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Bravo's Andy Cohen steps down as co-host of Miss Universe pageant due to Russian law

Written by Louis Weisberg Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:13

Out celebrity Andy Cohen has resigned as co-host of the 2013 Miss Universe competition, scheduled to be held Nov. 9 in Moscow.  Miss Universe pageant will be missing one familiar face this year.

Cohen, the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show – Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” – hosted the 2011 and 2012 pageants and was booked to return this year.

Lansing, Mich., cuts sister city ties with St. Petersburg

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 05:19

Officials in Lansing, Mich., ended their “sister cities” relationship with the Russian city of St. Petersburg due to that country’s anti-gay policies.

The Lansing State Journal reported that the Lansing City Council voted unanimously Monday calling for end to the relationship.

The Social Security Administration announced on Aug. 9 that the first marriage-related benefits payments for same-sex couples were processed.

Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner for the SSA issued a statement. She said, "I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due. The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, made just over a month ago, helps to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly and equally, with the dignity and respect they deserve."

President Barack Obama today announced that Bayard Rustin, the late civil and human rights advocate, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

An aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rustin was the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He also was openly gay.

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center pays off debt to landlord

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 17:41

The once-beleaguered Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has eliminated its largest debt, which originally amounted to $500,000 for back rent and remodeling costs owed to the organization’s landlord, GG 252 Highland, LLC.

After new leadership took control of the center early in 2012, negotiations began immediately with Siegel-Gallagher, the building’s management company, to reduce the amount of space occupied by the center in the former Blatz Brewing Company building. That successful move eliminated the cost of future rent on unneeded space.

Judge throws out race discrimination claims in Paula Deen lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 12 August 2013 17:43
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A federal judge Monday threw out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen has already cost the celebrity cook a valuable chunk of her culinary empire.

Pro-gun advocates across the nation are planning to gather in Starbucks’ stores today to show their appreciation for the company’s decision to allow weapons inside its locations in states where it’s legal.

In fact, advocates have designated Aug. 9 as “Starbucks Appreciation Day” and even created a Facebook page to promote the event. Planned gatherings are scheduled all over the country, including in Newton, Conn., where an elementary school massacre last year brought new vigor to gun-control efforts at the state and national levels.

'Die-in' staged at ALEC conference to protest Stand Your Ground laws

Written by WiG Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:40

More than 70 protesters, many of them wearing hoodies, staged a "die-in" outside the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago's Loop to protest the "stand your ground" laws promoted by the American Legislative Council, better known as ALEC.

ALEC is holding its 40th anniversary conference this week at the hotel. The organization is behind a number of campaigns to enact right-wing legislation at the state level, including in Wisconsin. ALEC has provided model legislation against immigration, abortion rights and voting rights and gun control.

A sailor on the USS New Mexico proposed to his boyfriend in front of about 200 people who gathered at the Navy’s submarine base to welcome the boat home from its first deployment.

Dylan Kirchner tells the Day of New London that he didn’t care that everybody was watching when Machinist’s Mate Jerrel Revels dropped to one knee and popped the question. He says it felt as though it was just the two of them. They have not set a wedding date.

Obama rejects idea of Olympic boycott

Written by AP Saturday, 10 August 2013 17:04

President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the idea of the United States boycotting the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year over a new anti-gay law in Russia, despite frustrations with that country’s leadership on that and other issues.

Answering questions at a White House news conference, Obama said U.S. athletes should not be penalized by the nations’ differences.

AIDS activist Sean Sasser dies at 44

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 09 August 2013 04:19

A man who made history when he publicly exchanged vows with well-known gay partner and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora in the 1990s has died. Sean Sasser was 44.

In what was then an unprecedented act, Sasser exchanged vows with Zamora in a 1994 commitment ceremony on MTV's seminal reality TV show "The Real World." Zamora died of AIDS later that year, and Sasser became an AIDS activist.

Climate report: Record warming, melting sea ice

Written by The AP Thursday, 08 August 2013 06:14

A new massive U.S. study says the world in 2012 sweltered with continued signs of climate change. Rising sea levels, snow melt, heat buildup in the oceans, and melting Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheets, all broke or nearly broke records, but temperatures only sneaked into the top 10.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week issued a peer-reviewed 260-page report, which agency chief Kathryn Sullivan calls its annual "checking on the pulse of the planet." The report, written by 384 scientists around the world, compiles data already released, but it puts them in context of what's been happening to Earth over decades.

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