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12/12/2012

Hero at the Lancome Counter at Macy's: VIDEO

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Allan Fonseca, a young man working at the Lancome make-up counter in Macy's, is being credited as a hero by one woman who escaped the Oregon shooting:

Lay said that she began praying for the Lord to protect her and the other shoppers in the mall. She said Fonseca, as a store employee, knew exactly what to do, and she credits him as her hero.

"He said that we needed to evacuate, and he took me by the hand and took me down the escalator and out to safety," she said. Once Fonseca was sure that she was safe, he then turned to her and said, "I'm going to go back and help other people."

Fonseca said that because he is familiar with the exits in the mall, he felt that he would be able to help shoppers escape the gunfire.

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Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 3:45 PM EST by in News, Oregon | Permalink | Comments (56)


Gay Intern Who Saved Gabby Giffords Life Publishing Memoir

Daniel Hernandez, the gay intern credited with saving the life of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head in Tucson, is publishing a memoir.

HernandezHernandez says he was never comfortable with that spotlight but decided to do the book for a very specific reason:

As time passed, Hernandez – who is now 22, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and a member of the governing board of the Tucson school district where he attended public school – realized that he would be interested in writing a book focusing on his public service. “I am involved in Latino and LGBT issues, and there aren’t a lot of Latinos and LGBTs featured in novels or books,” he says. “It was the fact that these groups don’t have many role models that drove me to even consider writing about myself. As a Latino person and now as a young elected official, I’ve faced some big challenges, and I want young people and adults to know that they need to overcome challenges and become involved (in) their communities.”

Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 3:29 PM EST by in Books, Daniel Hernandez, Gabrielle Giffords, News | Permalink | Comments (6)


George Takei Talks About His Lunch Date with Donald Trump: VIDEO

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Actor George Takei sat down with Thomas Roberts today to talk about his lunch date with Donald Trump in which he discussed Trump's vocal opposition to marriage equality. Takei said that he believes Trump is evolving on the issue.

Roberts and Takei also talked about Justice Scalia's recent statements comparing sodomy to murder.

Said Takei: "First of all that statement was a repugnant statement. Any Justice who has so little thought before he speaks should not be participating in ruling on the cases involving DOMA or Proposition 8."

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Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 2:40 PM EST by in Donald Trump, Gay Marriage, George Takei, News, Thomas Roberts | Permalink | Comments (6)


Are You a Freak in Bed? - VIDEO

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Play a game of 'wheel of sex' with Dan Savage to determine if your habits are normal.

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Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 2:20 PM EST by in Dan Savage, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


20-Something and Gay in NYC: VIDEO

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Filmmaker Blake Pruitt explores the experience of the gay 20-something through a series of interviews with out New Yorkers. How does it jibe with your experience?

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20MALEGAYNYC from Blake Pruitt on Vimeo.

Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 1:55 PM EST by in New York, News | Permalink | Comments (79)


University of Iowa is First Public Institution to Ask Applicants About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The University of Iowa has added an optional question to its application asking potential students about their sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the first public institution to do so, Inside Higher Ed reports:

IowaTo date, only Elmhurst College has such questions (although some colleges include gay/straight alliances among the list of student groups in which a prospective applicant may express interest). But Iowa will be the first public institution to add the question to its application about student identity, not interest. While colleges routinely ask about applicants' racial and ethnic background, among other topics, they have until now shied away from asking about sexual orientation, even as some gay rights advocates have pushed them to do so.

Advocates see Iowa's move as significant, given that it is a flagship university. "This is a huge deal in that it shows any campus that it can do the same thing," said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, which promotes the interests of gay and lesbian students in the college admissions process and once enrolled.

Two changes have been made:

Under the gender question, a dropdown menu now includes transgender along with male and female. And in a series of optional questions about parents' educational background, interest in fraternities and sororities, interest in Reserve Officers Training Corps and other matters, Iowa now asks: "Do you identify with the LGBTQ community?”

Posted Dec. 12,2012 at 1:13 PM EST by in Education, Iowa, News | Permalink | Comments (15)



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