Brunei | Clay Aiken | Kathleen Kane | Monica Lewinsky | North Carolina | Pennsylvania

Wednesday Speed Read: Clay Aiken, Kathleen Kane, Brunei, Lorri Jean, Monica Lewinsky

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


Openly gay candidate Clay Aiken was holding on to a slim lead at midnight last night in his bid to win the Democratic primary for the U.S. House seat for North Carolina’s Congressional District 2. The state elections office showed him just 369 votes ahead of businessman Keith Crisco. If the lead holds, he’ll have just over the 40 percent share of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. In Congressional District 12, where another openly gay candidate was running against six other Democratic candidates, Marcus Brandon fell into fourth place, with only eight percent of the vote.


Democratic lawmakers walked out of a Republican-led hearing on a resolution of impeachment against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Tuesday. Republicans sought to impeach Kane, a Democrat, because she announced last July that her office could not defend the state ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional. Democrats said the proceeding was a partisan attack.


JeanThe Human Rights Campaign and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center had speakers at a rally Monday in front of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel. The rally was aimed at building support for a boycott of the two Los Angeles hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced on April 30 that his country would, in three phases, begin enforcing a new criminal code. The third phase, which will be enforced beginning next year, calls for people involved in homosexual relations to be stoned to death. HRC President Chad Griffin sent out a letter May 2 to various organizations with events planned at the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, urging them to relocate their events.


Lorri Jean, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, told Monday’s rally in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel that the problem is not “just about opposition to the Sultan and his barbarism.” “It’s about taking a stand against the religious intolerance and bigotry masquerading as religious freedom that destroys people’s lives,” said Jean. “It’s not OK in Brunei, or Beverly Hills, or Pasadena or Los Angeles.  And we must do more to stop it."


In a Vanity Fair article published online Tuesday, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky says she empathized with Tyler Clementi’s anguish in having his intimate relations with another man secretly recorded and held up to ridicule on social media. Lewinsky says her own public humiliation over having had a sexual affair with then President Bill Clinton prompted thoughts of suicide, too. But after hearing the news of Rutgers first-year student Clementi’s suicide, she writes, “my own suffering took on a different meaning.” “Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation.” She says she wants to “get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

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  1. THIS:

    “It’s about taking a stand against the religious intolerance and bigotry masquerading as religious freedom that destroys people’s lives,” said Lorri Jean, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

    Posted by: mike | May 7, 2014 7:25:13 AM

  2. Miss Lewinsky is a publicity hound. And a total "Oh, I am such a victim..." ENOUGH. Get lost.

    Posted by: David C. | May 7, 2014 8:03:52 AM

  3. Monica Lewinsky may be a publicity hound but at least she is not a hypocritical homophobic bigot like that pig Bill Clinton.

    Bill Clinton was not obliged to sign DOMA or DADT. He chose to do so and boasted about it on the campaign to attract the bigot vote.

    He has NEVER apologised for the damage he has inflicted on the lives of millions of LGB people.

    The damage he caused to our lives was worse than that inflicted by George W Bush.

    Compared to that monster Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky is a saint.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 7, 2014 8:28:04 AM

  4. Go Clay! I remember posters here saying he had no chance and had no business running. Looks like he (and I) may have the last laugh.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 7, 2014 9:18:17 AM

  5. The National Organization of Women's stock plummeted after Bill Clinton. Prior to Clinton any man of power who has an inappropriate relationship (even if consensual) with a subordinate was in the wrong. Here you had the world's most powerful man and an intern and they sat silent while she is portrayed to this day as the she-wolf. Yeah, you don't hear much from them anymore.

    Posted by: MIke | May 7, 2014 9:20:43 AM

  6. Can someone please explain why Kathleen Kane is facing an impeachment hearing for doing her job? An AG cannot defend a law that he/she sees as unconstitutional. I feel more strongly that ever that any candidate for political office at any level should be required to pass a basic civics course so that they know how our government works and what the role and responsibilities are of various positions.

    Posted by: Jere | May 7, 2014 9:40:10 AM

  7. What a self serving sl#t.
    Don't soil Clementi's name for your cheap tact!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | May 7, 2014 12:36:41 PM

  8. Marym = drama queen.

    Posted by: RJP | May 7, 2014 1:56:04 PM

  9. How many mentions did Monica pay for?

    Posted by: Randy | May 7, 2014 5:24:22 PM

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