A Texas teacher claims he was fired for telling his students he’s gay, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci team up to become the daddy gay couple of our dreams, and Pete Buttigieg shuts down religion being used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people — these are the LGBTQ stories you need to know now.
Attorneys for Roxsana Hernández, a transgender woman who died while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody last year, have accused the agency of deleting surveillance footage that was crucial to their wrongful death lawsuit. According to Buzzfeed News, ICE is required to preserve evidence under federal rules, but when attorneys requested video of surveillance at the time of Hernández’s death, they were told it was “no longer available.” Attorney Andrew Free told Buzzfeed: “If DHS cannot be trusted to play by the rules, both before and after a detained migrant’s death based on these records, how can DHS be trusted to continue imprisoning migrants at all?”
The award-winning daddy pairing you didn’t know you needed, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci will team up to portray a gay couple in upcoming film Supernova. Per Variety, “Supernova centers on Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci), partners of 20 years, who are traveling across England in their old RV visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.” We could comment on two heterosexual actors once again taking gay roles, but we’re willing to forgive as long as there’s at least one shirtless kissing scene. (Just us? No?) Supernova‘s release date has not yet been confirmed.
A teacher at Grapevine High School in Texas claims he was fired after telling students he is gay. Josh Hamilton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he was placed on leave after the school district learned that he’d talked about his coming out process with students. The school claims it was because Hamilton had been texting with a student and discussing his personal life and relationships, which is against district policy. However, Hamilton says he was texting a student who babysits for him, which necessitated discussing his dates in terms of when she’d need to work. “If we’re going to fire a teacher for texting a kid, we’re going to fire a lot of teachers in Texas,” Hamilton said.
Speaking to the National Center for Transgender Equality, Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that religious freedom should never be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people. “The freedom to religious expression — which is very important to me personally — does not mean that you can harm people in the name of religion and say that’s OK,” Buttigieg said. “My message to fellow people of faith on this issue is to remember that when you have policies that try to invoke religion as a way to harm people or exclude people, that isn’t just an insult to the separation of church and state — it’s an insult to religion.”
Watch Buttigieg’s full interview below: