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Saturday, October 23 · 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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|More Info||We thought it would be cool to have our monthly event at Adventure Park this month. What better way to get out and have some fun and play all sorts of games! There is Air hockey, go carts, video games, and so much more! We would love to have people come out and play these fun filled games with us. Are you game? Also, what better way to mingle and have a good time with us. Don't forget to RSVP to this event. Hope to see you all there :)|
“It’s really, really beautifully shot in these crazy, crazy, crazy places,” the 22-year-old Bajan beauty has told JustJared.com. “We shot landscapes that we found a couple hours outside of L.A. It looks so unreal. It looks fake, like something out of a postcard with the beautiful hills… We had a lot of sunshine those couple of days, so it really worked with the whole essence of the video. But really, the video just shows this big landscape and the only person there is me.”
Tune into the official premiere of the video TONIGHT @ 7:56 ET on MTV!
CNN's Terry Frieden and Xuan Thai
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is expected to appeal as soon as Wednesday a federal judge's ruling that halted the Defense Department from enforcing its policy that bars openly gay people from military service, according to senior administration officials familiar with the government's plans.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Philips issued an injunction Tuesday that bans enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy throughout the military services.
While the government has up to 60 days to file an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco, California, officials familiar with the case said that could happen in the next day or two.
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Hanford High School will host Rachel’s Challenge on October 18.
During the school day, students will attend an assembly where they will hear the incredible story of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School tragedy. Rachel left behind an amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it – treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world you live in.
After the student assemblies, HHS student leaders will receive special, in-depth training to better understand how they can make a difference in their school and community.
As a wrap-up of the day’s events, parents and community members are invited to attend a similar presentation at 7 p.m. at the Stratton L. Tarvin Presentation Center to hear Rachel's story and learn how they can help create a positive school and community environment.
The student leaders at Hanford high School are excited to bring this event to Hanford and we hope that this opportunity may “start a chain reaction” of kindness and compassion in our community.
Rob Thomas: GAY Teens Are CourageousBy Advocate.com Editors
Throwing his voice into the “It Gets Better” ring, Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas tells LGBT teens that bullies are scared of the “courage” and “conviction” it takes to be unique, and they respond by lashing out.
“Before you know it, you’re going to be around a whole other group of people in your life, and those are the people that are going to understand that it’s those things about you that make you so special and those are the things that they love the most,” Thomas says.
Last year, Thomas made a passionate plea for marriage equality in a Huffington Post opinion piece. The singer has been a long time supporter of gay rights.
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An arrest is made outside Paris Hilton's L.A. house; Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars"; Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman announce separation, find out why:
Perez Hilton will appear on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show Wednesday to announce that he’s turning over a new leaf and backing away from bullying celebrities.
The blogger has stepped up to the plate and become a driving force behind Dan Savage’s “It Gates Better” campaign. But Hilton tells Outmagazine that in an effort to bring attention to bullying in schools and the suicide rate of LGBT teens, fans of his website were calling him a hypocrite.
“In trying to raise awareness and do everything I possibly could to help the issue of bullying and teen suicides, I saw that so many people were calling me a hypocrite and calling me a big bully myself,” Hilton says. “And sure, it’s to be expected and OK that will be what some people think but it felt like that was what the majority of people were thinking. And if that’s the case, I want to change that because that’s not who I am or it’s not who I want to be.”
But Hilton assumes that just because he’s making a change, he’s not completely going soft. Though he says he will no longer out celebrities, he stands by his decision to post nude photos of Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black online last year.
“It’s a different thing,” he tells Out. “[I don't regret it at all.] Igot so much flak from the gay community for that and I found that very hypocritical. I’m not perfect and I might make mistakes and I’ll probably say or do things that will upset gay people in the future. And that’s OK, because I’m making a concerted effort to do things differently and be sincere about it and just be mindful of what I do and how I do it.”
Hilton will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.
Published October 12, 2010
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SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the U.S. military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say they are under no legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips' ruling stand.
The federal government is reviewing the ruling and has no immediate comment, said Tracy Schmaler, spokesman for the Department of Justice.
Phillips declared the law unconstitutional after a two-week nonjury trial in federal court in Riverside and said she would issue a nationwide injunction. But she asked first for input from Department of Justice attorneys and the Log Cabin Republicans, the gay rights group that filed the lawsuit in 2004 to stop the ban's enforcement.
