BigGayNews from Rome:
Pope Signals Openness To Gay Priests
The Wall Street Journal reports that Pope Francis opened the door Sunday to greater acceptance of gay priests inside the ranks of Roman Catholicism as he returned to the Vatican from his maiden trip overseas.
When asked questions by reporters regarding having gay priests in the Church, the Pope responded by saying “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can’t marginalize these people.”
The Vatican has long regarded homosexuality as a “disorder”, so Pope Francis’ words in defense of gay priests is causing widespread interest in how the church may be changing its views on homosexuality within its ranks.
BigGayNews from the United States:
GLBT Olympians And Allies Should Show Up In Russia
BuzzFeed reports that You Can Play Project co-founder Patrick Burke writes that out GLBT and “publicly pro-gay” people should not boycott the Sochi Olympic games despite Russia’s anti-GLBT environment and laws.
Burke’s commentary was written in response to the recent crackdown and persecution of the GLBT community by President Vladimir Putin and the government of Russia against the so-called “gay agenda”, which could potentially cause many problems for gay and gay-supportive athletes and attendees at the upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Burke writes that we must “show the world that there are elite GLBT athletes who are not afraid to be themselves, on and off the playing field.”
BigGayNews from Minnesota:
Two Minneapolis Police Department Cops Suspended; Racial, Sexual Slurs Alleged
KSTP Eyewitness News reports that two Minneapolis police officers have been placed on administrative leave, accused of making racially and sexually derogatory statements that were so offensive, sources say, that fellow cops in Wisconsin reported them to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Although the department would not comment, it would appear that the allegations stemmed from an argument that occurred in a Green Bay, WI bar, and that the officers were taken to the Green Bay police station where the offensive comments were made.
It is being investigated, but is alleged that the two officers made “racially derogatory” comments about the African American men in the bar as well as “offensive comments” about the sexual orientation of Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau, who is openly gay.
BigGayNews from Russia:
First Tourists Arrested Under Russia’s Ban On “Gay Propaganda”
Salon reports that four Dutch nationals were arrested on Sunday for reportedly asking young people about their views on gay rights.
Kris van der Veen, a Dutch gay rights advocate, was reportedly working on a documentary about human rights in Russia, and his interviews were considered in direct violation of the country’s recent law which makes any free expression regarding gays and lesbians illegal.
If convicted, the four could face sentences of up to two weeks in jail, strict fines and deportation from the country.