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May 10, 2014

Notre Dame Signals Gay Athletes are Now Welcome

Matt Dooley came out as gay to his Notre Dame tennis team in September 2013, two years after his suicide attempt. He now works with You Can Play to help other LGBT athletes at Notre Dame. - Steve Hideg
Gay Notre Dame varsity tennis player Matt Dooley attempted suicide in 2011. He came out to his team exactly two years later, and their acceptance helped save his life. 

The Catholic church in the U.S. has taken a lot of heat over its stance against gay rights and for policies that often bar openly gay people from participating in church life.
But the University of Notre Dame, an icon of American Catholicism, increasingly has been going against that current when it comes to gay athletes. On Thursday, the school launched a new campaign to reinforce a message of inclusion wrapped in the wider message of the Catholic faith.

“Because the university values LGBTQ students in the Notre Dame community, as indeed it values all of its students, the university is committed to fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect that is grounded in its Catholic mission,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, says in a voice-over for the two-minute video that kicks off the campaign.

The video features athletes from every men’s and women’s team on campus, including tennis player Matt Dooley and rower Olivia Kacsits, both seniors who have publicly identified as gay and both of whom pushed for the video and campaign.
“Our goal was to increase visibility of the supportive atmosphere created by the Notre Dame student community. Unfortunately, many Notre Dame observers have a different perception of the on-campus atmosphere,” Kacsits said in a statement on Thursday. “Something I believe to be central to Notre Dame’s philosophy is that we believe in fostering and practicing unconditional, Christ-like love.”
Given the university’s high profile in both the U.S. church and Catholic education, any move by Notre Dame is likely to have ramifications well beyond its picturesque campus in South Bend, Ind. When Notre Dame awarded President Barack Obama an honorary degree in 2009, nearly every U.S. bishop was forced to weigh in — many of them in disapproval.
Notre Dame recognized an official gay-straight alliance, PrismND, in 2013, after refusing to approve one for many years. Several other Catholic schools are increasingly following suit.
Dooley came out in a March essay in Outsports magazine in which he recounted growing up gay in a conservative environment in Texas and then arriving at a campus where the “religious affiliations and its resulting culture can be easily described as a pressure cooker for someone struggling with his sexual orientation.”
Dooley continued to contend with the “mental burdens” of being closeted and in September 2011 attempted suicide. He recounted his journey to recovery and to finally coming out to his teammates last September, and the support he has received since.
That includes the latest project, done in conjunction with the You Can Play organization, which is dedicated to promoting respect for athletes “without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
You Can Play was co-founded by Patrick Burke, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate, who also worked with Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last year, and Michael Sam, the All-American University of Missouri football standout who announced he was gay earlier this year.
“The church is supposed to be a place where people come together, where people are united in an idea of love and caring for each other,” Burke said. “When you start being exclusionary, that is not what Jesus taught.”
“From day one, nothing we have ever done has ever contradicted Catholic teaching,” he said, noting that the group even received an OK from a canon lawyer. “We are tremendously excited that Notre Dame recognizes that as well.”
When Sam came out at Missouri, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly told the Chicago Tribune that he thought gay players should be welcomed and that Notre Dame “is about embracing diversity” even though “that doesn’t necessarily mean we agree with homosexuality.”
Dooley and Kacsits are not the first athletes at a Catholic school to come out, nor the first to be welcomed for doing so.
Last May, Jallen Messersmith, a basketball player at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., publicly identified as gay and told of how the school had supported him since he told officials and teammates there in 2012.
“We are a Catholic college, and we take our mission and values seriously,” Benedictine President Steve Minnis said. “Our duty as Catholics, straight from the church, is to treat everybody with respect and accept them for who they are.”
Many dioceses and Catholic schools have come under fire in the past year for firing gays and lesbians who publicly identified as gay or who married their partner under same-sex marriage laws that are being adopted in a growing number of states.

January 30, 2014

‘Good Luck Charlie' Gay Couple Outed by Disney Channel


 A Good Luck Charlie same-sex couple aired on the Disney Channel Sunday night. Us Weekly reports Jan. 28 Taylor's two mothers -- Susan and Cheryl -- were introduced on the show when they dropped her off for a playdate with Charlie.
The decision was made in 2013 by the network to air the same-sex episode on the children's show.
Desi Lydic, who portrays Susan on the series, tweeted this about the Good Luck Charlie same-sex episode:
"I'm so proud to be part of that episode! Go Disney! #equality."
Good Luck Charlie has been on the air since 2010. Four seasons later the show took a chance on a major issue facing the nation. A Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide that the show is "developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."
Disney also consulted with child development experts and community advisers before executing their decision.
First it was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance that included 33 couples marrying, many same-sex, in front on millions on the Grammys Sunday; then, Disney Channel introduced the first gay couple on its network on an episode of "Good Luck Charlie" Monday night.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis wowed audiences with their performance of “Same Love” with Queen Latifah and Madonna in tow, showing the world that equal rights is a thing of the present.
Emotions ran high for the couples who all chose to celebrate their vows in front of curious strangers.
An introduction of a lesbian couple on kid-oriented network, Disney Channel, sparked controversy from conservative watch groups, but Disney has stood by its decision to air the storyline.
“This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” said a spokesperson for Disney Channel. “Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."
Kentucky’s LGBT advocacy group Fairness Campaign agrees.
“These things are an accurate representation of diversity, which is the fabric of America,” said Chris Hartman, director of Fairness Campaign. “LGBT individuals and couples live in every community in Kentucky and having a broader representation in the media is representative of the contributions the LGBT community has made to America.”
Many wonder if the substantial shift in media coverage will change the views of legislators; currently 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage and 33 states have placed a same-sex marriage ban, causing debates in every area of the country.
The controversy may never go away, but many in the LGBT community are hopeful that the positive media coverage is a step in the right direction.
For more information visit Fairness Campaign.

