Catholic Synod Debates Homosexuality Without Reaching Consensus

Brad Friedman · 10/19/14 01:55PM

A meeting of Catholic clergy in Vatican City over the past two weeks has ended without a consensus on acceptance of homosexuality. A draft released last week of the report on the meeting on family issues contained contentious language at bishops have spent the week walking back.

On Michael Sam and Babysitting the Emotions of Bigots

Alex Hardy · 02/15/14 03:43PM

In the 11th grade, I was outed as a Homosexican by a wicked lesbian with a brawny, murderous jawline. She was the nefarious and lesbianly athletic bastion of projectile teenage misery, and I, the unpopular, inconsequential bystander of her hatred for my then best friends.

Man in Scotland Dies After Being Beaten and Burned

Lauri Apple · 10/24/11 07:28AM

Scottish authorities have launched a murder investigation into the death of Stuart Walker, a 28-year-old man who was brutally beaten, burned, then tied to a streetlight left by a roadside early Saturday morning in the town of Cumnock. A police department spokeswoman told The Scotsman that Walker probably did not die from his burns, but reports suggest that he may have been burned while still alive. Walker was gay, which has prompted questions about whether his murder was a hate crime. Police told BBC that "there was nothing to suggest" it was a homophobic attack, though they haven't ruled out the possibility. Update: Earlier reports that Walker had been found tied to a lamppost are incorrect, police say.

Tim Pawlenty Thinks Scientists are 'in Dispute' About Homosexuality

Max Read · 07/10/11 11:45AM

Scientists—like, actual scientists, with real degrees and a belief in the scientific method—agree that people do not choose their sexual orientation. Someone should tell Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty! Because he seems to think that "the science in that regard is in dispute."

A Ugandan Witch Doctor's Crazy Cure for Gayness

Brian Moylan · 02/14/11 04:08PM

Gay British radio host Scott Mills visited a Ugandan witch doctor for a television special called The World's Worst Place to Be Gay. The doctor's cure consisted of stripping Mills to the waist, beating him with a live chicken, placing a torch over his head, and then pouring water over it. Congrats, he's no longer gay!

Here Are Joel Osteen's Contradictory, Homophobic Statements to Piers Morgan

Matt Cherette · 01/26/11 10:01PM

This evening's Piers Morgan Tonight featured megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his Stepford wife Victoria. When Morgan switched the subject to homosexuality, Osteen—declaring it a "sin" and comparing it to an "addiction"—contradicted and offended on multiple levels.

Suze Orman's "It Gets Better" Video: "Look at Me Now"

Matt Cherette · 11/02/10 01:56PM

"I am proud that I am a lesbian," says Suze Orman in this new video for the "It Gets Better" campaign. Orman's video is part personal story, part inspiration, and all sorts of fabulous. Bullies, you are denied! Watch inside.

The Ladies of The View Blast "Evil" Carl Paladino

Matt Cherette · 10/11/10 01:53PM

Carl Paladino is currently "Under fire, child," (as Whoopi Goldberg said) for, well, being a homophobic idiot. On today's episode of The View, the ladies discussed Paladino's reprehensible anti-gay statements, and—in a first, really—they were all in agreement.

Scientists: Being Gay Is Good, if You're a Bird

Max Read · 08/23/10 11:43PM

At least 130 different species of birds "are known to engage in homosexual behavior." Scientists now think this may be because "homosexual behavior" is evolutionarily beneficial. Not to mention totally hot.