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– Protesters with red umbrellas interrupted a Congressional panel at the International AIDS Conference yesterday, demanding that U.S. AIDS relief not discriminate against drug users and sex workers, who are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection.
– DREAM activists are blending the LGBT “coming out” philosophy as they walk across the country to raise awareness about comprehensive immigration reform.
– Astronaut Sally Ride gave her blessing to family members to out her posthumously.
– Meet Karen Gautney, who hopes to be the first lesbian elected to the Virginia General Assembly.
– The Salvation Army apparently fired a woman only because she is bisexual.
– The mayor of Valdosta, Georgia refused to sign a proclamation commemorating South Georgia Pride Day because he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage or the LGBT “lifestyle.”
– An Alabama Episcopal Bishop who voted to support same-sex unions in the Church has now banned priests in his diocese from blessing them.
– The head of Miami-Dade County Public Schools is trying to evict a Southern Baptist Church that openly promotes ex-gay therapy and compares gay people to pedophiles.
– New Zealand lawmakers will debate a same-sex marriage bill today.
– Ann Romney will have competition from gay dressage rider Edward Gal.