Gay News Today: Bits and pieces of everything gay. – Boy Scouts urged to award gay teen, PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford dies, National Cathedral To Start Performing Gay Marriages


A local review board for a California council of the Boy Scouts of America has challenged the national organization by recommending that an openly gay former Scout be awarded the top rank of Eagle.

“From what I understand, this has never happened before,” Eric Andresen, father of former scout Ryan Andresen, told Reuters.

“It’s the first in-your-face (challenge),” said Bonnie Hazarabedian, who chaired the Boy Scout district review board that signed off on Ryan’s Eagle scout application and sent it to the Mount Diablo-Silverado Council to be forwarded to the national headquarters for final approval. – Read more.

  • Same-sex marriage is becoming more united, not divided – USA Today
  • Jeanne Manford, founder of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays dies at 92. – HuffPo

Born Jeanne Sobelson on Dec. 4, 1920 in Queens, N.Y., Manford became active on behalf of LGBT rights in 1972 after her son Morty was beaten during a Gay Activists Alliance demonstration. After Morty’s attack, Manford penned a letter to the editor of The New York Post, declaring “I have a homosexual son and I love him.”

She subsequently joined her son in the 1972 Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade (predecessor to NYC’s LGBT Pride Parade), carrying a placard stating “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support Of Our Children.” The first meeting of PFLAG (which was then known as “Parents of Gays” or “POG”) was held in New York’s Metropolitan Community Church the following year.

  • Washington National Cathedral – To Start Performing Gay Marriages – AP

As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968. The cathedral draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

In light of the legality of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia and now Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, decided in December to allow an expansion of the Christian marriage sacrament. The diocese covers the district and four counties in Maryland. The change is allowed under a “local option” granted by the church’s General Convention, church leaders said. Each priest in the diocese can then decide whether to perform same-sex unions.

  • Wade Davis on NFL Players who live semi-open gay lives – Daily Beast
  • Christian Churches – Different ranges in view of Homosexuality. – Washington Post
  • Gay Latino – Richard Blanco – Chosen as Inaugural Poet for Pres. Obama’s Inauguration – ABC News
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel’s 1998 Gay Slur – Revisited – CBS News


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