Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Democratic challenger, Deb Morrow, closed her Twitter account after someone with access to it used it to call Gowdy a gay.
Morrow quickly denied responsibility for two tweets calling the Republican congressman from Spartanburg a “homo.” She closed her “@Morrow4Congress” Twitter account and said that it had been hacked.
The tweets made it to the media after Sean Bertran, a Washington, D.C.-based social media consultant with ties to South Carolina Republican groups, saw the tweets and passed them along to South Carolina news organizations.
While this story deals with a sensitive issue of an alleged crime, the media has largely disregarded basic respect for Vanessa and her identity. Several news outlets have used wrong pronouns and called Vanessa the wrong name, misrepresented her gender identity, and even referred to her with derogatory slurs.
On July 1, Seth’s Law (AB9) and AB1156 became a reality and California schools are now required to enact anti-bullying policies. Some young adults in Orange County are making sure that teens feel empowered to cite these laws if they experience bullying or discrimination. And they have some famous friends helping them including Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom.
This morning, the White House announced that Carl Siciliano, executive director and founder of New York City’s Ali Forney Center, has been selected as a Champion of Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness.
Friday night in Portland, Texas there will be a candlelight vigil for the two teen lesbians found shot in a local park. In San Francisco, a vigil will be held tonight in Harvey Milk Plaza at 7pm. In Washington DC, meet 6pm Friday night at Dupont Circle. See the post at Joe My God for links to the facebook pages for each of these events.
The National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization, has unanimously voted to endorse marriage equality, reports The Washington Blade. According to a 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll, 74 percent of Latinos support marriage or similar legal recognitions for gay and lesbian couples.
Members of GLAAD staff joined hundreds of other supporters last Friday afternoon in support of the annual Trans Day of Action. The event is hosted every year by TransJustice, a subgroup of the Audre Lorde Project.