Keynote speaker, dates change for TCU Southwestern LGBT Leadership Conference

Tyler Oakley

A few changes have been made to the 2012 Southwestern LGBT Leadership Conference at TCU’s campus this weekend.

The dates were originally March 1-3, but they have changed to Friday night registration and a kickoff at 7 p.m. Breakout sessions, a two-hour service project and the keynote address are now set for Saturday, March 3, conference Co-director Jamal King said.

The decision to change the dates was primarily for travel reasons, King said, as the conference will have an attendance from Kansas and Arizona colleges with the regional focus this year.

San Francisco YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley will give the keynote address instead of the Shane Windmeyer, founder of Campus Pride.

After Windmeyer was unable to attend, King said Oakley’s experience with the Trevor Project and his national impact with his YouTube channel made him an obvious choice.

Several LGBT organizations including PFLAG, Q Cinema and the AIDS Outreach Center are still expected to attend to discuss issues affecting the community.

Registration for the conference is $25, and people can register up until the day of the conference. The new fee is lower than the initial cost of $50 and $40 for early registration. King said those who registered before the fee reduction will receive a refund.

For more information, to register or download the conference schedule, visit the Southwestern Association of Gay-Straight Alliances website or the Facebook event page.

—  Anna Waugh

PHOTOS: John Grissom captures AWOL title

John Grissom, shown above, took home the title of AWOL Leatherman 2012 on Saturday night during AWOL III, Third Strike (A Weekend of Leather) at the Crowne Plaza Dallas.

The AWOL competition feeds Mr. Texas Leather.

The Leather Knights, who put on AWOL, also announced the dates for next year’s event, “AWOL IV – FLEET WEEK,” which will run Oct. 12 through 14, 2012.

This year’s AWOL benefited the SSC Fund, a nonprofit that raises funds to provide hearing aids and sign interpreters for hearing-impaired and/or deaf individuals.

For a slideshow of photos from Saturday’s AWOL Leatherman contest, go here.

—  John Wright

Christine O’Donnell: ‘One of My First Dates with a Witch Was on a Satanic Altar’

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"There was a little blood there and stuff like that."

Delaware GOP Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's past continues to unspool. This clip, in which O'Donnell admits she "dabbled in witchcraft" was played by Bill Maher on his HBO show last night.

Mediate writes: "Maher used his first show of the season to remind O’Donnell that 'I made you,' and warn that he would release an old clip of her weekly until she came to Real Time. This week’s was of O’Donnell admitting to going on dates to Satanic altars! Maher seemed to remember her visits to the show fondly, sending her good wishes and predicting that she may be more successful than Sarah Palin because 'Sarah Palin is mean and Christine is not.'"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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—  John Wright