David France's documentary about the gay community's battle to obtain live-saving drugs at the height of the AIDS crisis gets a teaser trailer. The film is currently on the festival circuit with plans for release in September.
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Over the weekend, Brandon reported that Carrie Underwood has become one of the highest-profile country stars to show her support for marriage equality.
Said Underwood, if you missed it: "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
So why not celebrate Underwood by watching the teaser she dropped today for her upcoming "Blown Away" video, before she gets sucked up into this twister.
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Fraudulent signatures have been found among more than 200,000 turned in last week by Protect Marriage Washington toward a ballot measure overturning the state's marriage equality law, but not enough to significantly affect the amount necessary to do so, Q13FOX reports:
Preserve Marriage Washington, blocked the gay marriage law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire last Wednesday by submitting an estimated 232,000 signatures — nearly 100,000 more than the 120,577 minimum -- to get a referendum on the November ballot. On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office said at least 51 of the petition sheets containing about 1,000 signatures were found to be “apparently fraudulent.” Petition fraud is a class C Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The Israeli Defense Forces posted this photo to its official Facebook page today, with the following caption:
"It's Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?"
The photo has generated more than 3,000 shares and nearly 5,000 likes as of this post.
The HuffPost notes:
Israel was one of the first countries to abolish restrictions on openly gay soldiers serving in the military. In 1993 the country adopted a law that prohibits discrimination against gay forces, nearly 20 years ahead of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in the United States.
Yet despite the military's liberal policies, a 2011 study showed more than 40 percent of gay and lesbian soldiers in the IDF say they have been harassed because of their sexuality. According to Haaretz, 45 percent of respondents claimed homophobic remarks remained frequent, with soldiers in combat units reporting them more frequently.
Trish Cameron, a Minnesota fifth-grade teacher at St. Joseph's School in Moorhead, Minnesota was forced to resign after responding to a questionnaire given to her by the school which asked her about the church's teachings.
In a letter sent to St. Joseph’s staff and families, Trish Cameron said she was told June 1 she would not be offered a contract for the following school year because of her response to a question on a self-evaluation.
The question concerned whether she supported the Catholic Church’s teachings, she wrote in the letter.
Her response, as quoted in her letter, reads: “I do not agree w/ all Church teachings on a personal level but I do not bring my own opinions into our religion classes. We tend to focus on respect and love for one another and living out our call as servants whenever a ‘political’ topic crops (which it rarely, if ever, does).”
After a later discussion with school administration, Cameron said in the letter that she told them she did not agree with the church’s stance against gay marriage. Because of her dissent, she was asked to write a brief letter of resignation.
The school sent a letter to parents calling it “an unfortunate circumstance” but said it was the school’s “fiduciary responsibility” to ask her to leave.
Dharun Ravi's attorney's have filed a notice of intent to appeal his conviction in the Rutgers webcam case involving Tyler Clementi, the Star-Ledger reports:
The notice, filed June 4 with the appellate court, lists the proposed issues to be raised, including that the bias intimidation statute is unconstitutional as applied to Ravi and that several decisions by Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman, who presided over the trial earlier this year, "prejudiced the defendant's ability to get a fair trial."
The appeal process could take upwards of two years before a three-judge panel hears the appeal. Ravi is currently serving a 30-day sentence in the Middlesex County jail.
Warden Edmond Cicchi of the county jail said last month that inmates at the jail are automatically awarded 10 days for good behavior, which would place Ravi's release date at sometime next week, since he began his sentence May 31.