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January 22, 2013
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  • Gay poet followed by pro-gay priest at inauguration: Openly gay poet Richard Blanco mentioned Americans “arrayed like rainbows” in his official inaugural poem. He was followed by Washington, D.C., marriage equality champion the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, whose benediction prayer included a reference to gays. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lesbian and Gay Band Association marches in Inaugural Parade: About 240 musicians from 32 LGBT bands across the country marched past President Obama's reviewing stand at yesterday's inaugural parade. Towleroad (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Mystery group spending big to oppose Hagel nomination
    A group called "Use Your Mandate," formed by anonymous donors and organizers, has launched a campaign questioning the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become President Obama’s next secretary of Defense. The group said it intends to pressure Hagel to prove he is committed to equal rights for gay troops and their families. The Huffington Post (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Out U.S. troops with spouses feel "second-class"
    The U.S. offers special assistance to the spouses and families of its military personnel, but the spouses of gay and lesbian troops are largely barred from those programs because the federal government is precluded from recognizing same-sex marriages under the Defense of Marriage Act. The Pentagon said it is working to determine whether it can relax some of those regulations without Congressional action, but in the interim some out service members say the discrimination they experience can be humiliating. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. civil unions bill set for debate this week
    A Democratic takeover of the Colorado House last year makes it more likely state lawmakers will pass a civil unions bill soon, but that hasn't stopped some religious groups from protesting the measure. "Near as I can tell, there's no pleasing them, so I'm not even going to try," said openly gay Sen. Pat Steadman, a Democrat, referring to the Catholic Church. The Denver Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student asks Waco, Texas, to protect LGBT workers
    A straight Baylor University student is leading an effort to get the Waco City Council in Texas to adopt a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. The student said she initiated the effort after learning it is legal in Texas to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "We can’t change it in the state, but we can change it in our city. We can change it in our community," Susan Duty said. Dallas Voice (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Opinion 
  • Which of these LGBT advances do you most expect will happen in the second Obama administration?
    Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.  46.31%
    Passage of federal legislation banning LGBT discrimination in employment.  19.37%
    Immigration reform that recognizes same-sex couples.  15.82%
    Appointment of the first openly LGBT cabinet secretary.  10.26%
    None of the above.  8.25%
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Barney Frank predicts full LGBT equality within 10 years
    Former Congressman Barney Frank says redistricting in Massachusetts helped him decide not to run again for his former seat in the U.S. House, especially since he'd planned to retire soon anyway. Frank tells Metro Weekly's Justin Snow he thinks "we have broken the back of anti-LGBT prejudices," and predicts full equality for LGBT Americans within 10 years. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    A summary in Friday's edition concerning the death of Michael Triplett, president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, misidentified the cause of death. Triplett died from HPV-related oral cancer. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma and Stonewall."
--President Barack Obama, speaking at his inauguration, as quoted by CNN

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