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Gay veteran who lost leg in Iraq booed by right-wing Christians

Written by WiG Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:10

About 300 Christian-right equality opponents staged a prayer vigil in downtown San Antonio to protest a proposal that would expand the city’s anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

Fundamentalist Christian pastors led the throng in Spanish and English prayers in front of City Hall and then walked to City Council chambers, where citizens were invited to speak for or against the proposal. Among those who spoke was Eric Alva, a gay Marine veteran who lost a leg in Iraq War. The hostile response me met after testifying for the ordinance left him nearly in tears.

Military will offer same-sex spousal benefits beginning Sept. 3

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:31

The Pentagon says it will make health care, housing and other benefits available to same-sex spouses of military members by Sept. 3.

The Pentagon said tpday that it reached the decision after consulting with the Justice Department, following the Supreme Court's ruling in June on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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.

A group of men attacked and beat a gay couple for holding hands in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Police say that Peter Nortman and his boyfriend Michael Felenchak left the Chelsea Cinemas holding hands just after midnight early Wednesday when they were confronted by two men on West 24th Street.

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."

Russian TV anchor comes out on air, is promptly fired

Written by WiG Thursday, 15 August 2013 05:22

Anton Krasovsky, a host and editor-in-chief of the Kremlin-backed KontrTV, came out during a broadcast Aug. 9 and was promptly fired from his job, according to the mailonline.com.

"I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma," Kravosky said. 

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.

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