May 4, 2012 | by Phil Reese
Fast Five Fix: May 4
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Pittsburgh shows pride in hometown queen Sharon Needles, this year's RuPaul's Drag Race winner. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

There is SO much North Carolina news, I’m taking it out of the five and giving you everything right here up front: Two African American women who had planned to vote for Amendment One will now be voting against it after they heard wife of one of the law’s creators, Jodie Brunstetter tell another white woman that the “Caucasian” race would benefit from its passage, according to Think Progress. The NAACP of North Carolina is hoping that is the case with much more of the N.C. African American community, and are — according to Pam’s House Blend — blasting what’s been labeled a “race-based ‘Trojan Horse’ regressive wedge strategy waged by Amendment One supporters.” Finally, GLAAD adds a bunch of North Carolina marriage foes to the Commentator Accountability Project page to give tools to the media to expose what some of these people have said in the past that may make those who read their words think twice about supporting their stance on Amendment One. PHEW! Don’t forget the vote is Tuesday! Now here’s your fast five:

  • With five weeks left, backers of a referendum on Washington state’s marriage bill seem to be having trouble making the mark, says Pam’s House Blend. Has the anti-gay movement run out of steam in Washington?
  • We may be sick of hearing “We Are Young” in everything on television today, the band behind it, ‘Fun’ tells the Washington Post they want to create their own marriage equality charity.
  • Think Progress says the Republican governor of Tennessee stands behind Vanderbilt’s LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy.
  • Towleroad says that homeless LGBT youth activist, the Ali Forney Center’s Carl Siciliano is calling out NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg for cutting 160 beds for homeless youth in his most recent budget, which will make things worse for the city’s homeless gay youth.
  • According to Think Progress, late yesterday, the Colorado House Judiciary committee approved a civil unions bill by a slim 6-5 margin, that had been earlier adopted by the entire Senate. A Republican crossed the aisle to give the bill a shot at the full House floor.

 

Finally, we like Texas rapper Adair Lion’s new single “Ben,” a tribute to a gay friend named Ben.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vryCIuU3LxM

(h/t Queerty)

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