IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK ON “GAY USA” with Ann and Andy: Rhode Island close to opening marriage to same-sex couples. For the first time in one of the big four professional team sports, a gay man has come out. SF Pride is embroiled in a controversy over extending and then withdrawing an invitation to Bradley Manning to be a grand marshals this year. Philadelphia passes a strong transgender rights bill as does Vermont. New York State’s Assembly passes the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act for the sixth time and now it is on to the State Senate where its fate is uncertain. More information atwww.prideagenda.org. The coverage of the brutal murder in Ohio of a transgender woman provokes outrage. Marriage equality loses in Columbia and Northern Ireland. A big AIDS vaccine trial is halted due to poor preliminary results. Andy reviews Alec Baldwin in “Orphans,” an all-star cast including Cicely Tyson in “The Trip to Bountiful,” and a new play by the author of “Cock” called “Bull.”
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