WATCH: CW33’s Gay Agenda

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In this week’s installment, Doug Magditch reports on Germany’s new third gender for birth certificates, a video of an anti-trans hate crime in Russia that went viral and the media firestorm surrounding San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s anti-gay comments.

Watch it below.

—  Anna Waugh

WATCH: CW33′s Gay Agenda

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In this week’s installment, a sports coat-sporting Doug Magditch reports on efforts to lift the U.S.’s ban on gay blood donors, the Princeton Review’s review of Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly schools, and, of course, Russia’s anti-gay crackdown and how it will affect the Winter Olympics and Sochi. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘The Gay Agenda’

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In this week’s Gay Agenda, CW33′s Doug Magditch discusses the Supreme Court’s upcoming decisions in two marriage equality cases, transgender New York City council candidate Mel Wymore, and 5-year-old Jayden Sink’s lemonade stand (above) across from Westboro Baptist Church. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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In this week’s installment, Doug Magditch — recently referred to as “a sexy Barbara Walters with bigger biceps” — discusses a Texas Senate committee’s historic vote to advance a pro-LGBT bill, the AIDS treatment that will soon be available for $10 a month in South Africa, and — while he’s on the subject of South Africa — the first traditional same-sex wedding in the country, shown above. We’re not sure whether it was the cold weather or he’s embarrassed, but Doug covered up his biceps this week. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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In this week’s Gay Agenda, CW33′s Doug Magditch (who’s sporting a new look) reports on the Boy Scouts’ decision to poll parents on its gay ban, an online test that shows how homophobic people are, and news that the Vatican owns a gay sauna. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33’s ‘Gay Agenda’

Picture 42In this week’s installment, CW33’s Doug Magditch highlights Texas’ “homosexual conduct” law that’s still on the books a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. The segment also mentions a drag queen who was asked to read at a daycare and then uninvited because his appearance was “inappropriate,” as well as the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Boston’s Emerson College that’s raising money for a trans brother’s surgery.

Watch it below.

—  Anna Waugh

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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Zeus Comics’ Richard Neal talks to CW33′s Doug Magditch about his decision not to carry the new Superman comic after DC Comics tapped anti-gay bigot Orson Scott Card to help write it.

In this week’s installment, CW33′s Doug Magditch talks about backlash against DC Comics for tapping an anti-gay bigot to help write the new Superman; the Associated Press’ reluctance to refer to married same-sex couples as “husband” or “wife”; and the furor over an anti-gay prom in Indiana. And as usual, don’t miss my cameo! Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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This week’s “Gay Agenda” focuses on the high rate of new HIV infections in the black community. The CW33’s Doug Magditch also points out the hundreds of out politicians across the nation, including the possibility of Dallas getting an out City Council member this year. And finally, as the image above shows, a new lingerie line is coming this spring for transgender women.

Watch it below.

—  Anna Waugh

WATCH: Mayor Mike Rawlings says ‘baloney,’ I say ‘malarkey’

When CW33′s Doug Magditch said he wanted to talk about Mayor Mike Rawlings and the city of Dallas’ “It Gets Better” video on this week’s “The Gay Agenda,” I was happy to oblige him.

That’s because I’m among those who feel pretty strongly that Rawlings recent appearance in the “It Gets Better” video is no substitute whatsoever for supporting the LGBT community in other ways — including signing a pledge in support of marriage equality and backing two pro-LGBT resolutions introduced by Councilman Scott Griggs.

In fact, Rawlings has said repeatedly since he refused to sign the Freedom to Marry pledge almost exactly one year ago that he wants to focus on substantive things he can do to support the LGBT community, not symbolic ones. But it doesn’t get much more symbolic than an “It Gets Better” video, which also ultimately sends a mixed message to LGBT youth.

LGBT youth commit suicide in part because they are constantly told by society that they are less than equal — including that they can’t get married. So when the mayor of Dallas refuses to sign a pledge in support of marriage equality, it reinforces that message — and thus the mixed one.

Don’t get me wrong: City leaders and especially gay employees deserve credit for the “It Gets Better” video, which is a powerful statement. But if Rawlings thinks he’s going to win over LGBT voters in 2015 by merely appearing in this video and at gay Pride, I think he’s sorely mistaken.

To make matters worse, a few days after the IGB video was released, Rawlings stood at a press conference and said pledges like the ones he’s been asked to sign on gun control and marriage equality are “baloney.” Really? Standing up for civil rights is baloney? I think that’s malarkey, which is what I told Magditch. And you can watch it below.

—  John Wright