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Va. rally planned against anti-gay Cuccinelli

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Ken Cuccinelli (photo courtesy Rob Pilaud).

A rally and protest is planned for Tuesday at George Mason University at the same time when Virginia’s anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is set to speak at the school.

Cuccinelli invoked considerable ire from the LGBT community earlier this month when he issued an opinion saying state law prohibits Virginia colleges from having workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Cuccinelli’s opinion letter is bad for Virginia’s economy, is out of touch with reality, and threatens the competitiveness, reputation and accreditation status of all of Virginia’s public Universities,” reads a flyer advertising the event.

Throughout his political career, Cuccinelli has also made comments on “homosexual acts” being unhealthy or contrary to natural law.

The rally is set for Tuesday at 4 pm and will happen concurrently with the presentation and reception the school had set for Cuccinelli at the same time. The protest will take place in front of George Mason’s law school.

Scheduled speakers at the rally include Jay Fisette, who’s gay and vice-chair of the Arlington County Board, as well as Ric Chollar, director of the school’s LGBT resource center. Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the only openly gay lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly, has been invited to attend.

Organizers are asking those interested in attending to RSVP on the group’s Facebook page.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Vote now for the 2013 Best of Gay DC!

Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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