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UNC-Chapel Hill To Open Gender-Neutral Dorms

UNCChapelThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is adopting new dorm rules to help students, particularly LGBT students, feel more comfortable in their school-provided digs.

From local ABC affiliate WWAY-3:

The board of trustees unanimously endorsed Thursday "gender-neutral" housing. Supporters of the gender non-specific housing option say the move would help students - specifically gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students - who are being harassed and bullied in traditional on-campus housing.

Students will be able to apply for the option of choosing roommates of either gender in campus suites and apartments. The university already has coed dorms but students of the opposite sex do not share rooms.

How long before the right gives this some kind of "gay agenda" spin.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 10:24 PM EST by in Education, News, North Carolina | Permalink | Comments (6)

Tina Kotek To Be Named First Gay Leader Of Oregon's House


The Democratic majority in Oregon's House of Representatives is set to name openly gay state Rep. Tina Kotek as their new leader tonight.

Kotek, a state representative since 2007, joins Washington's Ed Murray and Colorado's Mark Ferrandino as newly named leaders, which brings the total number of states headed by an out and proud lawmaker to five.

Oregon's KATU offers more from Kotek herself:

Kotek said she didn't set out to break barriers but is honored to represent the gay community. It's important for the gay community to have role models in leadership positions, she said.

"We all look for people out there who look like us," she said.

"I have had emails and text messages from people who are very excited," Kotek said. "I think any time you have a 'first' it's an important thing for the community."

Denis Dison from Victory Fund, the national organization that backs LGBT candidates, said Kotek and her peers are just the latest example of LGBT Americans' inclusion in the legislative system.

"For many years we were building a bench of openly gay officials who could step into those roles, and now we're seeing that around the country," he said.

[Image via KATU]

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 8:42 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Colorado, News, Oregon | Permalink | Comments (8)

Sen. Boxer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Support Ryan Andresen, Scout Denied Eagle Status For Being Gay


Ryan Andresen has some new heavy weights behind his campaign to win the Eagle Scout status that is rightfully his. Andresen has been in the Boy Scouts for twelve years and should be an Eagle Scout, but the tenaciously discriminatory Scouts denied him the award because 17-year old Andresen is openly gay.

Since the story broke, bold-faced names like Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper have come out for him. And now so have Sen. Barbara Boxer, San Francisco Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 33 California state lawmakers, including State Senator Leland Yee.

For her part, Senator Boxer wrote a letter to Ryan sharing her support. "Your perseverance to raise awareness against bullying is commendable. I admire your courage to stand up for who you are, as well as the bravery you have demonstrated in the face of intolerance," she wrote.

Newsom took a more direct approach, writing to the Boy Scouts of America, "In defending this hurtful and discriminatory policy barring gay youth and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America are simply standing on the wrong side of history. And in doing so, the Boy Scouts are hurting the very people that you aim to serve: the young men who participate in your programs."

He went on, "Scout leaders who are speaking out against this hurtful policy inspire me. I urge the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council to follow the brave precedent established by other local councils by ending anti-discriminatory practices and approve the Eagle Scout award Ryan so justly deserves."

State Sen. Yee and his colleagues, meanwhile, had this to say to the BSA: "We ask that Ryan Andresen receive the honor that he has rightfully earned. To deny him the title of Eagle Scout denigrates his efforts, and cheapens the title for his fellow Eagles."

"To hold him to a different standard, to say he is unworthy of this honor because of his sexual orientation is as offensive and un-American as it would be to do so because of the color of his skin."

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 7:45 PM EST by in Barbara Boxer, Boy Scouts, Gavin Newsom, News, Ryan Andresen | Permalink | Comments (10)

Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1249

PRESIDENTIAL TOUR: Obama visited Sandy-struck Queens today.

SO LONG, FAREWELL: Retiring Rep. Ron Paul blasts "psychopathic authoritarians" during final Congressional address.

'HOUSE OF CARDS': Trailer for Kevin Spacey's new NetFlix series.

VIDEO MANIA: 1991 news report on dangers of Super Nintendo.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 6:50 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Hurricane Sandy, Kevin Spacey, News, Ron Paul, Towleroad Guide to the Tube, Video Games | Permalink | Comments (8)

News: Justices, Aerosols, Gaza, 'Impeach Obama' Robo-Calls

1NewsIcon Did the 2012 election really mark the end of political homophobia and transphobia?

1NewsIcon WainwrightgapRufus Wainwright and husband Jörn Weisbrodt star as "married love" in Gap's new ad campaign, "Love Comes In Every Shade." "This campaign celebrates these diverse, optimistic views on family and the many forms love can take," said Gap CMO Seth Farbman.

