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Congressional Black Caucus Fundraiser Lands Victory CEO Position
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills has been tapped to become the new President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington, D.C. organization. Moodie-Mills is a married woman and the first lesbian to lead the national organization whose mission is to elect openly LGBT leaders to public office. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said Moodie-Mills “will bring a smart, inclusive and experienced brand of leadership to the job.” Moodie-Mills is well known in D.C. circles as a successful fundraiser for six U.S. Senators and the Congressional Black Caucus. She most recently launched the FIRE initiative at the Center for American Progress.
All-American Wrestler Grapples with Decision to Come Out
Mike Pucillo, a former collegiate championship wrestler, disclosed he is gay. Pucillo, 26, was an All-American and National Champion at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In an interview with Jason Bryant of the Open Mat, Pucillo had a difficult time saying he is gay. “You’ve been told that (homosexuality) is a bad thing your entire life,” Pucillo said of his resistance to be public about his sexual orientation. Pucillo attended a private Catholic college preparatory school before enrolling at Ohio State where he was a three-time All-American and 2008 National Champion. Wrestling fans can follow Pucillo on Twitter via the handle @MPucillo84.
Bi Man Beats Gay Man
Investigators believe a closeted bisexual man brutally beat a gay man in the town of Cornith, Mississippi. According to Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance, the victim is 26-year-old Deven Norman who suffered a broken cheekbone at the hands of 23-year-old James David Scott. Both men are Mississippians. They met at a Wal-Mart parking lot after a contentious posting on Facebook. That’s where Scott allegedly threw Norman to the ground and kicked him several times in the face. “We’ve heard from several people, including the victim, that the suspect beat him up because he’s homosexual,” Dance told WTVA, a Tupelo, Miss. television station.
Birth Certificate Bill Advances in Colorado
A Colorado House committee advanced a bill last week which would allow transgender people to make changes to their birth certificates. Passed on an 8-5 vote, the legislation would ease requirements such as undergoing gender reassignment surgery or going before a judge in order to make a change to one’s birth certificate. The bill would put Colorado in line with federal regulations for changing passports. “This has been an eye-opening day,” said Lois Landgraf, a state representative from Fountain, Colo. and the lone Republican to vote for the bill. Opponents voiced concern of rewriting “historical and biological facts.”