Short Stack: Coming Out In A Hair Band

• Same-sex couples in Belgium can legally co-parent children as of yesterday. The law only passed by one vote in the Senate, which seems weird to us. They let the gays marry, but then get squemish about adoption. We guess we shouldn’t complain though, now that they have joined Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden in giving equal adoption rights to gay couples. [365 Gay]

Styx band

• Despite how gay the guys in those hair bands from the 70s and 80s looked, we never really believed that they were. However, Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo has come out of the closet as a gay man living with AIDS, and is making up for his years of silence. [Frontier]

• Alleged Duke rapist Collin Finnerty‘s gay-bashing incident in D.C. last year did not involve an actual gay, but just a few straight guys calling each other “fag.” The incident was not treated as a hate crime, but still provides evidence that Finnerty is a complete prick. [Washington Blade]

• Schools in California can now prevent their students from wearing antigay t-shirts following a case of a boy who refused to take off his shirt that said “Be Ashamed, Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned” on the front and “Homosexuality Is Shameful” on the back. The slogan on the front actually gets us kind of hot, but we suppose that isn’t really appropriate for high school either. [LA Times]