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Gay Rep. Jared Polis addresses convention

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 19:00

Openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado addressed the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, introducing himself as "Jared Polis. My great-grandparents were immigrants. I am Jewish. I am gay. I am a father. I am a son. I am an entrepreneur. I am a congressman from Colorado. I am always an optimist. But first and foremost, I am an American."

UPDATE: Democrats adopt platform that calls for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 17:05

The Democratic National Convention began tonight with the presentation of the platform as one of the first matters of business for delegates gathered in Charlotte, N.C.

The document, adopted by the party's delegates, calls for marriage equality, as well as workplace protections for LGBT people with passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

What’s happening at the Democratic National Convention today

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 06:18

The Sept. 4 schedule for the Democratic National Convention begins with state delegation meetings at host hotels in the morning, followed by caucus and council meetings at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The women’s caucus was meeting in the morning and the LGBT caucus and senior and rural councils were meeting this afternoon in Uptown Charlotte.

Wisconsin delegates gathering in Charlotte for DNC

Written by WiG Monday, 03 September 2012 15:26

Delegates and alternates are arriving to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention, which is Sept. 4-6.

DNC treasurer celebrates being out and equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 17:40

Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, the openly gay treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, said, "The Democratic Party under the leadership of Barack Obama has dramatically improved the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans and at no cost to anyone else."

Hank Williams Jr.: Obama hates cowboys but he loves gays

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:08

Hank Williams Jr., at a concert on Sept. 2, mocked “queer guitar pickers” and said he hates Barack Obama, who "loves gays."

Williams, a country-western star on a U.S. tour, caught a couple news cycles earlier this year when he compared the president to Adolf Hitler. That comment prompted ESPN to pull a Williams’ song as its NFL football anthem.

Betty White vs. Clint Eastwood? Petitioners want her at DNC

Written by WiG Monday, 03 September 2012 16:49

A campaign is under way to add Betty White to the speaker lineup at the Democratic National Convention. Petitioners see her as the liberal alternative to Clint Eastwood, who made a much-discussed speech at the Republican National Convention.

A Facebook page, Bring Betty White to the DNC, has more than 20,000 likes.

Poll: No bounce for Romney in Florida

Written by WiG Monday, 03 September 2012 09:07

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney failed to get a bounce in poll numbers in Florida, a critical swing state, after the party’s national convention there last week.

Public Policy Polling found no change in the numbers in the Sunshine State after the three-day gala in Tampa. Democratic incumbent Barack Obama leads Romney 48-47 in Florida, as he did five weeks ago.

Women of U.S. House address DNC

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 17:27

Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives addressed the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Times Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. They talked about reproductive freedom, equal pay for equal work, health care reform, LGBT rights, education, defense, service and re-electing the president and the vice president.

Pilot claims he had six-year affair with John Travolta

Written by WiG Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:46

A man claims that he and actor John Travolta had a six-year romantic relationship that began in September of 1981.

Doug Gotterba, a 62-year-old pilot from California, told the National Enquirer that he became the star’s private pilot in February of that year.

Preachers arrested for disrupting gay Pride event in New Orleans

Written by WiG Monday, 03 September 2012 15:59

Nine preachers were arrested in New Orleans after yelling anti-gay slurs at Southern Decadence, an annual gay celebration in the French Quarter.

The Times-Picayune reported the arrests of Patrick O’Connell, 45; Rolando Igleasias, 31; Cesar Chavez, 22; Daniel Hoogerhuis, 26; Danny Guevera, 20; Larry Craft, 52; Montes Diego, 32; and Gary Brown, 33.

Outed gay sheriff cleared in abuse of power probe

Written by AP Monday, 03 September 2012 08:42

Paul Babeu has been cleared in a state investigation into whether he abused his authority as sheriff of Arizona’s Pinal County, after his former boyfriend who is a Mexican immigrant accused Babeu of threatening him.

State Solicitor General Dave Cole said that nothing indicates Babeu misused his authority or public money to harass or intimidate Jose Orozco, and Cole declined to file criminal charges in the case. He also exonerated Orozco, whom Babeu accused of property and identity theft in the handling of the sheriff’s Twitter account and other websites.