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04/19/2007


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6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada opens its new $4 million building in Las Vegas.

Shirtless-sebastian-stan-picnic-on-broadway-ends-today-036a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Picnic ended its run on Broadway today. If you didn't see the show, this is what you missed.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d An anti-gay group is criticizing the mayor of London for refusing to run ads that say “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!”

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gay men accuse London hotel of homophobia.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The future of the Catholic Church might lie in Africa: "The Catholic population in Africa grew nearly 21 percent between 2005 and 2010, far outstripping other parts of the world."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New York transgender rights bill moves forward: "Gender identity would be added to law the prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, age, sexual orientation and more in areas including housing, credit and employment."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 sweeps the Razzies.

Liz6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Liz Carmouche, UFC's first and only openly gay fighter, was defeated in that organization's first female match.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New findings in mysterious meteor shower from 1913.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Lesbian sues popular Hollywood restaurant Cleo for harassment: "The complaint also states Wilson was referred to as 'ho' and a negative word commonly used against gay people. Wilson says heterosexual employees were not subjected to such conduct."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The anti-gay Chairwoman of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s local Tory ­asso­ciation has resigned in protest of his support for marriage equality: “I left after 34 years because of David Cameron’s support for gay marriage. I have no choice but to feel strongly about it as a Christian believer.


UFC President Dana White On Gay Fighters: 'If You Are Gay, I Could Care Less'

The first ever women's UFC fight will take place tonight and one of the athletes in the event, Liz Carmouche, is also the only openly gay fighter in the sport. 

6a00d8341c730253ef0162fbfb6570970d-200wiLeading up to the fight, both Carmouche and UFC president Dana White are talking about the historic competition and about openly gay fighters. Carmouche tells AXS TV that she hopes her coming out will inspire others in the UFC to follow her lead:

"I hope that they can see that in such a testosterone and male-dominated sport, it would be so difficult to come out, that it's possible and they can do it too." 

White, who has commended Carmouche for her coming out last year, was asked yesterday how he would react if a fighter refused to compete against an opponent who was gay. According to Yahoo's Cagewriter blog, this was White's positive response: "Most of the guys that are in this sport are really good people. I honestly don't see a situation where that would happen, but if it did, I'd fix it."

White on inclusiveness in the sport: "If you're an athlete in the UFC and you are gay, I could care less. You will not be treated any different."

Watch AXS TV interviews with Carmouche and White, AFTER THE JUMP.

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UFC President Lauds Lesbian Fighter Liz Carmouche

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"It takes a brave person to come out," said UFC President Dana White yesterday while praising Liz Carmouche, a female fighter who recently said she's a lesbian, the first time a gay person has come out in the violent sport in which homophobia has historically been celebrated. (White recently said that his only career regret is releasing a video in which he used the term "faggots".)

Going on about Carmouch, White said:

I love what she did. I know I have the big ‘homophobe' persona and people think I'm some homophobe. I'm the furthest thing from it. I think it's ridiculous it's 2013 and the government tells two people they can't marry each other. Who is the government to tell two people who say they love each other they can't be married? It's ridiculous.

I applaud that she came out and that she's the first one. Good for her. I hope more do. It doesn't bother me one bit. Shouldn't bother anyone else either.

Carmouche is currently prepping for a February fight against Ronda Rousey for the UFC's first female contention. Unlike some people, Rousey insists she's not going to try any mind games to psyche her opponent out. She wants to keep things as positive as possible.

"Because it's a first-time event, because the first time for women to fight on a UFC card, and she's the first openly gay fighter, it doesn't need to be any squabbling or argument," said Rousey. "It's an extraordinarily positive thing, we don't need an argument to push it. It's a positive event and I don't mind there being no arguments. It sells itself. It's history."


UFC President Dana White Says His Only Career Regret is Use of Anti-Gay Slur: VIDEO

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Back in 2009, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White recorded a vlog directed at mixed martial arts reporter Loretta Hunt which contained misogynistic and anti-gay slurs. White was angry at Hunt for a story she wrote reporting on new restrictions on backstage credentials at the UFC fights.

In the vlog, White referred to one of her sources as a "f**king faggot".

In an interview with Ariel Helwani for Fuel TV's UFC Tonight which aired last night, White talked to Helwani about his career, telling him that the only thing he regrets is his use of that slur because it has followed him ever since:

"You guys have to understand this, but this is the way I am. I have no regrets. The only thing that I regret is in that video blog when I used the F word. That's the only thing throughout the 12 years of running the UFC. The way I came off in that thing, people still think I'm some kind of homophobe, and I'm not. That still bothers me."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Veterans Group Calls on Marine Corps to Cut Ties with UFC Over Homophobia, Misogyny, Hate Speech

The Veterans Committee of UNITE HERE, a union representing 250,000 workers in the hotel, food service and restaurant, textile, industrial laundry, and gaming industries in North America, will deliver 5,000 signed petitions to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington D.C., as well as to Marine Corps recruiting stations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C. on Thursday, asking for the Marine Corps to cut all ties with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the group says in a press release.

BispingThe veteran activists also will voice their support for a bipartisan amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 5856) that would ban military spending on professional sports. The proposed ban – the “UFC Amendment” -- would prohibit the use of taxpayer money to sponsor the UFC and other pro sports organizations. The Marine Corps has spent more than $2 million sponsoring the UFC, the nation’s largest promoter of cage fighting events. The UFC is an organization that has tolerated people associated with it making jokes about rape, homophobic slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women.

Taxpayer money should not be used to support homophobia, misogyny and hate speech, in any form. Through its sponsorship of the UFC, the Marine Corps has trivialized service to our country by juxtaposing images of Marines fighting for our country with the spectacle of cage fighting.

The group has also released a video compilation of hate speech in the UFC.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Ultimate Fighter' Contestant Says 'Gay for Pay' Past was Mistake

Ultimate Fighting Championship has come under fire in recent months for its homophobic past, with LGBT groups calling on Anheuser Busch to drop its sponsorship of UFC over the organization's failure to address homophobic behavior by its leaders and athletes. Which may be why Dakota Cochrane, a former Sean Cody actor who has reportedly been in more than 16 gay adult films and is now a contestant in the reality series The Ultimate Fighter, is getting attention. Cochrane, who performed under the name "Danny" for Sean Cody, says he is straight.

CochraneMMA Fighting reports:

"It's definitely a decision I regret," he told MMA Fighting. "If I would have known what would happen I definitely wouldn't have done it. But I had money issues and I needed help. I went there to do pictures, and they started throwing pretty high numbers in front of me. I didn't really think. It was a big mistake."

But no matter the size of the mistake, it was one he made no effort to escape on the eve of his biggest opportunity. On his audition tape for TUF, he included an introduction that mentioned all about his past. Everything.

"I think it's a little bit courageous for both of us," he said of the UFC's decision to include him on the show. "I could just hide in a hole and no one would know except for the people close to me. And to them, I was up front. I let them know right away so it wasn’t anything that could come back and bite them in the butt. I think maybe they respected that a little bit. I think some people judge against it, some people will be OK with it. Some people will want me to get my butt kicked, and hopefully others will respect what I'm trying to do."

Said UFC Dana White last October: "I'll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out. I could care less if there's a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there's probably more than one."

Yahoo! Sports asks: "What will be the reaction from fans, hardcore and casual one this blows up on the blogosphere? The 25-year-old Cochrane is 10-2 in MMA and posted a win over former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner in September."

Dakota Cochrane Discusses Controversial Past as He Prepares to Chase UFC Dream [mma fighting]


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