The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #4
Last weekend, Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark and won with a total of 290 points. It was the first time the country has won since 1966. Wurst’s victory did not come without criticism from anti-LGBTQ Russian politicians. “It’s the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don’t have men and women any more. They have ‘it’,” nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky stated. This is not the first time a drag act has entered the contest; Ukrainian drag act Verka Serduchka came in second place in 2007.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel believes the military’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military “should be reviewed”. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell still prohibits transgender people from serving. Hagel stated in an interview with ABC that “every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it”. Since then, Metro Weekly asked if President Barack Obama supported such a review, White House secretary Jay Carney said they back Hagel’s statements.
Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL in the seventh round. After learning of his selection, Sam turned to his boyfriend and kissed him on ESPN. Reactions from other NFL players responded to the kiss with some derogatory comments. Miami Dolphins Don Jones tweeted “horrible” and “OMG” after the kiss was aired and has since deleted those comments. The Dolphins responded accordingly to his comments, ordering Jones to pay a fine and barring him from activities until he underwent sensitivity training. Jones has since apologized for his statements. ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott tweeted his support and declared if someone has a problem with it, it’s their problem.