Weekly Round Up for Friday August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!

It is the last weekend of August and many of our readers are back in school. Real quick, HAPYY NEW SCOOL YEAR to all the students out there. I know the transition back to the grind can be both thrilling and, at times, overwhelming. Keep your chins up and check out this article that tells you how all those “naughty” study habits might actually be good for you!

Ok, moving on… here are a few notes about the LGBT news for this week.

A Republican Indiana State Representative is refusing to resign after getting caught in a same-sex sex scandal. He maintains that he isn’t gay, and that he doesn’t know why he arranged via Craigslist to meet a young man in a hotel where he exposed himself… He has said he won’t seek reelection.

Trends of same sex couples reporting for state agencies and census beures continue to surprise. From CNN: a 50% increase in {reported} same-sex couples since 2000. This link will take you to the article as well as other stories that are more state specific.

As you probably already know, Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of apple leaving the way paved for Tim Cook who was “outted” earlier this year on numerous tech blogs.

A follow up on the Facebook/Teacher/Rant/Free Speech drama we talked about on this blog earlier this week. The school board has found that teacher, Jerry Buell, was not in violation of their code of ethics. He must comply to a list of directives before returning to his teaching position. (The directives are not going to be made public, but one can hope they include sensitivity training.)

The change in policy for immigration of same sex couples is mostly good news for the LGBT community.

A good article detailing why it isn’t always good when a (presidential candidate) politician remains mum on certain issues…

Some disquieting statistics from the Advocate: “According to a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released in July, transgender women of color experienced hate violence far disproportionate to their actual numbers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected community. People of color represented 70% of all LGBT-bias-related murder victims in 2010, and some 44% of LGBT murder victims were transgender women. “

But in happier news, gay marriage comes to the gaming world.

Lastly.. if you are like me and have a huge crush on Jane Lynch, you are avidly looking forward to her return as Sue Sylvester on Glee, her hosting of the Emmy’s, and her new book! See the promos and more here!

That’s all for me. Have a fun, and safe, weekend!

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