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Boston’s Santa Speedo Run raises cash for youth sports. Video

Written by WiG Monday, 10 December 2012 10:28

Jingle Jangle — The annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston took place Dec. 8, with participants – most of them wearing red Speedo trunks – running to raise money for a sports nonprofit.

To date, this year’s campaign has raised nearly $275,000.

Lady Gaga thanks Russian prime minister for opposing bizarre anti-gay laws

Written by Louis Weisberg Sunday, 09 December 2012 10:58

Lady Gaga has expressed “her gratitude” to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for opposing regional laws that make it a crime to provide minors with information about homosexuality.

The pop star tweeted Saturday that she thanks the former president for “not standing by your party’s anti-gay propaganda law.”

NAACP pushes for major shakeup in education

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 08:34

The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation’s classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said this week.

The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities.

Anti-gay Sen. DeMint resigning to head conservative think tank

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:58

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite known backing challenges to centrists in his own party, is resigning Jan. 1 to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

The South Carolina lawmaker said in a statement he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation.

Merck pharmaceutical halts Boy Scouts funding

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Monday, 10 December 2012 09:00

Merck & Company, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, will cease foundation funding for the Boy Scouts of America because the nonprofit discriminates against gays.

Scouts for Equality, led by activist Zach Wahls, petitioned Merck on its support for the BSA. Scouts or Equality also petitioned Verizon Communications to discontinue financial support for the Texas-based BSA, which has gone to court in multiple venues to defend its ban against gay scouts, troop leaders and employees.

Gays take wedding vows in Washington

Written by From AP reports Sunday, 09 December 2012 06:37

12:01 a.m. Dec. 9 in Washington. Gay weddings begin. - PHOTO: Equality Washington

Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect.

Transgender models are a sensation on Brazil's catwalks

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 08:29

Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it’s nothing short of terrifying.

The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models – leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born with male bodies and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals.

Mormon church wants more compassion for gays

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:24

Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website this week that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

Church officials insist they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful. However, the website states that Mormons should be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.

San Francisco issues meningitis advisory

Written by AP Monday, 10 December 2012 06:13

Health officials in San Francisco have advised some gay men to consider getting vaccinated against meningitis if they recently traveled or plan to go to New York City.

At least 11 cases of meningitis have been reported among gay men in New York City in the past year.

George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters over edited 911 tape

Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER,
AP writer
Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:42

George Zimmerman sued NBC this week, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman says the network edited the tape to make sound like he is racist.

W.Va. woman denied driver’s license in wife’s surname

Written by AP Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:12

For the year since she married her partner, waitress Cynthia Landis has legally been a “Landis.” It’s the name on her Social Security card, her District of Columbia marriage certificate and her Virginia driver’s license.

But the state of West Virginia won’t recognize her as “Landis.”

Smokers light up as Washington legalizes pot

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 December 2012 21:42

The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.