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Watch: Al Franken Warns of Corporate Control of the Internet


Al Franken spoke on the topic of Net Neutrality at this year's Netroot Nation.

"I believe that Net Neutrality is the First Amendment of our time...If no one stops them, how long do you think it will take before four or five mega-corporations effectively control the flow of information in America not only on television but online? ... How long do you think it will take for the FOX News website to load five times faster than DailyKos? ... It's almost too late to stop this from happening but not quite...You have to help me fight this."


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Al Franken Introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act in Senate

FrankenSenator Al Franken today introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate to combat bias based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

 The ACLU reports: "The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would help to end entrenched biases towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in our education system. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in January by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and currently has over 100 co-sponsors. The American Civil Liberties Union strongly supports these bills and urges swift action by both chambers."

The ACLU says it would help them in cases such as the one involving Itawamba School District in Mississippi and Constance McMillen, who was forbidden from bringing her female date to the prom.

Jared Polis introduced a similar measure in the House in January.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #624

AL FRANKEN: Cornered by gay-hating Republican Jason Mattera about health care.

CONTRACORRIENTE: New gay film from Peruvian filmmaker Javier Fuentes León.

TROLOLO: The feline version.

SWARM: Palo Alto man attacked, carried away by butterflies. Obviously a very real threat.

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News: Albania, Ewan McGregor, Rapid City, Lost, Turkey

 roadAlbanians protest after Big Brother contestant declares he's gay: "On 11 March demonstrators on the streets of Lezhë protested, 'Lezha is clean – we have no homosexuals' and demanded Klodi’s removal from the Big Brother house."

Christianity  roadChristianity mapped.

 roadPrince Harry shows some leg for wounded war vets.

 roadMichael Crawford on the take-away from last week's activism explosion from GetEQUAL: "GBT groups from Human Rights Campaign and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to state advocacy groups and GetEQUAL have a real opportunity to better coordinate their organizational tactics and missions. We have similar goals and little time for the usual community drama and in-fighting. Nothing would please the anti-gay right more than for the LGBT movement to split into warring camps over differences in strategy."

 roadGLAAD throws a special reception for the cast of Glee.

 roadShia LaBeouf and his sweaty beard run the L.A. Marathon.

 roadMass gay wedding in D.C. fizzles.

 roadDeans of Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale send letter to Senate Armed Services Committee urging repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In recommending that Congress repeal the policy, the deans’ letter claims that it 'directly obstructs our efforts, preventing some of our best and brightest from serving their country in the Armed Forces.' The letter also describes the policy's effects as 'marginalization, exclusion, and denigration,' states that 'discharging gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members merely because of their sexual orientation is never justified,' and contends that military readiness 'is enhanced, not compromised, by ending discrimination that prevents the military from drawing on the broadest pool of talent.'" PDF of letter here.

Pimental  roadMale model fix: Daniel Pimental.

 roadBuilding Bridges: Equality Across America conference to be held in northern California.

 roadInterview with Scott Withers, openly gay Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan.

 roadScientists: Acne drug targets HIV.

 roadJude Law cleans up nice for the Laurence Olivier Awards.

 roadEwan McGregor signs on to Madonna-directed film about Wallis Simpson.

 roadACLU wants Rapid City, South Dakota to pay $800,000 to Jene Newsome for outing her to the U.S. Air Force, who then discharged her under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In addition to financial compensation for Newsome's lost wages and benefits, the ACLU wants an apology to Newsome for the disclosure of her private information to the Air Force; a police department policy regarding privacy and prohibiting officers from releasing information to the Air Force with specific reference to any information about a person's sexual orientation, and a written reprimand for the officers involved."

Dgrussia  roadDolce and Gabbana cover Russian GQ.

 roadUpper Midwest LGBT Foundation meets with Senator Al Franken (D-MN): "Senator Franken highlighted his long-term and unwavering support of LGBT communities. He shared his work to repeal 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell', his support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) among other things."

 roadTina Fey doppelganger has all the answers to Lost.

 roadTurkish gays hold tomato protest against Turkish Family Affairs minister Aliye Selma Kavaf, who said last week that homosexuality is a disease and gays should be treated: "In the statement it released at the protest, Lambda countered that it believes that it is not homosexuality but homophobia, transphobia and discrimination more generally that are disease in need of treatment. Lamdaistanbul has also announced that it has nominated the minister Kavaf for its annual 'Hormone Tomatoes Homophobia Award.' The theme of the Hormone Tomatoes Award also carried over to Lamba protest. Participants threw rotten, genetically modified tomatoes at Kavaf in effigy."

Al Franken Shuts Down Joe Lieberman, Pisses Off McCain




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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #533

AL FRANKEN, CARTOGRAPHER: Starting with Minnesota...

LOU DOBBS: The President indoctrinated our kids today. Idiot.

BULLYING: Tucker Carlson on an Alameda, California school that wants to stop anti-gay bullying and teach tolerance.

WELSH WHITNEY?: X-Factor contestant wows judges.

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