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04/19/2007


Puerto Rican ATM Spits Out 'We Hate Fags' Receipt

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A bar called El Ocho de Blanco and an ATM operator in San Juan, Puerto Rico have distanced themselves from an incident in which an ATM at the bar spit out a receipt with the message "We Hate Fags" printed on it, the HuffPost reports:

The ATM company’s president Jorge Torres said “someone from the outside gained access to the system and programming of the machine.” Torres said his company did not intentionally offend the LGBT community and would upgrade its ATM security to make sure nothing like this would happen in the future.

LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano thanked the companies for disavowing the homophobic message in a blog post, but also lamented that it happened in the first place. He said the incident made it clear that the island should pass a law proposed by Puerto Rican Sen. Ramón Luis Nieves criminalizing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


News: Scott Fujita, Female Todd Akin, Sink Hole 'Abnormal Sexual Oriented'

1NewsIcon "The evolution of the nation's 'first gay president'"

Fujita1NewsIcon Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita thinks most NFL players will have no problem with an out and proud teammate. "I would argue that the overwhelming majority would be fine with having a teammate who was gay... Once a guy comes out, yeah, it'll be very newsworthy. It'll be a huge, huge breakthrough and then it'll be another one and another one and another one. Then it'll be just another guy in the locker room."

1NewsIcon But there are still plenty of hurdles for gay athletes to overcome.

1NewsIcon The ACLU had no choice but to defend a Connecticut student's right to wear an anti-gay t-shirt. Said ACLU CT legal director Sandra Staub, "The First Amendment was written to protect unpopular speech, which is naturally the kind of speech that will always need protection. The ACLU has fought hard for same-sex marriage and we couldn't agree with Seth less on that issue, but he is absolutely correct about his right to express his opinion."

1NewsIcon Outgoing California GOP chairman Tom Del Beccaro predicts his party will be debating the "difficult issue" of marriage equality for years to come.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, Celeste Greig, head of the California Republican Assembly, said rape victims don't typically get pregnant because "it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized." She's the female Todd Akin!

1NewsIcon A handy breakdown of where Illinois lawmakers stand on marriage equality.

Princecover1NewsIcon The artist still known as Prince performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will soon be coming to a city near you!

1NewsIcon Dalmatian puppies go gaga for peanut butter.

1NewsIcon Jennifer Lawrence is spending her post-Oscar time setting up dates for Silver Linings Playbook costar Bradley Cooper.

1NewsIcon Justin Bieber had "the worst birthday ever" after his Circus-themed party devolved into a fracas.

1NewsIcon Great news from PR: "The advance of gay rights across the United States is spreading into Puerto Rico, making the island a relatively gay-friendly outpost in a Caribbean region where sodomy laws and harassment of gays are still common. The governing Popular Democratic Party is pushing a bill through the legislature that would outlaw discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, a step taken by about half of U.S. states. Another bill would extend a domestic violence law to gay couples."

1NewsIcon A Virginia spa admits to booting a transgender woman because they have a policy against "any abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation." "It is our policy not to accept any kinds of abnormal sexual oriented customers to our facility such as homosexuals, or transgender," Spa World in Centreville said in a statement. "We strongly enforce this policy for the safety and the comfort for (sic.) our customers, and also to promote a healthy reputation for our business.... Also, for the safety and the comfort for young children at Spa World, we strongly forbid any abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation in our facility." Virginia laws allow this to go on.

Justicekennedy1NewsIcon Shifting public opinion may very well sway Justices Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts toward marriage equality, especially the more moderate Kennedy: "Throughout his long career, Kennedy has been willing to make major changes in the law on issues including the death penalty, gun rights and gay rights... But before signing on to major changes — abolishing the death penalty for young murderers, for example — he has wanted to feel comfortable that the change was in line with public opinion and the trend in the law."

1NewsIcon The Florida sinkhole that swallowed a man continues to grow.


Mitt Romney Announces His Puerto Rico Win: VIDEO

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Mitt Romney gives a plug to his cheerleader Matt Drudge in a video from Puerto Rico, which he swept.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Reuters reports:

With about 60 percent of the ballots counted, Romney had about 83 percent of the vote, according to Puerto Rico's electoral commission. Rick Santorum was in second place with just under 8 percent.

With Puerto Rico's Republican Electoral Commissioner Jose Enrique Melendez declaring Romney's victory official on Sunday night, he was poised to sweep all 20 delegates.

Daily Kos laughs at the antics of both Mitt and Santorum in PR, here.

Continue reading "Mitt Romney Announces His Puerto Rico Win: VIDEO" »


Ricky Martin Speaks Out Against Puerto Rico's Attempt to Remove LGBT People from Hate Crimes Protections

Ricky Martin spoke out yesterday about a move by the Puerto Rican Senate to exclude LGBT people from hate crime laws there, Hispanically Speaking reports:

Martin“I’m very sad about the turn the discussion on Criminal Law is taking in Puerto Rico that proposes the elimination of aggravating factors in cases where crimes are committed out of prejudice toward the victim,” the openly gay star said on his Web site.

Martin said that while great nations focus on providing their citizens with basic rights, some politicians in Puerto Rico are doing just the opposite, “promoting inequality and hate.”

“They ought to do their homework and review a little the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…which says that everyone - the citizens - are equal before the law and have, without distinction, the right to equal protection under the law,” he said.

(blog post)

PuertoricoThe Puerto Rican House is expected to vote on the measure this week after an extraordinary session was convened by Governor Luis Fortuño, EDGE reports:

Representative Héctor Ferrer and Sen. Eduardo Bhatia joined LGBT and Dominican activists at a press conference on Sunday, Dec. 4, to criticize the proposed amendments.

