News: ROTC, Chad White, Target, Border Collie, Alberta

Road John McCain and Lindsey Graham: the mean girls of the U.S. Senate.

Harvard RoadHarvard, Yale consider opening up to ROTC following 'DADT' vote.

RoadHot Israeli football star can say anything he wants.

RoadConfirmed: Bank of America is Wikileaks next target. BofA preps by buying up abusive domain names.

RoadPhilanthropist offers .5 milion for Philadelphia building that housed the Boy Scouts: "Heifetz, whose offer was first reported by the Daily News, said he was moved to bid to make a point about discrimination. 'I'm sure there are thousands and thousands of kids around this country that have been discriminated and thrown out of the Boy Scouts because they have been called gay,' said Heifetz, a former Eagle Scout. If Heifetz purchased the building, he would donate it to a charitable group that does not discriminate."

RoadPee Wee Herman coming to HBO.

RoadConEd allows gay couple to change name on electric bill.

RoadSpider-Man musical to reopen Wednesday night.

RoadNOM's Maggie Gallagher on 'DADT' repeal: "When the 58 percent of Marines putting their lives on the line for this country who say “this is going to make our life harder” have so little weight in public debate — compared with, say, the understandably opposing feelings of Lt. Dan Choi and other gay soldiers — it’s certainly culturally significant." 

Minnesota_target RoadTarget continues to make anti-gay donations.

RoadAlberta, Canada drops homosexuality as mental disorder from diagnostic guide: "Alberta has finally scrubbed homosexuality from its diagnostic guide to mental disorders, more than 35 years after the psychiatric profession made the same move. Alberta Health and Wellness spokesman Andy Weiler says the move was made Tuesday after the matter was brought to the department's attention by a reporter."

RoadThe 10 gayest songs of 2010?

RoadBorder collie the smartest dog: "A border collie called Chaser has been taught the names of 1022 items – more than any other animal. She can also categorise them according to function and shape, something children learn to do around the age of 3."

RoadIt's Cristiano Ronaldo, Jr!

White RoadChad White splashes in for Joop!

RoadThe best male model of 2010?

RoadOne of few Black gay bars in Manhattan to close: "Ronelle McKenzie, 40, co-owner of the 12-year-old Chi Chiz bar at 135 Christopher St., said the cost of fighting numerous citations from the State Liquor Authority and paying tickets from the NYPD drained at least ,000 from her savings and forced her to walk away from her business."

RoadLady Gaga sheds the pants for Paris.

RoadSlain M16 spy Gareth Williams' private life revealed: "The 31-year-old codebreaker viewed sites showing people bound and tied, which included do-it-yourself guides. Detectives also found a £15,000 collection of unworn women's designer clothing, including tops, dresses and shoes in his wardrobe. They revealed he visited a drag cabaret in east London four days before his death and held tickets to two more. One witness has also come forward to say he was at a popular gay bar in Vauxhall several months before his death."


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The Nooner: Oprah, Minnesota governor’s race, H&M, Clover coffee, Cedar Hill slaying

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Instant Tea’s new midday news briefing, The Nooner™. Here goes nothing:

• Oprah denies she’s a lesbian in interview with Barbara Walters to air Thursday. (Video clip above.)

• Anti-gay, Target-backed Republican Tom Emmer concedes Minnesota governor’s race. Does this mean it’s OK to shop there again?

• Clover coffee arrives at Starbucks on Knox Street.

• H&M to open pop-up store at NorthPark today?

• Arrest of partner in Cedar Hill teacher’s murder a relief for family.

—  John Wright

Watch: Black Friday Stampede at Target

Target

Greed turns to terror in Buffalo, NY. You knew this clip was coming, and it certainly may not be the only place it happened last night.. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Lesbian Pastor Target of Hate Mail

Rev Sharon Ferguson Franka Strietzel x390 (london evening standard) | advocate.comThe Reverend Sharon Ferguson, a Metropolitan Community Church pastor in north
London who is fighting for marriage equality in the U.K., has received
“abusive e-mails from people claiming to be Christians who are unhappy
with what we are doing.”
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Constance McMillen in heady company as a Glamour Women of the Year honoree

Constance McMillen: Woman of the Year

A year ago, Constance McMillen was just another Mississippi teenager looking forward to her senior year in high school. Then came the spring and prom season. And officials at Itawamba Agricultural High School told Constance she couldn’t take her girlfriend as her date to the prom.

