News: Grinnell, Capleton, Poland, Tom Hardy, Space Shuttle

 road Organizing for America (OFA) planning major phonebank push for DADT on Thursday.

Kington  roadGrinnell, Iowa embraces college's new Black, gay President Raynard Kington.

 roadDavid Mixner: 'King of the faggots.': "This holiday I was walking on West 47th Street just off Times Square when two guys came walking toward me. My guess is that they were in their late 20's but maybe a little older. They were well-dressed and seemed clean-cut and, frankly, harmless. As they approached me, they spat at me"

 roadStreet fight: If there was ever doubt that crows are evil.

 roadIntrepid Air and Space museum in NYC still in the running for a retired space shuttle.

 roadObama wants two-year pay freeze for federal workers.

 roadSenator Mark Pryor (R-AR) speaks out against DADT repeal: "Pryor, who dodged my question entirely, now tells the Democrat-Gazette that he opposes repeal; that he thinks homosexuality is a sin and that he has reservations about housing gay troops with straight troops (as if this hasn't occurred forever). He's been fully indoctrinated by the Religious Right's false arguments — that military chaplains won't be able to continue to preach morally justifiable discrimination; that gays are just lying in wait to assault straight soldiers if only given the cover of open service."

 roadJared Leto music video banned in the U.S.

Map  roadMAP: "What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area?"

 roadMale model fix: Jared Koronkiewicz.

 roadMary Bonauto, lead attorney in GLAD DOMA case, to give lecture at Yale on Wednesday: on "Perry, Gill and the Right-Wing Challenges To Defeat Us." 

 roadJupiter's vanishing brown stripe returns.

 roadWatch: CBC's Documentary The Legacy of Brendan Burke.

 road Nigerian women protest gay church: "The women chanting war songs marched through villages in Umunze and particularly Lomu , location of the alleged gay church carrying leaves, sticks and palm fronds. The leader of the protesting women, Madam Agnes Mgboyibo said women in the community were against the activities of the church as according to her , the church is satanic and not from God."

 road Vancouverites be on the lookout for Tom Hardy.

Poland  roadPoland gets first openly gay elected official: "Gay activist and club owner Krystian Legierski was elected to the Warsaw City Council from the city’s Mokotow district in the Nov. 21 election."

 roadNicole La Porte at The Daily Beast talks to Steven Russell, the real-life con-man played by Jim Carrey in I Love you Phillip Morris: "art of what is so disarming about Russell is that he has never physically hurt anybody, in or out of prison, so he is not scary in a Jack the Ripper kind of way. All of his arrests, which began with insurance fraud back in 1992, stem from white-collar crimes, which generally involved Russell—who has an IQ of 163—outwitting the kind of person whom he would describe as a moron."

 roadA-Rod cooks his beef, not turkey, for Thanksgiving.

 roadMichael Lavers on his high school reunion: It indeed gets better.

 roadAnti-gay Reggae artist Capleton performs at Sacramento venue despite protests. Owner: "We've never censored anyone else; any other artist before. I don't see a reason to do so now. Never in the history of booking the shows have we censored anyone because of their lyrics and what not. So, we're sticking to our guns on this."


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LGBT Rights Demonstrations in Russia and Poland

Queer.de in Germany has video footage of gay rights demonstrations that took place in Russia and Poland over the weekend. You can view the footage at their site. Queer.de is a German-language site, so I will loosely summarize what they are reporting:

Russia saw its first ever legally-sanctioned gay rights demonstration on Saturday in St. Petersburg. About twenty people took part. The recently imprisoned and freed Nikolai Alekseev was among them. Approximately thirty counter-protesters hurled eggs and insults at the demonstrators before the police restrained them. The counter-protesters consisted mainly of right-wing extremists and Orthodox Christians.

In Poland, demonstrations took place in Warsaw and Posen. In Warsaw, the protest was directed toward securing relationship recognition for same-sex couples. Dozens took part. In Posen, 50-100 people joined what was called “The March for Equal Rights.” Counter-protesters appeared at the Posen march, and mostly consisted of nationalists and soccer hooligans.




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8,000 march in Poland’s gay Pride parade

VANESSA GERA  |  Associated Press Writer

WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Poland’s capital Saturday, July 17 to demand equal rights and more tolerance in this heavily Roman Catholic nation.

The parade, part of the EuroPride gay rights festival, is meant to give a boost to the fledgling gay rights movement in Poland. Gay rights were strongly repressed during the communist era, and gays and lesbians have struggled since communism fell 20 years ago for acceptance in a society still strongly influenced by the church.

“We feel like they are 20 years behind the Netherlands,” said Ad Bakker, a 39-year-old from Holland who traveled to Warsaw to show solidarity with Polish friends. “But the atmosphere is good and we hope that EuroPride will help.”

A Polish friend of his, Sebastian Blaszczyk, 36, said the situation in Poland “gets better and better every year,” but the country still has far to go in accepting gays.

An initial police estimate put the number of participants at 8,000.

At the head of the parade were women on motorcycles wearing vests that said “Dykes on Bikes.” They were followed by trucks carrying people dancing and waving to the beat of pop songs like the Village People’s hit :YMCA.” Demonstrators waved rainbow flags and banners — many in English — calling for a more tolerant society.

“It’s OK to be Gay,” said one banner. Another said: “We’re queer, we’re here and get over it.”

As the activists moved slowly through the city, they passed small, scattered groups of counter-protesters who jeered and heckled them. Police said they arrested eight people — some of whom threw eggs and one of whom attacked a police officer — for trying to disturb the march.

—  John Wright