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Detroit's LGBT Community, Celebrated: VIDEO

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Detroit has been one of the hardest hit areas economically over the past five years, but that doesn't mean it offers no opportunities. I really don't know much about its LGBT community, though this rather slick clip, put together by Team Detroit, the ad agency known for their work with Ford Motor Company, is a sweet introduction.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via supergay detroit)

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Violent Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Reported in Detroit, Brooklyn

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A couple of hate crimes have been brought to my attention in the past few days.

Detroit resident Justin Alesna says he was attacked in the convenience store of a BP gas station in Detroit and nobody did anything. Police have not yet made any arrests.

Pride Source reports:

Alesna said a man asked him to not stand too close to him while Alesna was standing in line and waiting to purchase cigarrettes. Alesna said the man then started asking Alesna if he was "a fucking homo." Alesna ignored the man, purchased his cigarrettes and went to leave when the man stopped him and showed him a gun. Alesna said the man then punched him in the face. Alesna fought back and asked the cashier to call the police. The cashier did not call the police, but told the men to stop fighting.

"The amount of cruelty that was shown to me throughout this whole situation is beyond apalling," Alesna said. "The fact that I was assaulted and asked to leave the crime scene. The fact that there were two other individuals besides myself and the clerk who did nothing but gawk and laugh the whole time this was going on. What happened to decency?"

Watch Justin describe the beating, AFTER THE JUMP...

Shortell And in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a man was brutally attacked late last month.

On the evening of February 22, 2011 Barie Shortell was the victim of a brutal hate crime in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. As a result of the vicious attack, he sustained multiple traumatic injuries, including fractured jaw bones, broken nose, and shattered facial bones and eye sockets. He was rushed to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where he underwent 9.5 hours of surgery to reconstruct portions of his face.

Shortell has a Facebook page of support and a benefit is being held.

Watch Justin Alesna's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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House Iced in Detroit

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Artists in Detroit have encased one of the city's 20,000 abandoned houses in ice as an architectural installation intended to raise awareness about the city's plight in the recession and the epidemic of foreclosures it has seen. They have a blog chronicling their efforts.


Gay HIV-Positive Detroit-Area Man Ordered to Stand Trial for Biting Neighbor and Using Virus 'As a Weapon'

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Daniel Allen (below, right), a gay man from Clinton Township, Michigan, was ordered to stand trial yesterday for "using HIV as a weapon" during a fight with his neighbor Winfred Fernandis, Jr. (above). Allen reportedly bit Fernandis:

Allen "Allen, 44, told reporters last week that he is HIV positive and admitted to biting his neighbor, Winfred Fernandis Jr., after neighborhood kids tossed a football into his yard. Fernandis, 28, was hospitalized after the attack. Police say Allen bit him through the lip, on the ear, nose and neck. It was a matter of self defense, according to Allen, who says Fernandis and his family attacked him because he is gay. 'I am still maintaining my client is the victim of a hate crime,' Allen's attorney said, per the Detroit News. 'He will be exonerated. This is the very first battle in what I think is going to be a long war.'' He (Allen) knew he was HIV-positive, and he bit the guy,' Judge Linda Davis said in her ruling today. 'That on its own shows intent.' Davis also ordered Allen submit to a blood test to verify his HIV status."

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News: Ken Cuccinelli, Detroit, Rumer Willis, Malaysia, Britney Spears

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Gay Detroit City Council candidate Charles Pugh under scrutiny after Detroit Free Press pulls endorsement because of foreclosure on condominium.

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Kathie Lee Gifford as a gay droid for Halloween.

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Watch: Britney Spears' new video for "3".

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Homophobic bigot Randy Thomasson is urging his followers to call schools and school boards and force them to erase Harvey Milk Day from their curricula.

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NYT looks at Annise Parker's race to be the mayor of Houston, Texas: “I always told voters the truth. There is an element of, ‘Well, if she will tell us the truth about her sexual orientation she will tell us the truth about anything.’”

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LOL: ChristWire on how the Golden Girls turned an entire generation of American boys gay.

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WATCH: Brand new trailer for James Cameron's Avatar, starring Sam Worthington.

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ICANN votes to liberalize country web domains: "This means that in a few months, folks will finally be able to type URLs in languages using non-Latin alphabets. For instance, in China, websites will be able soon be in Chinese; in the Middle East they might be in Arabic or Hebrew; in Greece in Greek letters, Russia in Russian letters."

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Pete Wentz got a tattoo of Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta on his leg.

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Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire draws 18-foot mural of New York City from memory after 20 minute helicopter ride.

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Body 2 Body: Malaysian queer anthology is first of its kind.

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Rumer Willis to play a lesbian on 90210: "This isn't a fling. We're coming at this [relationship] from a genuine place and not going, 'Let's do a titillating story that will grab some promotion.' This is a real aspect of teenager life that's interesting...And there's been a real void in the 90210 universe in terms of gay and bisexual characters."

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Indiewire looks at this year's gay Oscar hopes: "This year could also find as many as three best pictures helmed by gay men. In addition to 'A Single Man,' there’s Rob Marshall’s 'Nine,' and Lee Daniels’ 'Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,' the latter of which also features a major gay character.  What I think is really interesting here - and what speaks volumes to social systems in behind-the-scenes Hollywood - is Lee Daniels’s prospective nomination.  If he gets nominated for best director, it would be much more monumental because he is African-American than it would be because he is openly gay."

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Twilight's hunk wolf Alex Meraz takes it off.

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First look: Cheyenne Jackson on 30 Rock.

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The Real World: Starship Enterprise.

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Birmingham school board enacts LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy.

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: "My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. ... They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society."

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Ever want to hear from a Tired Old Queen who loves movies? Here's your chance.

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True Life: MTV looking for athete coming out stories.

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Esera Tuaolo on Larry Johnson's "faggot" slur: "What is also crippling to an athlete is hearing slurs like that thrown around like it's just the thing to do. When you use (gay slurs) and you use it in a negative term, it's the same as calling a woman a (expletive). Or the same as calling an African-American the (expletive). It's demeaning to another human being. And it's not right."


Gay Candidate Pugh Top Vote Getter in Detroit City Council Primary

Openly gay candidate and former news broadcaster Charles Pugh received the most votes of any candidate in the Detroit City Council primary, from a field of more than 160 candidates, according to the Victory Fund.

The Detroit News reports:

Pugh "Pugh was one of 18 candidates to advance to the Nov. 3 primary for the nine-member council. His early success, some say, could thrust the city into the national spotlight in a very different way than a parade of scandals had over the last four years. 'This city has had the worst PR of any city in the world and now this will be very good news,' said Ferndale Mayor Craig Covey, who is also gay. 'Detroit is going to be seen as a place that can be tolerant and progressive.' In his campaign literature, during candidate rallies and in debates, there was no reference to Pugh's sexual orientation. Yet on radio shows or television segments, he has talked candidly about his romantic relationships."

Pugh won with 8.9 percent of the vote. A short video that shows some of the charisma that is propelling Pugh's political career, AFTER THE JUMP...

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