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6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d HIV infection in gay men aged between 25 and 34 in Ireland up sharply.

Dadt6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New York Congressman will work to introduce a bill that gives medical benefits to military service men and women dishonorably discharged under DADT. 

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Anderson Cooper's partner Benjamin Maisani expands his business ventures into Hell's Kitchen: "Mr. Maisani and Pablo Raimondi, his business partner, will be teaming up together to open the 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 753 Ninth Avenue. The pair specifically sought after a location in the Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton area, likely because of the prominent gay community."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Ouch: Super-sized mosquitoes spotted in Florida.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Google buys mapping app Waze for $1.3 billion.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli advocates for LGBT rights - in front of a urinal.

Hazzard6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gay porn star Johnny Hazzard on the spate of deaths in the gay porn world: "How did I survive? We all faced the same challenges, so why am I still here when my friends are not? Even after taking days to think about it, I still can't totally explain why I survived. Maybe it's because my family supported me, or maybe it's because I made good or lucky choices." 

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Ian Ziering made his Chippendales debut last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Anti-gay evangelical Christians grabbing more political power in Brazil: "Gay activism is moral garbage,” Malafaia roared into the microphone to a cheering crowd on the grassy esplanade of the Brazilian capital. “Satan will not destroy our family values."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Patrick Schwarzenegger pumps up for summer.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho passes anti-discrimination law: "The majority of the council said it felt compelled to protect all of its citizens and that by adopting the ordinance, it would ensure people who otherwise aren’t protected by state or federal laws would be protected inside the city."

Pocatello, Idaho Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The City Council of Pocatello, Idaho voted 4-2 to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance on Thursday night after a six hour meeting, Local 8 News reports:

PocatelloThe version that passed Thursday has several changes.

The so-called "ID to pee" section, which stated the gender on a state-issued ID card, would decide what restroom a person could use, was removed. The small business exception was also removed. That would have exempted a business with five or fewer employees from the ordinance.

That removal came after a citizen pointed out almost 40 percent of Pocatello businesses have five or fewer employees.

"It's something we can be proud of in Pocatello,” said City Councilwoman Eva Johnson Nye. “I think we made some good decisions tonight. It was a long time getting there, but we did the right thing. And we have citizens protected now, and that's a good thing."


Idaho Sheriff May Drop Boy Scouts Charter Because 'Sodomy is Against the Law'

Ben Wolfinger, the sheriff of Idaho's Kootenai County, says he may drop the Department's Boy Scouts of America charter because in dropping the ban on gay scouts the organization is promoting a lifestyle that is against state law, Coeur d'Alene Press reports:

Wolfinger"It would be inappropriate for the sheriff's office to sponsor an organization that is promoting a lifestyle that is in violation of state law," Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said.

Sodomy is against the law in Idaho, he added.

"I have talked with Chris Peterson about this and sent him a copy of the law," Wolfinger said.

Peterson, who works in the Hayden office of the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts, could not be reached for comment on Friday, and Tim McCandless, CEO of the Inland Northwest Council, said he wanted to talk with the sheriff before commenting specifically to his concerns.

"I would encourage you to read the resolution that was passed, however." McCandless said. "Sodomy is not allowed in scouting and is not an issue in this discussion."

Somebody's been listening to too much Bryan Fischer.

Father and Son Soldiers to Bike 1,800 Miles to Boy Scouts HQ to Protest Gay Ban: VIDEO


Army Spc. Joe McGrath, who came home April 15 from a year-long deployment in Kuwait, and his father Dave, a former Army Airborne Ranger, are taking on the Boy Scouts, Idaho's Local8 News reports:

2_grathThese two warriors are home now, in Idaho Falls together. Now, father and son are about to fight one of those wars that don't look like war. "I have six sons, two of whom are gay," said Dave McGrath. "I have an identical twin brother who is an Eagle Scout, and he's gay."

Thinking about his family, a typically talkative Dave McGrath edges on with a quieter tone. "I love the Boy Scouts," he said. "I wish them all the best, and yet they discriminate against people I love." 

Dave McGrath is a lifetime scout -- but right now the honor weighs heavy on his shoulders He knows not everybody can be one. "Some of us have gay people that we love," he said.

Father and son will bike 1,800 miles to Boy Scout headquarters so McGrath can pin his "95 objections to their stupid policy" on the door.

Watch a report on their amazing mission, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Transgender Woman Banned from Idaho Grocery Store for Using Women's Bathroom

Aly Robledo, a 25-year-old transgender woman in Lewiston, Idaho, was banned from a Rosauers grocery store after using the women's bathroom, the AP reports.

RobledoLewiston's KLEW adds:

Robledo was given a no trespass order Monday night shortly after exiting the Rosauer's grocery store location in Lewiston.

"A male subject who was using the female restroom, and that made some women customers uncomfortable because of the appearance that a male was using their restroom," said Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier.

"I really doubt that would be more socially acceptable than someone using the men's restroom," said Robledo.

Lanier told KLEW News that employees confronted Robledo, who explained she identifies herself as a transgendered woman who has gone through one phase of reconstructive surgery.

"The store employees didn't want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business," said Lanier. "Anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision."

"I think calling the police is not really sufficient and I think it's a waste of our tax payers' dollars," said Robledo.

The grocery store chain is refusing to comment: "The manager on duty Wednesday afternoon at Rosauer's chose not to comment. KLEW news attempted to get an official comment from the corporate offices of Rosauers, however our calls have not been returned over the period of two days."

Anti-Gay Sen. Crapo Apologizes After Drunk Driving Arrest

CrapoMichael Crapo, an anti-gay Mormon Republican Senator from Idaho, has apologized after being arrested for drunk driving early Sunday morning.

"I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance," he said after being released on a $1,000 bond. The arrest came after Crapo ran a red light in Virginia.

He went on, "I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter. I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated."

Crapo is one of the nine Republicans who filed an amicus brief to sustain DOMA earlier this year. He also also voted against repealing DADT, against a comprehensive hate crimes law and for a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Wonder if we'll ever get an apology for those mistakes...


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