Most teens — especially those in small towns and rural areas — would have just let it go. Hell, most LGBT teens in areas like that wouldn’t have even brought up the subject in the first place. I mean, small towns and rural areas — especially in Mississippi — tend not to be thought of as bastions of tolerance and acceptance, and it takes more courage than most grown people have to be willing to take a stand like that when you know you are making yourself a target.

But obviously, Constance McMillen is not most teens. And obviously, she has courage to spare. Because she refused to just sit there and take the discrimination and bigotry. She fought back. And she ended up winning the right to take her girlfriend to the prom and she won $35,000 from the school district, to boot — not to mention that she also became a national hero of the LGBT equality movement.

Constance has gotten a lot of awards and recognition and met a lot of celebrities in the months since she first garnered national attention with her fight. But next Monday, Nov. 8, she will find herself in some truly heady company when she heads to Carnegie Hall in New York City to accept a Glamour magazine Women of the Year Award. Just look at the folks with whom Constance is being honored: Grammy Award-winning pop star Fergie, Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts, designer Donatella Versace, singer-actress-icon-goddess Cher (who will be honored with a lifetime achievement award), Queen Rania of Jordan and sports superstars Lindsey Vonn, Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie.

Katie Spotz, the 22-year-old who rowed solo across the Atlantic to raise awareness for the global need for clean drinking water, OB-gyn Dr. Hawa Awi and her daughters who have faced down militants and threats to their lives to provide food and care for some 90,000 displaces Somali refugees on their property near Mogadishu, and worldwide female heads of states — including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, Prime Minister Iveta Radičovó of Slovakia, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago, and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor of Croatia — are also among the honorees.

Can you say, “Wow”?

Take a minute to think about the accomplishments of the women named in the list above. Then think about Constance McMillen and what she has accomplished. I think it is amazing — and fantastic — that Glamour magazine is putting an 18-year-old lesbian who stood up for her right to take her girlfriend to the prom in the company of these other outstanding women who have done their part to change the world and make it a better place.

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LGBT Jewish congregation may have been target of Yemen terror package

Chicago Tribune:

One of the packages containing explosive devices may have been meant for a North Side Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender congregation.

The packages, which originated in Yemen, were intercepted late Thursday night aboard a cargo plane in Dubai, and the other in England.

The Chicago Tribune spoke with the Rabbi Michael Zedek of Edgewater’s Emanuel Congregation, which shares space with Or Chadash, a GLBT congregation. Zedel says he received a call from an official in the Jewish community Friday.

“(The official) said, ‘I’ve got some good news and some bad news,’” Zedek said. “‘The good news is that your congregation was not one (of the targets); the bad news is that Or Chadash was.’”




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HRC Finally Knocks Target, Best Buy + 3M With 15-Point Deductions. But Not For Anti-Gay Donations

The Human Rights Campaign's ninth annaul Corporate Equality Index has been uploaded, and some 337 companies (up from 305!) managed a 100 percent score. Many of them have been quick to spit out press releases announcing the news, including SC Johnson, Cox Enterprises, and UPS. Not waving around the new PDF file? Target, Best Buy, and 3M, which all contributed at least 0,000 in cash to MN Forward's effort to elect anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and who all (finally) lost the 15 points allotted for "Responsible Citizenship," defined as "exhibit[ing] responsible behavior toward the LGBT community; does not engage in action that would undermine LGBT equality. Employers found engaging in activities that would undermine LGBT equality will have 15 points removed from their scores." But not for the reason you'd think.

