Wednesday December 4, 2013
Former NBA legend Magic Johnson and wife Cookie have shown public support for their 20-year-old son EJ since the post-teen was spotted earlier this year holding hands with another guy on Sunset Boulevard. This week the couple opens up on Oprah's Next Chapter
about their relationship with EJ and how they found out he was gay.
Cookie tells Oprah that she and Magic have known EJ was gay since he was 3 or 4. He used to love to wear dresses and dance around she says. From then on, she says, their love as a mother was unconditional:
"So you kind of know something, but you think they're going to grow out of it," she says. "And then he really never did, but it's okay because it's your child. You love your child and you support your child no matter what they are, you know what I mean? And so we did all along."
Cookie goes on to say she pulled him aside as a teenager for a chat about his sexuality. "I didn't want him to feel bad," she tells Oprah.
Magic's response was just as cool. Magic says he knew EJ wanted his support and although "it was a shock in the beginning," he "was just waiting on him" to say something.
The episode of Oprah's Next Chapter airs Sunday at 9pm EST.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
In a heartfelt video
, British Olympic diver Tom Delay came out to fans and the public. The news adds to a growing list of pro athletes who are taking the dive into full disclosure. However, rumors are circulating this week about the romantic interest that may have influenced Delay's decision.
"Got something I need to say...not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! :)" Delay tweeted before explaining on YouTube that he was "dating a guy" and couldn't be happier. "It makes me feel safe and just really does feel right," he said.
Rumors are now buzzing over who this special someone could be. Gay site Queerty
is reporting that a fan snapped Delay, 19, hanging out in Hollywood with 39-year-old screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. The two were spotted leaving The Coffee Bean.
Of course, Black is an Oscar-winning screenwriter who could be sourcing actors for a new project. And Delay with his new attention could be prime for a part. Or most likely this meeting is the first public hang out for the new couple.
Neither, as of this writing, has confirmed nor denied any romantic connection.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Idiots! That's what gay activists are, according to retired Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.
Weir has never been afraid of the spotlight. His colorful attention to detail on and off the ice often stirred controversy over the seeming flamboyance of his aesthetic. Weir's stand against skating conservatism was nothing short of inspiring in his refusal to conform to the heteronormative tastes of the sport. In this way, Weir has always been an activist for the community. Although his skating career is flatlined, the legacies of his performances have polarised and arguably moved forward debates over representations of masculinity in figure skating.
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Post coming out Weir has seen his professional skating life fall to the shadows of his gay rights activism. Just last month he announced that he is abstaining from the Sochi Games
in what some at the time believe was a direct push against Russia's perplexing renewal of traditional homophobia. Others weren't so sure, claiming that nagging injuries, age, and a series of flaccid performances were behind his decision to 'protest'.
Regardless, Weir has always been on the defensive against raging hetero fans and figure skating commentators eager to minimize his talent in favor of the more salacious gossip about his shiny costumes. Still, it's with some curiosity that Weir has transferred the aggression onto the gay advocacy community. Speaking at a Columbia University forum on the role of the athlete on Monday night, Weir responded to a question during the Q&A by calling the gay rights activists protesting outside "idiots... dumping vodka in the street."
On Tuesday, he issued an apology
to the Queer Nation protestors and the community at large for being "defensive" and on high alert over an "unsafe fan situation."
"However," he continued. "I realized that there is no excuse to hurl insults at those who oppose you, or those who think differently than you and as a believer in free will and free speech, I allowed my own fear and emotion to get the better of me and for a moment I became a hypocrite.
Despite many activists bravery, they also have a very pointed way of trying to make everyone around them an activist and to stand for a cause. My stance of being pro-athlete before being pro-gay has ruffled so many feathers and it becomes difficult to speak publicly because of this fight.
In any event, the speech finished, I left feeling awful and my only solace was in a half eaten carton of Breyers, freezer burned to death in the back of my freezer. I have put my foot in my mouth before, and I probably will many times over, but it doesn't change the fact that I stooped to fighting by slinging insults rather than being proud of my own voice and achievements and saying, my opinion matters too."
Despite his retraction, Weir's words leave a sour taste in the community, particularly since resistance against the anti-gay Sochi Games has been for the most part ignored or silenced politically.
Was Weir just having a bad day made worse by a dangerous fan situation or do his sympathies lay primarily with Sochi over the gays?
Friday November 29, 2013
HIV Testing Week is a campaign that raises awareness in the gay and African communities. The week explains the importance of knowing your status, while offering testing throughout England. Efforts are being made to also increase opportunities for testing at local clinics and community centers... read more