Gay USA: August 21-27, 2012

The Romney-Ryan extreme position against abortion is exposed and the Republican Party platform digs in against the rights of women and LGBT people. The United States Congress will have a new out gay member next year and the Florida State legislature will have its first and maybe its second and third. For all election results on LGBT candidates, go towww.VictoryFund.orgJacksonvilleFlorida’s City Council rejects an LGBT-rights ordinance when a sponsor goes against it. A gay man in DC shoots a guard at the anti-gay Family Research Council whose leader blames the attack on gay groups and the Obama administration. For the FRC anti-gay statements, go to www.glaad.org/CAPUtah gay bar is attacked by flaming projectiles thrown by cowards. A transgendered youth is found murdered on Chicago’s West Side. A Christian activist is convicted of aiding the kidnapping of lesbian Janet Jenkins’ daughter by her ex-partner. Former assistant Attorney General in Michigan ordered to pay $4.5 million for defaming and stalking gay student body president at University of Michigan.  Canada’s largest Protestant denomination elects an out gay leader.  Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in a Russian prison, sparking international outrage. Rufus Wainwright gets hitched and says he thinks gay marriage is somehow different. Andy reviews gay-themed plays by Paul Rudnick and Neil La Bute, among others.

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