June 25, 2012 at 10:01 am EDT | by Phil Reese
Fast Five Fix: June 25
Cyndi Lauper, NYC Pride, New York, gay news, Washington Blade

Cyndi Lauper rocked Pride in New York City this weekend, including the Pier Dance, sponsored by the Washington Blade. (Click to go to Queerty photo album)

An EARTHQUAKE of a news story broke this weekend, when the anti-marriage side’s star witness in the Perry trial combating California’s Proposition 8, David Blankenhorn, published a New York Times editorial announcing he’d switched sides on the issue. Well, at least that’s how it appears. He seems to be for uniting with “gays who want to strengthen marriage.” Ultimately, its this sentence that tells us he’s made a powerful change of heart: “…as a marriage advocate, the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do.” Now here’s the rest of the news.

CBS tells us that Mary Cheney and Heather Poe have done got hitched; Lynne and Dick Cheney say they’re “delighted.”

Gay Pride in Thessaloniki, Greece was attacked by 50 counter-protesters throwing eggs and bottles of water, according to the Sacramento Bee. Just goes to show we’ve still got so long to go.

The Salvation Army is on damage control after a high ranking Australian official appearing on a talk show indicated the denomination believes gays should be put to death, according to Truth Wins Out.

Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire is also on damage control after sending a homophobic direct message over twitter to a follower, says Outsports.

In an unusual about-face, European LGBT site, Pink News reports that Ugandan Ethics Minister, Simon Lokodo has affirmed LGBT rights to peaceably assemble and exercise free speech (h/t Queerty).

VIDEO | Watch Kylie turn it out at New York City Pride, this weekend, singing “All the Lovers.”

Check out more videos of Kylie’s performance at Towleroad.

ALSO: Towleroad reminds us its the 39th anniversary of one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 1973 intentionally set fire at the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, killing 32 gay men attending the Metropolitan Community Church services being held there. The news media’s insensitive coverage of the incident, and the police’s lack of empathy stand as a stark warning for members of the LGBT community to stay vigilant, visible and active to keep that sort of bigotry from creeping back into social norms. We never want to go back.

The arsonist was never found, and the stories of the carnage are horrifying, but scarier yet is the fact that in many parts of the U.S. prejudice against members of the gay community remain unchanged.

…I refuse to end on a sour note, though. Here is the cutest picture from New York Pride, via GoodAsYou!

NYC Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

Awwwww! (via GoodAsYou)


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