BigGayNews from Spain:
Madrid Wins Bid To Host 2017 World Gay Pride
South Florida Gay News reports that Spain’s capital has been chosen to host the world’s largest and most prestigious gay pride event in 2017.
Juan Carlos Alonso, a member of the Association of Entrepreneurs and Professionals for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Madrid, said in a statement: “We know that the eyes of the international LGBT community will be focused on our city and we will not disappoint because we are fully prepared to host the largest World Pride in history. This positions Madrid in the world as a true gateway to diversity and an example of coexistence.”
BigGayNews from Puerto Rico:
Orlando Cruz Becomes Boxing’s First Openly Gay Man
USA Today reports that featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, from Puerto Rico, has become the first openly gay man in the sport’s history, describing himself Wednesday as a “proud gay man.”
Cruz said in a statement: “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.”
Cruz continues: “I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
BigGayNews from Wales:
Welsh Teen On Trial For Murdering Elderly Gay Man, Filming Victim’s Corpse
Queerty reports that an 18-year-old in Cardiff, Wales, is on trial for murdering an older gay man he met on a dating site and then boasting about his crime in a video depicting the corpse.
Bleddyn Rees King stands accused of murdering 63-year-old David Evans in January, then ransacking and setting fire to Evans’ home to hide his involvement.
The prosecution contends King deliberately chose an elderly gay man as his target, assuming he would be more vulnerable and less likely to press charges. King admits to killing Evans, but insists he “lost control” when the elderly man went further sexually than he was ready for.
BigGayNews from Minneapolis:
Queer Eye For Sci-Fi
Minnesota Daily reports that the Gaylaxicon beams into town for three days of intergalactic activity.
Started in 1988 and hosted by different affiliates of the Gaylactic Network in cities across the states, the Gaylaxicon is a sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic convention for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.
“If we’re not going to do gay panels, no one will,” said Don Kaiser, the convention chair. “We concentrate on panels from a gay perspective, but we aren’t GLBT all the time.”
BigGayNews from Minnesota:
Who’s Funding the Marriage Amendment Debate?
The Business Journal reports that top executives and Minnesota businesses have injected more than $1 million to Minnesotans United for All Families, the major group opposing the amendment.
Three Pohlad family brothers gathered donations of $325,000.
Other big name donors include leaders of Carlson Companies, Cargill and General Mills, Inc.
Meanwhile, business leaders’ donations to the group limiting the freedom to marry totaled about $150,000.
BigGayNews from California:
College Student Studying To Be Ex-Gay Counselor Sues Over CA’s Reparative-Therapy Ban
Queerty reports that a college student who claims he overcame same-sex attractions through reparative therapy has filed suit against the state of California, which recently passed a ban on so-called gay cures.
Aaron Blitzer, who’s actually studying to be an ex-gay therapist, filed papers in U.S. District Court claiming the new law prevents him from pursuing his noble profession, and names Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the measure over the weekend, as one of the defendants along with members of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the California Mental Board.
Joined by two therapists named as co-plaintiffs, Blitzer claims the ban infringes on the First Amendment right to free speech, privacy and freedom of religion.
BigGayNews from Iowa:
Voices Of Bullying: Teen Founds Homegrown Gay-Straight Alliance
The Des Moines Register reports that sixteen-year-old Marcus Ingles from Dyersville has been openly gay for two years and helped found a homegrown gay-straight alliance at Western Dubuque High School.
His new group, the “Bobcat Allies,” began when a school administrator refused to let Ingles and his male date into the Sadie Hawkins dance for the price of couples’ admission.
Ingles fights perceptions among some of his classmates and teachers that the Bobcat Allies is only for gay and lesbian students. High school science teacher and Bobcat Allies faculty adviser Michelle Meade promised that the group this year will “hit the ground running” and “ensure all students feel involved, included, safe and welcome.”
BigGayNews from Washington:
Republican Maureen Defends Her Vote For Gay Marriage In New Ad
On Top reports that Washington state Representative Maureen Walsh stars in a new ad for Referendum 74, the ballot measure which will ask voters in November to uphold – or reject – a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.
In the 30-second ad released Monday by Washington United for Marriage, the coalition of groups working to approve the referendum, Walsh, one of only two Republicans who voted for the marriage reform, says her late husband was the love of her life.
Walsh says: “ “He died six years ago. And I miss him every day. I think to myself how can I deny any couple – whether they are gay or straight – that incredible bond of marriage?”