This week marks one year since we learned of the suicide deaths of several teenagers as a result of anti-gay bullying. One of them was 13-year-old Asher Brown from the Houston area, who took his own life a year ago today. His parents have recorded a video calling for a moment of silence this evening at 8 p.m. Central Time this evening to remember all young people who have experienced bullying.
The White House will appoint Gautam Raghavan as the new full-time LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, filling the role once held by Brian Bond. Raghavan is currently the deputy White House liaison at the Department of Defense and he helped manage the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Chaz Bono and his dance partner Lacey Schwimmer appeared onThe Talk to discuss their premiere on Dancing With The Stars. Bono explained that they haven’t paid much attention to critics, but “the positive response we’ve gotten because of what the critics started has been so overwhelming that that’s been really inspirational.”
Last night, Stephen Hill, who is serving in the Army in Iraq, had the courage to come out as gay to a national audience and ask the Republican presidential candidates about how they’d handle troops like him. The audienceresponded to his question with boos, and Rick Santorum said he’s reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (a promise he doubled down on later in the evening).
BLOGGERS OUT 10 HOMOPHOBIC ITALIAN POLITICIANS AS GAY | Truth Wins Out points out that bloggers in Italy have published a list of 10 politicians who they allege are “gay, but homophobic.” As has been the case for such outings in the U.S., the LGBT community is divided over the tactic, but the bloggers have defended it as an effort to “bring a little justice” in a country where gay people have “no defense” against daily attacks and insults by “political hypocrites.” That accusing individuals of being gay is seen as such an attack speaks to how toxic the environment must be.
Facebook Law Limiting Missouri Teachers Friending Students Repealed, Goes To Governor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to repeal part of a contentious new law that had prohibited teachers from chatting privately with students over Internet sites such as Facebook. If the repeal is signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, school districts instead would have to develop their own policies on the use of electronic media between employees and students.
PETA loves to poke its nose into every celebrity’s business (most recently, Rihanna). But now the animal rights group has aimed its targets on the royals.
Multiple news sources report that PETA disapproves of Prince William’s birthday present of 250 pheasants, ducks and partridges to his younger brother Prince Harry. The game birds are intended for a shoot at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate to celebrate the prince’s 27th birthday, in keeping with a centuries-long British cultural tradition of hunting.