Why Won’t India Let E-Magazine Pink Pages Launch In Print?

Even though India is the world's largest democracy, apparently you must still register any publication you intend on disseminating to the public. So that's what Pink Pages, the online LGBT magazine there, did when it wanted to launch a printed version of itself. Except the Registrar of Newspapers in India had other plans: No, you can't do it.

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HRC: After DADT, Americans will realize we need equality, ‘We won’t have to say a thing’

This explains why we need more smart, savvy, aggressive people leading the movement for full equality. Seriously.

In today’s Washington Post article on the changing politics surrounding gay issues, check out this quote from HRC’s Fred Sainz:

In Washington, gay rights groups say they will turn now to the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” which would stop employers from discriminating based on a person’s real or perceived sexual identity.

That idea has been kicking around Congress since the 1970s, and few think the new members of the Republican House majority will be the ones to put it over the top. Still, some gay activists say the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal will inevitably lead to more successes in their effort to erase the official barriers to complete parity in society.

“If you can fight and die for your country, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t be granted the full set of rights” that others have, including the ability to marry a same-sex partner, said Fred Sainz, a vice president at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. With the military’s policy repealed, he said, “Americans will deduce that on their own. We won’t have to say a thing.”

Ah, yes, your work is done. Seriously, who even thinks that way, let alone says it out loud — to a reporter.

So, fine. Don’t say another thing. Just stop talking all together. Have your parties and let the GetEQUAL, Equality Matters, Freedom to Marry, activists and LGBT bloggers take care of things moving forward.




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Reid Won’t Set Senate ‘DADT’ Vote Till Next Week, at Earliest

So says Ed O'Keefe at the Washington Post:

Reid In a joint statement, gay rights groups pushing to end the ban cheered Wednesday's vote, saying it "provides another resounding indication that 'don't ask, don't tell' can and should be repealed legislatively this year." The groups, ranging from the liberal Center for American Progress to the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans, plan to lobby the Senate this week to vote on the new bill.

Forty-seven senators are cosponsoring the bill, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). He is not expected to schedule a vote on it until next week at the earliest, a spokeswoman said.


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Justin Bieber Won’t Be Calling Usher For Bail Money After That Laser Tag ‘Faggot’ Fight

After allegedly calling some 12-year-old kid a "faggot" during a laser tag fracas, Justin Bieber will not be charged by Canadian officials for assault. How come? Lack of evidence, and not because Mr. Bieber is the newest mop-topped anti-bullying icon.


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Martina Navratilova Won’t Be Making It To The Top Of Mt. Kilimanjaro This Week

Martina Navratilova thought she'd celebrate her million divorce settlement with Toni Layton by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Sorry. Ain't gonna happen.

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Sec Def Gates laments that Congress likely won’t repeal DADT this year

STFU. I’ve seriously had enough of that idiot. It’s his fault that we’re still even talking about DADT, because he wanted a study, and he wanted the study to be finished AFTER the elections, blah blah blah. And the President gave in to every single demand. And now, Gates is lamenting that Congress – get that, CONGRESS – may stop DADT from being repealed.

Spare us the crocodile tears.

If this DADT compromise isn’t passed in the next few weeks, it’s all going to be on Barack Obama’s head for deciding to wait until 2010, and then deciding to cave to his Secretary of Defense over and over again.

As I mention below, Senator Reid has his own share of blame in this ongoing fiasco (as do HRC and all of the apologists). But in the end, repeal of DADT was one man’s promise, the President’s. And it’s increasingly looking like he blew it again.




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Why Won’t Sen. Jeff Sessions Support a DADT Policy For High School Locker Rooms?

Sen. Jeff Sessions doesn't want to "add additional burden" to already over-stressed troops by forcing them to live with KNOWN HOMOSEXUALS, because continuing to send them into war zones is, like, rough y'all! But when asked by professional rabble-rouser Mike Stark — who gets off on asking politicians frank questions — whether that same policy should be adopted by schools nationwide, to keep straight athletes from "serving" with the peering eyes of gay teammates, Sessions responds that it's a "free country" and "everybody has a right to go to school regardless of their sexual orientation," while "the military's different." He's right: In high school athletics, you fight to win; in the armed forces, you, uh, fight to lose? So confusing!


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Prop. 8 Appeal Judge Won’t Recuse Himself

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals x390 (fair) | advocate.comJudge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth
circuit denied a request by Prop. 8 supporters to disqualify himself
from the case because his wife is a former director of the ACLU’s
Southern California office.
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Prop 8 appeal: You won’t have to rely on #hashtags

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Both C-SPAN and San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO-TV have been granted permission to broadcast the Prop 8 hearing when the matter heads over to U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in two and a half weeks:

C-SPAN applied to televise live the case captioned above, scheduled to be heard in San Francisco, on December 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. C-SPAN’s request to televise live is GRANTED. A maximum of two (2) video cameras will be permitted in the courtroom. C-SPAN will serve as the pool-feed for all media organizations that submit an application.

BREAKING: 9th Circuit Prop 8 hearing will be televised LIVE on C-SPAN [Prop 8 Trial Tracker]

The footage-seeking future producers of the 2030 documentary, Can You Believe Couples in the 21st Century Had To Pause Their Lives to Fight This Bullsh*t? just high-fived one another.




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Icelandic Subway Sandwich Artist Won’t Serve Footlongs To Pink-Wearing Homos

A Subway restaurant worker who refused over the weekend to serve a customer he believed was gay was fired. And it sure sounds like we missed a lovely showdown!

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