The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #25
So, I’m sitting in my pajamas watching last week’s episode of Cartoon Network’s popular show Clarence, enjoying the silliness of it when Clarence’s teacher, Miss Baker, goes out on a blind date. Miss Baker anticipates who will be showing up and midway she’s excited because a handsome man enters and immediately starts looking around. Clarence’s teacher is about to motion him over when another man enters the scene and kisses the guy on the cheek. I nearly about screamed (okay I did scream) because this was a pivotal moment! A gay couple was actually featured on a children’s show and it wasn’t beyond anything more than that. Spencer Rothbell, one of the writers and the voice actor for Clarence, said there was meant to be a kiss on the lips between the men but the network did not give approval for it. Rothbell went ahead and featured the kiss on the cheek, stating that it was “such a minor throwaway moment but it’s better than nothing.” Rothbell added that he hoped that one day having a gay character won’t be a big deal and it’ll be accepted. I agree with you Mr. Rothbell and commend you for your latest episode that introduced an LGBTQ couple.
And if Apple has to give me another reason to love them more than I do already, CEO Tim Cook publicly came out in an editorial piece on Bloomberg Businessweek. Despite already being out to friends, family, and colleagues, Cook stated he’s “proud to be gay”, having considered “being gay among the greatest things God has given [him].” Throughout his piece, the CEO mentioned that America is moving ahead of its time and he is grateful to the sacrifice others made. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook stated. Thank you for giving an inspiring story Mr. Cook and I am certain the community will love Apple even more than they do now.
Dolly Parton is my icon and her continued support for the LGBTQ community is always welcomed. The country star recently bashed anti-gay Christians for their views in an interview with Billboard. Parton said everyone should be who they are, love who they love, and that she has “enough problems of [her] own to pass judgment on someone else.” Earlier this year, Dolly teased that she might do an LGBT-friendly dance album with an undoubtedly camp song “Just A Wee Bit Gay,” saying the song is comical. Let’s hope Parton is true to her word and releases this album in the future!
Parton also penned a track for the 2004 transgender film Transamerica, earning an Oscar nomination for best song.