LGBT News Roundup: 07.30.12

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Ugandan gay activist stresses LGBT equality key to fighting HIV/AIDS

Does the fight for LGBT rights directly impact efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, especially in places like sub-Saharan Africa?

Dick Cheney Stayed Mum On Supporting LGBT Rights To Get George W. Bush Elected

In case you were wondering why former Vice President Dick Cheney remained silent on marriage equality (which he came out in support of in 2009) during a time when the LGBT community needed his support most, you’ve now got your answer: votes. 

Michigan LGBT leaders start 100-day hunger strike to raise awareness

To educate their “straight allies about the extreme anti-equality environment” in Michigan, members and leaders of Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are joining forces for a 100-day hunger strike in demonstration for the promotion and protection of equal rights. 

Anti gay marriage website shut down

A website dedicated to opposing gay marriage has been removed from the internet the day it was launched after it was the target of one of the “largest unprecedented attacks” on a website in New Zealand.

Bishop Names New Archbishop for S.F.

Pope Benedict XVI lays down the gauntlet with his pick for San Francisco’s archbishop: Salvatore Cordileone, the current Roman Catholic bishop of Oakland and one of the masterminds of California’s insidious and resilient Prop. 8, was named archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI.

Colorado Bakery Won’t Make Wedding Cakes for Gay Couples

Masterpiece Bakery and its owner Jack Phillips in Lakewood, CO (just west of Denver) are engulfed in a storm of controversy after Phillips told a gay couple picking out their wedding cake he wouldn’t make one for them because he doesn’t support gay marriage.

After 27 years, wife tells him: I’m gay

Halfway through their 28th year of marriage, Steve’s wife, Loren, announced she was gay.

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012: films from around the world

The Carolina Theatre presents the 17th Annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) as they continue their tradition to showcase films produced in United States and from around the world like Canada, Australia, UK, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Iran. 

Pastor leaves pulpit, telling congregation he’s gay

On Aug. 1, Ellison will start his new job as executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a nonprofit advocacy group devoted to the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members of the denomination.

Europe sends gays seeking asylum back home and back to the closet

As gays and lesbians facing repression at home have come knocking on European doors, pleading for asylum, they have often been assured they will be safe — if they stay home and stay in the closet.

Picture: Sarah Palin Gives Thumbs Up to Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A

Sarah Palin and her husband Todd joined conservatives, including Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and the Rev. Billy Graham, in supporting Chick-fil-A.

Vietnam may open the door for gay marriage, equal rights

Vietnam’s Communist government is considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register and receive rights — positioning the country to be the first in Asia to do so.

Zombies take on Westboro anti-LGBT protesters near Seattle

Counter-demonstrators dressed as zombies outnumbered protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church at a military base near DuPont, Washington over the weekend.

Gays, Gods and Boy Scouts

Prejudice, n. a vagrant opinion without visible means of support. — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Target Insists It’s Neutral On Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban

Despite stocking a line of wedding cards for gay couples and using a gay male couple in a wedding registry ad, Minnesota-based retailer Target has denied that it is taking sides on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution which would define marriage as a heterosexual union.

Chick-fil-A store owners seek distance from gay marriage debate

Some owners of Chick-fil-A restaurants are trying to distance themselves from the national debate over gay marriage sparked by the fast-food chain’s chief executive.

Prominent Antigay Evangelical Blogger Outed as Gay

Jonathan Merritt, the son of famous evangelist James Merritt, has become a prominent evangelical blogger—and is, reportedly, a deeply conflicted gay man.

Kirk Cameron: Why He Won’t Meet With LGBT Teens

Kirk Cameron has declined an invitation to meet with LGBT teenagers, suggesting they “listen online to the interviews and comments” where the actor has communicated his “heart and thoughts.”

 

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