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Sally Ride to posthumously receive presidential Medal of Freedom

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 05:48

President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.

Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engineering and math.

Survey: Across Europe, gays live in fear for safety

Written by The AP Monday, 20 May 2013 08:17

Across Europe, gay couples are scared of publicly engaging in even the most basic expression of their affection: Holding hands.

Released earlier this month, the largest ever European Union survey of hate crime and discrimination targeting members of the LGBT community in the 27-nation bloc and Croatia showed many of them live in fear and conceal their sexual identity.

Right-wing Web radio host Pete Santilli told listeners he wants “to shoot (Hillary Clinton) in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away. I want her to feel the pain.”

The hate pundit is closely tied to the National Rifle Association. Although his show is broadcast only on his website, he’s considered an influential promoter of conspiracy theories on the fringe right and counts Ted Nugent among his followers. Santilli says he’s “ready to take my show to national syndication; that is, of course, if the FCC regulated AM/FM radio stations can handle my truth & honesty."

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes Milwaukee, appeared May 15 on The Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report.” Funnyman Stephen Colbert’s interview with Moore was billed as the “70th installment of the 435-part series ‘Better Know a District.’”

During the interview Moore gamely deflected such Colbert-brand statements as, “I assume you got the job through affirmative action.” She acknowledged being “openly black,” but added, “I am not an angry black woman.”

Illinois activists press for marriage equality vote this week

Written by WiG Monday, 20 May 2013 13:39

Illinois LGBT civil rights advocates say that waiting is no longer an option and the marriage equality bill must be taken up in the House of Representatives this week.

The legislation has passed the Illinois Senate and has the support of Gov. Patrick Quinn. If it passed, Illinois would become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Hate crime charge pursued in killing of gay man in New York

Written by The AP Monday, 20 May 2013 08:12

The man who police say hurled homophobic slurs at a gay man on a Manhattan street before firing a single fatal shot to his head appeared in court on May 19 to face a charge of murder as a hate crime.

Elliot Morales, who appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, according to the complaint filed Sunday by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

French president signs marriage equality bill into law

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 May 2013 04:48

French President Francois Hollande has signed the law authorizing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

He signed the bill early May 18 after the French Constitutional Council issued a finding that the measure is constitutional. That review was prompted by a challenge to the law.

Karen Handel, who was at the epicenter of last year’s controversy of Susan G. Komen’s initial decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, has announced her plans to run for the U.S. Senate.

Handel was a secretary of state in Georgia and ran unsuccessfully for the governor’s office in 2010. She’s now running for the Republican nomination in a 2014 U.S. Senate primary that includes U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.

The father of a Florida teenage girl arrested for engaging in consensual sexual relations with another teenage girl has launched a petition drive on his daughter’s behalf.

Steven Hunt’s petition at Change.org has collected more than 64,000 signatures in a day.

Will Boy Scouts accept gay youth? Vote is imminent

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 20 May 2013 05:04

With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.

The proposal to be put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council on Thursday, at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas, would retain the Scouts' long-standing ban on gays serving in adult leadership positions.

Illinois Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Written by WiG Friday, 17 May 2013 13:49

The Illinois Senate has passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The measure already has passed the Illinois House and awaits the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Feminist protesters disrupted the opening of the Barbie "Dreamhouse Experience" in Belin, saying that it objectifies women.

The giant pink dollhouse promoting the doll made by Mattel Inc. allows paying visitors to try on Barbie's clothes, cook in her kitchen and play her pink piano.