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- A coalition of 70 organizations is calling on President Obama to endorse the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) as proof of his commitment to protecting LGBT youth from bullying.
- It’s been nine years since Lawrence v. Texas overturned sodomy laws as unconstitutional, but they’re still on the books in 14 states.
- HRC is petitioning Mitt Romney to fire his National Finance Chair, Frank VanderSloot, for being “one of the most ruthlessly anti-gay businessmen in the nation.”
- If you’re in or near North Carolina, consider attending a training about how to speak out against Amendment One.
- As the final hours of the legislative session approach, Indiana lawmakers are attempting another last-ditch effort to ban the license plates that support LGBT youth.
- Utah state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D) is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert (R) to veto HB363, which makes sex-ed classes optional, but bans all teaching about contraception, safe sex, and homosexuality.
- President Obama’s former nanny has been overwhelmed by recent media attention, but she hopes her story might “open people’s eyes” to transgender issues.
- Actor Colin Farrell is helping find anti-gay bullying in Ireland.
- Catholic leadership apparently does push polls on same-sex marriage in the UK just like it does in the U.S.
- The NFL’s bounty scandal includes former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ history of anti-gay language, including language like “You went in the wrong hole… We’re not running an AIDS convention here.”
- Country musician Chely Wright is helping open an LGBT community center in Kansas City, Missouri, this weekend.
- The Onion profiles seventh-grader and closeted homosexual Ben McElroy, who looks forward to the 30 minutes every day when he eats lunch on a staircase by himself:
McElroy, who has revealed his sexual orientation to no one but is unceasingly ridiculed by his peers for perceived feminine qualities in his voice, dress, and gait, confirmed that he enjoys his solitary meal on the staircase far more than the bus ride to school, the walk from the bus to homeroom, finding an unobtrusive seat in the back of every class and hoping he doesn’t get called on, receiving anonymous text messages from classmates telling him to kill himself, and every other moment of his day.[...]
McElroy, who sources reported has been called ”faggot” on 43 separate occasions in the past month, confirmed his favorite lunch spot is strategically located on the exact opposite end of the building from both the gymnasium and the hall most frequented by the school’s eighth-graders.