The Log Cabin Republicans asked her for an immediate injunction so the policy can no longer be used against any U.S. military personnel anywhere in the world.
"The order represents a complete and total victory for the Log Cabin Republicans and reaffirms the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians in the miltiary for fighting and dying for our country," said Dan Woods, an attorney for the Log Cabin group.
Government attorneys objected, saying such an abrupt change might harm military operations in a time of war. They had asked Phillips to limit her ruling to the members of the Log Cabin
Republicans, a 19,000-member group that includes current and former military service members.
The Department of Justice attorneys also said Congress should decide the issue -- not her court.
Phillips disagreed, saying the law doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services by hurting recruiting during wartime and requiring the discharge of service members with critical skills and training.
She said the law violates the free-speech and due process rights of service members after listening to the testimonies of military officers who have been discharged under the policy.
Legal experts say the Obama administration could choose to not appeal her ruling to end the ban -- but Department of Justice attorneys are not likely to stay mum since Obama has made it clear he wants Congress to repeal the policy.
"The president has taken a very consistent position here, and that is: 'Look, I will not use my discretion in any way that will step on Congress' ability to be the sole decider about this policy here,' " said Diane H. Mazur, legal co-director of the Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California at Santa Barbara that supports a repeal.
Gay rights advocates say they worry they lost a crucial opportunity to change the law when Senate Republicans opposed the defense bill earlier this month because of a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal provision.
If Democrats lose seats in the upcoming elections, repealing the ban could prove even more difficult -- if not impossible -- next year.
Woods said the administration should be seizing the opportunity to let a judge do what politics has been unable to do.
The "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but bans those who are gay from serving openly. Under the 1993 policy, service men and women who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base, are subject to discharge.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett called the recent string of gay teens bullied to death “a terrible tragedy.”
Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, spoke Saturday night to an estimated 3,100 people attending the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 14th annual National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.
The 53-year-old Jarrett said the president had asked her to deliver a message on his behalf.
“Recently, we've all been shocked and heartbroken by the deaths of several young people who had been harassed and bullied for being openly gay – or because people thought they were gay. It's a terrible tragedy. And it has turned a harsh spotlight on an issue that often doesn't get the public attention it deserves. The struggles of LGBT youth. The enormous pain that too many experience as a result of bullying. And the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives.”
“No young person should have to endure a life of relentless taunts and harassment, just because they're gay,” she added. “On behalf of President Obama, I want to make clear that this administration is firmly committed to working with you and other advocates.”
Speaking to the crowd last year, Obama reiterated his campaign promise to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans gay troops from serving openly. And several gay groups and bloggers had criticized HRC officials for inviting a high-ranking Obama official to speak at this year's event so soon after Democrats failed to move legislation in the Senate that would conditionally repeal the 1993 law.
Writing at AmericaBlog.com, influential blogger John Aravosis blamed the president for the failure: “Obama … sat back while the legislation died in the Senate. He didn't make one God damn phone call to even one senator the day the DADT compromise was filibustered to death [by Republicans]. But that same day our self-proclaimed 'fierce advocate' did find time to phone a women's basketball team.”
Zach Harrington, a 19-year-old in Norman, Oklahoma, attended a City Council meeting Sept. 28 where council members were asked to simply recognize October at LGBT History Month in the city. In a 7-1 vote, the council approved the resolution — but not before three hours of incensed debate back and forth between members of the public during an open comment period. It was this "toxic" exchange among neighbors, railing against the recognition of queers' contributions to society, that led Zach to take his own life a week later, his family says.
Like Tyler Clementi, Zach was an aspiring musician who graduated from Norman North High School, where he was in band, orchestra, and became the first male captain of the color guard. It's also where this 6-foot-4 gay teen found himself taunted by classmates because of his sexuality. His father Van says halfway into senior year, Zach asked to leave Norman North and get his diploma through a separate program.
Earlier this week, while discussing anti-gay bullying with Ellen DeGeneres, CNN's Anderson Cooper voiced his disapproval of a line in the trailer for an upcoming Vince Vaughn movie, The Dilemma.
"Do you find it surprising that people still tell gay jokes? I mean, that people still use the 'F' word, that people still use that term, you know, 'Oh, that's so gay?'" Cooper asked DeGeneres, before offering hispersonal take: "I went to a movie theater this weekend, and a preview for a new movie, a new Vince Vaughn movie, in the preview, he uses the term. And it just shocked me that not only would they put this in the movie but that they would put this in the preview, that they didn't even think this might offend some people."
