The 'Columbus Division of Police' recently released an 'It Gets Better' video featuring patrol officers, sargeants, commanders, a 911 police dispatcher, and the Columbus' chief of police herself. The video comes on the heels of a spate of anti-gay hate crimes in the city.
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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is going to need 60 votes to pass the U.S. Senate, and the Washington Blade reports that it's now one vote closer to that threshold:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has signaled he’ll add his name to the growing number of lawmakers who’ve signed on as co-sponsors of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — giving it arguably more co-sponsors than any other LGBT bill in history.
In a statement provided to Washington Blade via email, the senior senator from West Virginia confirmed that he signed would become the 52nd U.S. senator to sponsor the anti-LGBT job bias legislation.
“The fact that discrimination is tolerated anywhere in our country needs to be addressed once and for all,” Rockefeller said. “The integrity of our nation, and our ability to be a credible global leader on human rights, means that all people must be treated equally under the law.”
In just the last week, three other Democratic Senators--Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Tom Carper of Delaware and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada--have come out in favor of the bill. Reid's official support is seen as an important boost for the bill, since the majority leader rarely co-sponsors bills himself. Earlier this week, even Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, announced his support of ENDA.
Only four Democratic Senators remain who have not endorsed ENDA: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Sens. Nelson and Johnson support marriage equality; Sens. Manchin and Pryor do not.
LGBT advocates are pressing hard for a full Senate vote on ENDA this year. In announcing his co-sponsorship of the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Red simply said that he "look[s] forward to taking up" the bill "soon."
Media Matters for America has released a video compilation of Fox News's greatest anti-transgender hits.
Reads their press release:
Fox News seems to have largely given up in its losing battle against marriage equality for gays and lesbians, but there's still one segment of the LGBT community that it feels comfortable openly mocking and demonizing on air: transgender people.
Fox's reliably defamatory coverage has prompted criticism from groups like the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which recently asked of Fox's transphobic coverage "when will it change?"
Another group, Basic Rights Oregon, launched a petition against Fox's transphobia earlier this year in response to a Fox Nation article which used an image from the film Mrs. Doubtfire to trivialize a story about transgender healthcare.
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A bit of sweet flirtation at the One Direction concert.
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Harry Styles Kisses Zayn Malik in Promo for One Direction's New Fragrance: VIDEO [tlrd]
Bryan Fischer: Liberals Support Immigration Because They Are Being 'Out-bred' By Conservatives - VIDEO
American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer weighed in on the ongoing immigration reform debate and explained that liberals are prone to support immigration reform because conservatives are "outbreeding" liberals and so "ten, twenty years down the road, they're just going to be outnumbered." Right Wing Watch reports:
"We are breeding our own voters," Fischer said. "They [liberals] have got to import them...so that's why they're so enamored with illegal aliens and amnesty for them is they've got to find some way to get these people on the voter rolls just to maintain numerical parity with conservatives."
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SACRAMENTO PRIDE 2013: Not the largest Pride, but large in spirit.
AVICII: "Wake Me Up".
SCOTT THORSON: Talks to Howard Stern about his relationships with Michael Jackson and Liberace.
STEVE JOBS: On his legacy.
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