News: Day of Silence, Bald Eagle, Simon Cowell, Colorado

road.jpg The Colorado Senate approved legislation protecting gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination on a 20-15 party-line vote Monday. This is the fifth straight year lawmakers have attempted to extend the protections: “The measure has been vetoed by former Republican Gov. Bill Owens or has died in GOP-controlled committees. This time, Democrats hope they have an ally in Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter.”

Baldeagleroad.jpg Bald Eagle to be de-listed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in June: “Environmentalists and scientists widely support the move because of the species’ success since a 1972 ban on the pesticide DDT and since it was protected by the Endangered Species Act in 1978. Still, many eagle experts are worried, warning that the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the law that will protect bald eagles after delisting, does not adequately shield the nesting trees and feeding perches eagles depend on.”

road.jpg Climate change and New York City, a forecast: “It’s really the prospect of the unraveling of many things as we know them. I don’t think we’re going to know until it happens. But the point of no return is actually way before the actual event.”

070412_red_square_01road.jpg Death of a star: nebula spotted with “near-perfect symmetry”.

road.jpg Gay Boston Catholics faced with no mass as Jesuits say they’ll shut down the church. Worshiper: “I, and my friends, while not surprised, were saddened. This comes after a few years of rough times for gay Catholics, with Vatican and local episcopal declarations that have not been so friendly. I don’t know what will be the future of gay ministry.”

road.jpg Andrew Embiricos, New York socialite and descendant of the Prophet Muhammed, making name for himself in amateur gay porn videos.

road.jpg Simon Cowell criticized for rolling eyes after Chris Richardson’s Virginia Tech comments. Cowell says, “I wasn’t listening. I’m horrified.”

Shhhroad.jpg Shhh! Those voices that you don’t hear are the sounds of thousands of students across America: “Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?”

road.jpg Brothers and Sisters‘s Jason Lewis hawks chocolates half-naked.

road.jpg UK group awarded grant to produce series of films on homophobic bullying in Britain’s rural areas: “We’ve wanted to set up this project for a long time and now we can really get going with this funding. There are so many homosexual youngsters in rural areas across the country but many feel they’re the only one. They are usually being bullied in school for being different because teenagers are trying their best to fit in.”

road.jpg AfterElton dishes gossip from the GLAAD awards.