Big Gay News – 505
BigGayNews from Minnesota:
Tipster Will Collect $40,000 Reward For Leading Police To Ty Hoffman
The Star Tribune reports that the tipster who lead police to fugitive murder suspect Ty Hoffman will receive the $40,000 in reward money that was offered for information leading to the killer of Kelly Phillips outside an Arden Hills gas station last month.
The informer, who is remaining anonymous, noticed Hoffman at a Shakopee Arby’s a month after Hoffman allegedly shot and killed his former boyfriend and business partner.
Former Minneapolis Council Member and current president of the Council on Crime and Justice Gary Schiff is a friend of Phillips, and stated that “this was a textbook example of a community coming together in pursuit of justice.”
BigGayNews from California:
Allowing Gay Men To Donate Blood Could Save Over 1 Million Lives, Study Finds
The Huffington Post reports that lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday.
The current FDA ban on homosexual men donating blood has been in place since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1983 in an attempt to safeguard the blood supply, but recently, the ban has been condemned by the American Medical Association, the American Red Cross and the American Association of Blood Banks.
Despite the findings of the study, the FDA has no plans to lift the ban in the immediate future.
BigGayNews from Vermont:
Ben & Jerry’s Signs Employers’ Amicus Brief In Support Of Gay Marriage
The Huffington Post reports that Ben & Jerry’s is making a bold new stand in defense of same-sex marriage.
The popular ice cream company signed an Employers’ Amicus Brief, which urges the U.S. Supreme Court to look into reviewing pending cases involving same-sex marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.
A spokesman for Ben & Jerry’s, Chris Miller, wrote in a post on the company’s website that “this is not just a concern of the gay rights community. There is a broad base of support for a single standard across all 50 states that recognize same-sex marriage.”
BigGayNews from Pennsylvania:
Same-Sex Couple Speaks Out After Brutal Attack In Center City
CBS Philly reports that Philadelphia police continue to investigate an attack in Center City late last week in which the victims were allegedly targeted because they were gay.
The incident, which took place on September 11, involved a 28-year-old man and his 26-year-old boyfriend being attacked by a group of about 12 men and women who began shouting gay slurs at them before starting to physically attack them. Both men suffered multiple injuries.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that the subjects will hopefully be tracked down through surveillance pictures and community assistance, and that it will be up to the District Attorney’s office to decide whether it will be considered a hate crime or not.
BigGayNews from South Africa:
Cape Town Pro-Gay Mosque Opens In South Africa
The BBC reports that a Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community.
Taj Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said that it was time for more open-mindedness in the religion, and hopes that the mosque will help to counter the problem of growing Islamic radicalism.
In addition to welcoming people of all genders, religions and sexual orientations, “The Open Mosque” will also allow women to both lead prayers and pray in the same room as men.
BigGayNews from Brazil:
Boys Wear Skirts To Class In Protest After School Fines Trans Girl For Wearing Skirt
Advocate.com reports that nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her Colégio Pedro II classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and female students would all wear skirts on the same day.
After the protest, school officials decided to relax the dress code and allow Muniz to wear her skirts to school, as well as sharing a photo of the male and female students wearing skirts to social media.
Muniz told reporters “I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and hope it serves as an example to others to feel encouraged to do the right thing. I was always taught at school to accept who you are. I am only trying to live that.”
BigGayNews from Great Britain:
UK Gangs Sell Sham Gay Marriages for Citizenship
GayStarNews reports that gangs in the UK are selling sham gay marriages to illegal immigrants, as fake same-sex couples are more difficult to detect.
One such gang organizes sham gay marriages for £10,000, or about ($16,326).
Gang’s leaders, Peter and Ricardo, said it was easy to ‘fix’ weddings, and they had done so ‘lots of times.’ They offered a female two Romanian brides, both of whom said they were not lesbians, but were willing to go through with a fake gay marriage for money.
Government figures suggest 10,000 sham marriages take place each year, but there are no figures for those involving same-sex couples.
BigGayNews from Israel:
Israeli Gay Nightclub Promoter Criticized for Isis Parody
The Guardian reports that Drek, a company that organizes some of Tel Aviv’s more popular gay party events, is in hot water after putting together promotional images of questionable taste for a nightclub.
One image clearly referenced the horrific videos released recently by Isis, in which American and British captives are beheaded.
The imagery provoked an angry reaction on the promoter’s Facebook page, where someone wrote it was disgusting to get a laugh off of the murder of innocent victims.
The nightclub said they reject violence in any form, and that includes the videos intended to scare the world.