August 30, 2012

Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith In ‘DOOL’


Chandler Massey flaunts his toned body on the recent episode of NBC’s soap ‘Days of Our Lives’, in which his gay character Will kisses his best friend Sonny (Freddie Smith) for the first time, but goes horribly and Will sleeps with his old girlfriend. Tsk tsk.


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August 19, 2012

HUsbands }The First Gay Marriage is Here Series{ in Season Two

Hollywood Stars Drop in on Male Newylweds in ‘Husbands’
Gayweb series Husbands has officially premiered the long awaited season two.
The series, headed up by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson and actor Brad Bell, describes itself as the world’s first marriage equality comedy.
Set in a fictional America where every state has legalized gay marriage, two celebrities accidentally do a ‘Britney’ and get drunkenly hitched in Las Vegas.
One is an out-and-proud actor, and the other is a baseball player who has just come out as gay, and they have only been dating six weeks.
The hilarious series, which first aired on YouTube in September 2011, has famous fans like gay singer Adam Lambert and Avengers director Joss Whedon. Whedon, who also created Buffy and Angel, has said: ‘Husbands is full of the kind of whip-smart remarks you wish you'd written yourself.’
Husbands has a highly loyal fanbase that helped raise over $60,000 (£38,297, €48,848) for the show’s second season, which premiered online yesterday (15 August).
Gay Star News chatted to Bell and Espenson to find out more about the much loved series.
What can we expect for season two, and what themes and stories do you cover?
Espenson: 'You can expect everything to be bigger and better. We've found the voice, the groove, the identity of the show. Season two covers a single story, half hour sitcom length. Each act is an episode, so there are three episodes running about eight to 10 minutes each.
'The theme has to do with how a couple presents themselves in public, and how they negotiate that decision. It's complicated by the fact that this is a very public same-sex married couple.
'And of course, it's a romantic comedy, so these concepts are explored in very funny ways.'
When you began to write Husbands, did you or Brad Bell dream Obama would be the first sitting president in US history to back marriage equality?
Espenson: 'Yep. I actually expected it sooner. But yay! That turning point, and the new public realization that this is part of the larger history of civil rights in this country is actually something that we anticipated in the writing of season two. So that felt very good – felt that we were tuned into the national conversation.
Bell: 'It did feel gratifying, to make that comparison in our script and see Obama echoing the sentiment just a week or so later. And yeah, it's great that we have a president who is supportive of marriage equality.
'I guess it's better than the alternative, but at the risk of being a downer, I'd be more moved by the whole thing if there were actions to accompany Obama's words.
'Instead, the Obama administration is putting more energy into appealing [National Defense Authorization Act] which robs all Americans of the right to a trial and legalizes indefinite detainment. I can't help but wonder if the battle for equality is a distraction.'
When you’re writing the web series, do you try to think about the statement you’re making about marriage?
Espenson: 'Yes. I think being truthful is the first thought, and being funny is the second. If you do those, then the idea of making a positive statement almost happens on its own. But, yeah, we are constantly checking in with each other – what does this say, is that what we want to say?'
Bell: 'Instead of commenting on the ideology of marriage -- like what it should be, how it works, its function in a societal context -- I think more about the statement we're making overall. What can we infer as a moral by the way conflict is resolved? If the character takes this action, what philosophy is he embracing?
'There's an opportunity to comment on civil rights here, what will we say about it?
'We start with our point of view on a social issue, but we make sure to keep the focus on the couple: what they want from life, what they love about each other, what gets in the way, and how they are going to adapt to one another.
'Their goal is achieving real intimacy - fearlessly, completely, forever.'
Buffy fan favorites Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson and Felicia Day are appearing in the second season. What was it like working with them again, and what did they think of the material?
Espenson: 'It was so thrilling to see the people we contacted respond to the material with such excitement. These are some powerful and accomplished people, they aren't going to lend their talents to something that is unfunny or negative.
'Even Joss wanted in on it! Having their support meant a great deal to us – it really is a stamp of approval!'
How have you found the extremely positive reaction to Husbands? Do you know of any famous people who say they like the show?
Espenson: 'YES! The reaction has been very positive. In fact, so far, we've had very little in the way of negative flailing – I think humor disarms people.
'Famous people – yes, Adam Lambert, Eliza Dushku, Rick Fox, Andy Richter, Russell Davies, who created Queer As Folk. Joss Whedon told us the script was to be envied – and that was before we approached him about appearing in the show.
'Plus, we've earned praise from some very hard to impress critics.'
What would you like to say to the fans after their amazing generosity after season one?
Espenson: 'Here is season two. You made this happen. We hope you love it!'
You can catch up with the first season at husbandstheseries.com, and watch the first episode of the second season on lovehusbands.com.
 BY JOE MORGAN
GayStarNews.com

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