Out NYC City Council candidate Corey Johnson released a campaign video for the 2013 race in which he's running to succeed Christine Quinn.
Johnson will be running against out lesbian Yetta Kurland. Gay City News wrote about the race last week:
“I’m looking forward to a spirited race focused on the issues that affect our neighborhoods and residents of West Soho, the Village, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen,” he wrote.
Like Kurland, Johnson said he was uncertain whether anyone else might jump into the race, adding, “I’ll be running on a long record of service and accomplishments both as an activist and in leading a community board.”
Johnson has scrambled to an early lead in campaign fundraising, reporting just under the legal limit of $168,000 in donations, which will allow him to gain the maximum public match of $92,400. According to the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Kurland has raised more than $75,000, or about 45 percent of Johnson’s private donations. She, too, will be eligible for the city’s generous public matching funds program.
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Note: Johnson is Towleroad's former political director. I am a personal supporter of Johnson's race and was named in a list released by the campaign over the summer.
Newly-acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard tweeted and then deleted an anti-gay slur, the New York Daily News reports:
On Dec. 9, this tweet appeared from that account: "@DMarze89 nice crocs f-- lol"
The tweet no longer appears on the timeline for the account.
A Mets spokesman said that the team was looking into the matter. The full context of the tweet was not immediately clear; Syndergaard might be available on a conference call introducing him and d'Arnaud on Tuesday.
In September, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar received a three-game suspension with lost salary going to GLAAD and anti-homophobia sports group You Can Play for playing with the anti-gay slur "Maricon" painted in his eye black. Escobar was also instructed to undergo sensitivity training.
Syndergaard was acquired from the Blue Jays.
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In a private letter to Lance Price, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, an NGO based in the UK which campaigns globally for gay/LGBT rights and diversity, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar promised to end discrimination against LGBT people in national policy, the Guardian reports:
The PM’s letter to Price was in response to one he wrote to her complaining about T&T’s immigration law and the Sexual Offences Act, which he said discriminated against homosexuals.
Price met Persad-Bissessar when he visited T&T for an International Press Institute (IPI) conference in June, at which the PM spoke. He wrote to her in July expressing concern about the stigmatisation of homosexuality in T&T.
Section 8 of the Immigration Act bars entry to homosexuals, describing them as a “prohibited class.”
Earlier this month, Aids-Free World, an advocacy NGO, challenged the controversial immigration law in court.
Colin Robinson, head of Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation, said the promises made by the PM in her letter are unprecedented:
Robinson added that the PM’s words in her letter to Price showed brave leadership. He said: “The kind of leadership we have been yearning for from Caribbean politicians... this is the kind of leadership that would make her a legacy.”
Robinson said he did not think a male politician could have done that because of masculinity and other issues. “It’s something about a woman that makes it possible, her maternal instinct, her style of leadership,”
Told bringing gay-rights legislation might cause opposition to Persad-Bissessar, Robinson said: “I don’t know when advocating human rights has marred the leadership of historic leaders. I hope she will be remembered as a brave Caribbean prime minister who acted for justice.”
Cheyenne Jackson's most adorable music video to date is here, and features Jackson as a blissfully ignorant yet hopelessly-in-love romantic. Also, a cameo from several humpy members of the Broadway community, including Nick Adams as a member of New York's Finest.
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Helena. Montana City Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and many kinds of public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity at a meeting for which hundreds turned out, the Billings Gazette reports:
“I believe, and I felt the commissioners believe, that being LGBT is part of the human condition,” said Commissioner Haque-Hausrath, the sponsor of the measure, speaking of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “It’s something that people cannot change, and we believe that people should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientations.”
Some 30 proponents of the measure, including some transgender people, spoke in their allotted hour. Fourteen people spoke against the measure in their hour, with both sides leaving many people still in line when their hour elapsed.
Opponents cited fears of expensive litigation for the city and businesses; inadequate evidence, some said, that anti-gay discrimination is a problem worthy of such a law; and giving what some called “special privileges” to some people at the expense of others.
Eight of the 14 people speaking against the measure mentioned what some called the “bathroom” or “locker room” issue — the concern voyeurs or pedophiles would exploit the protections for transgender people to gain access to women’s restrooms or similar areas demanding privacy, or that transgender people themselves would cause alarm in such situations.
An amendment by Commissioner Dick Thweatt passed by the commission Dec. 4 addressed that concern by mandating that in any place where people “ordinarily appear in the nude,” users may be required to use the facilities designated for their anatomical sex, regardless of their gender identity.
More at the Gazette...