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March 5, 2013
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  • Nobel Peace Prize winner condemns LGBT elected officials
    Former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa last week lashed out at openly LGBT elected officials, saying they deserve to be separated from the rest of the national parliament "behind a wall." "They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things," Walesa said during a television interview. Parliamentary leaders responded by temporarily moving two openly gay and transgender members to the front row, a position of honor. The Victory Fund’s Chuck Wolfe called the comments, "as sad as they are outrageous," given Walesa’s history as a champion for democracy. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (3/3), ABC News/The Associated Press (3/4), (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Could the GOP dump its anti-gay wing?
    W. James Antle III examines the growing movement within the Republican Party to reverse its anti-gay stance on marriage. A chorus of conservative support for marriage equality has emerged as federal cases wind their way to the Supreme Court, but marriage opponents warn that offending social conservatives over the issue would be akin to "severing a limb" from the GOP. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supreme Court could adopt "8-state solution" for marriage
    The public's rapidly growing acceptance of marriage equality could influence the Supreme Court’s decisions in two pending cases, according to this analysis. Some say the court could overturn California’s Proposition 8 in a way that also would strike down marriage bans in seven other states. Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island offer same-sex couples most of the rights afforded married couples, but don't allow them to legally marry, a status the court could find unconstitutional. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools wrestle with accommodating trans children
    A lawsuit over a 6-year-old child's bathroom use at a Colorado school is part of an emerging national discussion about how to accommodate transgender children, including whether to allow them to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. School officials offered to let the child, who identifies as a girl, use a separate bathroom, but the child's parents have rejected the offer, saying it would stigmatize her. Openly gay California lawmaker Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has proposed legislation that would guarantee trans students the right to use restrooms or participate on sports teams that correspond with the gender with which they identify. CNN (3/1), The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NFL will have to decide to do the right thing about gay players
    Mike Florio writes that the National Football League will have no incentive other than doing the right thing when it comes to making the organization safe for openly gay players. Pressure is unlikely to come from lawsuits, fans or players who suspect discrimination. "The pool of potential plaintiffs consists not of people walking off the street and filling out an application but only of a relatively small group of individuals who already have worked their way through the lower levels of a similar locker-room mentality," Florio writes. NBC News/Pro Football Talk (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Senate confirms out lesbian to federal bench
    The Senate this week voted to confirm Pamela Ki Mai Chen as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is the fourth openly LGBT federal judge to be confirmed during the Obama administration. Four other out judicial nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Media Mix 
  • Gay Eagle Scout petitions National Geographic over new show
    Openly gay Eagle Scout Will Oliver delivered 120,000 petition signatures this week to the offices of National Geographic, which is debuting the show "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?" on its cable network. Oliver wants National Geographic to inform viewers that it does not share the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies. Meanwhile, the band Train has cancelled an appearance at the annual Boy Scouts National Jamboree this summer, citing BSA's ban on gay scouts. Towleroad (3/4), BuzzFeed (3/4), ABC News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It was the statement of a troglodyte."
--Jerzy Wenderlich, a deputy speaker of the Polish Parliament, speaking about anti-gay comments made by former Polish President Lech Walesa, as quoted by the Associated Press.

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