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05/01/2013

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RoadNHL ready for an openly gay player.

RoadLast rhino in Mozambique killed by poachers.

RoadNBA center Jason Collins and family to appear on Oprah's Next Chapter this Sunday.

QuinnRoadThe Village Voice on lesbian mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's mixed reception from the LGBT community.

RoadMy Fair Wedding host David Tutera divorcing husband of ten years, fighting over custody of twins they are expecting via surrogate.

RoadChina reacts positively to Jason Collins' coming out?

RoadJudy and Dennis Shepard touched by Jason Collins' tribute: “(Collins) couldn’t have been that old (when it happened), so it must have had a tremendous impact on him, the story behind Matt, for him to want to do that. And then to wear it all this time without telling people why until today, that’s incredible.”

RoadMarlon Teixeira for L'Officiel Hommes Korea.

RoadJake Gyllenhaal and Marcus Mumford hang out in NYC's East Village.

CarrRoadGary Carr will play Downton Abbey's first recurring Black character.

RoadWestboro Baptist Church to begin protesting the NBA. "In light of NBA veteran Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete who is openly homosexual,  Westboro Baptist Church’s Twitter account @WBCSays said Tuesday it will picket outside Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Rockets and Thunder Game 5 first-round playoff matchup."

RoadTennis ready for an openly gay male player. "There's got to be someone who plays tennis who is gay," said Sam Querrey, the top-ranked American at No. 19. "Whether they are on the tour now or up and coming, I'm completely fine with it."

RoadRussian gay rights activists to demonstrate in Moscow and St. Petersburg: "Described on Facebook as a 'Rainbow Mayday”', and a 'rainbow column', advice on the page suggests that, in St Petersburg, demonstrators should join with a sanctioned “democratic march”, which will take start at around 11:30 local time on Wednesday 1 May. The page notes that there will be a heavy police presence, and that police are aware of the march, but that LGBT rights protesters should not unfurl their flags until the main march is underway, for fear of backlashes, or detention by security staff."

RoadRobert Downey Jr. begins Iron Man media blitz.

BurroughsRoadHow Augusten Burroughs came to adopt a puppy.

RoadGay actor Russell Tovey on playing gay: “Every character I play is straight, which is unique, my agent says, because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles. So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role – I want it to be something that moves things forward.”

RoadSmith College students to petition administrators to treat trans women applicants equally.

Road'Ex-gay' blogger Matt Moore says he wasn't looking for sex on Grindr: “Basically I just wanted to see who was on it and who was around me."

RoadSouth African Christian school tells lesbian couple to split up or their son will face expulsion: "The couple was initially summoned to the meeting last month, after the child told the teacher he had two mothers. Later, another meeting was called with a pastor present. 'The pastor said if they had known we were a lesbian couple, they would never have allowed our son in the school.'"

Posted May. 1,2013 at 3:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (28)


DOMA Repeal Legislation to Wait Until Supreme Court Rules

Legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will not see introduction before the Supreme Court rules this June, the Washington Blade reports:

DumpdomaA number of LGBT advocates familiar with the legislation, which has been known as the Respect for Marriage Act, told the Washington Blade its lead sponsors — Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the Senate — are delaying introduction until after the expected court ruling in June.

Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president of communications, said his organization supports the decision to postpone introduction of the bill until after a decision is reached in the DOMA case, known as Windsor v. United States.

“The lead sponsors of the RMA have decided to wait until after the court rules in Windsor,” Sainz said. “We support that decision and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance this important legislation.”

Posted May. 1,2013 at 2:27 PM EST by in DOMA, News, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (7)


A Helicopter Ride Around the Top of One World Trade Center: VIDEO

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The new One World Trade Center was set to become the tallest building in the western hemisphere on Monday, but winds postponed the lifting of the final sections to its spire.

No new date has been set, but you can take a helicopter ride around it in this recently uploaded YouTube clip.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 1,2013 at 1:41 PM EST by in Architecture, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (9)


Wisconsin Church Cancels Former NFL Player LeRoy Butler's Speech Over Tweet Supporting Jason Collins

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Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler says a Wisconsin church canceled a speaking engagement he had with them because he congratulated gay NBA center Jason Collins on Twitter after his coming out.

Writes Butler: Leroy_butler

“Wow, I was scheduled to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event. I said ok why? Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on Twitter,” Butler wrote. “I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause, FYI the fee was $8,500, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event. I said no, only god can judge.”

Butler played eleven years with the Packers and invented the "Lambeau Leap" touchdown celebration.

Posted May. 1,2013 at 1:02 PM EST by in Jason Collins, News, NFL, Wisconsin | Permalink | Comments (42)


Missouri Local News Takes 'Revealing Look' into Home of Gay Family, Finds Nothing Unusual: VIDEO

Missouri

Missouri's KPLR took a "revealing look" into the home of a gay couple, Sadie and Rachel, who are raising three children.

Teases the reporter: "You have to hear what the children I spoke with have to say about having two moms!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 1,2013 at 12:49 PM EST by in Gay Parents, Missouri, News | Permalink | Comments (15)


Delaware Senate Panel to Take Up Marriage Equality Bill Today

Delaware

The Delaware Senate Executive Committee is taking up the marriage equality bill at 2:30 pm today.

The AP reports: "The measure narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote if the Senate Executive Committee votes Wednesday to send it to the full Senate for consideration."

There may be an audio link at this page when they convene for those interested in listening.

Posted May. 1,2013 at 12:19 PM EST by in Delaware, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (0)



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