A big year for LGBT candidates | Milestone reached as all 50 states now boast out elected officials: | Penn. to get first openly gay state legislator:
April 27, 2012
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Who?s got power?
Out magazine has published its annual ?Power List.? The magazine acknowledges new tools can amplify any individual?s voice, but adds, ?a few exemplary individuals manage to influence the way others live ... and affect cultural and social attitudes.? Chris Hughes, the publisher and editor of The New Republic, is a new addition to the list. Others on it include CNN anchor Don Lemon, actress Jane Lynch, incoming HRC president Chad Griffin, and Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe. Out (4/26)
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A big year for LGBT candidates
With numerous out candidates seeking seats in Congress, as well as local and state offices, 2012 is shaping up to be a banner year for LGBT Americans in politics, according to this article. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who could become the first openly gay U.S. senator if she wins her race this year, said being honest about yourself is important in politics. ?If you?re not in a room, the conversation is about you. If you?re in the room, the conversation is with you,? Baldwin said. The Daily Beast (4/26)
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Milestone reached as all 50 states now boast out elected officials:
For the first time in history, the Victory Fund can identify at least one openly LGBT elected official in all 50 states in the U.S., according to Chuck Wolfe, the group?s CEO. ?For almost 10 years we?ve had a driving goal of eliminating the concept that a state hadn?t yet elected an out person,? Wolfe said. Among those to come out recently with the help of Victory is South Dakota State Sen. Angie Buhl, who took advantage of the group?s guidance and coaching. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (4/26)
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Penn. to get first openly gay state legislator:
Brian Sims, an attorney and civil rights activist, triumphed over a longtime incumbent Pennsylvania state representative in a Democratic primary this week, meaning Sims will become the state?s first openly gay state lawmaker. Equality Pennsylvania hailed the historic moment as ?long overdue.? ?LGBT Pennsylvanians will finally have a voice in their state Legislature,? said Chuck Wolfe of the Victory Fund, which backed Sims? campaign. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (4/26), Towleroad (4/25)
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Violence Against Women Act passes Senate with LGBT protections
Advocates yesterday praised the Senate for including LGBT-specific protections in a bill that would reauthorize programs aimed at reducing domestic violence. "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not immune from this violence, and their distress should not be further heightened by a lack of proper response from service providers or law enforcement," said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. A version of the bill in the House is not expected to include the LGBT language. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (4/27), Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (4/26), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (4/26)
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Colorado Senate passes civil unions bill
The Colorado Senate yesterday passed a bill establishing civil unions for same-sex couples, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the state House, where a similar one was defeated last year. The legislation, sponsored by openly gay Democratic state Sen. Pat Steadman, was denounced by some of Steadman's colleagues who cited Bible verses on the floor of the Senate. The Denver Post (4/27)
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Boy Scouts oust lesbian leader
A lesbian mom who helped lead a local Boy Scouts pack in Ohio has been kicked out of the organization because of her sexual orientation, even though other parents had long known she is a lesbian. A Supreme Court ruling in 2000 upheld the rights of The Boy Scouts of America to bar gays and atheists. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (4/26)
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Poll finds U.S. warming to marriage rights for same-sex couples
More Americans support marriage rights for gays and lesbians than oppose them, according to a Pew Research Center Poll, which found 47% of respondents supportive, and 43% opposed. The percentage of Americans who say they strongly support marriage equality has risen nearly threefold in the past eight years. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Politics Now (4/26)
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Leadership Spotlight
Advocate names "Forty Under 40" making a difference
Who?s shaking things up, making their mark and still enjoying their youth? Advocate magazine?s list of 40 leaders under age 40 in politics, media, sports and science includes: GLSEN staffer Andy Marra; John Campbell, the 24-year-old who was elected treasurer in Harrisburg, Pa.; and Mike Halterman, founder of Out on the Town magazine, which serves an LGBT readership across the South. Advocate.com (4/24)
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Beyond Politics
Marine says "yes" to on-base marriage proposal
A Navy veteran asked his Marine boyfriend to marry him moments after the Marine arrived at Camp Pendleton in California after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. San Diego LGBT Weekly captured the moment, believed to be the first on-base marriage proposal involving a same-sex couple. San Diego LGBT Weekly (4/26)
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Media Mix
Hulu gets LGBT channel
LGBT television programming from the here! network will get its own channel on online steaming service Hulu. "Everybody has their own preferred method of watching shows and with the launch of our Hulu channel we've got one more place where people can find and view our series, specials and movies," said Josh Rosenzweig, here! TV?s senior vice president of original programming and development. Gay.net (4/26)
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I was blown away. I was shocked that after all we?d been through, he would honestly want to spend the rest of his life with someone like me."
-- Avarice Guerrero, a U.S. Marine whose boyfriend proposed to him at Camp Pendelton in California upon his return from Afghanistan, as quoted by San Diego LGBT Weekly.
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