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Zach Wahls On David Letterman: 'My Two Moms' Author Talks Homophobia, Marriage Equality And Bullying

"Gays messing up the sanctity of marriage? I think Kim Kardashian's doing an alright job of that herself."

So joked Zach Wahls during his Tuesday night appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The Iowa-based student, YouTube video sensation and HuffPost Gay Voices blogger is currently promoting his new book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family," which is due out April 26, and spoke to Letterman about his personal experiences with homophobia and being bullied in school for having two lesbian moms.

Huffington Post
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April 24, 2012
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ACT UP Celebrates 25 Years

By 1987, almost 10,000 New Yorkers had died of AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The vast majority of them were gay men, already ostracized by society, and despite the agony of the epidemic, ignored by all the power centers of society; the government, big business, and most certainly the Catholic Church. The national response veered between sheer panic and the idea of internment camps for the infected. A schoolyard taunt at the time – I remember hearing it quite well – was that "gay" was an acronym that stood for "got AIDS yet?"

AlterNet
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April 24, 2012

Bryan Fischer and Log Cabin Republican Face Off Over Openly Gay Romney Spokesman

American Family Association radio host and hate group leader Bryan Fischer, who has launched an all-out assault on Richard Grenell, Romney's new out gay conservative spokesman, appeared on CNN today with Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, Think Progress reports.

Fischer was asked to explain his campaign against Grenell, and was pushed into a corner by Kyra Phillips, who reminded Fischer that Grenell was also spokesman for UN ambassador John Bolton, whom Fischer praised as having done a "great job."

Towleroad
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April 24, 2012

EEOC Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman in Title VII Case

In tonight’s exclusive series, “Transgender Breakthrough,” Metro Weekly reports:

An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to an opinion issued on April 20 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The opinion, experts say, could dramatically alter the legal landscape for transgender workers across the nation.

Poliglot (Metro Weekly)
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April 24, 2012
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Bill Would Bar Talk of LGBT People in Missouri Classrooms

A bill that prohibits teachers from discussing sexual orientation as part of public school curriculum is drawing attention from gay rights and education groups around Missouri.

The measure, House Bill 2051, is sponsored by Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, and has the backing of House Republican leaders and more than a dozen other Republican lawmakers. That list includes Reps. Charlie Denison and Eric Burlison of Springfield.

Springfield News-Leader
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April 24, 2012
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Groups Against NC's Amendment One Debut TV Ads

Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment banning relationship recognition for same-sex couples in North Carolina unveiled a pair of television ads Monday which they say describe how the measure would hurt children and victims of domestic violence.

The Coalition to Protect All NC Families presented the ads, which are airing statewide, at a news conference.

Associated Press
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April 24, 2012

Funky Winkerbean Comic Strip To Feature Gay-Teen Storyline

The long-running comic strip Funky Winkerbean will be tackling a gay storyline, reports the Chronicle-Telegram, one of more than 400 papers that caries the series.

“I was reading a story over breakfast about a protest by a parent group at a school in Hilliard, Ohio, that seemed to be about tolerance toward gays,” says Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk, 63. “…My overall impression is that the younger generation’s attitudes toward gays is more open and accepting than their predecessors. It’s not perfect, but it shows promise for an emerging generation that will bring [intolerance].”

Queerty
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April 24, 2012
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A teacher, a student and a 39-year-long lesson in forgiveness

When he was 12 years old, the boy did something he only later realized probably hurt his seventh-grade teacher. It was minor -- he was, after all, a kid -- but in time, when he was older and wiser, he wanted to find this teacher and apologize.

But the teacher seemed to have vanished. Over the decades, the man occasionally turned to the Internet, typing the teacher's name into the search box. He never found anything. He never quit looking. A few months ago -- by now nearly 39 years after this happened -- he got a hit.

The Oregonian
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April 23, 2012
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