In the news this week: A decision from the US Supreme Court on which same-sex marriage cases it will hear this term is imminent; Uganda moves ahead with draconian anti-gay legislation amid objections from the US State Department; a horrible Thanksgiving story out of Mobile, Alabama, where a vicious teenage boy beats his sister’s girlfriend to within an inch of her life for being gay, and the girl’s family want assault charges upgraded to attempted murder; a transgender girl in Maine is denied the right to use the girl’s bathroom in her school; the Boeing company doesn’t want to pay survivor pension benefits to same-sex spouses of employees in Washington state; the Associated Press bans the term “homophobia” from its Stylebook for reporters; a gay cruise line bans drag on board—then says, “Never mind”; a historic vote at the UN on LGBT rights; on the eve of World AIDS Day, AIDS activists get naked in House Speaker John Boehner’s office to protest potential cuts in funding; Andy reviews the musical version of “A Christmas Story” on Broadway. IF YOU MISSED LAST WEEK’S SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SHOW on homeless LGBT youth with Kate Barnhart, founder of New Alternatives, and Destiny James, who worked her way out of homelessness, it can be viewed online here. Andy will be hosting a reception and fundraiser for New Alternatives on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 3-5 PM at his home at 445 W. 23rd St., #4-F, New York. If you would like to attend, please bring a donation for New Alternatives and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org To contribute to New Alternatives as a donor or volunteer or to be a Gay Santa for a homeless young person, go to www.newalternativesnyc.org.
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