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04/19/2012

NYU Students, Rainbow Flag Creator Protest Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A

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A few NYU students and rainbow flag-creator Gilbert Baker protested Chick-fil-A today for the fast food chain's massive financial support of anti-gay groups.

Kate Schaefer at Gothamist reports that the protest was organized by Hillary Dworkoski, an NYU student who started a change.org campaign to get Chick-Fil-A off the school's campus. (Gothamist also notes that the NYU location is the only Chick-fil-A in New York City, which is surprising, though nice.)

Some more:

While other vendors can be banned from campus for human rights violations, John Sexton (President, NYU) and the Student Senators Council maintain that this is a political issue, and they can't get involved, "I guess they just don't see that gay rights are human rights," says Dworkoski.

Dworkoski has been fighting this cause for a while and is running for a spot as Senator so that she can be on the Student Senators Council next year and pursue Chick-fil-A through student government. "Even if Chick-fil-A is never banned from campus, at least we're raising awareness about it and that's 13,000 more people that aren't eating Chick-fil-A," Dworkoski told us today.

In other Chick-fil-A news, Cord Jefferson today tore into equality-minded people who still partake in the unapologetic company's offerings: "If you find that it's impossible to stop eating at Chick-fil-A despite your deeply rooted pro-LGBT values, perhaps those values aren't as deep-seated as you think." I would say that's a fair assessment.

Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 6:26 PM EST by in Chick-fil-A, Focus on the Family, News | Permalink | Comments (20)


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Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 6:04 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (4)


News: Matt Damon, Cannes, Eggless Chicken, FDA

ChickenEgg6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Knoxville City Council voted to pass a non-discrimination hiring policy.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi In other Tennessee news, the state senate passed a bill prohibiting the censorship of students' religious views, even if those views include verbally discriminating against LGBT people.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jake Gyllenhaal is headed to the stage to star in the off-Broadway production of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mystery solved? "A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Colon versus cologne.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi James Franco on James Franco.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Simon Cowell puts gay rumors to rest in a new book about the mogul. “If I was gay, why wouldn’t I admit it? It wouldn’t harm me and my mother wouldn’t freak out," he said. Meanwhile, that same book claims that The Voice coach Jessie J is a lesbian, but was told to tell the public that she's bisexual. She claims that's a lie.

McDermott6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Atlanta gay activist Ken Britt announced that he's running for the state's House of Representatives.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Matt Damon offers George W. Bush love for the former president's work on HIV/AIDS: "I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR." Damon says he would kiss Bush for a total of three seconds with no tongue.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Michele Bachmann claims President Obama is "waving a tar baby" to distract from gas prices. "Tar baby" is of course a term often used as a pejorative for black people.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi President Obama is way more likeable than Mitt Romney, say voters, but the men are still pretty close in campaign polls.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Joe The Plumber thinks he's got God's vote in his bid to become a congressman.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Director, writer and general cinematic philosopher Werner Herzog did not realize for 35 years that John Waters is gay. "For me, a man is a man. I cannot distinguish a gay man from a straight man. I just cannot distinguish. Unless the man comes in drag and is so obviously gay, then I would notice."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Ryan Murphy has revealed some new details about the forthcoming second season of American Horror Story. Sorry, still no shirtless Dylan McDermott.

HopkinsHitchcock6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Right wing group Traditional Values Coalition is going after the National Institute of Health for using images of naked men on an HIV awareness website. It's "gay porn," says the organization's president, Andrea Lafferty.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Sir Anthony Hopkins really looks like Alfred Hitchcock.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Students at Western Connecticut State University are calling on the FDA to lift its archaic ban on gay men giving blood.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Dream date? President Obama's reelection campaign is raffling off a dinner with him and George Clooney.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is Invisible Children, the evangelical-backed group behind Kony 2012, trying to overshadow Day of Silence, the annual event that combats anti-gay bullying in schools?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman sing on set for Les Miserables.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rachel Maddow was "totally shocked" when Keith Olbermann was fired from Current.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A full list of all the movies competing at Cannes.

Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 5:40 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Atlanta, Barack Obama, Keith Olbermann, KONY 2012, Mitt Romney, News, Rachel Maddow, Tennessee | Permalink | Comments (10)


Openly Gay Hockey Player Within A Year?

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Following the 2010 car accident death of his gay son, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Brian Burke decided to dedicate his life off the ice to fighting homophobia. So too did his other son, Patrick (both pictured).

Though it's only been about a year since their You Can Play campaign began rallying for LGBT inclusion in the National Hockey League, Patrick says he's already seen a tremendous amount of progress and even predicts that professional hockey will soon see an openly gay player.

"Within the next two years, I predict we’ll have an openly gay National Hockey League player," Burke told Adam Proteau at The Hockey News. "That is my personal belief and numerous people, including people within the charity, disagree with me completely. It’s my opinion only, but I think I’m right."

More from that interview:

I think our athletes have made it clear they support their teammates. I think management has made it clear through their support of You Can Play. I think fans have made it clear. I think the commissioner has made it clear. I think the league office has made it clear. Everyone knows now the NHL is on board. I believe players will take a little while and make sure we’re not going anywhere, that YCP and the Burke family are here to stay, and within the next couple years they’ll know that this is a league in which they can come out and still play.

A number of professional players have joined Patrick and Brian Burke's movement, and though he always thought the league would be supportive, Patrick says he's blown away by the level of commitment he's seen: "To say I expected this level of support and this amount of players to go above and beyond and reach out to us, no, I never could’ve predicted this.”

Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 4:40 PM EST by in Hockey, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (15)


'Glee' Honors Whitney Houston: VIDEO

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Next week's Glee revolves around the unmistakable songs of the late singer Whitney Houston, and in anticipation Fox has released a clip of the stars singing Houston's iconic "How Will I Know."

Called "Dance With Somebody," the episode will reportedly feature eight Houston songs, including power anthem "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," as well as the titular track.

Until then, take a listen to Glee's rendition of "How Will I Know" AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 4:16 PM EST by in Glee, Whitney Houston | Permalink | Comments (27)


GetEQUAL Bringing Some Muscle To Non-Discrimination Action

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GetEQUAL vowed to start slow but then increase intensity in its protests against President Obama's rejection of an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors.

The White House says Obama wants to focus on a national ENDA, but, like other activists, GetEQUAL thinks the president can accomplish both, or should at least try.

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent reports:

You may recall that during the battle over don’t ask don’t tell, a gay rights group called GetEQUAL got lots of press coverage for its civil disobedience against the White House over the issue. Images of activists chained to the White House fence or getting taken away in handcuffs gained wide circulation.

Now the group is about to launch a similar campaign against the Obama campaign over the executive order, which has been a priority for gay advocates ever since Obama took office.

GetEQUAL’s managing director, Heather Cronk, tells me that in the next few weeks, the group will start staging actions against Obama For America offices throughout the country. The actions will begin with small gestures and will escalate over time.

“We’ll certainly be doing potentially arrestable actions at the White House,” Cronk tells me, confirming that the group has raised money in the six figures from gay donors to finance the actions.

Something tells me Mr. Obama is going to have a long, hot summer full of pro-equality action. Lucky him.

Posted Apr. 19,2012 at 3:31 PM EST by in ENDA, GetEQUAL, News | Permalink | Comments (17)



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