Daniel Zamudio, a gay Chilean man who was beaten, stabbed, burned, and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis earlier this month and had been clinging to life in a hospital, was pronounced dead earlier this evening.
"Doctors performed a test this afternoon that confirmed cerebral failure and soon after, Zamudio died," Americas South and North reports.
The Chilean LGBT rights group MOVILH tweeted: "Daniel Zamudio died. Strength to your family. You will be remembered. Your passage was not in vain."
At the National Review, NOM's Maggie Gallagher tries to write off the news that her organization had its mask torn off, pronouncing, nothing to see here:
It’s always amusing to watch the media go to work to generate a non-story. In this case, it’s about “secret” documents that show NOM reaches out to black and Latino churches to fight gay marriage.
NOM’s response is here.
Mine is: Must be a slow news day over at BuzzFeed.
Jeremy Hooper notes:
"NOM's past President and Chair, Maggie Gallagher, doesn't give credit to the Human Rights Campaign's NOM Exposed project, which actually broke the story. But the bigger insult is that she simply doesn't care what Julian Bond, the African American Ministers Leadership Council, or any number of outraged millions have to say about NOM's crude and cruel attempts to divide us as a nation."
In a new video clip from Bruce Weber (one of 4 new 'Webersodes') for Abercrombie & Fitch, a man-on-man kiss appears for the first time in an official company promo, which I guess is surprising because none of the rest of it is homoerotic at all.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
NO MORE DOWN LOW: Kendell Hogan reports on the LGBT People of Color Film Festival which took place March 22-24 in L.A.
LOUIS VIRTEL: Verbal voguer surveys the 2012 Republican candidates.
MATTHEW VINES: An hour-long dissection of the Bible and homosexuality.
TIM TEBOW: Excited to be in NY.
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Pilot subdued after going nuts on JetBlue flight from JFK to Vegas.
Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition announces PAC, new campaign manager Matt McTighe: "The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition is made up of EqualityMaine, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Maine Women's Lobby, Engage Maine and 16 other organizations."
Alicia Silverstone feeds her baby like a bird.
Five Republicans and three Democrats in focus on the fate of Colorado's civil union bill: "Supporters are back again this year with Senate Bill 2. And while the balance of power in the statehouse hasn't changed — Democrats control the Senate and Republicans control the House — they hope the political landscape has. That's due in large part to Coloradans for Freedom, which earlier this year formed with a mission to bring together and provide support to Republicans who support civil unions."
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius releases statement on LGBT Health Awareness week.
Battle in Me: Here's Garbage's UK single.
Big Time Rush's Carlos Pena, Jr. looking fine in a Speedo.
Double rainbow over Denver.
Gary Ross talks about the next Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire.
George Takei polls his heterosexual fans on when they became straight.
Woman arrested in anti-gay shooting at Columbia Heights, D.C. IHOP: "In announcing the arrest Monday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier declined to comment on whether authorities believe the shooting was a hate crime, saying prosecutors will make that determination. She also declined to discuss the victim’s sexual orientation."
Five ways 2012 Republicans resemble 1920's 'Main Street'.
Two teens caught red-handed (literally, with paint) over hate graffiti in Rehoboth, Delaware: "A report said that several residents on Fir Drive and Shady Ridge Drive had their cars, houses, windows and fencing damaged by red spray paint sometime between 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 and 7 a.m. Friday, March 23. One victim on Shady Ridge Drive had anti-gay sentiments spray-painted on his car and the front of his house, resulting in the hate crime charge. According to the report, all but one of six victims was between the ages of 66 and 80."
Mario Lopez strips down, glistens with water in South Beach.
Invisible Children Director of Ideology Jedidiah Jenkins boasts about grant money, chugs vodka: "a hundred thousand for Haiti and $900,000 in extra for me."
Atlanta Checker Cab takes quick action against homophobic cabbie: "Within hours of an Atlanta Checker Cab driver telling a gay man “f**k you faggot” outside two popular gay nightspots in Midtown, the company confronted the driver and fired him."
How the New Hampshire GOP voted to keep marriage equality: "Freedom to Marry, which led the campaign against the repeal bill, credits its success in part to inroads it has made nationally with Republicans. Freedom to Marry’s founder, Evan Wolfson, credits conservatives like Ted Olson — who led the challenge to Proposition 8 in California — and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman with accelerating that trend. Mehlman, newly out a year or two ago, was “very effective,” Wolfson says, in guiding them in New Hampshire. And polling showing an overwhelming opposition to the bill in New Hampshire certainly did not hurt."
NOM President Brian Brown released a statement today in response to evidence revealed by documents related to an investigation into its election activities in Maine that it worked to sow division between gays, Blacks, and Latinos in order to further its anti-gay agenda on the state and national level.
Said Brown in a statement:
"The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was formed in 2007 and has worked extensively with supporters of traditional marriage from every color, creed and background. We have worked with prominent African-American and Hispanic leaders, including Dr. Alveda C. King, Bishop George McKinney of the COGIC Church, Bishop Harry Jackson and the New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Sr., all of whom share our concern about protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
"Gay marriage advocates have attempted to portray same-sex marriage as a civil right, but the voices of these and many other leaders have provided powerful witness that this claim is patently false. Gay marriage is not a civil right, and we will continue to point this out in written materials such as those released in Maine. We proudly bring together people of different races, creeds and colors to fight for our most fundamental institution: marriage."
Maine's investigation into NOM was authorized after GOP presidential candidate testified before The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices in October 2009. Karger has been tracking NOM's finances and attempts to keep secret its lists of donors for years.
“In its anti-gay crusade to block the freedom to marry, NOM has spent years working to drive wedges within communities across the nation, all the while claiming it does not ’hate’ anyone, gay or non-gay. Now exposure of NOM’s own strategy memos confirms that NOM will stop at nothing to push its agenda, pitting American against American, minority against minority, family members against family members.
“NOM’s wedge-strategy memos detail its campaign to funnel money to a handful of African-American clergy in order to attack gay couples and, appallingly, discredit the strong and clear voice of those African-American civil rights champions, such as John Lewis, Julian Bond, and Coretta Scott King, who have stood up for the freedom to marry and the equal civil rights of all people, including gay people of color. These smoking-gun documents show how NOM has sought, in the most cynical ways imaginable, to bait the gay community in hopes of provoking a hurt response that would further divide, all in furtherance of the ugly and cruel anti-gay agenda.
“NOM’s secret memos describe its intention to ‘interrupt [Latinos’] process of assimilation’ by ‘making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity’ and ‘seek to identify glamorous young Latino and Latina leaders’ to reject equal protection for their own family members who are gay. And all of this to be done, fueled by NOM’s shadowy secret funders, in the name of religion -- in flagrant contempt of the Golden Rule of treating others as you would want to be treated. Despicable.
“Happily, even as NOM works to sow division and falsehood, we’ve seen the majority for marriage grow, as more Americans hear from their friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers about why marriage matters to gay people, their kids and their kin. And while NOM has worked to generate and showcase anti-gay animosity in communities of color, all of America’s communities have moved in support of the freedom to marry, thanks to the gay and non-gay people of color and others who have talked from the heart about why marriage matters.