E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know (9/21-9/28)

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | September 28, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Gamespot.com, identity documents, Matthew Shepard, Metropolitan Opera, My Boyfriend The Space Tyrant, Pakistan, russia, Tchaikovsky, Tennessee

Here are some stories from around the web that you may have missed this week:

  • The conservative right is having a little collective orgasm of revisionist history over a new book promoting the idea that Matthew Shepard's brutal murder had no connection to his sexuality.
  • While claiming it was not a capitulation to the (anti-gay) hooligans, the nation of Serbia again banned Pride on public safety grounds.

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  • The magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) published a severely anti-gay letter this month in the interest of "an opportunity for a discussion... about the value of diversity.
  • Protesters against anti-LGBT laws in Russia, as well as the Russian state denying the accepted historical view that the composer Tchaikovsky was gay, disrupted opening night at the Metropolitan Opera's performance of "Eugene Onegin."
  • Same-sex couples residing in Tennessee and married elsewhere are not able to use their marriage certificate, passports, or social security cards to change their name on their driver's licenses, creating a situation where their federal and state IDs don't match.
  • After the principal of a Canberra Christian school sent a letter to parents railing against same-sex marriage, more than a thousand current and former students joined a pro-equality alumni group on social media.
  • An online support site for LGBT people in Pakistan has been blocked by government web-filtering censors.
  • In a unanimous vote, the US Senate confirmed the first openly gay person as a federal appeals court judge.
  • "My Boyfriend The Space Tyrant" is a new point and click adventure game with a very gay sensibility
  • Backlash over a review by Gamespot.com of the game Grand Theft Auto 5 which only rated the game a 9/10 quickly degraded into a cesspool of misogyny and transphobia.

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