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Senator Kennedy's Casket Leaves Compound in Hyannis Port


The body of Ted Kennedy left the family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts today on its way to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The body will lie in repose there for public viewing tomorrow. Kennedy will be buried on Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery beside his brothers, former Senator Robert Kennedy and former President John F. Kennedy.


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Senator Edward Kennedy Dies at 77; LGBT Tributes Pour In

Photo by Rex Wockner c. 1979, Des Moines, Iowa.


Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer late last night.

Said the family in a statement: "Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever."

The loss was felt deeply by the nation's LGBT community.

RoadFearless leader in the fight against hate crime...
RoadAMFAR CEO: An unrivaled ally in the fight against AIDS.
RoadGLSEN: "If the Safe Schools Improvement Act, currently introduced in the House, becomes law, it would be a testament to Senator Kennedy’s insistence that all students must be protected in any federal anti-bullying policy."
RoadNational Gay & Lesbian Task Force: Edward Kennedy "spent his life fighting for justice..."
RoadHuman Rights Campaign: "The nation has lost its greatest champion and strongest voice for justice, fairness, and compassion. The loss to our community is immeasurable.  There was no greater hero for advocates of LGBT equality than Senator Ted Kennedy." RECORD on gay rights...GLAAD: "From the outset, he valued our contributions and supported our equality."
RoadBoston LGBT community members remember Kennedy...
RoadDavid Mixner: My memories of Senator Kennedy.
RoadVIDEO: NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
RoadA Lion in Winter (of 1972): Courage when few others had it.

Kennedy speaking at the 2008 HRC Equality Convention, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Caster Semenya, Lockerbie, Ted Kennedy, Shark, Marc Jacobs

RoadLockerbie bomber freed...

RoadTerminally-ill Ted Kennedy wants his replacement chosen swiftly. Deval Patrick: "It’s typical of Ted Kennedy to be thinking ahead and about the people of Massachusetts, when the rest of us are thinking about him."

Castter RoadNew 800m World Champion Caster Semenya asked to take gender test: "The South African athletics federation insist it is "completely sure" that the 18-year-old Semenya is a female. 'We would not have entered her in the female competition if we had any doubts,' said a statement. Semenya won World Championship gold in impressive fashion on Wednesday."

RoadRevolutionary pair of pants makes your ass wink.

RoadDomestic partner registry in Nevada to begin next week.

RoadTom Ford's A Single Man vies with 13 other films for Queer Lion prize at Venice Film Festival.

RoadGay and lesbian residents of NYC apartment building file discrimination lawsuit: "Tensions boiled over when a flyer Uhrin had distributed in January 2004 about the repairs was taped to his door with the word 'fags' written on it, Uhrin said. 'It's like being raped,' said Uhrin, who claims he's been called homophobic slurs by former board members and heard his floor referred to as the 'AIDS floor.'"

RoadFirst look at Madonna's "celebration" promo.

RoadOprah to kick off 24th season with Whitney Houston.

Perez RoadFired Miami newsman Charles Perez wins two-year restraining order against ex-partner believed to have leaked an email which was intended to hurt him professionally.

RoadTIME: Why does Obama keep flip-flopping on gay marriage?

RoadRyan Gosling out and about but refuses to show off the guns.

RoadGreat White Shark attack on seal observed by kayakers off Chatham, Cape Cod.

RoadPolice promise to uphold order during Belgrade Pride parade in September: "In this country, no one is allowed to threaten or bother anyone."

Martone_jacobs RoadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone to wed this weekend in Provincetown.

RoadJustin Timberlake refused to be on the D List.

RoadSwimmers to take on 3 1/2 mile bay between Sayville and Fire Island Pines for Stonewall Foundation benefit.

RoadNew app: Browse the photos on your home computer from your iPhone.

RoadThe latest on gay One Life to Live cop Scott Evans.

RoadMichael Moore to the Hollywood Reporter: "I'm still in a stupor of stunned ecstasy that Obama won. And I approve of most everything he's done, from apologizing to the Iranians for America overthrowing their democratically elected president in 1953 to appointing Kumar to a White House position. He is doing the best he can with the mess he inherited, and I and millions of others are counting on him never to forget that he came from the working class and that his people need him now more than ever. As for the congressional Democrats, what a bunch of losers -- weak, scared, stupid. They had better get a clue pretty quick or the Dark Forces will return."

Harvey Milk to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom


Harvey Milk's nephew Stuart Milk, will accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on August 12, according to the Victory Fund.

Said Stuart: "The President’s action today touches the core of our very human hearts and my uncle would be so proud of this high honor.  His election was, for him, a beginning–a chance to make real change. That change is happening, but we still have so far to go. I hope this recognition inspires LGBT Americans everywhere to heed Harvey’s call to run for office, to serve openly, to live proudly with authenticity and to demand the equality that we all deserve."

Billie Jean King will receive the medal on the same day. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, recognizing individuals responsible for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Said Obama: "These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds.  Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs.  Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change.  Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way. Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive.  It is my great honor to award them the Medal of Freedom."

Additional recipients this year are Ted Kennedy, Nancy Goodman Brinker, Pedro Jose Greer, Jr., Jack Kemp, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Joe Medicine Crow, Sandra Day O'Connor, Sidney Poitier, Chita Rivera, Mary Robinson, Janet Davidson Rowley,Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Yunus.

More about the recipients here.

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FINALLY, TONIGHT: Jesus is everywhere.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Obama sings to Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy Center.

DIRTY TRICKS: FOX 25 investigates duplicitous tactics by Massachusetts marriage equality foes.

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Sen. Ted Kennedy Suffers Seizure At Inauguration Luncheon

Sen. Ted Kennedy suffered an apparent seizure at an inauguration luncheon today. He was taken away by ambulance and was conscious when being carried out of the venue. More as it becomes known. Kennedy was treated for a brain tumor last year.


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