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January 11, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Pastor quits Obama inauguration after anti-gay comments uncovered
    Rev. Louie Giglio withdrew from President Barack Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony a day after the blog ThinkProgress LGBT uncovered a sermon Giglio delivered in the mid-1990s in which he urged Christians to fight the normalization of homosexuality and endorsed conversion therapy for gays and lesbians. "Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration,” Giglio said in a statement. The selection of Giglio to deliver the benediction at the inaugural was reportedly made by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, but White House officials became involved Wednesday, reportedly urging PIC to fix the problem, according to the New York Times. ABC News/The Note blog (1/10), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10), (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fewer Americans believe homosexuality is sinful, survey finds: A poll taken in November found that 37% of Americans believe homosexual activity is a sin, a drop from the previous November when 44% said the same, according to Southern Baptist-affiliated LifeWay Research. USA Today (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Marine Corps tells spouses clubs to admit gay members
    A legal advisory issued by the Marine Corps this week states that private spouses clubs operating on bases must admit the spouses of gay and lesbian Marines in order to comply with the Corps’ rules against discrimination based on sex. The move comes after a club denied admission to the same-sex spouse of an Army officer at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, garnering national attention. “We do not want a story like this developing in our backyard,” the Marine Corps legal memo said. ABC News/The Associated Press (1/10), CNN/This Just In blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Openly gay Colo. House Speaker gavels in 2013 session
    Newly elected Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, a Democrat, this week told colleagues he will work to pass a civil unions bill during this legislative session. "We must acknowledge that all committed couples deserve equal protection under the law, forever end Colorado's 'hate state' nickname, and, with bipartisan cooperation, pass civil unions this year," Ferrandino said. The Denver Post (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership Spotlight 
  • DOMA plaintiff's day in court follows a life of love
    Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act will be heard by the Supreme Court, recounts her decades-long relationship with Thea Spyer in this profile. "It was a glorious life. She was a spectacular woman," Windsor says of her spouse, who died in 2009. Windsor and Spyer met in a restaurant in New York City in 1963, when early LGBT activists wore suits and dresses at demonstrations. BuzzFeed (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Beyond Politics 
  • Younger "gender outlaws" upend notions of an LGBT community
    The relatively short acronym “LGBT” is being rejected by a younger generation of activists who view gender and sexuality as too fluid and imprecise to be captured by just four letters representing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. "When you see terms like L.G.B.T.Q.I.A., it’s because people are seeing all the things that fall out of the binary, and demanding that a name come into being," said Jack Halberstam, a transgender professor at the University of Southern California, speaking about an increasingly popular acronym used at some universities. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocate names "Gayest Cities in America"
    The Advocate’s newest ranking of America’s gayest cities includes traditional criteria such as the number of LGBT elected officials and the existence of transgender protections, but also looks at other data points, such as the number of concerts performed by the band Scissor Sisters since 2009. The Advocate (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Mix 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior Campaign Officer, Nothing But NetsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Officer, Online Communications, Better World CampaignUnited Nations Foundation.Washington, DC
Global Health Advocacy Manager, Better World CampaignUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Executive DirectorLGBT Center of the DesertPalm Springs, CA
Executive DirectorRuth Ellis CenterHighland Park, MI
Foundation Relations CoordinatorLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Donor Services and Finance SpecialistLA Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Deputy Director, mHealth AllianceUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Program DirectorThe Trevor ProjectLos Angeles, CA
Senior Development ManagerOut & Equal Workplace AdvocatesSan Francisco, CA
Director of DevelopmentEquality NCRaleigh, NC
Executive DirectorSouthwest Center for HIV/AIDSPhoenix, AZ
Vice President for DevelopmentHispanic FederationNew York, NY
Communications DirectorGarden State EqualityMontclair, NJ
Director of Latino ProgrammingFreedom To MarryWashington, DC
Senior Grassroots Officer, Nothing But NetsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Executive DirectorFairness West Virginia & Fairness West Virginia InstituteCharleston, WV
mHealth Alliance Consulting Project: Senior Project DirectorUnited Nations FoundationEastern or Southern Africa, International
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We never danced together that we weren’t at some point yelling, 'I love you. God, I love you!'"
--Edith Windsor, plaintiff in a case on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, speaking about her decades-long relationship with her late wife, Thea Spyer, as quoted by BuzzFeed

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