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Fight Back N.Y. to Target Padavan

FightBackNewYorkx390 (Screengrab) | Advocate.comFight Back New York will announce Monday that it plans to target incumbent Republican state senator Frank Padavan of Queens.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright

Gay teen Asher Brown laid to rest in Houston

The Rev. Stephen Sprinkle
Cross-posted from Unfinished Lives

HOUSTON — Asher Brown’s uncle told a big gathering of mourners and family supporters on Saturday, Oct. 2 that school bullies “ripped him up and tore him down everyday.”

A crowd of hundreds blanketed a Houston park beside Moore Elementary School to express grief over the death by bullying of 13-year-old gay boy, Asher Brown.

Bright balloons floated in the air as the line of friends patiently waited to sign the memorial book and get a chance to speak to David and Amy Truong, Asher’s parents. His uncle, a Christian minister, MC’ed the memorial service.

”The bullies picked on my nephew because of the way he dressed, how he talked, and the fact he was small. He was a David among Goliaths,” Rev. Truong told the large crowd. ”But Asher’s heart was so big! His heart made him a giant.”

Asher’s school friends, the few who stood by him no matter what, were present and spoke. One of them said there was a “Bully Free Zone” sign at Hamilton Middle School where Asher faced torment every day for being different, for being gay, and for being vulnerable. His friend said that the sign meant nothing. Nothing was done by anyone to protect Asher, himself, or any other target of ridicule at Hamilton. The Truongs had repeatedly tried to get school officials to help their son, but the school basically ignored their calls and emails.

Initially, a spokesperson for the school district denied that any appeals had come to the school about Asher and the severe bullying he was facing there. Now the Cy-Fair Independent School District is acknowledging that “some communication” concerning Asher did indeed come from his parents.

The gay teen shot himself in his Dad’s closet on Sept. 23 after bullying became unendurable for him. When David Truong, Asher’s Dad, found Asher lying on the floor of his closet, he thought at first that his son had fallen asleep reading a book–and then he saw the blood.

Referring to Asher’s six friends who spoke at the outdoor memorial service, David Truong said, “These kids are the true heroes of this whole thing. They are speaking out, and we need to support them.”

Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones told the crowd that she and Mayor Annise Parker are taking this senseless killing in Houston as a “call to action” for passage of a zero tolerance anti-bullying law that will be named “Asher’s Rule” as a fitting memorial to a good boy who just wanted to live his life–though bullies wouldn’t let him.

Many supporters from the LGBTQ community came to show their support for safe schools for all children, and to support Asher’s family.

Asher’s uncle declared that “gay and straight alike are perfect in God’s sight. God doesn’t make any mistakes.” What happened to his nephew was not going to be dismissed as simply a “gay issue.”

”This is a hate issue, and we are not going to rest until all children are safe from hate at school,” he said.

For more photos of the Asher Brown Memorial Service, click here.

Stephen V. Sprinkle is director of field education and supervised ministry, and sssociate professor of practical theology at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth.

—  John Wright

How is Target’s donation being used

MN Forward is the group to which Target and Best Buy directed a combined total of $250,000. The organization is a political action committee supporting a candidate with pro-business positions.

Here’s the ad they released this week to support pro-business and anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

In the ad, they refer to Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Mark Dayton, claiming he supports taxing e-mail. Dayton is a former Democratic Minnesota senator. While in Congress, he addressed a proposal at the time to levy a tax on e-mail and said he would not support it. His mention of the issue on the floor of the Senate is what MN Forward calls support.

Emmer’s anti-LGBT positions are not addressed in the ad, but that was never MN Forward’s purpose. Their mission, as stated on their website is:

MN Forward is focused on issues related to creating jobs and economic opportunity. That includes tax reform, spending reform, and ensuring our children receive a world-class education.

After being criticized for only supporting Republicans, the PAC steered some money to some Democrats. An example is Rep. Gene Pelowski. On their website they wrote:

Rep. Pelowski broke ranks with his party and voted against a $1 billion tax increase in 2009 and against a veto override attempt on the same bill. That year he had the highest ranking on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce scorecard of any DFL House member.

So in being non-partisan, they chose Democrats who “broke ranks” with Democrats.

—  David Taffet