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.

AIDS activists strip naked in Boehner's office

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:00

Seven AIDS activists on Nov. 27 entered U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Office and stripped naked to protest pending cuts to HIV/AIDS funds.

The activists were with QUEEROCRACY, ACT UP NY and ACT UP Philadelphia. When they stripped, the revealed painted slogans on their bodies:  “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR, Fund Ryan White, Fund Global Fund, Fund Medicaid, Fund HOPWA.”

Cities scored on LGBT policies; 11 get perfect marks

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:25

A new Municipal Equality Index scores cities – 137 of them – on their LGBT policies. The inaugural index, released by the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Federation Institute and Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, shows 11 cities with perfect scores – “these cities came from both coasts and in between, were of varying sizes, and not all are in states with favorable laws for LGBT people,” a news release stated.

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.

CDC: HIV spread high in young gay, bi men

Written by AP Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:37

Health officials say one in five new HIV infections occur in a tiny segment of the population – young men who are gay or bisexual.

The government on Nov. 27 released new numbers that spotlight how the spread of the AIDS virus is heavily concentrated in young males who have sex with other males. Only about a quarter of new infections in the 13-to-24 age group are from injecting drugs or heterosexual sex.

Obama nominates lesbian Latina for federal court

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:19

President Barack Obama on Nov. 27 nominated openly lesbian Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. If confirmed, she would become the first openly gay Hispanic federal judge.

The president also nominated Judges Luis Felipe Restrepo and Jeffrey L. Schmehl for U.S. District Court judgeships.

Associated Press bans the term 'homophobia'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:40

In an attempt to neutralize journalistic descriptions of people who actively oppose gay civil rights, The Associated Press has banned use of the word “homophobic” in its stylebook, which is followed by the majority of the American press.

AP said the word “homophobia” wrongly suggests that the hatred of LGBT people is irrational or represents a psychological problem.

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.”

Civil rights group sues over ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:21

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing a New Jersey organization alleging it committed consumer fraud by claiming conversion therapy can convert gays to heterosexuals.

The SPLC said the suit is the first of its kind, although the organization has filed other “ex-gay”-related suits.

World AIDS Day observed Dec. 1

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:44

A commemorative poster for World AIDS Day.

Advances in scientific and medical communities along with expanded government health programs have leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS making ambitious declarations for World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1.

LGBT groups survey the 'fiscal cliff'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 05:46

A report from a coalition of LGBT groups details the negative effects that sequestration would have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in employment, health, housing, higher education, and safety.

The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and 23 other national LGBT groups, released the study, “Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans.”