The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #20
A stunt pulled by two heterosexual men has LGBTQ rights groups outraged. Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh entered a competition hosted by New Zealand radio station The Edge to be at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In order to win the prize, McIntosh and McCormick had to wed each other. The men have known each other since early childhood and decided to get married in front of family, friends and The Edge on the 12th of September. Though the pair has stated their union was never intended to offend or insult the work LGBTQ advocates have done for marriage equality, most groups condemned the wedding. New Zealand Member of Parliament and marriage equality advocate Louisa Wall stated that the men were “making a mockery of the institution of marriage”. The Edge later poked fun at the ceremony on Twitter, “BROnouncing [the pair] husband and husband” and showcasing several photos of the newlyweds cutting cake and sharing the first dance.
— The Edge (@TheEdgeNZ) September 11, 2014
In the U.S., Chicago’s Heartland Housing (HH), a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty, announced in June that their housing division would team up with the Center for Halsted to build a LGBT-friendly senior citizen home in Boystown. In compliance with the Fair Housing Act, Kandyse McCoy Cunningham, executive director of HH, stated that being a member of the LGBTQ community was not necessary to live in the Town Hall Apartments. The 79-unit complex is set to open later this month.
Spirit Day (October 16th) is approaching quickly, and many companies are supporting or sponsoring the LGBTQ event. PepsiCo is the latest to join the cause, partnering with GLAAD in support of LGBTQ youth who have been bullied. Results from a 2011 study revealed that 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students were bullied at school and found that a majority felt unsafe and were harassed for expressing their identity. Other major corporations that have announced pledges to wear purple in support of the cause include Comcast, Wells Fargo, Apple and Netflix. Although the inaugural Spirit Day was held on October 10th, the event has taken place on the 16th of October every year since 2011.