Equality Roundup: Obama Salutes Gay Recruits And Tony Perkins For Dinner

May 30, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

obama and tony perkinsBack from all the barbecues?

While we were getting fed, Obama was officiating the Air Force Acadamy’s graduation — the first one with openly gay cadets. Money quote? “We just got told that this is what’s gonna happen, and we all need to be adults about it.”

Speaking of being an adult about it, last week Brooke Baldwin played the adult and called out Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council. Part of Perkins’ prattle was about how he’d never actually had dinner with a gay or lesbian couple. So Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, invited him over. Perkins has reportedly accepted, and all parties are now scheduling the night.

While Equality California keeps building support for SB 1172, which would ban gay conversion “therapy” in CA, (VOTE TOMORROW — you’ve sent your letter right?), here’s a little more video on the kind of travails inflicted on youth by so-called “therapists”: Samuel Brinton on Young Turks.

How young do kids know they’re transgendered? Sometimes, by five. And that kid might be safer than ever, too.

Will Presbyterians be the newest congregation to extend full equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of their flock? Michael Adee, of More Light Presbyterians hopes so, and is encouraging a grassroots petition in order to show support for the issue.

There’s faith up in Harlem too — Rivers at Rehoboth was borne of a merger between two open and affirming congregations, and now has enough of a following that they’re looking to expand.

Curious about the ongoing freedom to marry and marriage equality lawsuits? NY Times columnist Bill Keller looks at Justice Kennedy.

Finally, a bit of high and low culture: Les Amies de Place Blanche, a photo set by Christer Strömholm, explores the transsexual community in Place Blanche, Paris, in the ’50s and ’60s. If photography’s not your thing, Green Lantern is being rebooted as gay. No word on whether his weakness is still “wood.”

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