1NewsIcon The Film Experience on the ins and outs Alexander Skarsgård starring as Tarzan: "Though I think the discovery themes of the Tarzan franchise warrant a more 'who is that?' choice, Skarsgård deserves more big screen opportunities (I was sad when he missed out on Thor since he's the closest thing that showbiz has to a Norse God) and his Swedishness and comfort with nudity are surely good signs for the exotic vine swinger."

1NewsIcon Mark Guenther, Executive Director of CAGLCC (Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), was arrested and charged with unlawful entry earlier this month after a male neighbor woke up to find Guenther standing over him.

1NewsIcon Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed spoke with a number of Supreme Court experts, many of whom named the same four people as potential Supreme Court justice nominees: Kamala Harris, Pam Karlan, Goodwin Liu and Paul Watford, a judge who was named more than any other. Geidnder provides background on Watford: "A judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Watford was named by more of the panel than anyone else — and is by far the least well-known possibility of the four. Nominated to the appeals court by Obama in 2011, the Senate confirmed Watford in May — with support from nine Republicans, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham."

1NewsIcon Three South African men have been arrested for at least one of eight seemingly connected anti-gay murders.

Gazarocket1NewsIcon Three people were killed and eleven were injured during a series of rocket attacks on Israel, including hits against Tel Aviv, from the Gaza Strip, which Israel has also been hitting with artillery as tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians flare up.

1NewsIcon Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and fiance Justin Mikita hosted friends, family and supporters at the launch of Tie the Knot, a charity which donates sales from bow ties to marriage equality causes.

1NewsIcon Robert DeNiro and Jay-Z are in a fight over phone etiquette.

1NewsIcon Gwyneth Paltrow, the writer.

1NewsIcon This is Sheldon Stephens, the man who claimed Elmo voice Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was only 16 and then took it back. [Update: link fixed!]

1NewsIcon The Conservative Majority Fund is running a robo-call calling for an "Impeach Obama" movement: "We suspect that Obama is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and that there may be grounds for impeachment as is laid out in the Constitution. Further, he may not even be a US citizen—because nobody, I mean no one, has seen an actual physical copy of his birth certificate! Impeachment is our only option."

Foxcoverage1NewsIcon Are you absolutely, positively shocked to hear that Fox News barely mentioned gay marriage wins and out Sen-elect Tammy Baldwin following this month's elections?

1NewsIcon Male model Rob Wilson got started on The Price Is Right.

1NewsIcon The City Council in Grand Island, Nebraska, overturned the mayor's veto of employment protections for the city's LGBT staffers, but not for the entire city itself.

1NewsIcon Would you let Lindsay Lohan play with your look?

1NewsIcon This Tumblr is devoted to exposing racist tweeters and their faces!

1NewsIcon An explanation for the incredible picture below: "This simulation shows the various types of aerosols - particles and liquid droplets - suspended in the Earth's atmosphere. It was created using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, a global atmospheric simulation designed at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The model aims to study the climate system."


Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 6:20 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Advertising, Discrimination, FOX News, Gay Marriage, Israel, Lindsay Lohan, Nebraska, News, Religion, Rufus Wainwright, Science, Tammy Baldwin | Permalink | Comments (24)

FBI Agent Frederick W. Humphries' 'Shirtless Pic' Just A 'Joke'


Some facts: Frederick W. Humphries is the FBI agent to whom Jill Kelley turned after Paula Broadwell, the biographer with whom David Petraeus has admitted an affair, sent her threatening letters. Humphries began the investigation but was dismissed after the bureau found out he sent the above picture to Kelley.

Many assumed this picture was indicative of yet another romantic twist in the case, but Humphries says he sent the picture to dozens of friends, and that it was simply a "tongue-in-cheek joke," the Seattle Times reports. The caption to the picture, which features Humphries between two SWAT training dummies, read "Which one's Fred?" Now we know.

Kelley was not and is not his mistress, says Humphries. She was just another name in his address book.

The paper has more on Kelley's involvement in the Patraeus scandal:

Humphries took Kelley's concerns to the FBI cybercrime division, but later was worried that the FBI was dragging its feet — possibly for political reasons — and took his worries to U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert.


Reichert, R-Auburn, took Humphries' concerns to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who took the message to FBI Director Robert Mueller. Congressional leaders have since complained that they weren't told about the probe until Petraeus resigned three days after the election.

The paper also noted, "Among his friends and associates, Humphries was known to send dumb-joke emails in which the punch line was provided by opening an attached photo."

Posted Nov. 15,2012 at 5:46 PM EST by in David Petraeus, News | Permalink | Comments (18)


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