Tim Hardaway was the first signer of the Florida marriage equality petition. Hardaway made headlines a few years ago saying that he didn’t like gay people and was homophobic. He did some image rehab to become an equality supporter after the backlash. On a side note, I met him a few times when I was working in Florida, and found him to be a very unpleasant man. While I appreciate the support, based on personal experience, I’m not buying it.
A 20-year-old man is in jail after shooting a man at the St. Peteresburg Pride festival. He came to Pride to let the gays know exactly what he thought of him before shooting a man with a Bb gun. Thankfully, the victim wasn’t seriously injured.
Aah, that passive-aggressive non-apology apology. We've become used to seeing it in press releases after celebrity f**k-ups, but now the world seems to have caught on to how meaningless a statement it is.
These days, it's not enough to just go through the motions. In 2011 we require more than a token statement when a celeb tries to convince us that something was "taken out of context," or is "not what's in my heart."
Tracy Morgan is the latest apologetic celeb, and he seems to be working the hell out of his apology cycle, from meeting with GLAAD and Glbt teens, to loving a hypothetical gay son, to going back to the scene of his anti-gay tirade to apologize there.
His eagerness to make amends means he's either truly sincere in his apology ... or he's scared sh*tless about the future of his career.
Thus, it seems an appropriate time to highlight that same lack of tolerance that has dismayingly infected the world of major league sports. Why should it matter where the NBA,
Gay celebrities used to mostly follow one of two formulas for coming out:
1. Get caught in an personal situation by a tabloid, i.e. Danny Pintauro
2. Get tired of not being out and call up favorite lifestyle magazine to break the news gently to their three fans who hadn’t already succumbed to the rumors. i.e. Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass
But something new happened in 2009, because the path to a celebrity's closet door became as varied as it is for those of us in the real world. We had the “I was always out” or the “casual mention” coming out. Then we added the “bring the boyfriend to an event” coming out which took the nonchalant route. And perhaps then there is most interesting: the “product tie-in” which, as far as I know,
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