Queerwind for the week of July 15
What a week it has been for the anti-gay folks across the country.
The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement saying that they had concluded a two-year long, secret review of their policy banning openly gay individuals from being a scout or a scout leader. They decided to keep the ban, stating “this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.” You can learn more about the ban here.
The folks at Chick-Fil-A, specifically their Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy, admitted that they have earned their anti-gay stripes in an interview with the Baptist Press. This admission took the internet by storm. Thank goodness Hilah had just posted a recipe on how to make the delicious sandwich at home! Finally, Boston’s Mayor Menino is hoping to ban the chain from their city.
On the post-Don’t Ask Don’t Tell side of the news, the Pentagon has granted military men and women the right to wear uniforms in Pride parades around the country!
A new study out this week about HIV infection demographics show the staggeringly high rates of the disease in young, African-American men who have sex with men. “A young Black gay man has a roughly 1-in-4 chance of being infected by age 25. By the time he is 40 years old, the odds a Black gay man will be living with HIV is roughly 60%. One can scour the entire world and struggle to find a population more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than Black gays in the U.S.” Read more on the study here.
Finally, there is an important question among committed same-sex couples about weddings. Do you need to have one when you have basically been married for a number of years already? What are your thoughts? Leave an answer in the comments below.