1. About 10 people met Saturday at Buli to help plan an upcoming LGBT equality protest outside the Cinemark Legacy in Plano, which is set to begin showing “Milk” on Friday. The protest likely will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13. However, the local LGBT equality organization in Plano, the Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance, isn’t endorsing the protest, President Morris Garcia told me Friday. Garcia said CCGLA leaders plan to meet with representatives from Cinemark to discuss the issues instead. It’s the latest example of differences within the LGBT community about what our strategy should be in the wake of Prop 8. Also this week, the newly formed grassroots direct action group Queer Liberaction plans a protest outside the Cathedral of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas on Wednesday. For more on that, go here.
2. Community members packed a Garland ISD school board meeting last Thursday night to debate the appropriateness of Rowlett High School’s upcoming musical, “Rent” which addresses topics such as drug use, homosexuality and HIV. This quote from a story in Saturday’s Dallas Morning News is particularly disturbing: “If everyone on Earth were homosexual, there would be no more life. Just death,” April Huddleston, a resident of Rowlett, said at the meeting.
3. The Iowa Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the legality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, The Associated Press reports. The court could take up to a year to decide the case, but if it rules in favor of the plaintiffs, Iowa would become the fourth state where courts have upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry.