Podcast: Catch Up On This Week’s LGBTQ Headlines In Less Than 20 Minutes

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In this week’s podcast:

• The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important ruling for transgender protections in the workplace

• Should we boycott Bermuda for taking away marriage equality?

• An out high school football star is targeted by the haters of Westboro Baptist Church but his classmates aren’t having it

• A gay couple found their wedding photo used in a political attack ad by the Tennessee state Republican Party #WTF?

• Take two – Starkville, Mississippi, is getting it’s first Pride parade

• The 2018 Paralympics have begun and there’s at least one out and proud Paralympian this year

• Mindy Kaling’s new series Champions on NBC features a 16-year-old out character who’s never seen the inside of a closet

• VICE follows gay married couple Rick & Griff in Atlanta to learn how folks are monetizing their social media following

• NBC’s “The Voice” made history this week with the series’ first transgender contestant

• Randy Rainbow takes on the NRA with his parody of “Kids” from the 1960s Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie

Kansas City: Foo Fighters “Rick Roll” Westboro Baptist Church

With a concert scheduled at Kansas City’s Sprint Center last night, the Foo Fighters got wind of the news that hateful Westboro Baptist Church planned to show up and protest the event.

But, no worries. Dave Grohl and all the Foo Fighters showed up in a pickup truck with signs of their own, all the while blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Westboro Baptist – you have been “Rick Rolled.”

Bless the Foo Fighters. Fighting “foo” everywhere.

Watch below.

Noah Michelson of Huffington Post isn’t afraid of Westboro Baptist Church

Huffington Post Gay Voices editor Noah Michelson has written a compelling essay regarding anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church’s threat to picket the offices of Huffington Post.

“We’re not scared of a handful of sad people with access to school supplies and a few nasty slogans.”

Michelson explains why WBC has actually accomplished some good by shedding light on the hateful side of religious-based homophobes thereby encouraging folks to “scramble to get out of their shadow so as not to be confused with them or their hate.”

Read the whole essay at Huffington Post.

Aussie comedian has a great idea for Westboro Baptist Church

After the passing of Robin Williams, the always inappropriate Westboro Baptist Church have said they will picket his funeral for his crime of being “a fag lover.”

The Last Leg Australian comedian Adam Hills has a proposition for WBC – Hills offers to fly 12 members of the church first class to Iraq so they can picket those who are beheading Christians who refuse to convert.

Sounds like a great idea. I’d even chip in to make it happen.

(tipped by TRR reader William)

Oklahoma liquor store offers discount on champagne after passing of Westboro Baptist Church founder dies

In light of the passing of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, a liquor store owner in Moore, Oklahoma, offered 10% off all champagne sales.

His sign advertising the sale was meant to be provocative, says store owner Brian Kerr.  “That kind of hatred, and that kind of twisting of biblical principals really needs to be exposed and talked about. And people need to know that’s not how real Christians act.”

Of course, Westboro Baptist Church announced they will picket the liquor store this coming Sunday.

(h/t JMG)

Fred Phelps’ estranged son Nate releases statement following father’s death

“I mourn the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate.

“His life impacted many outside the walls of the WBC compound, uniting us across all spectrums of orientation and belief as we realized our strength lies in our commonalities, and not our differences.

“How many times have communities risen up together in a united wall against the harassment of my family? Differences have been set aside for that cause, tremendous and loving joint efforts mobilized within hours… and because of that, I ask this of everyone — let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities.”

“Let’s end the support of hateful and divisive teachings describing the LGBT community as “less than”, “sinful”, or “abnormal.” Embrace the LGBT community as our equals, our true brothers and sisters, by promoting equal rights for everyone, without exception.”

(via WGB)