The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #23
Pride month may have been celebrated in June, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a celebration. The town of Asheville, North Carolina celebrated its main Pride event, namely the parade, last weekend as part of the Blue Ridge Pride Festival. Some festivities included workshops that helped LGBTQ individuals with legal troubles, marriage equality rallies, and after parties. One after party took place at Scandals nightclub, with a decadent look for Halloween with pumpkins hanging from the ceiling and tunes from DJ Stratos. Part of the event included a late night drag show.
Marriage equality has hit high strides when the Supreme Court denied hearing any appeals that wanted the lower courts’ ruling on the marriage bans thrown out. After SCOTUS rejected the hearing, rulings from the lower court remained intact and same-sex couples were able to get married in several states. Never coming down from a high, North Carolina repealed the state’s constitution Amendment 1, which prohibited the state from marrying same-sex couples and defined marriage as between a man and a woman. A judge found the law to be unconstitutional and overturned the ban, noting that many people had worked tirelessly to make this huge mark in LGBT history.
Despite several churches accepting and extending a warm welcome to the LGBTQ community, one anti-gay Catholic cardinal has reaffirmed his opposition to any LGBT movement. Cardinal Raymond Burke has recently stated that “homosexuals are disordered” because logic apparently tells us that homosexual relations are bad for people. Burke maintains his claim that children should be kept away from gay relatives, but could not legitimately give a reason why other than repeating his claim that homosexual relations are “evil.” Last year Cardinal Burke was removed from the Vatican Committee in favor of a less outspoken cardinal. Recently the conservative cardinal was rumored to be demoted to performing ceremonial duties, but after a conservative group went to his defense, nothing carried on.
If you travel to the Edinburgh Zoo you may find that a pair of male Chilean flamingos have adopted a baby chick! The chick, while still inside the egg, was accidentally knocked out of its nest by its parents who abandoned it afterwards. After a bird keeper safely placed the egg on the make nest, the male couple went and fostered it. It’s not uncommon to see same-sex pairings in the animal kingdom; a few years ago a widely publicized event surrounding two gay penguins were newsworthy and eventually had a book published about them.