Report: Synagogue Shooting Occurred During Ceremony For Gay Couple’s Children

The mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday that left 11 dead and six more injured happened during a ceremony for the children of a gay couple.

According to local LGBTQ group, The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, the deadly attack occurred during a bris, the Jewish rite of male circumcision, for the couple’s adopted twins.

We were just informed that this morning’s tragedy was happening during a Briss for a set of twins adopted by a gay couple.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all that were involved including the members of the Synagogue, law-enforcement and first responders.

We have witnessed the worst of America this morning in our town Pittsburgh. More than ever we must come together as people and change the temperament of our country.

After surrendering to police, assailant Robert D. Bowers said he “wanted all Jews to die,” according to a Pittsburgh police report.

Bowers was charged with 29 criminal accounts by federal officials.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued a statement which read, in part, “Our hearts are with the community of the Tree of Life Synagogue, the first responders who bravely rushed into danger to save lives, the people of Pittsburgh, and all those impacted by this tragic act of hate violence.”

Donald Trump, true to form, told reporters that gun laws had “little” to do with the shooting.

“If they had protection inside, maybe it could have been a different situation,” Trump said.

Mind you, four police officers – who are well-trained in using firearms – were injured during the shooting.

After the massacre, the Trumpster called for bringing “back the death penalty” through legislation even though the death penalty is legal in Pennsylvania.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise funds for the victims of the shooting and their families. At this writing, the campaign has raised almost $400,000.


Gay Couple Brings Kelly Clarkson To Tears On ‘The Voice’

OneUp on ‘The Voice’ (screen capture image via NBC)

Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell, a gay vocal duo with hopes of winning reality talent competition The Voice, delivered a smooth-as-silk rendition of The Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” this week.

The Motown steps, falsetto & full-on tenor vocals, plus obvious chemistry showed these two, who perform under the moniker “OneUp,” have what it takes to go far in the competition.

After three judges (Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton) hit the red button, Hudson asked how the two came together.

The answer was awesome and made Clarkson cry.

“We met, and then we fell in love, actually,” says Adam.

But Clarkson became even more moved when their family came out onstage and it was a veritable rainbow of gorgeous diversity.

“At a time in this country when its so divisive, this is such a beautiful thing,” said a clearly emotional Clarkson. “It is proof that in this country love is limitless. It can happen anywhere, any way…It’s the most beautiful thing that’s happened to me this season.”

Hudson chimed in saying, “I want to be in the family!”

Blake was patient for a while, but finally made a fervent pitch to coach the two pointing to his history of success with duos on The Voice.

“I have had the most success with duos of any coach in the history of The Voice. Why not pick a coach who has a proven track record with duos on The Voice,” said Shelton. “You need a cowboy, come on!”

After what Clarkson describes as a “Survivor tribal council meeting,” the boys decided their coach would be…?

And the video cuts to black before we get to see the pick.

Check out the boys blind audition below and then check in to The Voice on Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC to find out who OneUp chooses as a coach.


Icelandair Features Gay Couple In New Ad Spot

While Southwest Airlines has a few snags to work out in the way they deal with LGBTs, Icelandair’s new commercial makes it clear how important inclusive values are to the carrier.

The airline’s latest spot features a gay couple enjoying the culture and nature of the Nordic nation.

From the Iceland Monitor:

“Icelandair’s customers are as diverse as they are many. We think it’s only natural to reflect that in our marketing material and therefore aim for a marketing approach that reaches certain groups and is suitable for certain media,” explains Jón Skafti Kristjánsson, brand manager at Icelandair.

He says this ad is not aimed specifically at queer people. “We just think it’s natural and normal for advertisement to portray diversity. LGBTI+ people enjoy travelling just as much as others, of course. In fact, they might have a slightly higher frequency in traveling than other groups.”

Watch the ad below.


L.A. Kings “Kiss Cam” Features Gay Couple Kissing To Cheers

After the sad displays of hate at recent Donald Trump political rallies, this clip from last night’s L.A. Kings hockey game last night puts a smile on my face.

And the crowd goes wild!

Via Outsports:

The Kiss Cam at last night’s Los Angeles Kings game featured a gay couple kissing, and they certainly didn’t hold back. Brad Parr and Andy Evans had secretly been hoping they would be the focus of the Kiss Cam at some point, and they got their wish last night in a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center.

The gay kiss got the biggest cheers from the crowd, another great sign of acceptance. And it wasn’t just a little peck on the lips, these two went for it!

“It was a particularly sweet night since the Kings were playing and beat my hometown Toronto,” Parr told Outsports. “My parents and siblings live in LA but the rest of my family think I am a terrible traitor for being a Kings fan; I’ve lived in LA for 17 years.”


Meet Instagram’s Favorite Gay Couple – Nick & Justin shares the uber-popularity of Justin Moore and Nick Grant, Instagram’s favorite gay couple.

What started out as a simple Instagram scrapbook for Justin Moore and Nick Grant has become an international sensation (with a recent profile in Tétu magazine).

They have had reactions that range from hate mail to sex invites to emotional thanks for simply being open about who they are. Even in these post–marriage equality decision days, being openly gay can still be considered activism.

Check out just a few of the pics shared by the boys, then head over to their Instagram page and start following the handsome guys.


Crowds Cheer Gay Couple On LA Dodgers “Kiss-Cam”

This is pretty amazing. Wow how times have changed.

From Deadspin:

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing.

The team and the world have changed since then.

Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude.

It’s also cool that the reaction from the crowd was a genuine cheer. Reader Steven, who was in the ballpark, says he was “proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.”

The Dodgers have held LGBT nights in recent years, and while it’s great to publicly announce that everyone’s welcome, there’s nothing quite like being normalized by dorky in-stadium entertainment to make everyone feel included.