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11/12/2012

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill May Be Passed This Year as 'Christmas Gift' to Christian Clerics: VIDEO

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Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill may see passage before the end of the year, the AP reports:

KadagaSpeaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.

Ugandans "are demanding it," she said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of "the serious threat" posed by homosexuals to Uganda's children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as "a Christmas gift."

"Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation," the activists said in a petition. "We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament ... so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation."

Kadaga was greeted with a "hero's welcome" at Entebbe airport last week for affirming Uganda's position against homosexuality at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Canada.

Watch an NTV report on Kadaga and the renewed interest in the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 8:20 AM EST by in News, Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda | Permalink | Comments (27)


From the Dept. of Regrettable Tattoos: The Romney Ryan Logo

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"R" is for regret, especially if it's in the form of the 'Aquafresh'-style logo of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and it's tattooed on your temple.

Politico reports:

Suffice to say, he’s not happy with Tuesday’s results.

“Totally disappointed, man,” Hartsburg told POLITICO. “I’m the guy who has egg all over his face, but instead of egg, it’s a big Romney/Ryan tattoo. It’s there for life.”

Hartsburg’s tattoo covers a 5-by-2 inch space on the side of his face, and he did it after raising $5,000 on eBay for the effort. He didn’t even tell his wife he planned to get the tattoo until about an hour before.

Right away, she was taken aback,” Hartsburg said, adding that his wife is also a Romney/Ryan supporter.

“My 15-year-old son, however, he was all about it.”

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 8:04 AM EST by in 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, News, Republican Party, Tattoo | Permalink | Comments (31)


Activist and Author Brandon Lacy Campos Found Dead in NYC

CamposActivist, poet and author Brandon Lacy Campos was found dead in his apartment in NYC, Rod 2.0 reports:

Campos was the co-executive director of Queers for Economic Justice and a prominent figure within the nation's social activist and "artivist" communities. He was also a prolific blogger, social media personality, poet and author. Brandon Campos was the author of the poetry collection It Ain't Truth If It Doesn't Hurt. Campos was also a contributor to the critically-acclaimed 2011 anthology From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.

Campos also wrote candidly about living with HIV:

"I am living this life as lovingly as I can be as flawed as I am," Campos reportedly said in one of his last Facebook messages. "My saving grace is that the God in which I believe has sent me more love than I Could believe my due and that love I have been able to share to u. To u amor."

Campos also wrote for The Body, an HIV/AIDS resource. His last entry was a week ago, called Why Voting Matters: Barack Obama, I Got You. The website published a tribute to Campos on its site yesterday.

Campos' body was discovered by his father. He was just 35. More on Campos and his life, as well as reactions from people who knew him, at Rod 2.0.

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 7:45 AM EST by in Deaths, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (19)


Phoenix Activist and Performer Austin Head Assaulted: Report

Towleroad received this report from a reader over the weekend:

HeadAustin Head, a Phoenix-based entertainer, activist and star of LogoTV’s Positive Youth documentary, was assaulted early Friday morning by two assailants who targeted him and a friend as they were headed home and walking down Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

Following an evening out at the popular LGBT nightspot Charlie’s, Head and his friend were attacked by two men, Jermon and Ernie Barnes, ages 24 and 21 respectively. As the men approached Head and his friend, they yelled homophobic slurs, and then began to physically assault the two.

Knocked unconscious, Austin Head woke up later Friday morning with multiple head injuries, including a Maxillary Sinus Fracture, Lateral Orbit Fracture, eyebrow laceration and severe swelling on the left side of his face. 

The two suspects were immediately tracked down by the Phoenix Police Department, identified by a witness, arrested and jailed.   It is not known if the two assailants were still in police custody.

Dr. Stuart Sperry of St. Joseph’s Hospital, who took charge of Head’s recovery, warned that further plastic surgery may be needed to restore the fractures caused by this assault.

Watch an interview with Head, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 7:34 AM EST by in Crime, News, Phoenix | Permalink | Comments (12)


Mystery Woman in Petraeus Investigation is Named

A mystery woman who told the FBI that she had been receiving threatening emails from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell is a social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and a friend of the Holly and David Petraeus.

The NYT reports:

KelleyThe woman, Jill Kelley, 37, is “a very well-known person of influence in the Tampa community,” active in community organizations that support military causes, according to the friend. Tampa is the home of the military’s Central Command, which Mr. Petraeus headed before serving in Afghanistan and then as C.I.A. director. It was during the Petraeuses’ time in Tampa that they became friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley.

In a statement released Sunday night, Ms. Kelley and her husband did not address their involvement in the investigation that ultimately led to Mr. Petraeus’s resignation on Friday from the C.I.A. after admitting that he had had an extramarital affair.

 The Kelleys said that they had been friends with Mr. Petraeus “and his family for over five years.”

“We respect his and his family’s privacy, and want the same for us and our three children,” the family said in a statement.

In related news, Politico looks at Broadwell's access to classified information:

In a speech last month at the University of Denver, Broadwell said that the CIA at one point was holding prisoners at an annex near the consulate, and that the assault may have been an effort to free those prisoners. "I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually—had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So, that's still being vetted," she said, according to a video of the Denver event posted online and first reported by the Israeli media outlet Arutz Sheva.

Later in her remarks, Broadwell, said some of her information had come from a Fox News report, but it does not appear to have included that detail, according to Foreign Policy. The CIA has denied holding any prisoners at Benghazi.

Previously...
Report: Broadwell's Threatening Emails Sparked Petraeus' Downfall [tlrd]
Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO [tlrd]

Posted Nov. 12,2012 at 7:17 AM EST by in David Petraeus, News, Tampa | Permalink | Comments (4)



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