Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed

Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in the case of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death last September after believing his sex session with another man had been secretly filmed. Lawyers for a student accused over the suicide of his gay roommate say the charges against him should be dismissed and that prosecutors withheld evidence.

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Dan Savage Threatens to ‘Google Bomb’ Rick Santorum, Yet Again

Santorum’s “Google problem” might get worse. It all started in 2003 when then-Senator Rick Santorum compared gay sex with bestiality and pedophilia, adding: “I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.” The statements roused the ire of sex columnist, author and gay-rights darling Dan Savage, who proceeded to successfully Google-bomb Santorum’s last name and create a new sex-related but far from sexy definition for the moniker. (Try searching the name yourself, but not if your boss is nearby.)

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/28/dan-savage-threatens-to-google-bomb-rick-santorum-yet-again/#ixzz1U6QY81Zy

Governor Perry Walks Back Marriage Equality Statement (via Queer Dallas)

Governor Perry Walks Back Marriage Equality Statement Governor Rick Perry recently commented on New York's historic marriage equality law, saying it was fine with him. Well, the crazy right wasn't going to have any of that, so they immediately went on the offensive, and made sure Perry retracted that statement and went on record as opposing the right of Texas citizens to decide for themselves whom they marry.  It's important to Perry and other right wing zealots that the government intrude into the … Read More

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Black Student Sues School, Says Race Prevented Her From Being Valedictorian

Kymberly Wimberly, a black 18-year-old from McGehee, Arkansas, says she had the highest G.P.A. in her graduating high school class and should have been the school’s sole valedictorian. But according to a lawsuit filed by Wimberly on July 21 that alleges racial discrimination, McGehee High School appointed a white student with a lower G.P.A. to be the “co-valedictorian.” That decision, the lawsuit alleges, falls in line with a “pattern and practice of school administrators and personnel treating the African-American students less favorably than the Caucasian ones,” according to ABC News.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/27/black-student-sues-school-says-race-prevented-her-from-being-valedictorian/?xid=newsfeed-daily

The U.S. Health Dept. is reconsidering letting gays donate blood

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As most know, if you’re a man who has had any sort of sexual contact with another man since 1977, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says you can’t donate blood. Period. Well thanks to our friends Senator John Kerry and Congressman Mike Quigley, that is being reconsidered.

A press release from John Kerry’s website:

In a question and answer document requested by Senator Kerry and Congressman Quigley, HHS laid out four final areas for additional study needed to implement a policy change.

“We’ve been working on this a long time in a serious way and I’m glad Secretary Sebelius responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books,” said Sen. Kerry. “HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game – a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban.”

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Lesbian couple save 40 people from almost certain death during Norway Massacre

Hege Dale Hansen, Toril, and rescued the young people in front of Utöyan

As the horrifying events started unfolding in Norway last Friday, two women, a lesbian couple, became heroes. As shots were being fired, Hege Dalen and her partner Toril Hansen took their boat to the source of panic, picked up as many wounded and young as their boat could carry, and took them to back safety. They repeated this process four times saving as many as 40 Norwegian campers.

Here’s a Google translation of the original Finnish story, the translation isn’t perfect, but you get the idea.

Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen were Utöyan dinner on the opposite shore of the campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.

“The island floated ruudinhajua. Then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale HS in an interview.

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Deism? what’s that?

Deism Q & A

Deism has a lot to offer you! It also has a lot to offer society! Deism is knowledge of God based on the application of our reason on the designs/laws found throughout Nature. The designs presuppose a Designer. Deism is therefore a natural religion and is not a “revealed” religion. The natural religion/philosophy of Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear that are so strongly represented in all of the “revealed” religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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It Gets Better- Brought to you by Severus Snape

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Harry Potter’s Severus Snape has some very important words for us all. Warning, there are spoilers, so if  you have not read the last Harry Potter book or seen the last movie you have been warned.

The above isn’t the Real Alan Rickman, but I sure hope he sees this!