Alex Blaze

Friday Update

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 20, 2007 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Weekly Reader
Tags: Aruba, Blue Diamond Society, Brigham Young University, Cameroon, Chinese gays and lesbians, employment discrimination, Equality Ride, hate crimes against LGBT people, HIV/AIDS, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Largo, Madison, marriage, marriage amendment, Oregon, Phoenix, Soulforce, Steven Stanton, Ted Haggard, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Also this past week:

  • Ted Haggard's moving to Pheonix! I know why: the boys are so much hotter in Phoenix, and they wear so much less. (Denver Post)

  • Cameroon is going to start providing free HIV/AIDS treatment to its citizens, but the Health Minister is a bit sketchy on the details. (International Herald-Tribune)

  • The Oregon Senate just passed a housing/employment/public accomodations civil rights bill that protects hets, but also gays, bis, and transes. Now how will respectable landlords keep dem straights off their property! (The Oregonian)

  • Three teens were just charged with hate crimes in Tennessee for, among other things, spray-painting "Fags deserve to die" on a gay man's house. Could someone who's against hate crimes legislation please explain to me how this is the same thing as spray-painting a smiley face? (The Tennesseean)

  • The mayor of Madison and half the city council protested their new marriage amendment at their swearing-in ceremony. It sounds a lot like SJR-7, which means Indiana out-toleranced Wisconsin. (365gay)

  • Nepal's only LGBT group won the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Felipa de Souza Award for being "one of the most effective human rights groups in the world." (Blue Diamond Society)

  • Another victory for the Equality Riders: they got Brigham Young University's honor code to stop saying that "any behaviors that indicate homosexual conduct, including those not sexual in nature," are prohibited and move on to a DADT-style policy. (Soulforce)

  • China opened up its first AIDS clinic aimed at gay men. (

  • Aruba will be the first Caribbean nation to recognize same-sex marriage. (Caribbean Net News)

  • Proving how hard it is to fight employment discrimination, Steven Stanton won't sue the city of Largo for firing him. (Saint Petersburg Times)

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