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Play about gay man staged in conservative Uganda

Written by AP Saturday, 25 August 2012 03:06

A play that revolves around the turbulent life of a gay man in Uganda is being staged in the East African nation, where three years ago a parliamentarian wrote a bill seeking the death penalty for gays.

This is the first time a play exploring homosexuality is being performed in Uganda, and the British playwright and producers say they hope their work can help “normalize the gay character” in this conservative country.

Southern sound to dominate entertainment at GOP convention

Written by WiG Friday, 24 August 2012 15:19

Organizers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., announced the entertainment lineup for the week.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said, “We’ve booked outstanding performers and world-famous acts. The convention attendees will be treated to special performances they will remember for a very long time.”

Lesbian PAC announces 2012 slate of candidates

Written by WiG Friday, 24 August 2012 06:07

The Lesbian Political Action Committee – LPAC – has raised about $112,000 for Tammy Baldwin’s Democratic campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin.

Baldwin, who would become the first openly lesbian or gay person elected to the Senate, faces Republican Tommy Thompson on the November ballot.

Vermont Inn settles suit over refusing lesbian wedding reception

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:50

A Vermont resort sued  for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding reception has finalized an agreement to resolve the lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the resort will pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty and will place $20,000 in a charitable trust to be disbursed by the couple.

Kate and Ming Linsley of New York contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Vermont after Ming’s mother was told by the Wildflower Inn’s events manager that the inn did not host gay receptions. The plaintiffs filed suit and the Vermont Human Rights Commission joined as a co-plaintiff.

Tampa strip-club king: RNC not great for business

Written by Tamara Lush,
AP writer
Friday, 24 August 2012 21:02

More than sunshine, cigars or the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens, Tampa is known for its naked ladies.

Tampa and strip clubs are often mentioned together, like New York City and the Statue of Liberty. Or San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or St. Louis and the Arch.

Accused Family Research Council shooter pleads not guilty

Written by WiG Friday, 24 August 2012 14:13

Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an Aug. 15 shooting outside the ultra-conservative Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Corkins, 28, of Herndon, Va., appeared in court on Friday (Aug. 24) to respond to three charges – a federal charge of transporting a firearm and ammunition across state lines and a D.C. charges of assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Dad's will calls for gay son to marry a woman

Written by AP Friday, 24 August 2012 05:02

A gay man and his longtime partner decide to become parents using a surrogate mother. Shortly after their son is born, the couple gets married.

But there’s a catch for this modern family: A will left by the man’s wealthy father decrees that he must marry the mother for the child to collect an inheritance.

Tropical Storm Isaac churns in Caribbean, threatens to crash GOP convention

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 23 August 2012 11:14

UPDATED: Tropical Storm Isaac continues to threaten. The storm had people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands bracing for torrential rain and Republican leaders wondering if Isaac might rain on their parade and the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla.

Earlier on Aug. 23, flooding was reported in eastern and southern regions of Puerto Rico as Isaac approached.

Tampa’s gay bathhouses, bars and male strip clubs are rolling out the red carpet for the Republican National Convention.

Known as the “lap dance capital of the world,” the Gulf Coast city is offering all sorts of special programs and discounts expressly targeting the GOP’s closeted gay and repressed “family values” delegates. The convention is scheduled to open on Aug. 27, although an approaching potential hurricane could delay the proceedings.

San Francisco 49ers make It Gets Better anti-bullying video

Written by WiG Friday, 24 August 2012 11:27

The San Francisco 49ers have become the first team in the NFL to join the It Gets Better Project and make a video reaching out to LGBT youth.

The 16,000 signers of a Change.org petition started by football fan Sean Chapin had called the team on to make the video.

Armed with bullhorns, Bibles and picket signs, the Rev. Grant Storms and his anti-gay evangelical followers protested in 2003 against Southern Decadence, a three-day gay festival held in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Storms even shot video of the event to use as evidence when he pleaded with lawmakers to shut down the festival.

Storms said that “having oral sex in the middle of the street or masturbating is illegal and immoral.”

U.S. denounces arrest of LGBT activists in Zimbabwe

Written by WiG Thursday, 23 August 2012 08:50

The State Department on Aug. 23 denounced two anti-LGBT raids and the arrest of 44 LGBT civil rights activists in Zimbabwe.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in prepared remarks, “The United States condemns the Government of Zimbabwe’s violent arrest and detention of 44 members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe on Aug. 11 and a second raid by police on Aug. 20. Several of these members sustained serious medical injuries from the attacks and were detained without charges. The government of Zimbabwe has also targeted these same members’ homes and singled out their families for interrogation and harassment.”