Gay rights. They're all that - and a bag of chips - if you're Internet personality Antoine "Bed Intruder" Dodson, apparently. Rather than battle the status quo, the openly-gay Dodson would rather chow down at Chick-fil-A. "If I want to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, guess what? I'm gonna have a Chick-fil-A sandwich," Dodson exclaimed in defense of the beleaguered fast-food franchise. "You KNOW the waffle fries is banging. Especially if they're hot." Lukewarm waffle fries? Totally not banging. Neither are Dodson's ideas of what "gay rights" are exactly. Can you "go anywhere in the US and buy a house, buy a car, do this, do that, take chips, whatever?" If you responded "Yes," congratulations! ALL THE GAY RIGHTS ARE YOURS! Hide your wife, hide your kids and hide your chips, it's what you need to know:
- Good morning, Vietnam! Officials from the Far East country's Justice Ministry are opening an overhaul of their marriage laws to possibly include same-sex couples; and many LGBT Vietnamese see the mere mention of marriage equality as a victory in of itself.
- Homophobia floats. That's why Salon magazine listed Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice, 24, as one of its "Olympians you should boo" for an offensive tweet. "Suck on that faggots!" the triple-gold medalist cheered @ItsStephRice after a September 2010 rugby match when Australia's Wallabies bested South Africa's Springboks by a 41-39 margin. The decorated Olympian did apologize, but not before luxury car brand Jaguar decided to suspend their sponsorship agreement with her, and repossess her $100,000-plus Jauguar XF. Rice dives in today for the women's 200-meter individual medley final, followed by the women's 4 X 200-meter freestyle relay, Wednesday, August 1.
- Hippos be forewarned. Hungry, hungry Michiganders are Hungry4Equality, and they're not going to eat for the next 100 days until the Wolverine State invites their LGBT friends, family and neighbors to the dinner table. Hunger strikers shall occupy a spacious, plate-glass window display inside of Affirmations, an LGBT community center, overlooking the city of Ferndale's 9 Mile Road. Protest organizer Antonio David Garcia, the facility's executive director, the city's mayor, Dave Coulter, and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh - among others - hope the event encourages the state's residents to change Michigan's image from that of "the Mississippi of the civil rights movement."
- In the opinion of Maine's Dan Demerrit, the former communications director of state Gov. Paul "The New Gestapo" LePage, the "true measure of our commitment to liberty" isn't limited to the First Amendment debate about religious freedoms. It's "our willingness to work for the freedoms of strangers whose direction in life differs from our own or is hard to understand." That's why he's one of the growing numbers of Maine's Republicans United for Marriage plugging their state's citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage this November.
- Inspired by the late gay activist Harvey Milk's admonition that, "Brothers and sisters, you must come out . . . Once and for all, let's break down the myths and destroy the lies of distortion," young LGBT activists are "coming out" as undocumented to spur conversation about comprehensive immigration reform.
- To their critics, they're walking a plank. But to retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and the other 14 members of the Democratic Party platform drafting committee, they're about to cannonball into history as the first major political party to unanimously endorse marriage equality. Even though it's still considered to be a rough draft, democrats appear to be openly championing marriage equality alongside several other pro-LGBT planks. However, it remains unclear if Democratic Party leaders support federal action, or a state-based, incrementalist approach - as advanced by Pres. Barack Obama - toward same-sex marriage.
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