Bil Browning

This week's flotsam and jetsam

Filed By Bil Browning | September 03, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Weekly Reader
Tags: ACLU, America's Next Best Dance Crew, Ann Arbor, California Bar Association, employment discrimination, Jack Mackenroth, Kentucky, Lil Mama, Manchester Hyatt, Positive By Design

It's Thursday, so it's time for another roundup of tidbits from around the web that we didn't get the time to cover in depth.

  • After Lil Mama's offensive comments to a transgender competitor on "America's Best Dance Crew," the judge has offered up an apology: "My remarks were never meant to be disrespectful regarding Leiomy's gender nor offensive to the LGBT community, which has been a community that has supported me in all my endeavors. However, in hindsight, I recognize that my words may have come across as hurtful."
  • Jack Mackenroth, from the hit reality television series "Project Runway," launched a new online video series called "Living Positive By Design: Creating Positive Conversations" as part of his national HIV and AIDS education initiative.
  • A federal appeals court ruled Monday [PDF] that a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State challenging government funding of a religious group youth home in Kentucky can go forward.
  • The Michigan Democratic Party's LGBT and Allies Caucus plans to picket Busch's Incorporated on Saturday, September 12 to protest the grocery store's firing of an employee for being gay. Roark and his lawyer have notified the City of Ann Arbor's attorney in writing about the illegal firing. Ann Arbor is one of the few cities in Michigan that covers sexual orientation in the non-discrimination ordinances.
  • Local and LGBT bar associations in California will be protesting outside of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego. The hotel is owned by Doug Manchester, who gave $125,000 -- one of the largest single contributions -- to the campaign to pass Proposition 8; many of the Bar's members do not feel comfortable attending conference activities at the hotel. The State Bar of California is the mandatory membership organization of licensed attorneys in California.

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