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Mario Lavandeira aka Perez Hilton forces Meredith Baxter into admitting she is a lesbian.

From rPulse.com:

Meredith Baxter said, “To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.” I sure hope you’re proud of yourself Mario. (more…)

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Former ‘Family Ties’ Star Meredith Baxter: ‘I’m A Lesbian’

From Yahoo.com:

NEW YORK, New York — Former “Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter has revealed she is gay. (more…)

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Govt-backed gay bar fails to attract customers

From: http://www.chinadaily.com

The idea was simple: Set up a bar to attract gay men and then use it to distribute information on AIDS/HIV prevention.

The media loved the idea – but all the attention kept the gay men away. (more…)

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China city government opens gay bar to fight AIDS

From http://www.reuters.com:

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BEIJING (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese city with one of the nation’s highest rates of AIDS has opened a government-funded gay bar in an outreach effort that has stirred debate over the use of taxpayers’ money. (more…)

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Obama signs first major federal gay-rights law

From Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation, a milestone that activists compared to the passage of 1960s civil-rights legislation empowering blacks.

The new law adds acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes. Gay-rights activists voiced hope that the Obama administration would advance more issues, including legislation to bar workplace discrimination, allow military service and recognize same-sex marriages.

Congress passed the hate crimes protections as an unlikely amendment to this year’s Defense Authorization Act. In a signing ceremony in the White House East Room , Obama said that the gay rights protections represented a “long-awaited change” that would protect people who are victimized because of “who they love . . . or who they are.”

Legislation barring firms from firing employees on the basis of their sexual orientation could win passage in the House of Representativesby year’s end, gay-rights advocates said. More than half of U.S. states currently allow employers such freedom.

Obama has promised to push Congress to repeal the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that prohibits being openly gay while serving. A Senate panel is expected to hold a hearing on that issue next month, and legislation could be debated next year.

Gay-rights activists also hope for repeal next year of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which would give federal legitimacy to gay marriagesrecorded in states that allow them.

The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard , a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr. , a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year.

The measure also extends protections to those attacked because of their gender or disability.

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From the DailyVoice:

Obama vows to repeal ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell,’ opens for Lady Gaga

Staff Reporter | Posted October 13, 2009 9:09 AM

 

obama-hrc.jpgPresident Barack Obama on Saturday spoke to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay and lesbian civil rights organization, and promised to defend civil rights for gays and lesbians.

The president recounted a brief history of the gay civil rights movement and vowed to repeal the long derided “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that excludes gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military. “I will end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That’s my commitment to you.”

Citing the long struggle for gay civil rights, Obama simplified his message to one memorable line. “I’m here with a simple message,” he said. “I’m here with you in that fight.”

Obama acknowledged critics who “don’t believe progress has come fast enough” and compared those who told African Americans to wait during the civil rights movement with those who tell LGBT leaders to wait for equality.

Although the president never said he supported same sex marriage, he did seem to indicate that a time would come when gay marriages would be recognized. “You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman,” Obama said.

On a weekend when ens of thousands of gay and lesbian Americans marched on Washington, the president said that gays and lesbians care about other issues in addition to gay issues. He cited the economy and health care as two such issues.

“For while some may wish to define you solely by your sexual orientation or gender identity alone, you know — and I know — that none of us wants to be defined by just one part of what makes us whole,” He said that gays and lesbians are “also parents worried about your children’s futures” and “spouses who fear that you or the person you love will lose a job.”

In a moment that drew enormous applause, the president said he would sign the new hate crimes bill in Congress. “This struggle has been long. Time and again we faced opposition. Time and again, the measure was defeated or delayed. But the Shepards never gave up. They turned tragedy into an unshakeable commitment. Countless activists and organizers never gave up. You held vigils, you spoke out, year after year, Congress after Congress. The House passed the bill again this week. And I can announce that after more than a decade, this bill is set to pass and I will sign it into law.”

The president also joked that it was an honor for him to open for Lady Gaga, who performed after his speech.

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