1. Gay black dads post an adorable photo of their daughters and receive hate in return. We first saw the viral Instagram photo of proud pops Kordale (of Chicago) and Kaleb (of Atlanta), and the negative comments this week that proved this week that the Internet still sucks--and trolls lurk everywhere. Here's the initial photo/post (which has since been expunged of much of the hate speech and now contains messages of support:
Since the initial backlash, the couple released a statement that was published on HuffPost Gay Voices that reads:
As far as the positive; yes we are two gay men with three kids who have no problem with preparing them for their education every morning; that comes with anything and everything they may need for school! Our kids are blessed to have three parents (Kordale, Kaleb and their Mother) who love, care and support them in every decision they have made and will continue to make as they get older. We are blessed to have the ability to provide for them in ways that a lot of people cannot for their family, which ultimately makes us happy knowing that they don't want for much! Our main objective as parents is to provide, love, educate, support, encourage, and love some more!
In regard to the negative, people fail to realize that we are people too with kids who love us. We do what is necessary for them to succeed in this ever-changing world but it's sad that we're discriminated against because of our sexuality and/or what we do behind closed doors -- which is no one's business. In the same breath, we take all of what's been said in stride. The picture was put out on social media for an opinion so we can't be mad when people give just that: an opinion. People tend to think that gay people cannot raise their children to be heterosexuals. Instead, they have derogatory thoughts of us "tainting" our children or "confusing them" with what society sees deems as wrong an unmanly because we're gay. But this is all comical because people forget where a lot of gays come from: a heterosexual household.
2. Attorney General Eric Holder to headline HRC Greater New York Gala. It was announced today that United States Attorney General will headline the February 8 event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. It's a major coup and HRC President Chad Griffin said: "The LGBT community could not ask for a more courageous Attorney General than Eric Holder. He has seized every opportunity to broaden the circle of freedom to include LGBT people and their families, and he continues to act with unprecedented speed to bring federal recognition to married gay and lesbian couples across the country. At every opportunity throughout his career, the Attorney General has shown unparalleled leadership worthy of the history books."
3. Putin is terrible. The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children. We're not making this up! Read more at The Advocate.
4. Hate group relies on Fox News to legitimize its transphobia. Fox News "Medical A Team" member Dr. Keith Ablow penned a column saying he wasn't "convinced" that transgender identities are real, hate group spokesman Bryan Fischer used the column on his radio program to justify his own transphobic views. Check it out here.
5. George Takei slams Utah governor's "stupidity" over same-sex marriage. The Star Trek actor is in Park City for the premiere of the documentary about him, To Be Takei, and told Deadline: "He consciously and mean-spiritedly refused to recognize the marriages that already happened," Takei says of Herbert's stance on the more than 1,300 same-sex marriages that took place in Utah between the overturning of the state's ban late last year and their stoppage during appeal. "I'm stunned by his stupidity. Apparently he believes in governing by hysteria -- that's the only way it can interpreted," the actor says. "This governor now is trying to put the toothpaste that's been squeezed out back into the tube. It's something that can't be done."
Watch a promo clip below:
6. Pepsi released a new digital video starring Broadway legend Carol Channing, titled "Twice in a Lifetime." Channing was the first-ever solo artist to perform during a Super Bowl Halftime Show (and she also celebrated the 50th anniversary of her hit musical, "Hello, Dolly!," yesterday!) In the video, Channing surprises unsuspecting bingo players with a spontaneous halftime performance, as part of Pepsi's "Get Hyped for Halftime" campaign. Among the bingo players was Rory O'Conner, who actually attended Super Bowl IV in 1970 when Channing originally performed. Watch the promo vid below: