Houston Aeros’ Justin Fontaine suspended for anti-gay tweet

Justin Fontaine

Houston’s American Hockey League team, the Aeros, has suspended player Justin Fontaine for two games after a homophobic tweet from the right winger.

The suspension was handed down from the Aeros’ parent NHL team the Minnesota Wild, who issued a press statement apologizing for Fontaine’s “inappropriate” comment.

Fontaine has since removed the offending tweet and tweeted an apology, saying “Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more.” Missing from Fontaine’s apology was any recognition that it is cruel to use a term for queer people to deride something.

The issue is not that Fontaine used a naughty word, or that he did it in a public venue. The issue is that Fontaine seems to think that words meaning LGBT people are synonyms for “a thing I don’t like.” It’s hard to imagine that that equation does not stem from a dislike for LGBT people.

—  admin

Does this mean Perry is staying in the race?

Over on the main page we’ve posted Lisa Keen’s report on last night’s Iowa caucus results, in which she noted that Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he was returning to Texas to decide whether to continue his campaign after finishing a disappointing fifth. Communications Director Ray Sullivan later added that it’s unlikely Perry will announce a decision before Thursday, but then moments ago came the below tweet from the governor’s verified Twitter account, along with the above photo of Perry in jogging gear. “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!” reads the tweet from Perry’s account. Is this the official announcement that Perry will continue his campaign until the Jan. 21 primary in South Carolina? If so, we’d say he should have at least combed his hair for the photo. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A Perry campaign source reportedly told Peter Hamby of CNN that, “We’re back on.”

—  John Wright

Dallas police: 2nd rock was found outside ‘A-List: Dallas’ cast member Taylor Garrett’s apartment

Taylor Garrett

Two rocks with threatening notes attached — not one — were found last week outside a broken window at the Design District apartment of Taylor Garrett, a gay Republican cast member from the The A-List Dallas.

Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said today that a porter at the complex found the first rock in some mulch in the bushes. The porter looked up and saw broken glass on the door to Garrett’s second-floor balcony. The porter notified the apartment manager, who contacted a Dallas police officer who lives at the complex. It’s unclear when the porter actually found the rock, Martin said, but records show the officer filed his report last Friday morning and placed the rock into evidence.

Martin said the officer wasn’t initially able to contact Garrett, who has said he returned late last Thursday from Los Angeles, where he’d been filming for The A List. When someone from the complex finally got ahold of Garrett, they went onto the balcony and discovered a second rock with a similar note attached. They also discovered that the double-pane glass window was broken only halfway through, Martin said.

—  John Wright

GIVEAWAY: Pseudo-tweet us to win a pair of tix to Katy Perry & Robyn Thursday night at Verizon

We don’t want to know what you did “Last Friday Night,” but we are wondering if you have plans for Thursday. Thanks to the guys at Universal (Robyn’s peeps actually), we have one pair of tickets to give away to her show. Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour lands at Verizon Theatre on Thursday night, and you could be in on the action.

What do you gotta do? Tell us about your “Teenage Dream” in Twitter fashion. That means 140 characters or less. Who struck your fancy in high school? Was it a classmate? A teacher? Why?

And no worries if you don’t have Twitter. Just email it here and a winner will be picked tomorrow.

The rules:

• Twitter fashion means no more than 140 characters including spaces. Abbeviations r good. In fact, this sentence you’re reading is 140 chars.
• It can’t be NSFW. No x-rated fantasies or pics or stuff like that. Automatic DQ.
• You’ll have to pick up the tickets from the office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday.
• Deadline is 11 a.m. on Thursday.
• Include your full name in the email, but it won’t count toward your 140.

    Good luck and happy pseudo-tweeting. Of course, you can always tweet us for real anytime here or here.

    —  Rich Lopez

    Tishomingo’s Shelton sorry for anti-gay tweet

    Shortly after GLAAD called on people to Twitter-bomb country music star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton for his homophobic tweet from Wednesday, Shelton took to the social media network this morning to offer an apology, after initially trying to laugh off the criticism. (Note that Shelton’s Twitter account says he lives in Tishomingo, which is just north of the Texas border.)


    —  John Wright

    Takei, Gaga urge fans via Twitter to help with relief efforts for Japan

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, celebrities are already jumping on board to help. Lady Gaga posted a tweet earlier this afternoon encouraging fans to buy her prayer bracelet with all the proceeds going to relief efforts.

    Click here to order.

    Gay Japanese actor George Takei has also taken to tweeting about the catastrophic events using the poignant hashtag #TodayWeAreAllJapanese and encouraging his followers to donate to the Red Cross.

    Click here to follow Takei’s link to the Red Cross.

    —  Rich Lopez

    LISTEN: Britney Spears’ ‘Till the World Ends’

    I’m more stunned by Perez Hilton’s tweet that this song made him cry. Or that he felt the need to TWEET THAT! OMG!!! Yeah, kinda like that.

    But here it is and I think it has better potential than that horrid “Hold It Against Me” single. Apparently Ke$ha helped out with this song. Perez said so. OMG!!!

    —  Rich Lopez

    Tweet of the Day

    Mr. Cook, who describes himself as “a progressive Texan in a bad mood,” is of course referring to the fact that the House is expected to vote today on a bill that would require doctors to perform a sonogram before providing an abortion.

    —  John Wright

    Does it matter who sent Leppert’s anti-gay tweet when his website says he opposes civil unions?

    Log Cabin Republicans President Rob Schlein, from left, his mother Shirley Schlein, Laura Leppert, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and LCR Treasurer David Keeton are shown during the group’s Christmas Party at Schlein’s home in 2009.

    An anti-gay message sent last week from the Twitter account of former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert wasn’t written by Leppert himself but by “an overzealous campaign worker,” according to Rob Schlein, president of  the Dallas chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.

    Speaking at Log Cabin’s regularly monthly meeting on Monday night, Schlein said Leppert called him just before the meeting to apologize for “the tone of the tweet.” According to Schlein, Leppert said he wasn’t the author of the tweet and agreed to meet privately with Schlein later this week to discuss the issue further.

    The tweet, sent on the same day that Leppert announced his resignation as mayor to run for U.S. Senate, criticized President Barack Obama for his decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. The tweet said, “We need leaders in Washington to stand for the principle of marriage between one man and one woman.”

    Many in the LGBT community have said they feel betrayed by Lepppert because he was supportive of the LGBT community as mayor, including hiring an openly gay chief of staff and appearing in two gay Pride parades.

    Leppert’s Senate campaign spokesman has failed to return multiple phone calls from Instant Tea seeking comment.

    Schlein spent several minutes at the start of Monday’s meeting reading a sternly worded, heartfelt letter he wrote to Leppert about the tweet. However, the guest speaker at the meeting, Leppert political consultant Carol Reed, declined to comment on the issue. Reed said she’s advising Leppert on his Senate campaign but is neither his chief consultant nor his spokesperson.

    “I’ll let him speak for himself,” Reed told Log Cabin members. “I have nothing to add.”

    In his letter, Schlein slammed Leppert for being the only candidate in the race for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Senate seat who’s tried to use gay rights as a wedge issue. He also said Leppert is the only candidate who’s posted social issues on his campaign website. In the Issues section of his website, Leppert states that he opposes both same-sex marriage and “government-sanctioned” civil unions.

    Schlein said he’s supported Leppert on many key issues — including the convention center hotel and the Trinity River toll road. And he said Leppert attended numerous Log Cabin events as mayor, including the group’s annual dinner and holiday parties at the home of Schlein and his partner.

    “With all due respect, nobody likes a flip-flopper or a political panderer,” Schlein said as he read his letter to Leppert aloud. “You’ve left many friends in your wake. This is truly a sad day.”

    Below are screen grabs from the Issues section of Tom Leppert’s Senate campaign website:

     

    —  John Wright

    What will Carol Reed say about Tom Leppert’s gays-under-bus-throwing tweet at Log Cabin?

    Then-Mayor Tom Leppert at gay Pride in 2009.

    Rob Schlein, president of the Dallas chapter of Log Cabin Republcians, sends along word that political consultant Carol Reed, who’s currently working on Tom Leppert’s Senate campaign, will speak at the group’s regular monthly meeting tonight.

    “Many of us have questions about Mayor Leppert’s tactic to lurch rightward in his efforts to run for Senate,” Schlein wrote atop an invite sent out over the weekend. “This has upset many Log Cabin’ers as well as others in the general LGBT community. Carol will answer your questions about his decision, and many others. This should be an interesting meeting!”

    Undoubtedly Schlein is referring to the anti-gay message sent from Leppert’s twitter account last week, in which he threw the LGBT community under his Senate campaign bus. Leppert’s campaign hasn’t responded to our messages seeking comment about the tweet, so perhaps Reed will try to make it all better tonight.

    The Log Cabin meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Mattito’s, 3011 Routh St.

    —  John Wright