This Week in Gay News: PFLAG Honors Lambert, Weird Apps, Gay-Friendly Republicans

Lambert Gets Honored

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will be honoring former American Idol contestant and glamorous modern gay role model Adam Lambert and his mother, Leila Lambert, tonight in Beverly Hills, CA.

Who (among us) doesn’t love this guy? And who doesn’t love his adorable mom with her alliterative and comic-book-hero-like name? According to all accounts, she’s been his No. 1 fan, moving to L.A. to help manage his career. More importantly, she’s been supportive of Adam and completely accepting of his sexuality. Here’s Mama Lambert quoted in The North County Times in 2009:

When he was 17, I went to a gay and lesbian center in Hillcrest to talk to a counselor and find out how to approach the subject with Adam, and they told me not to do it. One man there said he was 27 and still hadn’t told his parents. I couldn’t imagine that because Adam and I talked about everything, so I decided that I had to broach the subject, and it turned out to be the right decision. I’ve read on blogs and have read his fan letters where mothers have said “I have a son like your son, I think he’s gay, and I’m so amazed at how close you are to Adam.” Maybe the Rolling Stone article will open doors for parents to talk to their kids about the subject.

Nice! And congrats to this deserving mother-son duo.

Weird Apps

In the technological supercolony that we live in now, “apps” are everywhere and are being made for everything, including ones for preventing you from drunk dialing, putting cats all over your screen, and even apps for helping you find other apps.

Inevitably, there have also been apps that have sparked controversy and outrage, such as the app that allowed you to shake a virtual baby to death (It’s long since been yanked from the store), and Exodus International’s now infamous ex-gay app that promised to cure young people of homosexuality (it, too, has since been pulled after an outcry from the gay community). Now there’s an app to help(?) parents discover if their son is gay…I guess.

The “Is My Son Gay” French Android App is essentially a series of questions that harness gay stereotypes (manner of dress, interest (or lack of) in sports, affinity to sequins jk) to help parents connect the (gay) dots. I can’t decide if the app is offensive or simply odd – I suppose if parents use an app to determine whether their son is gay, instead of just having a conversation with him, it’s just sad.

Via Gizmodo

Republican Signs of Humanity

A bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) now has bipartisan support after Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida announced Friday that she would cosponsor the legislation, becoming the first Republican to do so. She will join 124 House Democrats in sponsoring The Respect for Marriage Act. (Sidenote: I wish they would just name these bills what they are: “The Pro-Gay Marriage Bill” and “The Anti-Gay Marriage Bill”.)

Ros-Lehtinen is also a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, where she serves as a vice-chair, and was the first Republican to cosponsor a bill that would ban discrimination against same-sex couples seeking to become adoptive or foster parents. Will other Republicans follow her lead? Here’s hoping.

Via The Advocate

Irish Senator David Norris Pulls Ahead in the Polls

Openly gay Irish Senator David Norris was in the running to enter the Irish Presidential race, but then he dropped out after letters he wrote to an Israeli court pleading for clemency for a former partner surfaced (The former partner was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy). Now, due to strong public support in opinion polls, he’s almost back in the race. Let’s just say it’s complicated, but looks like he’s the best man for the race…

Via BBC News

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