Rodrigo Ugarte

Olympic Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed By Rodrigo Ugarte | July 16, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Alan Turing, hate crimes against LGBT people, Murs, Olympics 2012, Pride house, Texas teens

London-Olympics-2012-logo.jpgAustralian Olympic shooters Russell and Lauryn Mark claim to have been denied a room together while in London despite being a married couple. Venting their anger against the Olympic officials' decision preventing them from rooming together, the couple cried outrage, claiming "tons" of same-sex couples room together. The Marks, however, seem to be unaware of the number of LBGT Olympians going to London, and even of the fewer number in relationships. Contrary to his accusatory statement, Russell also mentions the possibility that the couple's actions may be another reason for their request's refusal. But of course, let's blame the gays. Here is other olympic sized news you need to know:

  • Pride House will be open at the London Olympics from August 3rd to 7th. The venue, intended to bring together LGBT fans and athletes, first opened at the Vancouver Olympics, but this year plans fell through due to lack of funding. Now, thanks to various LGBT organizations, the venue and events will be available to the public.
  • "Animal Style." That's the unlikely title of a new hip-hop song confronting bullying, suicide, and homophobia. Following Frank Ocean's coming out last week and the exceedingly warm reception by some of hip-hop's big shots, another hip-hop artist continues the dialogue of homosexuality within hip-hop. Cali-based rapper Murs sports a "Legalize Gay" tee and kisses another man in a music video for his new song. Murs states on the music video's Youtube page that he wanted to raise awareness of homophobia and bullying. He succeeds, ultimately depicting one of the many violent outcomes to prolonged bullying and homophobia.
  • After having been shot to the head late last month, Mary Christine Chapa is now recovering from her wounds and has regained enough of her communicative skills to help police improve a sketch of the man who attacked her and her girlfriend, resulting in the latter's death.
  • Genius. Hero. Victim. These are some of the words that describe Alan Turing, one of the greatest unsung heroes of the twentieth century. By decoding the German Enigma machine, Turing helped the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic and is known as the father of computers. His life ended in misery, despite all of his success, having been arrested for being gay. Forced to take female hormones, Turing committed suicide. Marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Huffington Post is releasing a brief two-part video summarizing Turing's life and achievements, His Mind, His Life.

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