Gay USA: Oct. 25-Oct. 31, 2011

A U.S. Senate committee drops two amendments to protect LGBT youth and ALL youth from bullying, but Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) talks about WHY it is so important. Good news for students in Bangor, PA, Hartford, CT and Monroe County, TN. Westchester, NY reveals the names and photos of men caught in a sex sting in a park--though records were supposed to be sealed and most were convicted of nothing more than "disorderly conduct." Adoptions by gay and lesbian parents soar. Go to: www.adoptioninstitute.org. A new report says that laws in the U.S. really hurt the children of LGBT parents. Go to: www.children-matter.org. Denmark will move to open marriage to same-sex couples--22 years after being the first country to offer legal recognition to gay partners. The "Hide/Seek" exhibit that was censored in Washington, DC by the Smithsonian will be mounted intact starting November 18th at the Brooklyn Museum. Andy reviews "Southern Comfort," a new musical about transgender folk in Georgia starring Annette O'Toole as a trans-man and "Asuncion" at the Cherry Lane by "Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg who plays the lead as well. HONORING RECENTLY DECEASED MOVEMENT LEADERS: Frank Kameny's remains will be honored at the Carnegie Library, K St. NW & 8th St. in Washington, DC on Thursday, November 3rd from 3-8 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date. NOTE: Last week we gave the wrong link to the group that aided Frank and other aging activists. It is Helping Our Brothers and Sisters at www.helpingourbrothersandsisters.com. The New York memorial for Arthur Evans will be Sunday, November 6th at 2 PM at the LGBT Community Center. Paula Ettelbrick memorial is Monday, November 14th at 6:30 PM at the Unitarian Church at Central Park West and 76th Street in New York.

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