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04/19/2007


Watch: Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and Husband J.D. Angle on 'The Last Word'

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Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and his husband J.D. Angle appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to talk about Burns' viral speech about bullying. Angle says he didn't know that Joel had even written the speech till just before he delivered it. Angle also says that he hadn't heard Joel's bullying story in 17 years of marriage.

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Watch: Ellen Talks to Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and His Mom About Anti-Gay Bullying

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Fort Worth City Councilman, Joel Burns, whose powerful and emotional anti-bullying statement has been seen around the world, appeared on Ellen today (along with his mom) to talk about his message.

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Watch: Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns' Amazing Tearful Statement to Bullied Gay Teens

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Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns broke down at last night's City Council meeting during an emotional personal statement about his own taunting by anti-gay bullies as a teen.

"I was cornered after school by some older kids who roughed me up. They said that I was a fag, and that I should die and go to Hell where I belonged."

Burns went on to discuss meeting his partner, getting elected, and developing a bond with his dad, promising teens, "It gets better."

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Writes The Victory Fund: "Burns became the first openly gay candidate elected to public office in Tarrant County, Texas, when he won a special election for a seat on the Fort Worth City Council in 2007.  He was reelected in 2009."

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Dallas-Area School Denies Admission to Girl with Lesbian Parents

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St. Vincent's, an Anglican elementary school in Bedford, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has denied admission to a girl because her parents are lesbians, NBCDFW reports:

"Jill and Tracy Harrison, lesbians married in 2006 in Canada, applied to enroll their daughter into St. Vincent's School, in June. On the application, they crossed out the word father on the application and wrote mother and put Tracy's name on that line. Jill was written on the mother line. They attended the school's parent night on Tuesday, and now, just a few days before school starts Monday, the school is denying their daughter Olivia enrollment into the school because her parents are lesbians, the women said...Though the school's handbook and website say that the school is non-discriminatory as to race, color, religion and national or ethnic origin, it doesn't stipulate that they won't discriminate based on the sexual orientation of a child's parents."

NBCDFW notes in its story:

"Our story originally referred to the school as St. Vincent's Episcopal School. Even though the sign at the church says Episopal, they said they have parted with that church and are now Anglican."

The major schism in the Anglican/Episcopal church over the past five years has regarded its positions on gays and gay clergy.

In fact, North American church leaders met at St. Vincent's in 2009 "to launch the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), described as an 'alternative' to the U.S. Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion."

Said Jill Harrison: "I am horribly disappointed. In fact, we are in the 21st century and we are still dealing with this issue. We should just move on. Denying my daughter education based on who I end up sleeping with at the end of the day makes me furious."

 

News: Bullfighting, Russell Brand, NASCAR, Cape Town, CBS

Road  Same-sex marriage off to slow start in Portugal: 20 couples have married.

Bullfight RoadSpanish region of Catalonia bans bullfighting: "The ban — the first in mainland Spain — was hailed as a major victory by animal welfare groups that have long crusaded against what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice."

RoadRussell Brand wears his undies to church — for remake of Arthur.

RoadNathaniel Rogers hits the Mad Men premiere in Times Square.

RoadOld Spice's recent YouTube viral campaign was a huge success. Sales of its Body Wash are up 106%.

RoadGreat White Shark tagged off Cape Cod.

RoadCincinnati Episcopal priest resigns over gay issues within the church: "The Anglican Communion has been in a state of crisis for several years over the choice of the American Episcopal Church to ordain bishops living in openly homosexual relationships and to pronounce liturgical blessings on people living in same sex relationships."

RoadJoan Rivers spotted shooting her reality TV show.

RoadSorry, not yet. Probably never.

Askars RoadAlexander Skarsgard is the new face of Hickey Freeman.

RoadThe NYT looks at how marriage equality has affected Cape Town, South Africa: "More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in South Africa, with about half of those couples including at least one foreigner, the government says. The law permitting same-sex marriage has begun to pave the way for greater tolerance of homosexuality, advocates contend, and the weddings have provided a shot in the arm to companies catering to those tying the knot. 'Apartheid suppressed tolerance, but once that was out of the way our society has moved so fast and most people just go with the flow,' said Mr. Brits, a nondenominational minister."

RoadTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission TABC has only made 81 arrests in 2010 for public intoxication as opposed to 761 in 2009. Did the Rainbow Lounge Raid in Fort Worth have something to do with the decrease?

