It's not just females protesting the war on women... Here's Dallas Voice staffer Chance Browning (no relation) and a friend at a recent Planned Parenthood rally in Texas. Other than the fact that not all gay men are scared "straight" of vaginas, what else do you need to know? How about this:
- Newly released internal NOM documents clearly show that the organization is using race-baiting in an attempt to cause discord between the African-American and Latino communities and LGBT people. The records are part of the group's investigation by the state of Maine for campaign finance violations. From page 13: "The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key Democratic constituencies."
- Speaking of hate groups, the South Bend, Indiana chapter of Citizens for Community Values was handed an overwhelming defeat last night when the city passed a sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive human rights ordinance. CCV is affiliated with all three of the big religious hate groups - Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the American Family Association - and had successfully stymied the ordinance a few times previously.
- At the opposite end of the state, Evansville, Indiana should pass an inclusive human rights ordinance in early April. When the two ordinances are official, all of the state's major cities will have protections for LGBT people, but the state government still lags behind. A statewide nondiscrimination bill has never even had a committee hearing in the legislature.
- Turkey allows gay people to opt of military service if they can "prove" they're gay. The list of things that will show you're queer without a shadow of a doubt reads like an old comedian's joke book.
- Have you donated to the moneybomb for North Carolina's amendment battle? So far our side has raised over $1 million, but it'll take $3 million to wage an all-out campaign.
- The movie "Bully" will now be released as "unrated" instead of "R" thanks to the half a million people who raised hell with the MPAA's rating board.
- Happy 3rd birthday to Grindr. The popular hook up app is obviously too old now to use it's own service. Best line from the press release? "56% of respondents have made one to five new friends using Grindr." I'll bet they have...
- And, finally, going back to the Dallas Voice, they have a roundup of the best answers from the Q&A session with Mayor Annise Parker that I led this weekend.