The GLAAD Daily: Cooper Keeps Bachmann Honest, Wash. Post on DOMA & Immigration, and Civil Unions in R.I.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night used his "Keeping Them Honest" segment to examine Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) "sudden silence" on issues related to LGBT people. Bachmann has a history of anti-LGBT rhetoric. Cooper talked to Dana Loesch and Cornell Belcher about recent interviews during which Bachmann was asked about her previous comments.
On the New York Times Caucus Blog, James Dao discussed Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) assertion that she would work to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" if elected president and examines how Bachmann could possibly do so. Igor Volsky at ThinkProgess provided a counterpoint to Dao and wrote, “I would argue that there is some difference between having the authority to keep gay people out of the military and actually having the political capital to do so…”
The editorial board of the Washington Post criticized the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act", which forbids immigration officials from recognizing the relationships of married binational couples. The board focused on Anthony John Makk, an Australian born man who faces deportation though he has lived in the U.S. since 1993 and has been married to Bradford Wells for seven years.
The Associated Press reported that nine Rhode Island same-sex couples obtained licenses for civil unions in July, the first month same-sex couples were able to do so in the state. Dawn Euer of Marriage Equality Rhode Island said, "If it had been marriage people would have been lining up. People are holding out for marriage. They want true equality, not a made-up, bureaucratic, second-class status."
Also in New England, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Friday began notifying community health agencies about a $4.3 million reduction in federal funding that will cause it to makes cuts to or eliminate many HIV and AIDS prevention services.
Psychologist Douglas Hoagland recently testified in the Brandon McInerney trial and alleged that after McInerney shot Lawrence King, the teen told him that he thought about killing King "over and over." McInerney said thinking about it "didn't calm me down. It made me more angry. All I could think about was I wanted to kill him."
Lawyers for Amber Yust, a transgender woman, said Monday that Yust will receive a $55,000 legal settlement from the state of California and a Department of Motor Vehicles employee who sent her a letter with disparaging remarks about LGBT people. The department reportedly also agreed to work with the Transgender Law Center.
GLSEN this week sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Family Research Council after the anti-gay organization released a video featuring claims about materials distributed by GLSEN.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against Missouri's Camdenton School District because the district uses software that prevents students from accessing LGBT-inclusive websites. Superintendent Tim Hadfield on Monday said he was unaware of the lawsuit and said, “We do not filter gay and lesbian and alternative-lifestyle websites. We do filter sexuality.”