Cooper concluded, "I think it should offend a lot of people."
Though Cooper's comment went unnoticed for a few days, the news blew up this morning, leading Universal Pictures to hastily yank Vaughn's line, "Ladies and Gentlemen, electric cars are so gay," from the trailer.
The studio released the following statement, "The teaser trailer for The Dilemma was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today."
Gay group GLAAD has been catching some heat for allegedly having seen and approved of the trailer. The group, however, insists it asked Universal to remove the scene. The studio clearly didn't listen, and it took Cooper to get the job done. Is this more proof Cooper, who just confirmed a daytime show, will be the next Oprah?
PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As midterm elections approach, new research from the makers of Trojan® brand condoms, Sperling's BestPlaces and Rock the Vote shed light on the state of sexual health at American colleges and universities. The findings, in the form of two studies, point to a changing sexual health landscape on campuses, with sexual health coming out as a key political and social issue for college-aged Americans.
The first study, the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, is an annual ranking of sexual health at American colleges and universities, and saw Columbia University take top honors as the most sexually healthy campus in 2010. Consistently high scores across all categories measured contributed to the school's rise from No. 4 last year and No. 2 in 2008.
According to independent research firm Sperling's BestPlaces, which fielded the study, Columbia's number one ranking is also due to the school's implementation of an innovative new internet resource called "Ask Alice," which gives students the option to submit sexual health questions anonymously online rather than going to the health center.
"The 'Ask Alice' program has been well-received and has actually been mirrored by a number of schools around the country," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's BestPlaces. "Columbia has always scored high in sexual health, ranking in the top ten in the two previous studies for consistent availability of on-site HIV testing, free condoms, anonymous advice capabilities and student peer groups. This combined with the success of 'Ask Alice' helped propel them to the number one spot in our study."
Columbia is joined by two other Ivy League schools in the top ten: Brown University (No. 5) and Princeton University (No. 8). But with big moves in the Big Ten, the Ivy's three year reign as the most sexually healthy conference came to an end in 2010. Top sexually healthy Big Ten schools include Michigan State University (No. 2), Ohio State University (No. 3), University of Michigan(No. 4), University of Iowa (No. 6), and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (No. 10), helping the Big Ten take the number one conference ranking.
Meanwhile, Midwest schools took a more passive role in sexual health this year with Chicago State University (No. 137),Marshall University (No. 138), DePaul University (No. 139), Brigham Young University (No. 140) and the University of Idaho (No. 141) rounding out the bottom five.
Top Five Sexually Healthy Schools
Bottom Five Schools in Sexual Health
1. Columbia University
137. Chicago State University
2. Michigan State University
138. Marshall University
3. Ohio State University
139. DePaul University
4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
140. Brigham Young University
5. Brown University
141. University of Idaho
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Singer Lady Gaga has amassed so much fame and influence that she earned the number 7 slot on Forbes magazine's "most powerful women" round-up. Gaga came in ahead of Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce and, yes, even Cristina Kirchner, president of Argentina.
So, who's the world's most powerful woman? First Lady Michelle Obama. The second? Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive of Kraft.
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Andy Moreno was born a male but has identified herself as female for the past year. She looks and acts like a girl.
She said that has never caused any problems for her at school.
However, her nomination for homecoming queen has caused some controversy.
"I don't have anyone that doesn't want me to run, the only people that have a problem with it is the administration," she said. "I was told by one of the counselors that I should prepare myself because a lot of the administration has a problem with me running."
Moreno immediately spoke to the principal for support with the nomination. The principal told her she should run for king instead of homecoming queen.
"Which I don't feel comfortable with because I identify myself as a woman and not as a male, and a king is a male," she said.
Friends are supporting her. Other students said they were not bothered by the idea of Moreno becoming homecoming queen.
"I don't think it is fair because there is no rule in the book that says a male cannot do anything like that," said Ignacio Ortega.
That's true. The Dallas Independent School District said there is no policy on the matter. Instead the decision is left to the principal.
North Dallas High School administrators would not comment.
"The district fully supports the decision of the principal at North Dallas High School. It should be noted that the Dallas Independent School District is proud to have one of the most aggressive anti-harassment policies among school districts in the state of Texas," DISD said in a statement.