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Gay News Week In Review: Pope OKs Condoms For His Boys, STR8 Pride = Homophobia in IIllinois, Kevin Pravia’s Murderer Found GUILTY, Rainbow Lounge Patron Charges Dropped, Prop 8 Trail To Be Televised, and The Mile High Gay Marriage,

*  Writing in his new book Light of the World:  Pope Benedict XVI , the Church and the Signs of the Times, to be released Tuesday, the pope maintains his opposition to condoms as a contraceptive, but approves of them if gay hookers slip ’em on to prevent the spread of HIV.  It’s nice to know that Benny cares about his Priests

*  A week after students at St. Charles North High School in Illinois caused an uproar by wearing “Straight Pride” tees (adorned with kill-the-gays Biblical messages) to class, the Jr. Nazi’s have started a new bout of homophobia by spray painting anti-gay messages on the high school building.

*  Jeromie Cancel has been found guilty in the murder of Manhattan college student Kevin Pravia, who was strangled to death in his apartment by Cancel. The defense had implied “gay panic” as a reason for the murder.  Cancel faces 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing next month.  LIFE PLEASE!

*  Former GLAAD president Neil Giuliano has been hired to head the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.   I wish that AIDS charities directors didn’t have to make six figure salaries from organizations that depend on private donations. The problem is that the pay siphons away a disproportionate percentage of the institutes annual budget.  Making big bucks off AIDS and Human Rights is so low.

*  More than a year after a controversial bar raid on the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, TX which sent protesters to the streets and vaulted the city into the national spotlight, city officials have dropped charges against four bar patrons including one who was critically injured by police.  Thats mighty big of them.  Now how about apologizing and firing the police officers involved.

*  The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said it will permit cameras in the courtroom when it hears a challenge to Proposition 8, which eliminated marriage rights for millions of gay Californians.  So FUCK YOU Brian Brown and NOM!

Virgin America Flight 28 on Thursday took a bit of sidetrip on Thursday so two gay men could get married. When the passengers of the flight were alerted to the happy event afterward by a flight attendant’s announcement that the pilot had wed the couple while in Canadian airspace (where gay marriage is legal), the plane burst into a round of applause.  Well done!

Your Featured Homophobic Bigot Of The Day: Fort Worth,TX Republican And Closet Tea Party Homophobe Richard Clough

About 200 “so called christians” who oppose recent diversity initiatives implemented by the city of Fort Worth, TX after the last years June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge by officers with the Fort Worth Police Department and agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. packed Cowtown’s City Council chambers on Tuesday, July 13 led by Republican and closeted Tea Party, bigoted wingnut Richard Clough who is an UBER– failed candidate for Tarrant County judge who is an associate minister with Kenneth Copeland Ministries. (Which by the way has been involved in a tax fraud scandal.)

The Ft, Worth council’s diversity initiatives included improving diversity training for all city employees, domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian city employees, coverage of gender reassignment surgery for transgender employees in transition, promoting the city as a destination for LGBT tourism, and lobbying for passage of state and federal laws banning anti-LGBT discrimination in employment.The task force also recommended that the council amend the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to specifically prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and the The city council voted, 6-3, on Nov. 11 last year to add specific gender identity protections to the nondiscrimination ordinance.

Thomas Anable, president of Fairness Fort Worth said he learned on Monday of e-mails that had been circulated over the weekend among conservative and evangelical Christian churches, calling on evangelical Christians to pack the council chambers at Tuesday’s meeting.  “They said last November when the task force’s report was presented to the council, and when the council voted on the transgender ordinance, they said then that they had been left out and that they would be back,” Anable said. “Every meeting that the task force had was open to the public, and nobody showed up. I think, with the CCPD budget on the agenda this week, they saw an opportunity to try and make a sneak attack.”  (The budget included funds to pay for diversity training for police officers and for officer recruitment efforts within the LGBT community)

Richard Clough stood at the podium flanked by supporters wearing paper badges printed with the word “Truth,” and began by accusing Mayor Mike Moncrief and the council of “intentionally hiding the implementation of a homosexual agenda.” The accusation prompted an angry rebuttal for the mayor, who threatened to have Clough removed from the council chambers if he continued with “personal attacks.” The two men argued briefly, with Clough continuing to speak over the mayor’s admonishments and with Moncrief at one point turning off the microphone at the podium where Clough stood.  When Moncrief allowed Clough to continue, the minister accused the mayor of refusing to meet with him, although some council members had met with him. Clough said that “every voice was not heard” on the Diversity Task Force’s recommendations, adding that the council was going against the wishes of the majority of the city’s citizens who had, he said, voted against same-sex marriage in 2004 by a 77 percent majority.

He criticized the city for spending money to send lobbyists to Washington, D.C., to promote passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and for promoting the city as a destination for LGBT tourism.

“Who are you promoting it to? Queer liberation [possibly a reference to the now-defunct direct action group Queer LiberAction]? To NAMBLA — the North American Man-Boy Love Association? Or are you just promoting it to the gay chambers?” Clough said.

Clough also criticized the addition of gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, suggesting that council members “ask the ladies do they want a man who suffers from gender identity disorder coming in on them in the bathroom. … If they gays want to promote something, let them spend their own money to promote it.”

There’s nothing quite like a Bat shit crazy, Texas Republican Tea Bagger, Bible Thumping, Homophobic, Bigoted asshole to perpetualate stereotypes now is there?

UNBELIEVEABLE! – Fort Worth Police Prosecuting The Injured Victims Of The Rainbow Lounge Gay Bar Raid

In the early morning hours of June 28, 2009 on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, at the Rainbow Lounge, a newly opened gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas.a raid was carried out by members of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and the Fort Worth Police Department.  Several customers were arrested for public intoxication and one customer received a severe head and brain injury while in custody.

As a result of the fallout for the Rainbow Lounge Raid, the Fort Worth Police Chief named the first ever LGBT liaison, Officer Sara Straten and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission fired 3 individuals and disciplined two others. The agency also completed some previously scheduled changes including increased cultural diversity training.

And now almost 10 months later comes word  rhat those who were injured in the raid, are actually going to be prosecuted by the city!

“Chad Gibson suffered a severe brain injury while in police custody that kept him hospitalized for a week. Officers said he fell and hit his head while handcuffed. He said he was injured when officers slammed him against a wall inside the bar. Gibson is being charged with ‘public intoxication’ and ‘assaulting a state agent.’ George Armstrong suffered severe bruising and muscle strain while being arrested. He is charged with ‘public intoxication.’ Adam Seidel, the attorney for both men, said his clients are not willing to accept a plea bargain and asked that a date be set for the trial. City prosecutor Saleemah Jones declined to comment.”

What a scumbag citry!

Contact the Fort Worth Prosecutor’s Office and The mayor’s office at (817) 392-7629 and let them know that this is a true outrage!