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May 29, 2015

June 17-21 - AFI DOCS film festival

The AFI DOCS Documentary Festival will take place June 17-21. Check out the LGBT-related films here. For more information, see www.afidocs.com, Facebook, and Twitter handle @afidocs.

Floods, rainbows, and divining God's will

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Riley Curry grabs the spotlight

Two-year-old Riley Curry is rivaling her MVP dad for watchability. She is also rivaling Marshawn Lynch in postgame press conference antics. The question is, who is going to play her--Key or Peele? I suppose some sports reporters are annoyed by Steph bringing her with him, but she creates a lot more viewer interest. And I'm sure that annoys them more, bringing a bunch of giggling tourists into their hallowed athletic precincts. I think it's a brilliant move on Steph's part.

Sepp Blatter says FIFA must police itself

Because self-policing has worked so well for FIFA in the past! How about no?

D.C. Metro suspends issue-oriented ads; Pam Geller cries 'Sharia!'

Pam Geller decries the DC Metro's decision to suspend all issue-oriented ads on Metro trains and buses. She says, "It's sharia law!" Actually, no. Metro isn't obligated to take ads; it just cannot pick and choose among them based on their message. Past cases suggest that if they run any such ads, they have to run her incendiary Islamophobic ones. I think it is better for other groups to place competing ads than for Metro to suspend all such ads.

I wrote about censorship and Metro in the Blade in 2003.

May 28, 2015

LaCour's academic fraud

Ugh. Glad to have this fraud exposed. Also: Science retracts marriage paper.

NC governor to veto anti-gay magistrates marriage refusal bill

Thank you, Gov. McCrory, for upholding the Constitution.

July 2-5 in Philadelphia - LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years ago, activists Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny organized an Annual Reminder Day of picketing in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This video touts the commemorative events being planned.

Tyrone Emanuel – "NoBody Gotta Know"

Watching this luscious creature is a good deal pleasanter than many other ways I have spent three and a half minutes. Incidentally, Tyrone, I agree that nobody gotta know.

May 27, 2015

US AG Lynch speaks on FIFA corruption probe

Impressive.

Kameny to be inducted into Labor Hall of Honor

I've known this was in the offing. Very happy it's official.

Steph Curry highlight reel 2015

Who knows what'll happen from here on out, but this guy is spectacular. His behind-the-back moves will make you grin.

U.S. Institute of Peace holds forum on Global LGBTI Activism and U.S. Diplomacy

The U.S. Institute of Peace held a forum on May 26 featuring LGBTI campaigners from Kenya, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, and Grenada to discuss the topic "Expanding Constitutional Rights to LGBTI Communities: International Activism and U.S. Diplomacy." The keynote speaker was Ambassador Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The panel was co-hosted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Content in the video above begins at about 13:00. Below are some photos I took.

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L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

As a longtime union member (AFGE Local 12, U.S. Department of Labor) until my retirement in 2011, I will not curse the above-referenced hypocrites. Instead, I simply say to them: you embarrass me.

TX lawmaker will withdraw bill rather than allow anti-gay amendment

Suspect in NYC anti-gay chair attack is gay

So often, those who are most virulently anti-gay turn out to be gay themselves.

The Einstein of Sex - Magnus Hirschfeld

AG Racine seeks stay in ruling weakening D.C. concealed carry law

Thanks, General Racine!

If you have no moral authority, maybe stop moralizing

(Hat tip: Stephen Fry)

A short film on Ireland's historic breakthrough on marriage equality

(Hat tip: Panti Bliss)