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23-year-old Lewis and Clark graduate teaching student Seth Stambaugh claims he has been discriminated against while on an assignment as a student teacher at an elementary school in the Beaverton, Oregon Student District. This comes after a second complaint from a parent who had initially already complained about the way Stambaugh was dressed. What was he wearing at the time? According to Oregon Live, “pressed pants, an oxford shirt, a tie and a cardigan. Stambaugh has a light Van Dyke and pulls his hair back into a pony tail.” Stambaugh is represented by an attorney, Lake Perriguey.

The Portland Mercury details the second complaint by the very same parent:

Later in the week, Stambaugh was leading a journaling activity in the classroom when one of the students asked whether Stambaugh was married. Stambaugh said he was not and, when the student asked why, replied that it would be illegal for him to get married because he “would choose to marry another guy.” The student pressed further, asking if that meant Stambaugh liked to hang out with guys and Stambaugh responded, “Yeah.” That was the end of the conversation.

After that, says Perriguey, word of the short conversation apparently got back to parent who had previously complained about Stambaugh’s appearance. The parent called the school and threatened to remove his child from the classroom. (more…)

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There was no hair pulling but still an exciting night with former “The Housewives of New Jersey” star Danielle Staub at Boxers NYC in the city.  She was there to support Strengthen Our Sisters, a grassroots, community based, nonprofit, 155 bed shelter program serving homeless and battered women and children.  You can find out more information on the nights charity, Strengthen Our Sisters from their website at: http://www.strengthenoursisters.org.

I chatted with Danielle  to talk about her family, fans and, future!

Special thanks to Elisa S. and Sarah H.

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I saw My Big Fat Gay Italian Wedding last night with the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey!  It was for a great cause: a portion of the proceeds from the four RHONJ performances will benefit Marriage Equality New York, a group committed to securing the right to civil marriage for same-sex couples.

And it was just announced THE HOUSEWIVES WILL BE BACK IN THE SHOW IN OCTOBER!

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Neal B covering the GLAAD Media Awards LIVE with Elisa S. & ArtofTalk.tv – Spread the Word!

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Amazing ArtofTalk.tv has asked Elisa S. and I to cover  for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in  New York City on March 13, 2010! The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

WATCH THE FESTIVITIES UNFOLD LIVE HERE:

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Slated to appear at this year’s ceremonies are Joy Behar (recipient of the Excellence in Media Award), Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon, the cast of Broadway’s Hair,Sigourney Weaver and Jay Manuel (America’s Top Model) to name a few.

Well be doing video interviews and live tweeting the carpet (@artoftalk,#GlaadMediaAwards).  Let us know the questions you’d like us to ask your favorite celebs!

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This undated image provided by Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign shows Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., posing for the NOH8 campaign. NOH8 is a gay rights group challenging Proposition 8 passed by California voters in 2008 banning same sex marriage.

Cindy McCain’s decision topublicly endorse the gay rights movement and in particular theNOH8 campaign’s efforts on behalf of same-sex marriage, puts her at odds not only with her husband, 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, but also with his Democratic opponent, President Barack Obama. (more…)

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How San Diego mayor shifted on gay marriage

from SFGate.com:

SAN FRANCISCO — San Diego’s Republican mayor testified emotionally Tuesday about his transformation from a foe to a friend of same-sex marriage and spotlighted a central issue in the Proposition 8 case – whether the law can be based on prejudice against lesbians and gays if many supporters harbor no anti-gay bias.

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from: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126334233397826947.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge presiding over the first serious challenge in federal court of a state gay-marriage ban has defined his career with an unconventional approach.

[Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case] (more…)

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Mexico City has become the first city in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage.

The city authorities voted 39-20 in favour of the legislation, with five abstentions.

While civil unions exist in a handful of cities and states throughout South America, this is the first time equal marriage has been realised.

Mexico City has had civil unions since 2007, but same-sex couples were barred from certain marital rights such as adoption of children, joint bank loans, inheritance rights and inclusion in insurance policies.

Mexico City’s left wing mayor Marcelo Ebrard is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will change the definition of marriage in the city’s civic code from “the union of a man and a woman” to “the free uniting of two people”.

Elsewhere in Mexico, same-sex marriage remains illegal.

Certain districts in Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina recognise same sex unions, with Uruguay being the only Latin American country to have civil unions nationwide.

In October, a bill was introduced in Argentina to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide, but the bill was blocked in court. It has since been referred to Argentina’s Supreme Court which has yet to hand down a ruling.

The Roman Catholic church in Mexico is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, but Mexico City legislators have hailed the new law as “historic”.

Victor Romo, a member of Mayor Ebrard’s Democratic Revolution Party told the Associated Press, “For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans. Today all barriers have disappeared.”

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