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04/19/2007


Safe Schools Chief Kevin Jennings Leaving White House Post

Kevin Jennings, head of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the Education Department, is leaving in the summer to be the the new president and CEO of Be the Change, MetroWeekly reports:

Jennings In a news release from Be the Change, Jennings said of his new role, "It has been an honor to serve in the Obama Administration and specifically on Secretary [Arne] Duncan's leadership team at the Department of Education. I am incredibly excited to return to the nonprofit sector by joining the Be the Change team and working on issues like promoting public service and increasing economic opportunity, the kinds of critical challenges we must solve if America is to continue to thrive in the 21st century."

Be the Change was founded in 2007 by current president and CEO Alan Khazei, the co-founder of City Year. Jennings will be the second leader for the organization, a move praised by Be the Change board chair Josh Bekenstein of Bain Capital.

You may recall that Kevin Jennings was the subject of a "witch hunt" by conservatives and GOP upset that an openly gay man who founded the nation's largest anti-bullying organization (GLSEN) had been appointed to a White House post.


News: Joaquin Phoenix, Utah, Rachel Maddow, True Blood, LCR

 road George W. Bush won't comment on the "Ground Zero mosque".

Phoenix  roadJoaquin Phoenix's cryptic documentary gets a trailer.

 roadTrue Blood fans, here's the magazine cover you don't want to miss (possibly nsfw).

 roadSafe schools chief and GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings on last year's right-wing attacks against him: "As the leading proponent of stopping bullying in America, I was not allowed to be bullied out of my job. I've been preaching for 25 years that bullying is not OK. There was no way I could then say, 'OK, you can bully me.' "

 roadMore reactions on the Ninth Circuit Court's stay of the Prop 8 ruling: Jerry Brown, California Assembly Speaker John Perez, NOM, Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs, Maggie Gallagher.

 roadLog Cabin Republicans rarely delve into gay rights issues at chapter meetings.

Road MoveOn steps up boycott of Target.

 roadFacebook location set to face off with Foursquare: "As we’ve been saying for months, it seems highly likely the Facebook is going to take a platform approach to location. That is, they’re more likely to federate other location streams (such as Foursquare’s) while they themselves remain fairly cautious with their own location services."

 roadJoe Manganiello promises more nudity on True Blood.

Slater_bragman  roadSteven Slater hires gay PR honcho Howard Bragman.

 roadJonbenet Ramsey at 20?

 roadHere's a spreadsheet of every member of the House of Representatives and their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, addresses and RSS feeds.

 roadRachel Maddow and the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell to receive Walter Cronkite award from Interfaith Alliance: "The Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, established by Interfaith Alliance in 1998, recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom and reinvigorate informed civic participation. The award recognizes individuals whose actions have embodied the values of civility, tolerance, diversity and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial and divisive issues. Mr. Cronkite served as Honorary Chairman of Interfaith Alliance until his death in 2009."

Lebron  roadLeBron James flexes for GQ.

 roadSuspect in murder of D.C. gay man claims self defense. "'Defendant McLean alleged that the decedent was forcing him to be a male prostitute,' says the affidavit. 'According to defendant McLean, the decedent held a knife to the throat of defendant McLean in the early morning hours of August 8, 2010 and threatened to kill him. Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing."

 roadGay activist launches campaign to oust gay executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation Stan Penfold, who is also Salt Lake City's first openly gay city councilmember. "Matthews, a former UAF volunteer, complains that Penfold has eliminated HIV/ AIDS prevention and support programs even as Utah’s infection rates continue to climb — tripling from 2000 to 2009. Matthews also charges that Penfold’s role as a part-time City Council member has short-changed his full-time job. 'It has been detrimental, during skyrocketing HIV infections, to have the executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation now have his attention split with the also very pressing business of the City Council,' Matthews said."


Wingnuts Warn: Bigotry Under Fire in Student Non-Discrimination Act

FOX News turns to its "experts" for discussion of a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): "The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), or H.R. 4530, was introduced late last month by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, with 60 co-sponsors. Polis, the first openly gay man elected to the House as a nonincumbent, said the legislation will put lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on 'equal footing' with their peers, much as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did for minorities and Title IX did for women."

Mccluskey Said Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute: "The real danger is how this will be interpreted. The definition of harassment could be broadly interpreted that anybody who expressed a totally legitimate opinion about homosexual behavior could be made illegal.That's a violation of those kids who want to express opposition to LGBT opinions or behavior. People have a legitimate reason to be concerned about this -- not because they're 'haters' but because you're now trying to balance different rights."

Because god-forbid budding bigots be stifled.

And then they turn to Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, who can't help but remind people that it must be the work of scary gay safe schools Kevin Jennings, and all the homophobic right-wing distortions surrounding anti-bullying:

"It seems pretty consistent with Kevin Jennings being appointed in the Obama administration. When [Jennings] founded GLSEN, his idea of a safe school was one that pushed a radical homosexual agenda by even encouraging first and second-graders to engage in homosexual activity. So I think that's the impetus behind this bill. We have an administration that wants to push a radical social agenda."


News: Catholic Adoptions, Rhino, Rachel Maddow, Capleton, ENDA

 road Frank: ENDA passage on track...

 roadWestboro Baptist Church signs on to campaign against safe schools chief Kevin Jennings.

