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The Gayest TV Networks Are …
The Lesbian and Gay Alliance Against Defamation has released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, a study that tracks LGBT inclusiveness on television networks. The gayest network this year is the CW, with 29 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive. “Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. ”Storylines of families like Mitchell and Cameron on ‘Modern Family‘ and young people like Emily on ‘Pretty Little Liars‘ are not only growing acceptance of our community, but have found praise from viewers and critics alike at a time when visibility and acceptance of LGBT people is at an all-time high.” On the other hand, CBS came in last, with eight percent of its prime-time programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.
Anti-Gay Arizona Governor’s Verbal Slip Up
Anti-gay, anti-immigration Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she got distracted by the “noise and chaos of the crowd” when she publicly endorsed Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Brewer made the verbal slip-up while speaking to MSNBC. “I know that if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope that he is, that he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution,” she said. “I believe he will secure our borders and therefore we can resolve all those other issues, it’s a simple matter.” Once she realized her mistake (or maybe not?) Brewer’s office released a statement to ABC15 last night saying it was accidental. “Governor Brewer misspoke, obviously, and certainly isn’t the first official to have done so amid the noise and chaos of a crowded convention hall or rally. It happens – even to newscasters and TV pros. Regardless, given the Governor’s record of challenging President Obama, it’s a stretch to think anyone would believe she’s supporting his re-election. The Governor stands with Mitt Romney,” the statement said.
Gang Member Robs Trans Brothel
A California gang member that robbed and assaulted seven prostitutes at a transgender brothel failed to appear for jury trial on Aug. 27. A $1 million warrant was issued on Cesar Vale, 22, who faces a life term in prison if convicted of robbery, burglary and other charges, The Orange County Register reports. In 2010, Santa Ana police were dispatched to an apartment where they found “seven men dressed as women” with “several mattresses on the floor,” according to Deputy District Attorney Erik Petersen. One of the men admitted the apartment was a transgender brothel and said three gang members stormed in, demanding a $60 “tax” per prostitute. “If you don’t pay … we will come back and kill you,” one of the men said, according to a transcript of a prior hearing. But the thugs later came back, assaulted one of the prostitutes, stole a laptop and a cell phone from a table and fled in a white sedan before police arrived, according to the transcript. Valle and the others were arrested three days later. He was then freed on a $100,000 bail, but failed to show up to court.
Gay Couple Sues Airline After Dildo Prank
United Airlines employees removed a purple dildo from a gay couple’s luggage bag, taped the sex toy on top of it, and sent it down the baggage carousel, according to a lawsuit filed by the couple and posted on The Bilerico Project website. The Virginia couple was coming back from vacation in Costa Rica and had a layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, where the incident took place. “Plaintiffs experienced extreme shock and horror when they observed the above described bag and when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area,” the lawsuit reads. They are now suing for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and negligence.” Both compensatory damages and exemplary damages are being sought.
Preacher Blamed Hurricane Isaac on Gays
Author and online chaplain John McTernan wrote on his website, Defend and Proclaim The Faith, that Hurricane Isaac was the final warning for gays to rectify their ways, as first reported by Gay Star News. “The church, city and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005,” he wrote, adding that the fact two hurricanes are striking New Orleans seven years apart is “biblically important” as God created the universe in seven days. “New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city.It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness.” Southern Decadence was a gay event planned for Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Gay Marriage to be Legal in France by 2013
France is set join the list of countries where gay people can marry. The French government will introduce a bill in October of this year that would legalize gay marriage by next year, according to LGBTQ Nation. “In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Aug. 25, in an public address. “It would also allow them to form families and adopt children. Since 2001, eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden) allow gay marriages. Some parts of some parts of Mexico and the U.S. have also legalized it. LGBTQ Nation writes that several polls indicate a majority of French people approve same-sex marriage; support for adoption by gay couples is also positive but by a narrower margin.
Charlie Crist Set to Speak at Democratic Convention
Florida’s former GOP Governor then turned independent Charlie Crist has recently announced his endorsement of president Obama for the 2012 elections. “An element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people,” wrote Crist in an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times last Sunday. “The truth is that the [Republican] party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.” And he goes on: “President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes,” Crist wrote. “That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.”
Record-Breaking Number of Gays Expected at DNC
More gays are out of the closet and on the campaign trail than ever before. According to the National Stonewall Democrats, a record-breaking 534 LGBT participants will be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina next week. The number shows a positive difference compared to 2008, when the group identified 350 LGBT participants in Denver. “We not only set a new record for LGBT participation in a national convention, we have sent the clearest message possible that the Democratic Party is the party of inclusion,” said Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, in a statement. The Democratic LGBT activists credit the increase in gay participants to various programs within the Democratic Party to increase the role of LGBT community members in politics. “You cannot overstate the critical role presidential campaigns play in working with state parties and Democratic leaders to meet the demographic goals set by state parties,” said Rick Boylan, director of Pride in the Party, one of the programs for LGBT inclusion. “The Obama campaign understands that the LGBT community is a key constituency in the 2012 election. Their support for the community and the issues important to LGBT Americans will help reelect the president and elect Democrats down the ballot in all states.”
Anti-Gay Group Slams 49ers for ‘It Gets Better’ Video
Larry Jacobs, vice president of conservative group World Congress of Families, told Christian news outlet OneNewsNow he’s against the “It Gets Better” campaign because it only focuses on gay bullying. “The problem with the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign is that it, again, is special rights — singling out a particular group that is no more harmed than any other groups, and really singling them out for special attention and special rights, special things that should also be shared with lots of other people that are being bullied,” he told OneNewsNow. “It really is, again, another example of money and resources being given to a special class, a group of people, and discriminating against many others who are being bullied.” Jacobs said the football team is caving to political correctness by supporting a gay rights campaign.
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