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March 8, 2013
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  • Gay man elected to Chattanooga, Tenn., City Council
    Chris Anderson has become the first openly LGBT elected official in Chattanooga, Tenn., having won a seat on the City Council this week. "This is ... a huge victory for the LGBT community in southeast Tennessee, who finally have an authentic voice for equality in government," said Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe. LGBTQ Nation (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Out candidates advance in L.A.: Mike Bonin, an openly gay man, won election to the Los Angeles City Council this week, and Ron Galperin, also gay, made it to a runoff election in the citywide race for controller. Towleroad (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama signs LGBT-inclusive anti-violence law
    President Barack Obama this week signed legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and for the first time the law includes explicit protections for LGBT Americans. "Today is about all the Americans who face discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity when they seek help," Obama said at a signing ceremony. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said the new law provides tools for LGBT victims of violence to get the help they need. "This is a great day for America," Carey said. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mexico's Supreme Court rules anti-gay words are hate speech
    Two commonly used words that roughly translate to "faggot" are hate speech and not protected by constitutional freedoms of expression, Mexico's top court has ruled. "Even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can't validate the violations of basic right," the court said of the words "punal" and "maricones." Advocates praised the ruling, but some said it would have little effect outside the media and public forums. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Does your school or workplace provide gender-neutral restrooms?
    No  69.53%
    Yes  25.94%
    I'm not sure  4.53%
  • Bill Clinton: DOMA is unconstitutional
    Former President Bill Clinton writes that the law he signed 17 years ago banning federal recognition of same-sex married couples violates the U.S. Constitution. "On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles," Clinton writes. The Washington Post (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPAC missteps include gay group’s exclusion
    The Conservative Political Action Conference, long a gathering of the right's brightest lights, is in danger of becoming irrelevant in part because of its refusal to welcome gay conservative groups such as GOProud, Jennifer Rubin writes. "An older generation, tone deaf and out of step with popular sensibilities, needs to hang it up," argues Rubin, adding that a younger generation of libertarian-minded conservatives could make the movement "cool." The Washington Post/Right Turn blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Growing Latino political clout driven by gay fundraiser
    Henry R. Muñoz III, the openly gay finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is also one of the founders of the Futuro Fund, formed to raise money in the Latino community for the re-election of President Barack Obama. "Politics really understands a couple of things -- votes and dollars. My father always used to tell me, 'No peso, no say-so,'" said Muñoz, who says he modeled Futuro after the Victory Fund. Futuro raised $32 million in 2012, giving the Latino community a new voice in issues such as immigration reform. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Mix 
  • Mainstream ads increasingly feature gays, lesbians
    Advertisers are seemingly less afraid to feature gays and lesbians and their families in advertising for everything from technology to housewares. "For the gay consumer and their families and friends, and lots and lots and lots of Americans, they expect to see those couples appear everywhere, but they don't want them trotted out with a pride flag," said Bob Witeck, a consultant on LGBT marketing for Fortune 500 companies. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Membership ManagerNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force FoundationNew York, NY
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Director of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives ConfidentialSan Francisco, CA
Chief Financial OfficerL.A. Gay & Lesbian CenterLos Angeles, CA
Senior Staff or Staff AttorneyLambda LegalDallas, TX
Executive AssistantCapital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of CommerceWashington, DC
Database CoordinatorFreedom to MarryNew York, NY
Associate Development DirectorFreedom To MarryNew York City, NY
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