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‘Kinky Boots’ sashays to top the Tony Awards

The Cyndi Lauper musical, Kinky Boots, took home six Tony Awards, including best musical and an award for best actor. The musical tells the story of a drag queen who helps save a struggling shoe factory,featuring many openly gay characters. It beat out contender Matilda, which was based on a popular Roald Dahl book. Other winners included a revival of Pippin, which took home four Tony Awards.

Marriage equality inevitable, poll says

More than 70 percent of Americans believe that marriage equality will soon be the norm, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Of those that see gay marriage as an inevitability, 85 percent identified themselves as marriage equality supporters and 59 percent as opponents. Seventy-three percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats said they believe marriage equality is inevitable. The survey also found that 51 percent of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage and 42 percent remain opposed.

Teen nearly beaten to death in France

An 18-year-old gay activist was hospitalized and left brain dead after an attack by a group of anti-gay activists. Clément Méric was attacked by three skinheads in Paris shortly after French parliament voted to legalize marriage equality. Méric was known for his progressive activism and was a strong supporter of the marriage equality bill.

Russian parliament approves anti-gay bill

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted unanimously to approve a bill that would reinforce an already existent ban on so-called homosexual “propaganda.” The Duma voted 242-0 to approve the bill, which imposes fines for holding Pride rallies or providing information about homosexuality to minors. The bill is assured an easy passage in the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin has pledged to sign it into law.

Utah Boy Scouts spark outrage in conservative circles

After several members of local Boy Scouts troops marched in the Utah Pride Parade, American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer took to his radio show to decry the showing. He alleged that the Boy Scouts who marched in uniform in the parade were part of a propaganda effort similar to Hitler youth. The Nazi youth movement was, in Fischer’s words, a “major homosexual recruiting effort.”

‘Glee’ actress comes out as lesbian

Charice, the Filipina pop star and former Glee star announced on a radio show that she is a lesbian. She also apologized to family, friends and fans who were disappointed to hear the news and thanked those who continued to show their support.  Fans may remember Charice as she stunned playing Sunshine Corazon in the second season of Glee. She is a judge on the Philippine version of The X-Factor.

Obama announces continued support for LGBT rights

In an annual address to show solidarity with queer rights supporters, President Barack Obama said his administration will continue fighting for equality. While there is still much ground to be made, there have been great advances, including expanded partnership visitation in hospitals, the lifting of the HIV entry ban and the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members. Obama said his administration is a “proud partner” in the fight for LGBT equality.

Apple removes ‘ex-gay’ mobile app from store

After a petition demanding Apple remove Captives Free gathered more than 60,000 signatures, it was removed from the iTunes store. The app purported to help people change sexuality. The petition was started by the LGBT rights advocacy group All Out. It has also been delivered to Google to have the app removed from the Google Play Store.

NOM ordered to reveal donors

The Maine Supreme Court ruled the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage cannot hide its donors from disclosure. After NOM donated $1.9 million to a campaign to ban marriage equality in the state, it failed to disclose donors to the Maine Election Oversight Commission. Because of the nature of its involvement, NOM should have registered as a Political Action Committee, and its executives failed to do so. NOM spokespeople contend that disclosure poses a risk and could result in the harassment of donors.

Gay college athlete raised in Mormon faith

The first openly gay college basketball player was raised Mormon and is proud of his heritage, according to a story by OutSports. Jallen Messersmith is a forward for the Benedictine College Ravens and said he has received support from his Mormon family, although he is no longer a practicing member. He said he was bullied relentlessly while growing up but his teammates are supportive.

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