Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
"NewsWrap": Kenya's National Human Rights Commission urges the decriminalization of same-gender sex and prostitution, but Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh renews his vitriolic condemnation of gay people; 17 LGBT activists and their supporters who waved rainbow flags or sported rainbow suspenders or pins are singled out by police and arrested at a May Day march and rally in St. Petersburg organized by Russia's political opposition movement, while prominent activist Nikolai Alekseev is the first person to be convicted of violating that city's recently enacted law banning "gay propaganda"; the sponsor of Tennessee's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill to ban any discussion of sexual orientation in public schools decides to withdraw his proposal after state education officials assure him that the subject will not be broached, and he recognizes that "some people... didn't want to vote on it," while MISSOURI REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER ZACH WYATT comes out as a gay man as he comes out against a similar "Don't Say Gay" bill recently introduced in his state [with brief excerpts from his press conference]; Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning issues an opinion that local governments can't adopt ordinances to protect LGBT people from discrimination because state law fails to do so; delegates to the quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church soundly reject a proposal to change the denomination's doctrine that same-gender sexual relationships are "incompatible with Christian teaching"; and there's controversy in Copenhagen over a gay bar owner's decision to ban heterosexuals from kissing in his establishment (written by GREG GORDON with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by MICHAEL LEBEAU and SARAH SWEENEY)
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney surprised more than a few people late last month when he named RICHARD GRENELL to be his Foreign Policy and National Security spokesman. Grenell has impeccable rightwing GOP credentials, with one exception: he’s an "out" gay man who supports marriage equality. But the blush had not yet left the rose when less than two weeks after he was hired, Grenell abruptly resigned. Comedy Central's "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART" offered its own take on the widely reported story this week – skewering BRYAN FISCHER of the so-called AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION in the process – in a segment they called "Queer Guy for the Straight Ire"
In 1965, ESTELLE BROWN went from being a Gospel singer in Harlem to being part of the legendary SWEET INSPIRATIONS, the background vocalists for Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, and many others. The Sweet Inspirations were also Elvis Presley's background singers and warm-up act from 1969 until his death in 1977. Now a lesbian minister and co-founder of the nationwide Unity Fellowship Church, Estelle Brown sits down with STEVE PRIDE for a talk about Elvis, God, sexuality, her legendary career... and her love life (with music by ELVIS PRESLEY and THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS)