WATCH: Andrew Haigh & Co. Take San Fran...
1. Pope Francis excommunicated Australian priest Greg Reynolds for supporting female priests and marriage equality. Reynolds resigned from his official post in 2011 to focus on activism and figured he would be defrocked, but he never expected to be excommunicated, a rare and dramatic move that in Catholicism revokes Reynolds's stairway to heaven. The excommunication letter came from the Vatican and is dated May 31, which was after Pope Francis took over, but before Francis said he doesn't judge gays and that he thinks the church needs to stop being obsessed with abortion and homosexuality, so maybe this letter was signed by an automatic pen and the pope will do good and undo this spiritual middle finger?
2. The U.S. Senate today unanimously confirmed Judge Todd Hughes's nomination U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hughes is the first openly gay judge to be appointed to the court and is now the highest-ranking gay judge in all the land.
3. Richland High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, refuses to acknowledge Kasey Caron's maleness. Caron, a transgender student, wants to be listed as a potential homecoming king but the school says he can only be a queen. The school board could have stepped in, but they didn't. "Honestly, I was again disappointed by the board. By not making a decision, they're sweeping this problem under the rug," said Caron.
4. Justin Sayre, creator of the comedy show "The Meeting* of the International Order of Sodomite," has a lot to say about gays and assimilation. From his interview with Slate: "I think that gay people—gay men especially—are given a great choice in the world. They are able to see things from multiple vantage points, and that’s what has made them great artists for many centuries. The trouble with the current scenario is that the outsider vantage point is being described as “less than” rather than as an advantage. We live in a time when there is a huge push for assimilation, a push to be our fathers (even be our mothers) and to ignore the strength of our unique vision."
5. Gay boxer Orlando Cruz will fight Orlando Salido for the featherweight World Boxing Championship title. If he wins, he will be the first openly gay world champion in his weight class. It would be a dream come true, of course: "It's my big opportunity. It's my time, my moment," he tells the New York Daily News. "It's my first dream when I started fighting, as a young boy. My first dream was going to the Olympics and I went to the Olympics in 2000. And then my second dream was to win the belt and become the champion so this is another dream."
6. Director Andrew Haigh (pictured above) and actors Russell Tovey and Jonathan Groff are shooting the pilot for the new gay HBO dramedy, Looking, in San Francisco. Reaction to the show's presence is mixed. One resident groused, "I think it's... probably past its time. It's something they should have done a few years ago." That's some gay drama right there.