Today is the day for Anchorage Alaska: residents will decide whether or not its worth it to protect their neighbors from unfair hiring and firing practices based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity. Here are today’s five news stories that will make you look like you’re on top of things:
- Both the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the New York Times published scathing editorial board condemnations of the National Organization for Marriage’s “divide and conquer” strategy of pitting African Americans against LGBT Americans.
- Meanwhile, both the National Council of La Raza and the California NAACP have skewered NOM for the strategy as well, according to Think Progress.
- Somehow Bill O’Reilly and GLAAD ended up on the same side of a trans issue: while conservative talk TV host O’Reilly stuck up for the Canadian Miss Universe contestant barred from competing because she was born male, media watchdog groups Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is working with the pageant to reinstate Jenna Talackova, and so far seems to have been successful.
- A big oops: A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland was preparing to give a presentation to the parents of a First Communion class when it seems he grabbed the wrong flash drive, and showed them hardcore gay porn instead, according to Towleroad.
- Gay high school sports pioneer Corey Johnson is all grown up, now, and could be running for the New York City council seat President Christine Quinn is vacating, according to Out Sports.
Finally, he got the San Francisco Giants to do an ‘It Gets Better’ video, starting a trend in the MLB, and now Sean Chapin is back with a Change.org petition asking for baseball commissioner Bud Selig to tell baseball players: its ok to be gay.
Good on Sean!
ALSO check out the Washington Blade article featured in the video! W00t!