This morning I posted about Joel Schumacher's short film about a closeted high school jock which is an entry in the PBS online film festival. Here's another film, a documentary short from the festival's 'Growing Pains' category, which takes a look at stereotypes and LGBT youth, and also pays a visit to the Anoka-Hennepin school district.
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Houston Pastor Steve Riggle, who has been on a crusade against Mayor Annise Parker since she took office, and last year spearheaded a coalition of clergy demanding that she rescind a sweeping non-discrimination order protecting LGBT people, used his megachurch pulpit over the weekend to demand that she step down over her decision to join dozens of other U.S. mayors in Freedom to Marry's national campaign calling for marriage equality.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
Speaking at the congregation's 10 a.m. service, Riggle promised some 3,000 worshippers "the shortest sermon that has ever been preached in this congregation." After reading 25 Bible versions of the Genesis account of marriage as a man "leaving his father and mother and being joined to his wife," Riggle spent the next 50 minutes reading a letter he wrote to Parker last week, summarizing her response and then reading a new letter he has written to the mayor.
Parker responded with a statement:
"Houston is a city supportive of equal rights and tolerant of opposing opinions – a city where individuals may disagree with one another without being personal," said Parker. "I am standing with 160 mayors, including other Texas mayors, who have taken the same public position.My focus remains on creating jobs and building a safer city."
The paper adds that Riggle received "numerous ovations" for his attacks on Parker.
He said that he was not anti-gay nor a "gay-hater," noting that he had prayed with gay people dying of AIDS. "Just because I disagree with the life style choices that people make does not mean that I hate the people who make those choices," Riggle said, as his listeners responded with applause.
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Chilean leaders condemn brutal beating of Daniel Zamudio: "Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday saying he repudiated the homophobic attack and expressed "total solidarity" with Zamudio. Hinzpeter recently said Chile should consider enacting a hate crime law to deal with such attacks." Background.
Gay Michigan congressional candidate Trevor Thomas gets backing of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) and former Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) in his bid to unseat first-term Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
East Lansing, Michigan celebrates 40th anniversary of nation's oldest LGBT non-discrimination law: “Outside of East Lansing and the 17 cities that have passed similar ordinances in Michigan, it’s still legal in our state to fire someone for being gay,” Triplett told The American Independent. “That’s entirely unacceptable. It’s also ironic and tragic that at the very moment we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our groundbreaking policy, there is a bill pending in the state legislature that would void our human relations ordinance and in effect legalize discrimination against LGBT people in East Lansing.”
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Joel Edgerton takes a shirtless dip at Bondi Beach in Australia.
Gay flaggers help dedicate Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over Trinity River in Dallas.
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Leonard Pitts, Jr. on Dalan Wells and Brandon Morgan's Marine homecoming photo: "Or, as Fleetwood Mac once put it, 'yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.' And the sooner the Grand Old Party concedes that and stops pandering to the bitterness and fear of dead-enders and hard-liners still desperately clinging to the broken remains of Beaver Cleaver's white picket fence, the better off we all will be. "
Fran Drescher officiating same-sex marriage ceremony today.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center restores Keith Haring mural: "The Keith Haring Bathroom, as it’s now called, has been stripped of toilets, sinks and stalls and is used as a meeting room. But to show off a recently completed $25,000 conservation of the mural, the center will open the room to public view through March and conduct related programs."
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New Yorker's Dahlia Lithwick on Lawrence v. Texas: "Does it matter that, in Justice Kennedy’s stirring meditation on privacy and dignity and the 'manifold possibilities' of liberty, the truth of the non-relationship between the non-lovers John Lawrence and Tyron Garner was lost? Does it matter that our collective memory locks the two men together in a mythic embrace? The plaintiffs who seek redress at the Supreme Court are rarely as polished as the movie versions that the Court can bring itself to love. But it’s rare that they disappear altogether, the way Lawrence and Garner did."
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Idaho House to consider LGBT anti-discrimination bill: "Like the doomed measure in the Senate, the proposed legislation would add the words 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the state’s Human Rights Act. About half the states in the U.S. already have such measures, Tolman said, and some Idahoans had taken encouragement from neighboring Washington’s passage in February of a law allowing same-sex marriages."
Mike's closet sees some paranormal activity and lip action with Paul Rudd.
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