Lesbian.com, May 27, 2012
Citing security concerns after Muslim hard-liners threatened to enter and disrupt her performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of her much anticipated June 3 show. A spokeswoman for concert promoter Big Daddy stated, “This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.” The most ardent opposition to Lady Gaga’s appearance in the Indonesian capital came from extremist group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), who referred to the controversial artist as a “messenger of the devil.” FPI members had purchased an estimated 150 tickets to the event and threatened to do everything possible to end the performance. So put those paws down little monsters; there’ll be no Born This Way Ball in Jakarta this year.
Down, set, fabulous!
While there has never been an openly gay active NFL player, a recent poll by Outsports indicates that the modern day sport of gladiators may be more accepting of the possibility than one might expect. “There’s a stereotype that football players are homophobic but every time we talk to them they say very gay-positive things,” said Outsport’s Cyd Zeigler.
Among the dozen players interviewed, including high-profile rookies Robert Griffin IIII and Trent Richardson and accomplished retirees Eddie George, Antonio Pierce and Javon Kearse, support for gay athletes was unanimous.
“In the game of football, it’s like a war out there,” reflected Kearse. “Once you get out on the field, all that stuff is to the side. You’re on my side. I played in the NFL for 11 years, I’m sure there were at least one or two guys along the line that were gay.”
Scotland’s NHS under fire
Scotland’s National Health Service (NHS) is under fire by some who believe its decision to reprint 90,000 copies of a pre-natal guide called “Ready Steady Baby” to effect replacement of the word “dad” with the more politically correct term “partner” was reactive and fiscally imprudent. “The NHS has bigger priorities than prescribing how to define who wants to be called dad,” asserted Robert Oxley of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
A spokesman for NHS defended the move, stating that the publication is reviewed and updated annually and that several other revisions to the 200-page booklet were made with the reprinting, as well. “The review process identified the need to use language that was more inclusive, particularly in relation to same-sex partnerships.”
The reprinting coincides with a decision made last week by NHS to consider offering same-sex couples free fertility treatment, a possibility which also angered many.