RoadJames Franco's request to teach "special class" at Yale denied.

Hercules RoadA Q&A with Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler.

RoadFederal judge upholds dismissal of Michigan counseling student who refused to treat gay clients because of her religious beliefs: "In an order granting summary judgment to the university on Monday, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court in Detroit held that the university's requirement that the student be willing to serve people who are homosexual was reasonable, and did not amount to an infringement of the Christian student's constitutional rights to free speech and free expression of religion."

RoadCBS President Nina Tassler and CBS "not happy with ourselves" over failing grade from GLAAD on LGBT representation.

RoadNJ library removes Queer Anthology, cites child pornography?

RoadPhoenix International Raceway reaches out to gay NASCAR fans: "PIR recognizes that they have a very diverse fan base and they want to reach out to all of them. While covering the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in April, Queer4Gears.com founder, Michael Myers began conversations with Phoenix International Raceway officials. To his knowledge, Myers said that this will be the first time that any NASCAR sanctioned facility has reached out to fans in the L.G.B.T. community. 'Just a small push like including the L.G.B.T. community on the official web site of Phoenix International Raceway is a step in the right direction for uniting the different stereotypes that surround the racetracks on a weekly basis' said Queer4Gears.com founder Michael Myers."


News: Ryan Seacrest, New Zealand, Die-In, Matthew Vanderpool

Road Demanding drugs, AIDS activists hold "die-in" outside Nancy Pelosi's office in SF.

Quinto  RoadZachary Quinto: summer buzz.

RoadRyan Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough: I thought he was gay.

RoadWorkers on Deepwater Horizon oil rig had concerns about safety, but feared retribution if they reported unsafe behavior, maintenance precautions.

RoadSurvey: Users dissatisfied with Facebook, but won't leave.

RoadWhy does FOX News have more power than any progressive in the country? "The idea is that Fox News is more important than any progressive leader or commentator (or even the majority opinion of progressives throughout the country, as evidenced by polls) because liberals have nowhere to go. So, that's why you can abuse them, ignore them and even treat them with disdain -- and they'll still vote for you. What are they going to do -- vote for Republicans?"

RoadWorld War Z: Brad Pitt to star in zombie flick.

RoadLohan in cuffs: Courtroom sketch artist draws the photo no cameras were allowed to capture.

Akermanis  RoadAustralia's Western Bullldogs sack Jason Akermanis: "'He hasn't earnt the trust of the group,' a source told The Age.' It's a pattern of behaviour. You can't put it down to one thing. It has just gone on for so long. And we don't want it to keep going'...Akermanis was suspended by the club in June after a furore eminating from a column in which he advised gay AFL footballers to stay in the closet."

RoadPFOX 'ex-gay' Greg Quinlan's dating criteria: "Female. And breathing."

RoadWorld's oldest dildo?

RoadNew Zealand Christian school ordered to pay compensation to a sports coach fired after the school board found out he was gay: "At first I was shocked. I've never felt so small in my life," the man told New Zealand media Thursday. "It's hard enough to go through finding yourself and accepting yourself and being 'out' in the first place. Having to go through discrimination doesn't help."

RoadConcerns for aging members of the gay community raised in Denver.

RoadCBS closets Sara Gilbert in press release for new daytime show about mothers.

Vanderpool RoadVictory Fund never offered money to Kentucky candidate Matthew Vanderpool: "This is a fairly clever stunt, but look closer and you realize how silly and disingenuous the whole thing is. The Victory Fund doesn't offer its endorsement to anyone who doesn't ask for it, and it was certainly never offered to Mr. Vanderpool. Our endorsement comes after a thorough examination of a candidate's viability in a given race. Given the behavior it has exhibited so far, I think I understand why this campaign probably didn't want to face the scrutiny." More dirt here.

Road Dustin Lance Black to pen screenplay about the Barefoot Bandit.

RoadTwin site unearthed at Stonehenge.

RoadFort Worth Police looking for LGBT recruits: "FWPD will be accepting applications online for police officer trainees from July 22 to Aug. 6. To apply, go here, and look for the Police Officer Trainee link. The FW Police Academy course is 31 weeks long, and trainees receive a salary of $37,377 per year ( or $3,114/month) plus benefits during training. Those who graduate and join the force get a raise to $52,187 per year (or $4,348/month). And those who have military experience and G.I. Bill benefits can access those benefits during training."


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