying banners. Last March new Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore criticized the policy and told a meeting of LGBT activists in New York, “Exclusion is not an Irish thing.” He indicated that Ireland might consider marriage equality in a new constitution to mark the centennial of home rule in 2016. By then Sen. David Norris may have won the election — happening this November — to become the first openly gay president of Ireland.
EVEN WWE WANTS TO STOP THE BULLYING
After pro wrestler John Cena caused a stir with antigay remarks targeted at The Miz and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, World Wrestling Entertainment and GLAAD teamed up to promote a campaign for WWE fans denouncing bullying and homophobia.
J.LO THINKS WE’RE READY FOR A GAY IDOL
Many people blamed conservative voters after Adam Lambert came in second on American Idol, but new judge Jennifer Lopez recently told The Advocate that she believes America is finally ready to elect an openly gay idol, adding, “I think they vote for whom they like and who touches them the most.”
“LGBT ICON AND HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST” WERE PART AND PARCEL OF THE HEADLINES FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR
The Academy Award–winning actress, among the last living legends of Hollywood’s golden era, passed away in March at the age of 79. Even more than her talent, beauty, and glamour, her legacy as a fierce fighter in the darkest hours of the AIDS crisis captured the spotlight.
HE’S GOT THE WRITE STUFF
Dustin Lance Black continues to lure Hollywood’s hottest talents to tell our most passionate stories. Milk, his Oscar-winning screenplay about the slain activist, paired James Franco and Sean Penn as star-crossed partners. Now in Black’s latest biopic, J. Edgar, Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer will lock lips when they star as closeted cross-dresser FBI honcho Hoover and his alleged longtime lover, Clyde Tolson.
IF YOU’RE LGBT, TOP AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES WANT TO KNOW
As the tragic series of suicides and antigay assaults demonstrates, more work needs to be done to make American campuses safer for LGBT students. One attempt in that direction involves asking applicants about their sexual orientation and gender identity in order to match them with members of the campus LGBT group. Participation is completely voluntary and has no bearing on admission, but leading schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth (pictured), which have launched such efforts, believe that connecting accepted students to resources could make all the difference in their college careers.
WE HAVE IMPECCABLE TASTE
With a bold yet sophisticated modern aesthetic full of drama and whimsy, curator-designer Craig Van Den Brulle’s eponymous upscale home furnishings showroom in Manhattan’s chic Nolita neighborhood — his new Delaunay collection includes a $75,000 laser-sintered metallic dining table—attracts a discerning clientele that includes Tom Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Anna Wintour. Though he hesitates to credit his sexuality with informing his coveted sense of style, Van Den Brulle is a vocal gay rights advocate who regularly donates to the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT organizations. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to give back to our community in any way possible,” he says, “because there are so many fanatical groups out there trying to take us back to the dark ages.”