President Obama makes three references to LGBT rights in his acceptance speech at a Democratic convention marked by the integration of LGBT issues, although they've given us a whole new name. Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan gives benedictions at both conventions that worked his personal crusades against choice and gay rights. Ann Romney passes on a chance to defend traditional marriage. NFL football players clash with Maryland legislator who wants them to stifle their support of same-sex marriage. A judge orders Massachusetts to provide gender reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate and is condemned by the Republican and Democratic candidates for US Senate. New report finds things ARE getting better for LGBT students. The Archbishop of Canterbury, announcing his retirement, says "we were wrong" not to push more for LGBT rights. The two ACT UP documentary movies are about to be more widely available: "United in Anger" is going on Netflix; for more info go to: www.ACTUPOralhistory.org "How to Survive a Plague" opens in selected cities September 21 and wider thereafter; go to www.surviveaplague.com. Andy reviews "Mary Broome" at the Mint Theatre, a 100-year old comedy of manners well ahead of its time. Singer Frank Ocean is the biggest hit at MTV's Video Music Awards.
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