"To eliminate these groups as protected categories is to invite the commission of hate crimes in Puerto Rico," said Ferrer, as Vocero reported on Dec. 4 "It is a setback in the country’s public policy."

"In an advanced society, this is dangerous for society," added Bhatia, as Primera Hora reported.

Political affiliation, age and disability would remain part of the revised hate crimes statute if legislators approve the new penal code and Fortuño signs it into law. Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force accused both Senate President Thomas Rivera-Schatz and Fortuño of homophobia.

Almost two dozen LGBT Puerto Ricans have been murdered there since 2009.


News: Immigration, Julia Gillard, Chewing Gum, Ryan Reynolds

RoadFacebook campaign to support NY GOP Senators who support marriage equality.

RoadArgentina has first gay divorce: "Federation president Esteban Paulon says theirs is the first divorce since July 2010, when Argentina became the first Latin American nation to authorize gay marriage everywhere in the country."

Gum RoadSidewalk chewing gum art. "The police often question him, but when he explains that he is not the one who spat the gum on the sidewalk, he said, they come around. He was arrested once and was brought to a local police station for questioning, but the charges were dropped after dozens of people wrote letters of support."

Road Jennifer Hudson can't be much more transformed from her Idol days.

RoadD.C. Safeway employee calls gay couple "faggots", then records video "apology".

RoadObama asked to speak out against anti-gay violence in Puerto Rico,doesn't.

RoadGay rights advocate urges Virginia to reconsider adoption rules: "Cameron Hunt, a board member with the gay rights group Equality Virginia, pressed that point Wednesday during remarks to the State Board of Social Services, and asked the panel to revisit a decision to remove discrimination protections from pending regulations."

RoadHugh Jackman beefs up his guns.

RoadAshton Kutcher plays beach volleyball in Brazil.

Greencard RoadGay couple goes for Green Card interview in San Francisco.

RoadChilean-born artist Claudio Bravo dies at 74, NYT obit doesn't mention he was gay.

RoadMinnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video: "According to Chris Iles, Corporate Communications Manager for the Twins, the team's 'looking into' making their own 'It Gets Better' video. 'We're in the process of finding appropriate players, lining up production needs, etc.,' he told me in an email."

RoadAnd Washington Nationals?

Road The Heartland Proclamation.

RoadGay rights activist takes action against Hong Kong police for infringing on peaceful protest on International Day Against Homophobia: "The demonstration, attended by a legislator Ms Cyd Ho and the Chairperson of the Equal opportunities Commission Mr Lam Poon Kwong, was halted and attendees were videoed by uniformed officers positioned in the middle of the peaceful crowd, in what has been described as a serious attack on LGBT rights and the right to demonstrate in Hong Kong."

RoadWingnuts to "crash" Netroots Nation.

RoadLISTEN: Samuel L. Jackson would like the kids to "go the f**k to sleep".

Reynolds RoadRyan Reynolds' beefcake honored with 'Fame' comic.

RoadTwin Cities: Eight important local LGBT leaders.

RoadGay couples "ambush" Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, with auction bids, win seats with her at dinner: "The left-leaning activist group GetUp! dug deep last night and bid $31,100 for a dinner for six with Ms Gillard at The Lodge or Kirribilli House. But within seconds, Ms Gillard learnt that her guests would be same-sex couples trying to persuade her to reverse her opposition to gay marriage."

RoadWho wants to come swim in my living room pool?

RoadA preview of the 35th annual Frameline International LGBT Festival.

RoadBritish cop beaten in Slovenia for being gay.

RoadAnti-gay vandalism reported in Ferndale, Michigan: “One of the victims lives there and had red paint splashed on his house and car,” said Ferndale Police Sgt. Patrick Jones. “Someone spray painted ‘fag’ in yellow paint on his car also. The words ‘white fag’ were scratched on the driver’s side door of the other victim’s car.”


Gay Man Killed in Puerto Rico is Third LGBT Person Murdered There in 72 Hours, 18th in Past 18 Months

Michael Lavers at EDGE reports on some extremely disturbing events in Puerto Rico over the last 72 hours:

Salgado “Primera Hora” reported earlier tonight that Ramón “Moncho” Salgado was found dead along the side of a highway in Humacao on the island’s eastern coast. Thomas J. Bryan Picó, executive director of la Fundación Gaviota, told the newspaper that Salgado was a 46-year-old gay man who lived in Humacao. “Primera Hora” reported that Salgado’s body showed signs of blunt trauma.

Bryan pointed out that Salgado is the third LGBT Puerto Rican who has been found dead in 72 hours. As EDGE reported late Monday, June 6, a transgender woman was found shot to death in a Santurce intersection. Karlota Gómez Sánchez’s body was discovered roughly 48 hours after Alejandro Torres Torres was found stabbed to death in Ponce.

In the past year and a half, 18 LGBT individuals have been killed in Puerto Rico, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which released this statement from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Communications Manager and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s founder Pedro Julio Serrano:  

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force stands in solidarity with the LGBT community in Puerto Rico and sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of Karlota Gómez Sánchez, Ramón Salgado and Alejandro Torres Torres. As someone who grew up in Puerto Rico and has been very active in its LGBT community, this is a heart-wrenching moment. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to all of the victims’ loved ones at this difficult time. Justice must prevail. This is about members of the Puerto Rican LGBT community feeling safe in their communities and being able to take care of the ones they love. We call upon the authorities and political leaders to effectively address this epidemic of anti-LGBT violence. This must stop now.”


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