Sen. Scott Brown Reveals For The First Time: A Camp Counselor Molested Me As A Kid

What do Don Lemon, Will Lynch, and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown have in common? They all claim they were molested by people they trusted as kids. In Brown's case, it was a camp counselor — and he's revealing the sexual assault for the first time in his new memoir, relays the NYDN.

He said he never told anyone out of shame and fear, and even his mother and wife would be hearing about the molestation for the first time. "He said 'If you tell anybody, I'll kill ya. I will make sure that nobody believes you,'" Brown told Leslie Stahl in the interview which airs Sunday. CBS released an excerpt in advance. "That's what happens when you're a victim. You're embarrassed. You're hurt. When people find people like me at that young vulnerable age, who are basically lost, the thing that they have over you is, they make you believe that no one will believe you."

Brown described being touched, and being forced to touch the counselor. "Fortunately, nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly, back then, very traumatic," he said.


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Pentagon Reveals Plan For DADT Repeal

SalutingSoldiers A memo put out by the Pentagon today provides insight into how the armed services plans to officially and credibly implement Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal.

The Washington Blade reports that military services secretaries have until the first of March to offer progress updates to Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness Clifford Stanley, who will then work with them through a process that has four clearly delineated stages: pre-repeal, certification, implementation and sustainment.

In the pre-repeal phase, activities include Tier 1 and Tier 2 level training of military leadership and reporting to Obama administration officials on the progress of implementation. For example, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness must have a monthly meeting and report to the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the status of repeal.

To reach the certification phase, the Repeal Implementation Team must provide appropriate documentation to the defense secretary and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and provide their recommendation to the president.

Notably, the plan states the previously mentioned idea that Tier 3 training, education of the total force, can be completed after the certification for repeal is issued.

For the implementation phase, Tier 3 training will be completed and the Repeal Implementation Team will provide progress reports every two months to Pentagon leaders.

The sustainment phase involves making policy changes as needed and refining the education and training process.

After implementation has been "certified," it will take another 60 days until DADT has officially been repealed, so this is but the beginning of what the Pentagon admits is a complicated process.

Here's a copy of the Pentagon's Report for your reading pleasure.


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Barney Frank Reveals Gay Agenda

BARNEY FRANK DON'T ASK DON'T TELL X390 (CNN GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COMIn the wake of President Barack Obama signing the repeal of “don’t ask,
don’t tell” into law, Barney Frank reflected on fears that the so-called
radical homosexual agenda would be enacted if Rep. Nancy Pelosi became
House speaker.
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Barney Frank Reveals Gay Agenda

BARNEY FRANK DON'T ASK DON'T TELL X390 (CNN GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COMIn the wake of President Barack Obama signing the repeal of “don’t ask,
don’t tell” into law, Barney Frank reflected on fears that the so-called
radical homosexual agenda would be enacted if Rep. Nancy Pelosi became
House speaker.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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GLAAD TV Study Reveals More Gay Characters, Mostly On ABC Or True Blood

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GLAAD today released its 15th annual "Where We Are On TV" review of LGBT television characters on broadcast and cable television shows. It's a mixed bag.

The good news: gay people are more visible on television than ever; the bad news: there is not one LGBT person of color on broadcast television. Actually, there's not a "T" either.

The report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9% of scripted series regulars in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.1% in 2007, 2.6% in 2008, and 3% in 2009. The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable networks has rebounded after a two year decline, from 40 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 25 in 2009, to 35 this year.

In cable realm, True Blood takes the cake for having the most LGBT characters, 6 regular, and network ABC wins, again, for having 7.2% of their regular characters — eleven out of 152 — be of the LGBT variety. CBS, meanwhile, came in dead last for having only one LGBT character, the network's first since 2006.

Meanwhile, not surprisingly, the queer characters on television remain mostly white and male:

Male characters continue to outweigh female characters 59% (345) to 41% (242) in overall numbers, while 77% (449) of all series regular characters are white. African American representation has increased slightly to 12% (71) while Latino/a representation has remained steady at 5% (29). GLAAD counted 25 Asian Pacific Islander characters (4%), two more than last season.

Though GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios praised the higher levels of gay on television, he also warned programmers that viewers need to see a positive reflection of their identity, not simply one part of it.

"While the number of characters is increasing, many members of our community still do not see stories reflecting their lives," said Barrios. "It is troubling that the broadcast networks will not feature even one black LGBT character or one transgender character in the upcoming primetime lineup.”


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