What a week, from Roy Moore to “Rotten Apples” to whackjobs in Bermuda! In between, we’ve got to wonder about our older brothers causing our gayness and whether we truly are finished with our holiday shopping.
Apparently the holiday season is bringing a lot of joy along with a heap of crazy, and if you aren’t in the know you might just suffer from being dumb at brunch. Not to worry, though — we have your back.
Here are the week’s 5 news stories that’ll keep you looking well-informed at brunch:
In the biggest political story of the week, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and Chief Homophobe Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the special election to fill one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.
This is an enormous victory for the #resistance and a significant defeat for President Trump, who endorsed the accused pedophile. African-American turnout was at a near historic 30%, with 98% of African-American women voting for Jones.
Moore, who is refusing to concede, claims that in America “Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” What a sore loser! Congratulations, Senator-elect Jones — who just happens to have a gay son!
It certainly seems we don’t go a day without new revelations about someone in Hollywood (and beyond) being accused of sexual assault, misconduct or harassment. Did you know the number now stands at 71 men? It’s hard to keep track.
Well, bring on Rotten Apples, a new website that allows its visitors to search a film and TV database to reveal if anyone in front of or behind the camera is a member of this club of alleged harassers (a rotten apple) or whether the film gets an “all clear” (fresh apple).
The site’s database is pretty thorough and goes back over 60 years to include classic film and TV. There’s still a lot of content to review and upload, but it’s a great time-waster as we found ourselves putting in movie after movie as well as checking out some of our favorite TV shows that reside on our DVR. You might be surprised at what you find.
3. Oh, Brother!
If you’re gay, odds are very likely you have an older straight brother. We’ve heard about this before, but now another study has been released. It’s called “immunlogoical explanation.” It has found that some mothers while pregnant create antibodies in their bloodstream in response to a protein linked to the Y chromosome of an unborn son.
If a mother gets pregnant again with another boy and has a buildup of these antibodies (called NLGN4Y), they may pass through to the fetus and affect a child’s brain development, ultimately changing the direction of how the male fetus develop his sense of attraction, says study author and psychologist Anthony Bogaert at Brock University in Canada.
The highest concentration of these antibodies were in women who had gay sons with older brothers. So it sounds like we both have straight older brothers to thank for our gayness!
4. You Gotta Have Faith … and Love
It’s hard to believe that gay music icon George Michael has been dead almost one year. We’re huge fans. Remember the “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” video, when he wore that “Choose Life” T-shirt?
Well, the nonprofit organization RED has created a special shirt just in time for holiday gift-giving. You can purchase a “Choose Love” tee for $30, which looks just like the one George made famous. Why not grab one — or two — for the holidays and support a great cause?
5. Our Whackjobs of the Week: The Bermuda Legislature
Who doesn’t love the tropical sun and light blue waters of Bermuda? Well, cross it off your vacation list! Bermuda is poised to become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage and then take it away.
Both branches of Bermuda’s legislature has passed the bill, and it now heads to the desk of John Rankin, the crown-appointed Governor of the British overseas territory to either sign or veto it. Rankin is known as a rubber stamp for the legislature.
Bermuda’s economy is fueled by tourism and is a popular honeymoon destination. Its Tourism authority is already warning the government about the possible ramifications, even comparing this repeal to anti-gay laws that came under swift scrutiny from the public and major corporations in Indiana and North Carolina in recent years.
We will follow this story closely, but we say consider other vacation alternatives that are more LGBT-friendly, like Hawaii.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Instagram @JeffZandPaulK.
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