American Rapper Mykki Blanco Arrested In Portugal “For Being Gay”

The incident occurred earlier this week in the Lisbon airport when Blanco got into a verbal altercation with an unhelpful police officer. The officer uttered a homophobic slur and from there things went south .  Blanco first stated on his Facebook page, “I’M being arrested in Portugal for being gay”. In his detailed description of the incident Blanco went on to say, “More than racism or even homophobia (which was also a factor) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn’t something people always want to see”.  Read Blanco’s statement on Noisey

 

Gay Marriage Upheld In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state to allow same-sex partners to wed in the wake of Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision not to appeal Tuesday’s ruling to throw out the State’s gay marriage ban by Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones III. [www.stockpholio.com]-2528691365_4In Jones’ ruling he stated, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history”. New York Times story here.

Eli Manning on Michael Sam, “He’d Be Welcome In The Giants Locker Room”

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning chimed in on NFL draft pick Michael Sam on Huffington Post Live, responding to the question of how would the GIants locker room have reacted if they had drafted Sam. manning Manning responded by saying, “We have a great locker room, and I think the most important thing … you’re drafted a football player. That’s all we care about in the locker room.” He went on to say, “I was excited for [Sam]. This is a gentleman who’s been through a lot … I’m wishing Michael all the best in having a successful career.”

 

Michael Sam Drafted By St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam, the fist openly gay NFL player, was drafted yesterday by the St. Louis Rams. He was the 249th overall pick in the 7th round. It was an emotional moment for Sam and his partner, Vito Cammisano, when the phone call came and celebrated the occasion with a kiss for the cameras. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in an interview with ESPN, “In a world of diversity we live now, I’m honored to be a part of this and I’m excited about his opportunity to help this football team win”. He went on the describe the conversation with Sam on Saturday. “I just said Michael, this is Jeff Fisher, you are a Ram. The wait is now finally over. Congratulations. We think you can come help us win” and then went on to say jokingly, “I don’t know how much he heard of that”.