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Radio Station Could Ban Rapper Macklemore
A California radio station has gotten a written complaint for pushing gay rights onto its listeners by airing rapper Macklemore’s song, “Same Love.”
Station 98.7FM was sent a letter condemning homosexuality and branding the song “offensive” because its lyrics talk about marriage equality.
The song, which is part of Macklemore’s latest album, The Heist, features lyrics like “the right wing conservatives think it’s a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion.”
Radio host Darren Rose posted the letter on the station’s website on April 15 and asked listeners to weigh in on the issue; as of publication the letter has 115 comments. The station said it might consider banning the song.
“The imagery the song talks about is a raw subject a great multitude of people have a hard time dealing with when we know homosexuality is wrong, but have friends and loved ones who are indeed in same-sex relations,” part of the letter reads.
Immigration Bill Won’t Include Gay Provision
A bipartisan Senate group that drafted an immigration overhaul bill that would affect millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has left out a provision granting spouses of gay American citizens visas to live in the country.
The Washington Post reports that Senate Democrats could not come to an agreement with the four Republicans conforming the bipartisan group.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill, named the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 was filed on April 17 at 2 a.m. After the bill goes through the committees, it could reach the full Senate floor in May.
About 40,000 foreign partners of gay American citizens won’t be able to benefit from the law.
President Obama had said he wanted to include same-sex international couples in the plan.
Currently, laws do not allow for foreign-born, same-sex partners of Americans to request a green card or permanent residency on the basis of their relationship because of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Top Ghana Schools Expel 53 Gay Students
Two of the top Catholic schools in the African country of Ghana are making headlines after expelling a total of 53 gay students for allegedly spreading homosexuality.
Nineteen students at Opoku Ware Secondary High School in Ashanti Ghana were dismissed for “practicing homosexuality” in school. Four of the pupils expelled were freshmen; the rest were sophomores and seniors, Radio XYZ reported on April 15.
Radio XYZ writes that students “had managed to form a society on campus and regularly meet to discuss how to convince more students to practise the act.”
Just days before, on April 12, over 34 girls had been dismissed from the Wesley Girls Senior High School in Kumasi for engaging in “lesbianism,” the Ghana Herald repored
Mac-Darling Cobbinah, director for the Center for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana told the Gay Star News that outing students in such way could be dangerous, and expelling them will be disastrous for their future.
“I think that the expelling is bad and even evil,” Cobbinah said.
Popular Gay DJ Peter Rauhofer Diagnosed with Brain Tumor
Peter Rauhofer is best known for making headlines with his pulsating music at gay parties around the world, but on April 18 Rauhofer’s manager, Angelo Russo, announced on Rauhofer’s Facebook page that the Grammy Award-winning DJ has a “large brain tumor” that has “gone undiagnosed for quite some time.”
Russo wrote the tumor was discovered after Rauhofer was rushed to an emergency room after suffering a seizure. Russo went on to say the Rauhofer’s family is working with neurologists to determine the best course of action and treatment options.
Miami-based promoter and manager Ryan Work met Rauhofer in 2008 and since then has worked with him quite a bit. He said Rauhofer inspired him to get into the management and promotion business. When he heard the news of Rauhofer’s brain tumor, he told SFGN he was simply “devastated.”
“The man had such an impact in my life,” Work said. “He gave me the desire to be a promoter.”
Work said the drive Rauhofer, who has played many South Florida venues including the Manor in Wilton Manors, transmitted to him on and off the dance floor is what led Work to get closer to people in the industry, eventually leading the way for Work to promote his own events.
“I decided to set out and manage DJ’s,” Work said. “He directly and indirectly in a lot of ways really changed my life.”
Work calls Rauhofer’s illness a huge blow for all the people inside of music, but wishes his friend a fast and full recovery.
“Many of our most magical memories happened on his dance floor,” Work said. “There is only one and will always only be one Peter Rauhofer. We are all praying for you.”
Paraguay Presidential Candidate: ‘I’ll Shoot My Testicles Off’ If His Son Were Gay
The frontrunner in the upcoming elections for the new president of Paraguay is causing a stir by making outrageous comments about gay marriage and homosexuals, according to the Huffington Post.
In a radio interview, Horacio Cartes is said to have referred to gay people as monkeys and said he would inflict bodily harm if his son were to ever marry another man, The New York Times reported.
“I would shoot myself in the testicles, because I do not agree,” Cartes said in the interview. Cartes also compared the support of same-sex marriage as believing in “the end of the world,” according to the Times.
Liberal Party member Efraín Alegre slammed Cartes’ comments even though he himself has not come out in support of marriage equality. The Times quoted Alegre as saying the issue is “something that needs to be discussed.”
The Paraguayan presidential elections are set to take place on April 21, 2013.
Students and Supporters Start Petition for Fired Lesbian Teacher
A Catholic high school in Columbus, Ohio is being accused of firing a lesbian teacher after it was revealed in her mother’s obituary that she was in a same-sex relationship.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Carla Hale says she was fired because an anonymous parent had written to Bishop Watterson High School saying they were “appalled that Hale had listed her female partner’s name in an obituary.”
Student and supporters of Hale have started a petition on Change.org asking for the reinstatement of the “beloved” Hale who has been teaching P.E. for nearly 20 years.
“She was a teacher who cared for her students and treated each one with respect,” the petition reads. “The diocese, however, did not reciprocate that respect in its treatment of her. It’s unfair that someone who cared so much about her students and her job should lose them on the basis of something she cannot even control.”
Hale told the Dispatch she has been overwhelmed by the love and support from her students and friends.
“It’s amazing that they’ve come together and rallied around this situation,” she said. “I’m in awe of them.”
The Dispatch wrote that according to a contract between the Columbus diocese and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators, teachers can be terminated for “immorality” or “serious unethical conduct.”
Two More Dead from Meningitis, Death Toll at Three
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced the deaths of Rjay Spoon and an unidentified student from San Diego State University, both 30 years old. The men died in December of last year. AHF has started offering free vaccinations in California in response to the outbreak and deaths.
Rjay Spoon’s partner, Casey Hayden, told reporters at that news conference doctors were confused by Spoon’s symptoms.
“We went to the hospital and the first thing they said it was a drug overdose,” Hayden said. “Then they said it was extremely advanced HIV, which was not the case. He was negative.”
A similar outbreak in New York has left seven gay men dead.
Louisiana State University Football Player Calls Gays ‘Sissies’
Louisiana State University senior running back Alfred Blue made anti-gay remarks to the school’s student newspaper The Reveille when asked about the possibilities of having a gay teammate.
“Football is supposed to be this violent sport – this aggressive sport that grown men are supposed to play,” Blue told Reveille writer Mike Gegenheimer. “Ain’t no little boys out here between them lines. So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. You know? Like, how you going to say you can do what we do and you want a man?”
While Blue may not think gay men have what it takes to make it on the gridiron, but not all of the Tigers share his sentiments.
“I feel like if the person is gay, he must still conduct himself in the manner of a football player, and if a person isn’t gay, he must still look at the person who views himself as gay, or says he is gay, as his teammate,” said sophomore lineman Trai Turner.
“College football is a business and you have to conduct yourself in a manner where you respect everyone you deal with.”
Junior kicker James Hariston said the issue of an out player is important and needs to be talked about in the forefront.
“I think the main thing is people can learn as fans, as athletes, as just people in general, just respect one another and it ends at that,” he said.