Yakovleff  roadSuspect in Boston hairdresser Daniel Yakovleff's (pictured) murder blames third man.

 roadA very sweet reunion.

 roadNathaniel Rogers does some Vancouver Olympics figure skating costume-gazing.

 roadRachel Maddow steps into CPAC: "Since I was in town, and I knew we’d be talking about CPAC, it made sense to just stop by and see for myself."

 roadMike Manning really is bisexual: deal with it.

 roadBehind the scenes of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" video.

 roadCatholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C. ends foster care program rather than comply with the district's new marriage equality law which prohibits discrimination to same-sex couples: "Catholic Charities, which runs more than 20 social service programs for the District, transferred its entire foster-care program -- 43 children, 35 families and seven staff members -- to another provider, the National Center for Children and Families. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), the D.C. Council member who chairs the Committee on Human Services, said he didn't know of any problems with the transfer, which happened Feb. 1." Plus, Maggie Gallagher doesn't get it.

 roadLady Gaga wanted to represent the future with McQueen tribute.

Glambert  roadMore Glambert.

 roadAustralian broadcasters crack gay jokes during Johnny Weir figure skating performance: 'What about the fashion at the ice skating?' said Eddie, of Weir’s skin-tight, skating ensemble. 'They don’t leave anything in the locker room those blokes,' said Molloy. 'They don’t leave anything in the closet either do they?' was Eddie’s reply. Molloy told him to watch it or he’d get himself into trouble. Although it didn’t stop them later throwing in a reference to Brokeback Mountain."

 roadAnti-gay reggae singer Capleton booted from bill in California.

 roadConservatives to beat Pelosi piñata at CPAC afterparty: "We’re hoping to have the females whack the piñata and males try their hand at a Harry Reid punching bag."

 roadProsecutors outline evidence, theory in unsolved D.C. murder of Robert Wone.

 roadTempe, Arizona penis tree enrages neighbors.

Rhino roadHope: Critically endangered Sumatran rhino expecting calf in captivity: "The calf will be the fourth Sumatran rhino to be born in captivity, and the first in Indonesia. The number of Sumatran rhinos has halved in the past 15 years. There are now an estimated 200 in the wild."

 roadJournalist in Uganda speaks to CBC Radio 1 about anti-gay situation there (scroll down to bottom).

 road113 countries sign treaty to protect shark species.

 road70-year-old British man seeks to be cleared from conviction over homosexuality in 1959: "'I came into this world without a criminal record and I'd like to leave this world without one,' said Crawford, a retired butler. 'The police beat me and beat me and forced me to confess to being gay, but I know in my heart I did nothing wrong.' Crawford's bid to clean up his record is backed by gay organizations looking to help others who were convicted under Britain's once draconian anti-homosexuality laws, which began to be eased in 1967 as social values changed and sex acts between consenting adults began to be decriminalized."


Greg Gutfeld Lives Out His Kevin Jennings Fantasies in Virtual Sauna

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On Fox News' Red Eye, Greg Gutfeld kept the completely unfounded attacks on gay Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings going with this ridiculous "robot theater" segment. It's amazing that they're still clinging to this after months and months of debunking.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Bob Emrich, Iran, Manscaping, China, Chace Crawford

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Evidence of queer groups organanizing on Iranian college campuses surfaces, along with news of pending executions for 12 men under charges of sodomy.

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Bird of a feather.

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Pastor Bob Emrich: pure evil.

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Media Matters exposes hate group MassResistance's connection to the anti-gay attacks on safe schools chief Kevin Jennings.

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Chai Feldblum nomination passes Senate committee.

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Heterosexual New York man wants his marriage annulled as protest of state's failure to pass marriage equality bill: "He is still seeking a pro bono lawyer to represent him and his wife in Family Court.' It’s unconstitutionally discriminative,' D’Olimpio said, referring to the state’s marriage laws. It is on those grounds that D’Olimpio, who now lives in Brooklyn, and his wife of two years, Rachel Murch D’Olimpio, are going ahead with their plans to annul their marriage."

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Wednesday: U.S. Senate to mark up bill that would provide benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

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Point Foundation announces 2010 scholarship season and four new named scholarships.

Chace

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Chace gives face: “Like the Pussycat Dolls or Brad Pitt, Chace Crawford is the kind of perfect human specimen that should be freeze-dried and put in a time capsule so that, in several thousand years, whatever manlike species can get a sense of just how good we looked."

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German football coach calls referee "dirty homosexual"...

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Gavin Newsom, SF activists, speak out against Uganda: "A crowd of nearly forty people gathered for thirty-minutes today at the Ugandan pillar in United Nations Plaza, and stood in unbending solidarity with gay Ugandans. Under a cloudy sky, signs were taped to the pillar, voices were raised, passersby offered support, and a successful visibility action took place, for gays on the other side of our small planet."

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NBC's The Office hires a new gay — Tim Daly's son.

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UK gay bashing farmer gets jail term.

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Someone's parading around with obvious reading material.

Fitzgerald

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Interest in "manscaping" is apparently surging. Here's hoping Luke Fitzgerald doesn't jump on the trend.

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Maryland to adopt anti-trans policy for driver's licenses?

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Who is the hottest Brazilian of 2009?

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First-ever pageant to be held for Mr. Gay China: "The pageant will take place on January 15 at a club in Beijing, ahead of the Mr Gay World competition in Norway in February, Ben Zhang, founder of gay media and PR website gayographic.org, told AFP. 'There will be sportswear and swimsuit segments, a Q&A session, and a panel of judges will select the winner based on overall performance,' Zhang said. The pageant will be open to anyone who lives in China -- local or foreign, and contestants can apply online, he said. 'Being homosexual, in general we get a lot of discrimination everywhere, so we are not going to discriminate against any contestants,' Zhang said."

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Gambian president makes unsurprising threat: "We will not encourage lesbianism and homosexuality in the military. It is a taboo in our armed forces. I will sack any soldier suspected of being a gay, or lesbian in The Gambia. We need no gays in our armed forces."


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