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10/01/2012

Listen to a Clip of Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall': AUDIO

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And, a purported snippet of Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall" has found its way to the internet.

Listen while you can, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 3:34 PM EST by in Adele, Music, News | Permalink | Comments (28)


Philadelphia Dedicates Street to Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Barbara Gittings

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Philadelphia dedicated a street to gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings today, at Locust Street between 12th and 13th streets, in the heart of the city's LGBT neighborhood.

GittingsWrites Bruce Yelk from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp, who also sends these photos from today's dedication ceremony:

Known as the Mother of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, Gittings (July 31, 1932 – February 18, 2007) resided in Philadelphia. She was the editor of the first lesbian publication. With Frank Kameny, she organized the Annual Reminders at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which launched the LGBT civil rights movement.

Gittings spearheaded the successful initiative to have the American Library Association include gay and lesbian books in the nation’s card catalogues and libraries. Kameny and Gittings challenged the American Psychiatric Association, resulting in homosexuality being removed from the list of mental illnesses.

In 2010, Kameny had a street dedicated to him in Washington, D.C.

The Giitings dedication kicks off Equality Forum's LGBT History Month.

Collaborating organizations on the street dedication include Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Equality PA, Independence Business Alliance, Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus, and William Way LGBT Community Center.

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Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 3:20 PM EST by in Barbara Gittings, News, Philadelphia | Permalink | Comments (11)


'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting Survivor Demands a Plan from Romney and Obama on Gun Violence: VIDEO

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Aurora, Colorado shooting survivor Steve Barton is featured in a powerful new ad and website asking voters to demand a plan from President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on gun violence.

"This past summer in a movie theater I was shot in the face and neck. But I was lucky. In the next four years, 48,000 Americans won't be so lucky. Because they'll be murdered with guns in the next presidential term."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 2:37 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Guns, Mitt Romney, News | Permalink | Comments (28)


Baltimore Ravens' Matt Birk Wants to Keep Marriage from Gays

Matt Birk, a center for the Baltimore Ravens (Brendon Ayanbadejo's team) and a former player for the Minnesota Vikings (Chris Kluwe's team) wants people to know that he doesn't share their pro-equality views, penning an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling for voters to protect marriage, and noting that "not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing."

BirkSays Birk, in part:

Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children -- the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both.

I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent. People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as "bigots" and "homophobic." Aren't we past that as a society?

Don't we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation.

A defense of marriage is not meant as an offense to any person or group. All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

Read Birk's full piece here.

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 1:29 PM EST by in Football (American), Gay Marriage, Matt Birk, Minneapolis, Minnesota, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (107)


Serbian Authorities May Once Again Ban Gay Pride Over Security

Gay Pride in Serbia may be banned again this year as it was last year, Reuters reports:

BelgradePrime Minister Ivica Dacic, who also serves as interior minister, said on Monday the planned parade - whose purpose it to call for better and more gay rights in the predominantly Serbian Orthodox Christian society - was a major security risk. "So far we have received only partial security assessments and we may ban the parade if it proves a high-risk gathering," he told reporters.

The authorities outlawed last year's parade at the last moment for the same reason and dozens were injured the year before in violent clashes between police and ultranationalists unhappy about the event.

This year, rightists want to hold a counter-rally in the Serb capital on Saturday, the day of the planned gay parade, and have also threatened to disrupt an exhibition by Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, which they say mocks Jesus Christ because it shows him in female clothes and high heels.

Serbia's 2010 Gay Pride was its first since 2001.  Hundreds of right-wing protesters attacked and injured more than 100 people, including many of the 5,000 thousand police officers that were there to protect marchers.

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 12:54 PM EST by in Belgrade, Gay Pride, News, Serbia | Permalink | Comments (1)


'Real Housewives of NJ' Cast Member Threatens to Rip Teresa Giudice's Head Off: VIDEO

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Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast offered up a bit of drama last night as the teaser to the second part of the show's reunion when Rosie Pierri, Teresa Giudice's cousin, threated to "rip her f**king head off" for talking smack about her late father.

Pierri was the subject of an emotional episode earlier this year in which she came out to her niece and nephew.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 12:35 PM EST by in News, Reality TV | Permalink | Comments (24)



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