Archive for March, 2012

Illinois Primary Election Campaign Violation

Leave it to the self-righteous Santorum backers to violate the election laws.
While every other candidate for office, respectfully locates their volunteers and signs at least a hundred feet from the door to the polling place, Santorum’s people place his sign, a mere 13 feet from the door! This is in Chicago’s 46th ward.

Minnesota School District Settles Lawsuit Over Gay Bullying

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota’s biggest public school district has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with six current and former students awarding them $270,000 after finding they were subjected to slurs, threats and attacks for their real or perceived sexual orientation as gays or lesbians.
The settlement reached with the students and the U.S. Justice and Education Departments, was approved by the Anoka-Hennepin School District board on Monday and must be approved by a federal judge, officials said.
Under its terms, the students split $270,000 and the district will be subject to federal oversight for five years.
“Harassment by or against students in schools is unacceptable, and not a ‘rite of passage’ to be endured by anyone,” Thomas Perez, assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.
Superintendent Dennis Carlson said the board’s anti-bullying and harassment policy was clear, but the five-year oversight would significantly strengthen its programs. He also said the district had made progress in teacher training and other areas.
“Our gay students deserve to feel safe and be safe — just like everyone else in our public schools,” Carlson said in a statement.
The settlement combined a Justice Department investigation into student harassment launched in November 2010 and the lawsuit filed by the students or former students last year.
The students said they were subjected to years of pervasive bullying. It included near daily anti-gay slurs to reports of being urinated on, stabbed in the neck with pencils, choked or shoved into walls or lockers with little action taken by the district.
The agreement requires the district to retain an expert to review its harassment policies and develop a plan to prevent student-on-student harassment at its middle and high schools. It also requires the district to improve training of faculty and staff and improve records maintenance on allegations.
The district has about 39,000 students across 13 suburbs north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, including six middle schools, five high schools, plus alternative sites.
The district also has agreed to hire or appoint a mental health expert to review its practices in aiding students who are harassed or at risk of depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, suicide or other problems.
One student involved in the lawsuit had attempted suicide and the suit said at least four gay or lesbian students had killed themselves from November 2009 to July 2010.
School Board Chairman Tom Heidemann said the monetary settlement was negotiated by the district’s insurer and the district believed its staff had acted appropriately. He said the mediation “likely saved the district millions of dollars and many years of ongoing litigation.”
by David Bailey | Reuters (Editing by Tim Gaynor)

Gay Porn Star Confirmed Dead After Suicide

Roman Ragazzi

Gay porn legend Roman Ragazzi, aged 38, took his own life on Thursday, February 23rd. Roman, whose real name was Dror Barak, started doing gay porn in 2007. Soon after signing on as a Raging Stallion exclusive, the former Israeli military trainer found himself in the middle of a gay porn scandal as the New York Post’s Page Six outed him for working at the Israeli consulate, forcing him to resign. Later that year, he started a personal training and fitness company called Freedom Fitness.

Although he stopped doing porn in 2008, Roman recently appeared in a fashion spread along side gay porn stars Nick Gruber and Blu Kennedy in the January issue of Out Magazine entitled “New York’s Finest”.

Devastated by the news, Raging Stallion head Chris Ward (who named Roman Raging Stallion’s Man of the Year in 2008) said, “He was probably the hottest man I have ever filmed — a massive man of pure beauty, intelligence and kindness. He was perfect in every possible way.”

as published at GayPorn Blog

“8″: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality

West Coast Premiere of “8”

An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.

a new play by
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK

Benefit Reading for Marriage Equality

Presented by
American Foundation for Equal Rights,
Broadway Impact &
Presenting Sponsor Bryan Singer

directed by
ROB REINER

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8″ is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

Here is the video of the historic live stage reading:

I Want to Know What It’s Like!!

A moving Gay Rights Video That Brings Tears to Your Eyes and Chills Down Your Spin by Ryan James Yezak and friends

“A second class citizen is defined as: a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less important than those of other people in the same society. There are many areas in which gays, lesbians, & bisexuals do not have the same rights & opportunities as others in society. We must change this now.

I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage & bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we have right now isn’t working fast enough.

I am not a second class citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let’s change that.”

Ryan James Yezak
Click to learn how you can participate and help produce the Second Class Citizens documentary

Please show this to everyone you can.

Principal Tells Gay Students They’re Going To Hell

BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF

Tennessee high school principal Dorothy Bond is coming under fire for allegedly telling gay students that they’re going to hell.
According to ABC affiliate ABC24, Bond, the principal at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, is coming under fire for controversial comments she made about gay people and teen pregnancy during a meeting with students.
“At first she was talking about PDA and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said if you’re gay you’re going to hell and if you’re pregnant, you’re life is over,” said Amber Whittiemore, who heard about Bond’s comments through a gay friend of hers who attended the meeting.
Outraged parents have called for the district to discipline Bond.
Parent Tony Snipes said Bond was creating an unwelcome environment for pregnant and gay teens.
“That’s not her role. Her role as educator, as principal, is to encourage them regardless of their circumstances or situations,” Snipes said. “With remarks she made I personally believe she does not need to be a principal in Haywood County Schools anymore.”

“Something should happen,” said Brittany Siler, a graduate of Haywood High School. “I don’t say fire her or anything else because she is a very nice lady but she shouldn’t have done it that way.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest gay rights advocate, has called on Dr. Marlon D. King, superintendent of Haywood County Schools, to investigate the incident.
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THINK PROGRESS LGBT:
UPDATE: PRINCIPAL WHO CONDEMNED GAY AND PREGNANT STUDENTS RESIGNS | The principal of Tennessee’s Haywood High School, Dorothy Bond, has resigned following various allegations that she has told gay students they are going to Hell and pregnant students that their lives are over. The school district released a statement saying, “The Haywood County Board of Education acknowledges its student body’s right to free speech. Further, the Haywood County Board of Education strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards.”

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