Iowa Man Arrested For Sending Threatening Letter To Gay Bar
An Iowa man was arrested last week after admitting to sending a threatening letter to a Des Moines gay bar which included a substance he claimed to be anthrax. The Des Moines Register reports police took Eric Reece Wiethorn, 49, into custody for sending a hate filled letter to the Blazing Saddle Bar. The white powdery substance that Wiethorn claimed was anthrax was actually Gold Bond, police told the newspaper. The Blazing Saddle Bar is one of the oldest gay bars in Iowa, owner Robert Eikleberry stated, and “the biggest target in town.”
Obama Calls For End To Youth Conversion Therapy Programs
U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. The decision comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the tragic suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn. In a statement, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said, “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically or ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”
Log Cabin Republicans Slam Clinton
In a press release coming on the heels of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will campaign for the U.S. Presidency in 2016, the gay political organization, Log Cabin Republicans immediately questioned Clinton’s credentials. “The gay left may be willing to make assumptions about Mrs. Clinton’s support for the LGBT community, but Log Cabin Republicans will not,” said Gregory T. Angelo, LCR Executive Director. Among questions LCR wants answered deal with Clinton’s positions on the repeal of the Death Tax, engagement with foreign nations hostile to the gay community, and her attitude towards “states rights” in regard to same-sex marriage.