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Gay marriage bliss and dis make headlines

September 11th, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments
Who's your favorite man in uniform in The Village People (left to right): Felipe Rose (original member), Eric Anzalone, Alex Briley (original), David Hodo (original), Jeff Olsen and Ray Simpson. Getty Images

Who’s your favorite man in uniform in The Village People (left to right): Felipe Rose (original member), Eric Anzalone, Alex Briley (original), David Hodo (original), Jeff Olsen and Ray Simpson? Getty Images

Even cowboys fall in love.

OK, so we knew that from “Brokeback Mountain.”

But one famous cowboy is so head over heels with his banking executive boyfriend that he’s ready to put a ring on it. Singer Randy Jones, the original cowboy with the iconic disco group The Village People, plans to marry Will Grega, TMZ reports. Congratulations, fellas (that’s cowboy lingo, right?).

Randy Jones, formerly of The Village People. Getty Images

Randy Jones, formerly of The Village People. Getty Images

Jones, 60, shot to fame in the mid-1970s as one of the six men who recorded the gay dance anthems “Macho Man,” “YMCA” and “In the Navy.” Dressed in Western wear and boasting a ’70s stache, he was arguably the sexiest and most popular of the group. But he eventually left the group, and Jeff Olsen stepped into those cowboy boots in 1980.

The group, which includes three original members, has been performing for 36 years. The guys shared the stage with KC and the Sunshine Band in July at Fantasy Springs in Indio. If you missed it or you’re not familiar with the group, check out the photo of the latest incarnation of The Village People. It includes three original members.

Got a favorite — the cowboy or the policeman? Maybe the construction worker or Navy man?

Students aim to correct what they consider to be dis(respect)

Past and present students of St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora certainly are making it known that Ken Bencomo is among their favorite teachers.

Bencomo was fired from the Catholic school earlier this year after photos of his wedding to a man were published in a newspaper. He had taught there for 17 years. Bencomo’s supporters have rallied the community to urge that he be reinstated. There have been demonstrations and 45,000 signatures collected on a petition at Change.org.

Today (Sept. 11), students are hosting a rally and press conference before they sit-in at a school board meeting.

“We’re taking our message directly to the school board,” former student Brittany Littleton, who launched the petition, says. “Our message is clear: Discrimination is anti-Christian and wrong, and we’re not going anywhere until Mr. B gets his job back.”

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