HRC Welcomes 'Porno Pete'

6.4.2013

By Out.com Editors

...And 5 Other Things We Learned Today

1. Peter LaBarbera, an anti-gay activist whose crusades against pornography have earned him the nickname "Porno Pete," and his "ex-gay" pals announced this week that they would protest outside of HRC's Washington DC office today. So what did HRC do? They turned the other cheek and put up a welcome sign.

2. Over a week after saying he's "not with" marriage equality, Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson now says he would be alright with a gay teammate, just not so much in the locker room. "[A gay teammate] really wouldn't bother me that much," he said Monday, before adding, “Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable. But you know, I'm a grown man. There's things that I can deal with. I'm comfortable in my skin."

3. Britain's House of Lords voted today to stop a bill that would have ended marriage equality in Great Britain, a clear signal that the measure will clear its final hurdles before being given a final approval by Queen Elizabeth II.

4. Former BP CEO Lord John Browne says marriage equality is good for business. "If [the ability to marry] helps gay people to be themselves in both their private and professional lives, it will eliminate one more barrier to a true corporate meritocracy and deserves recognition as a matter of strategic importance in the global market for talent," said Browne, who was forced out of the closet and his job after lying to a judge about how he met his former lover and who is now a member of the House of Lords.

5. Eleven-year-old Tennessee native Marcel Neergaard has experienced anti-gay bullying and is telling his story as part of a campaign to push the education group StudentsFirst to rescind an award given to State Rep. John Ragan for his fights against laws that would ban anti-gay hate speech in schools. Ragan, a Republican, says the laws are "unfair."

6. Dance floor favorite Steve Aoki has a new track, "Singularity." Introduction provided by futurist and Google engineeer Ray Kurzweil.

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