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Johnny Weir: Gay Activists Are Idiots

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: Former Olympic skater Johnny Weir was picketed by Queer Nation outside his talk at Barnard College December 2 for his position that “the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and “you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting.” During his talk …

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American Prospect Profiles Dan Choi

American Prospect senior editor Gabriel Arana has published a lengthy profile on Dan Choi, who has largely dropped out of the public eye since the repeal of DADT and his high-profile trial for chaining himself to the White House fence.  An excerpt: By the time “don’t ask, don’t tell” was abolished, Dan had been interviewed scores of times, appearing in …

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Thousands Of HIV/AIDS Activism Posters Are Now Viewable Online

Via press release: In time for World AIDS Day on Sunday, Dec. 1, one of the world’s largest collections of AIDS posters is now complete and available online, marking the culmination of a multiyear project launched in 2011 during the 30th anniversary year of the identification of HIV/AIDS. Thanks to catalogers at the University of Rochester, more than 6,200 posters …

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About The Real HIV/AIDS Buyers Clubs

Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club continues to perform strongly in theaters, moving up to #10 on last weekend’s list of top grosses as the release widened to more than 650 houses. Focus writes: Jean-Marc Vallée’s DALLAS BUYERS CLUB dramatizes the story of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), a real man who, after being diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986, did …

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KENTUCKY: Gay Couple Fined One Cent For Trespassing During Marriage Protest

A Louisville, Kentucky gay couple has been found guilty of trespassing for refusing to leave the county clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license. But the sympathetic jury fined them only one penny. After three hours of testimony in which their lawyers hailed them for their civil disobedience, while the prosecution urged jurors to stick to the facts, Blanchard …

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Queer Nation Wins With NYSE

More from the Moscow Times: During last year’s event, the Russian flag was raised on the NYSE building together with a banner announcing “2012 NYSE Russia Day.” Amid this year’s protests against the Russian law, neither the flag nor any other sign commemorating Russia appeared outside the NYSE building. “Apparently, the NYSE is embarrassed by their association with the Russian …

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BRITAIN: Activist Peter Tatchell Leads Protest At Commonwealth Headquarters

Via press release: Gay campaigners and allies rallied today outside the Commonwealth’s London HQ to protest against “Commonwealth collusion with homophobia.” Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states, including the current wave of homophobic persecution in …

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Petition Of The Day

From the petition: The New York Stock Exchange and Goodwin Procter are lending their credibility to the effort to entice American investors into investing in the Russian economy. On November 18, 2013, the NYSE will host Russia Day, when leading Russian government officials — some of them the very architects of Russia’s homophobic law banning any gay-positive speech and tacitly …

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Father Tony Is Doing The AIDS Ride

Father Tony is doing the Miami – Key West AIDS ride this weekend.  From Tony’s rider page where you can sponsor him: In high school, my idea of exercise was lip-synching Diana Ross. Now, as a 62 year-old gay adventure tour guide and travel writer, I want you to “stop, in the name of love” for a moment and consider …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Activist Couples Marry Across Bridge To New Jersey

Yesterday three gay couples from Pennsylvania literally married across a bridge to New Jersey. Nice symbolism. “Just this week, Illinois passed marriage equality, Hawaii is on the verge of passing marriage equality, New Jersey recently passed marriage equality and we’re hoping for a win here in Pennsylvania,” said Adrian Shanker, president of Equality Pennsylvania. “You can see it from right …

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Russia: #LoveAlwaysWins

Via press release: Today All Out, an organization mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality, released a new short video as part of its campaign urging Russia to repeal its anti-gay propaganda ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The video imagines what it could be like for …

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TIMES SQUARE: Queer Nation Crashes USOC Press Event For Sochi Olympics

The protesters were interviewed by some of the media in attendance, so mission accomplished. More photos.  USA Today reports on the protest. About two dozen protesters tried to disrupt the U.S. Olympic committee’s 100-day countdown event Tuesday in Times Square. Yelling “Homophobia’s gotta go” the protesters unfurled banners that said “don’t buy Putin’s lies ” and “boycott homophobia” while Olympic …

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ATLANTA: All Out Activists Drive Billboard Trucks Past Coca-Cola Headquarters

Via press release: Today, All Out demonstrated outside Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-Cola is one of the largest Olympic sponsors and has the longest continuous Olympic sponsorship history of any of the sponsors. All Out called upon Coca-Cola to continue their strong tradition of support for the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities by calling for an end of …

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NEW YORK CITY: Queer Nation Disrupts Meeting Of Moscow City Leaders

Via press release: Gay activists directly confronted Russian government officials over that country’s anti-LGBT laws during a forum to promote US investment in Russia, disrupting a panel promoting investment in Moscow. One after another, three members of Queer Nation rose to question the panelists. “In my experience, anti-gay bigots are dishonest and corrupt as well,” said Queer Nation member Duncan …

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