BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Groundbreaking news from the U.N. today where Palestine will be recognized with statehood for the first time in history.
In Russia, conservative lawmakers are readying a bill that would supposedly prohibit the spread of "homosexualism" across the nation. Also with the "Kill the Gays" bill continuing to move forward in the Uganda Parliament, New Yorkers are planning a protest in front of the Uganda House.
Tomorrow is the day that the Supreme Court Justices will convene to determine if they will decide on cases involving both DOMA and Prop 8. Ari Waldman provides us a great primer for what to expect and why.
Last night Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stopped by a party celebrating 20 years of LGBT service in the State Department. She took some time to reflect on the strides that have been made as well as what is left to do. Also President Obama today signed a proclamation recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day.
Lastly, it took some time but, Dr. Oz has finally seen the light when it comes to so-called "ex-gay" reparative therapies.
A Middle School in Michigan has suspended a teacher for playing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' pro-equality song "Same Love" to her students. She says she was just trying to let them feel comfortable no matter who they are, a position with which the school apparently disagreed. Also the Women's Volleyball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University appears to have been fired because he is gay.
Bryan Fischer just keeps getting crazier. Now he is trying to justify his support for the "Kill The Gays" bill by saying that gay radio host Michelangelo Signorile supports the death penalty for gay people. That's a special kind of crazy right there.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Here is a way to piss of some creationists. Show them a video explaining how human life came to be on Earth!
Nate Silver stopped by Google Headquarters to talk about his new book and how to deal with internet trolls. Also check out the band Fortress of Attitude taking a truly bizarre note and turning it into an equally bizarre song.
THAR SHE BLOWS: Man and daughter have close encounter of the whale kind.
GIPPER'S FAVORITE: Where jelly beans come from.
SCAREDY: Megyn Kelly fears own "news alert" animation.
MERRY MARIAH: Because it's not the holidays without her...
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Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin, US Rep-elect Mark Takano and Ambassador David Huebner, all of whom are openly gay, will speak at the Victory Fund’s LGBT Leaders 2012 Conference, which starts today.
Mitt Romney stopped by the White House for a 70-minute lunch with President Obama. The campaign rivals had turkey chili and reportedly talked about "America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future." The White House says the men "pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future." I have the same arrangement with summer camp friends from 1994.
According to Dr. Sylvia Rhue, her family history proves that Abraham Lincoln was gay and had an affair with William Herndon, his law partner.
David Petraeus wrote to a friend about his recent fall from grace, "I screwed up royally. I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing, at the end of the day... [But] Team Petraeus will survive though have obviously created enormous difficulty for us. Holly is however once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her."
Rebel Wilson's on top of the world, and actually deserves to be there.
Low level pro-wrestler Scorpio Sky knows "faggot" is offensive, which is why he uses it early and often.
Sure, Jude Law, you're not as young as you used to be, but you still look pretty darn good.
NYU student Blake Pruitt talks to gay men about gay men.
Sigh. Lindsay Lohan, an actress I really wanted to see have a comeback, was arrested after getting into a bar brawl in New York City. That brawl was reportedly over Max from the band The Wanted.
Meanwhile, Lohan also faces charges for lying about a car accident in Los Angeles.
George Zimmerman is selling autographs to fund the team defending him for Trayvon Martin's murder.
Ellen DeGeneres shares road signs warning wheelchair-bound citizens of incline-assisted alligators and other out-of-the-ordinary public alerts.
Britney and Will.i.am, "Scream and Shout," the video.
Braison Cyrus, brother of Miley and son of Billy Ray, makes his modeling debut in the February edition of Troix magazine.
NASA's Messenger rover found enough ice at Mercury's poles to fill the Dead Sea.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Spier introduced a "Stop Harming Our Kids" resolution today that aims to stop "ex-gay therapy" for minors. "Any effort to change sexual orientation is not medicine, it’s quackery, and we should not be supporting it with taxpayer dollars," said Spier.
Terrible: 60% of youth infected with HIV in 2010 are African-American. "Nearly 29,000 new cases of HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, were attributed to gay and bisexual males in 2010, and 82 percent of those cases occurred in large cities," US News and World Report reports.
With marriage equality set to become the law of the land, Washington state is considering gender-neutral language for marriage and divorce certificates. "Our fight for marriage equality is in part a fight for gender equality, not just for the gay and lesbian community. It is a fight for equality of sexes and the idea that marriage does not in itself mean that women are subjugated to men," said State Rep. Jamie Pedersen.
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Palestine now has United Nations statehood. For the first time ever, the international body will recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state" after 138 members voted for bring the nation into the fold. Nine nations, including the United States, Israel and Canada, voted against the measure. France and Spain voted in favor, while Germany and Great Britain both abstained, according to NPR.
Addressing the UN assembly before the vote, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, "We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel. Rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence and that is Palestine."
"The moment has come for the world to say clearly: enough of aggression, enough with settlements and occupation," he said.
LGBT activists and allies who believes in basic human rights will gather at the Uganda House in New York City tomorrow to protest the ever-present "kill the gays" bill being pushed through by lawmakers in the African nation.
From the event's Facebook page:
The picture above is from a previous protest at Uganda House. Yeah, this thing has been dragging on for a while.
At noon on Friday, November 30, 2012, human rights activists will hold a peaceful protest outside the Uganda Mission, at 336 East 45th Street, to help stop the "Kill-the-Gays" bill now topping the Uganda Parliament's agenda, due to human rights offender, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
The action titled: “Uganda: The World Is Watching” is being organized by The AEB Project, a U.S. LGBT civil rights network, in consultation with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and others.
Protest signs will read: "Gays Like Christmas Too" and "Shame On Uganda" in response to Speaker Kadaga's promise that the genocidal law, which threatens death or life imprisonment to gay Ugandans, will come as a Christmas present to Uganda. Jesus Christ would no doubt be shocked.
“Human rights for LGBT people in Africa is now an international cause and the world is watching” said Todd Fernandez, who holds a Masters of Law from the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria. "The Ugandan government is defying their own international treaty obligations and Constitution. It is obviously a subterfuge to divert attention from internal political mischief, and this scapegoating must be condemned and stopped."
Some amazing news out of Maryland, where pro-equality activists reportedly brought in more than twice the amount of donations than their anti-gay opponents.
Supporters of a Maryland ballot measure in favor of gay marriage raised more than twice the amount of opponents trying to defeat the measure.
Campaign finance reports filed this week show Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the main group behind the ballot measure, raised more than $5 million. The Maryland Marriage Alliance, which opposed the law, reported raising about $2.4 million.
Just another example of how the hateful, homophobic organizations are falling further out of favor among the American public. Excellent.