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Arkansas High School Refuses To Run Openly Gay Student's Yearbook Profile

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin has written a letter to administrators of Arkansas-based Sheridan High School, who are refusing to run a yearbook profile on openly gay student Taylor Ellis (pictured), demanding they not censor it.

TaylorThe letter reads in part:

Regardless of print deadlines, it would be unconscionable to release the yearbook with the omission of Taylor's well-deserved profile.

If not resolved immediately, this act of discriminatory censorship will send a dangerous message to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in Sheridan, across Arkansas and around the nation — that they are second-class citizens and their lives are not equally valid. Instead of respecting the wishes of Taylor's fellow students to recognize him in their yearbook, you have told him and other students who may already feel marginalized that they are not an equally valued part of the Sheridan high school student body.

Cases similar to this have popped up every so often during the past few years.

In 2013, a Texas high school pulled a lesbian couple’s photo from the yearbook and another Texas school refused and then assented to include a yearbook photo of a trans student in a tuxedo.

In 2012, four Colorado yearbook staffers left the publication after their advisor required them to remove a gay couple from a spread on high school relationships. In the same year, a Tennessee school board member protested the inclusion of an article entitled, “It’s OK to be Gay” in the Lenoir City High School yearbook.

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Oklahoma City FOX Affiliate 'Accidentally' Cuts Human Evolution from 'Cosmos' Broadcast: VIDEO


An Oklahoma City FOX affiliate cut 15 seconds from the broadcast of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday night when an 'operator error' (according to its explanation on Twitter) interrupted it with a local news promotion.

The 15 seconds that were cut were the only part of the series that mentions human evolution:

"Three and a half million years ago our ancestors, yours and mine, left these traces. We stood up, and parted ways from them. Once we stood on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now we were free to look up, and wonder."

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South Carolina Republicans Slash State School Budgets as Punishment for Assigning Gay Books

South Carolina Republican lawmakers voted to slash funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg because the schools gave freshmen assignments with gay themes, CNN reports:

SmithLast summer, the College of Charleston provided incoming freshmen with a memoir, "Fun Home," in which the author deals with coming out as a lesbian. The University of South Carolina Upstate, meanwhile, assigned "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio," which features an account of South Carolina's first gay and lesbian radio show.

Rep. Garry Smith (pictured), a Republican from Simpsonville, proposed the cuts in the House Ways and Means committee and says they were prompted by a complaint from a constituent whose teen daughter was going to one of the schools. They would strip the College of Charleston of $52,000 and the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg of $17,162 for making the assignments.

The budget is to be considered by the full House this week.

Said Smith:

"I think the university has to be reasonable and sensible to the feelings and beliefs of their students. That was totally ignored here. I was trying to hold the university accountable. Their stance is 'Even if you don't want to read it, we'll shove it down your throat.' It's not academic freedom -- it's academic totalitarianism."

The College of Charleston meanwhile, says the book is not required reading.

The WaPo adds:

Several state senators have also complained that public universities are not following a nearly century-old law requiring schools to teach the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Harris Pastides, the president of the University of South Carolina, said the law would pose constitutional challenges: It also requires students swear a loyalty oath to the United States before receiving a college degree.

Russian Authorities Harassing, Detaining Foreign And Local Journalists: VIDEO

 Oystein Bogen and Aage Aune

In news that will be shocking to approximately no one, multiple outlets are reporting on Russian authorities cracking down on journalists, both foreign and domestic, through detainment and intimidation.

Local news sources are more or less forbidden on reporting on anything bad happening in the country. A correspondent for a major unnamed Russian news agency filed reports for three different stories: the suspicious circumstances around the arrest of Sochi journalist Nikolai Yarst; waterworks malfunctions in a shoddy housing project built to house evicted Sochi residents; and a major storm that was approaching Sochi. All three were rejected and the correspondent was told by his/her editor: 

You may have a storm, a twister, and even a 9-Richter-scale earthquake; still, we have to write that all skies are clear over Sochi.

Foreign press are having it even worse as evidenced by the harassment of TV2 Norway reporter Øystein Bogen and his cameraman and photographer Aage Aune. When they were on assignment in the Republic of Adygea, which borders Sochi to the north along the Black Sea coast, to report on the impact of the Olympics on locals, the two were stopped six times and detained three times over the course of just three days. They were not allowed to contact the Norwegian embassy, interrogated about their personal lives, almost coerced into taking a drug test which Bogen and Aune suspected would have been deliberately contaminated, and even threatened with jail time. In addition, their personal electronics were taken and Bogen is certain that his phone's SIM card was copied, as several of his contacts were interrogated after he left the country.

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Coca-Cola Social Media Tool Bans Use of the Word ‘Gay’ - VIDEO


Add this to the growing column of Coca-Cola sponsored LGBT censorship stories…

Americablog points out a disturbing discovery on Coke’s social media campaign, “Share a Coke,” which allows users to enter text on a virtual can of Coke.

Apparently, the site has no problem with you entering the word “straight” on the can. Enter the word “gay,” however, and you get the following message:

“Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that.”

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Coca-Cola has faced a string of bad PR in recent months for its involvement in numerous examples of LGBT censorship across the globe. The beverage company, which has remained steadfast in its refusal to denounce Russia's anti-gay propaganda ban, issued a statement last week defending the arrest of a gay Russian human rights advocate who waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay.

Coke also removed a gay marriage scene from an Irish TV advertisement late last month.

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