Bil Browning

The Speedy Delivery Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed By Bil Browning | March 06, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Andy Humm, Anoka-Hennepin, David Brock, Donald M. Payne, Empire State Pride Agenda, Lawrence v Texas, Levi Ross, Media Matters, Richard Socarides

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  • New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne (D) has died after a battle with colon cancer. The 77 year old Representative was the first African-American to be elected to Congress from the Garden State.
  • A New York blog quotes Richard Socarides about working for LGBT rights from the inside: "There is always a healthy debate about how mainstream the movement should be and how much change we should be pushing for. It's always a good thing to have that, to have people who are more moderate and then people who are more aggressively pushing for full equality right away. That tension is not only helpful within the movement, it can often be helpful in terms of getting the government to move, because I think it often takes a good cop/bad cop approach."
  • Gay USA host Andy Humm strongly disagrees with Socarides in the same article: "Richard Socarides is a quisling, and I've said it to his face," says Humm. "He's part of that money crowd that thinks they control everything, and they treat activists like they're dirt under their fingernails." Touche.
  • The Empire State Pride Agenda has fired executive director Ross Levi. Levi has led the organization for 22 months. Board members were reportedly unhappy with his leadership on the recent marriage equality fight and his lackluster fundraising abilities. Another of the reasons cited was that Levi wanted to get the group involved in Washington politics while board members were more interested in passing gender identity protections in the state.
  • The Department of Justice, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Anoka-Hennepin School District have announced a settlement over claims the district engaged in gender and sexual orientation discrimination. The school district is located in Republican Representative Michelle Bachmann's congressional district and has been in the news for years for its extraordinarily high LGBT student suicide rate thanks to school policies written by the religious right. The district will immediately change the policies.
  • Take a look behind the scenes of the official story about Lawrence v Texas - the Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws nationwide.
  • A 24 year old Chilean man is in a coma after being brutally beaten because he's gay.
  • Media Matters head honcho David Brock has been going back and forth with his ex-partner, William Grey. Brock has accused Grey of attempted blackmail for threatening to go public with damaging information about Media Matters fundraising.

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