An openly gay man, Jared Polis, won Colorado's 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary race on Tuesday. That's a big reason for GLBT people to celebrate.
Because Polis' district happens to be overwhelmingly Democratic, he
is a shoo-in to make history on November 4th as the first
openly gay man elected to the House.
Polis will join Massachusetts Rep.
Barney Frank (Democrat) and Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin (Democrat)
as the third out representative in Congress. Unlike Polis, who disclosed his sexuality at the start of the race, Frank came out after
serving five years in Congress.
If a gay Congressman from Colorado
strikes you as odd, it should. It certainly would have been
unimaginable 15 years ago when voters in the state passed a
constitutional amendment prohibiting laws to protect gays and
lesbians from discrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the
law in 1997.
A nearby state, Utah, is making gay
waves itself as a
group of gay Mormons spoke to the media on Monday in Salt Lake City –
the day they had hoped to be meeting with Mormon officials.
The group Affirmation has been
attempting to sit down with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints (LDS or the Mormons) officials since its secret formation at
BYU thirty-one years ago. This year, for the first time, after new
president Thomas S. Monson replaced Gordon B. Hinkley, the 13-million
member church agreed. But, on July 23rd, less than twenty
days before the meeting, church officials postponed the sit-down
Instead, Affirmation spoke with
reporters and released to the public what they had hoped to have
discussed with the church - a request for an affirming statement by
the LDS on homosexuality at their next general conference, to have a
prominent female leader tell mothers a child's homosexuality is not
their fault and does not require curing, a request for a meeting with
President Monson, extend an invitation for Monson to speak at the
next Affirmation conference, and the possibility of jointly
developing gay & lesbian training materials for LDS clergy.
Mormon leadership, however, is most
likely not going to be accepting any of those requests anytime soon.
In fact, the Mormon Church is working diligently to roll back gay
rights in California. The
church recently urged its congregation to fight for passage of
Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to ban gay
At the Olympics, gay
& lesbian sports fans are anticipating Monday's debut of openly gay
Australian diver – and media darling – Matthew Mitcham as he competes
in the 3m springboard event. The twenty-year-old is there with his
Mitcham says he “mistakenly” outed
himself when The Sydney Morning Herald asked whom he lived
with. “I hadn't planned to do it all,” Mitcham told the
Advocate. “It was just a question and it went from there.”
You can root for Mitcham by sending him
a text message at the Gay Games website.
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And it was our own Gay Entertainment Report which brought me news of other gay athletes. Shirts & Skins
is Logo's highly anticipated reality series about a gay basketball team
in pursuit of their dream to win the National Gay Basketball
Championship in Chicago. “Shirts & Skins is
that rare reality series that functions as both entertainment and
inspiration. It is sure to score with both jocks and fans,” the
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On Top Magazine. Walter Weeks is a writer for On Top and can be
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