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UPDATED: Woman says Thanksgiving assault was no hate crime

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:39

UPDATED: A woman who was attacked and beaten on Thanksgiving day says the assault was not a hate crime.

Mallory Owens told WKRG-TV that her being gay is not the reason she was attacked.

Washington drafting same-sex marriage certificates

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:06

The Washington state Health Department will be changing marriage and divorce certificates in response to the same-sex marriage law that takes effect Dec. 6.

Words such as “bride,” “groom,” “husband” and “wife” will likely be gone. The department wants to use gender-neutral terms.

Secretary of State Clinton delivering address to LGBT employees

Written by WiG Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:47

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this afternoon is delivering remarks at the 20th anniversary Celebration of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, the State Department’s officially recognized employee affinity group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

Clinton, according to a news release, is responsible for the extension of the full range of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of foreign service members serving overseas. She also instituted the 2010 revision of the department’s equal employment opportunity policy to prohibit discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity.

Elton John dedicates Beijing show to dissident

Written by AP Wednesday, 28 November 2012 04:29

Pop icon Elton John publicly dedicated his only concert in Beijing to Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei, sending a murmur of shock through an audience accustomed to tight censorship of entertainment.

Minutes into a more than two-hour show on Nov. 25, John told the audience that the performance was dedicated “to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei,” according to several audience members. They said the crowd rumbled in recognition that Ai remains a touchy subject for the Chinese government.

Clinton offers 'blueprint' for AIDS-free generation. Transcript

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:27

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Nov. 29 delivered remarks recognizing World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1.

Clinton delivered her remarks in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department.

Clinton addresses LGBT employees at State Department Transcript

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:36

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks to LGBT employees of the State Department on Nov. 28 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies.

The following is a transcript of her address in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department.

Women sue to serve in ground combat

Written by AP Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:35

Four female servicemembers filed a lawsuit on Nov. 27 challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, is the second one this year over the 1994 rule that bars women from being assigned to ground combat units, which are smaller and considered more dangerous since they are often in battle for longer periods.

France’s former first lady for gay marriage but not feminism

Written by AP Tuesday, 27 November 2012 23:33

France’s former first lady Carla Bruni says she disagrees with her conservative husband Nicolas Sarkozy and supports a plan to allow gay marriage and adoption.

In an interview with the French edition of Vogue for its December issue, the 44-year-old singer and supermodel said: “I’m rather in favor because I have a lot of friends – men and women – who are in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with gay parents.”

Group files ethics complaint against tea party Rep. DesJarlais

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:00

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a congressional ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, accusing the Jasper physician of lying when confronted about an affair with a patient.

DesJarlais, a reproductive rights foe in Congress, won a second term this month despite revelations that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion. He also supported his now ex-wife’s decisions to get abortions.

U.S. Rep. introduces resolution against ex-gay therapy

Written by WiG Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:07

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of San Francisco has offered a resolution – Stop Harming Our Kids – intended to curb the use of conversion or ex-gay therapy.

SHOK’s co-sponsors include Democrats Ted Deutch of Florida and David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

Carnival apologizes, says passengers can dress in drag on drag cruise

Written by WiG Wednesday, 28 November 2012 07:48

When Al and Chuck Travel announced the cruise Drag Stars At Sea: Caribbean Adventure – Revenge of the Wench, the response was so overwhelming that a Carnival cruise line had to be booked in order to accommodate all the travelers. The cruise is set to feature many performers from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on LOGO TV.

But then Carnival threw a wet boa over the event by disseminating an email asserting that passengers could dress in drag only in the main theater and not while offstage wandering within the cruise line’s “family friendly atmosphere.”

Gov. Walker insists he’s not thinking about 2016

Written by AP Tuesday, 27 November 2012 20:37

Plenty of Republicans are talking about a possible presidential run by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Walker insists he’s not one of them.

Walker told The Associated Press this eek that he’s focused on putting together the next state budget and his job as governor, not a presidential run in 2016.