Pam's House Blend blog reports that "Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., recently told his congregation that his solution to dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people is to send them to concentration camps to starve to death."
North Carolina pastor: Put lesbians, 'queers and the homosexuals' in electrified pens and they'll die out
'Dancing With the South Florida Stars II' to benefit Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation for HIV/AIDS
Dancing With the South Florida Stars II begins 6 p.m. Monday with a silent auction at The Manor complex, 2345 Wilton Manors.
The event benefits Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation, "a 501(c) 3 corporation, offering health club memberships, group workouts sessions, nutritional advice, as well as diet and mental wellness programs to financially challenged, HIV positive, and/or terminally ill patients," according to the website.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Gay rights activists in Guyana are calling for the South American nation to repeal cross-dressing and sodomy laws.
The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination says the colonial-era laws are outdated and discriminatory. Group spokesman Joel Simpson said Monday that activists will increase pressure on lawmakers to repeal the laws.
Earlier this year, Guyanese authorities promised the U.N. Human Rights Council that it would launch a debate on whether to revise the laws before deciding whether it will pursue any amendments.
The consultations so far have not been opened to the public.
Simpson says his group will stage a gay film festival in Guyana's capital next month in hopes of winning more public acceptance.
Laws against gay sex are common in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Garden State Equality: Tyler Clementi case 'not merely a childhood prank gone awry. This was not a crime without bias'
From Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality:
Moments ago, Judge Berman decided to sentence Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail. We have been public in taking a position of balance: We opposed throwing the book at Dharun Ravi. We have spoken out against giving him the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and against deporting him. That would have been vengeance beyond punishment and beyond sending a message to the rest of society.
But we have similarly rejected the other extreme that Ravi should have gotten no jail time at all, and today’s sentencing is closer to that extreme than the other. This was not merely a childhood prank gone awry. This was not a crime without bias.
Remember that Ravi had messaged his motivation in violating Tyler’s privacy: “I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”
Remember that before Tyler took his life, Ravi messaged a friend: "Keep the gays away." And remember that because Ravi had tampered with evidence, his post-facto messages to Tyler that he, Ravi, had no problem with gay people understandably lost their credibility to the jury.
Dharun Ravi wasn’t convicted of a bias crime unfairly. Dharun Ravi was convicted of a bias crime because his own words broadcast anti-gay animus to Tyler Clementi and the world.
Since the verdict, Dharun Ravi’s extraordinary lawyers and their media operation have deemphasized these facts, stunningly able to recast Ravi in the role of victim, scapegoat and even folk hero. But we remember the trial itself – a long and painstaking trial where Ravi had the best team possible, unlike many other defendants charged with serious crimes.
None of us not directly affected by this tragedy has reason to be happy. Tyler Clementi is no longer with us. Another man – M.B. – has seen this tragedy wreak havoc on his own life. The life of a third man, Dharun Ravi, will never be the same again. And Tyler’s family will forever have to live with the loss of their son, brother, nephew and cousin. May the family receive strength from their loving memories.
Those who have oppose giving Dharun Ravi jail time have asked, hasn’t he suffered enough? But we believe there’s another question: Has Dharun Ravi done enough? Has he done enough to use his place in history to speak out against student bullying and to make a positive impact on millions of lives across our state and nation?
Thus far, no.
Though Tyler Clementi has left us, the rest of Dharun Ravi’s life will help tell his life story. Ravi’s own lawyer portrayed him as a young man who engaged merely in jerky behavior. Ravi can stay that course, or he can do some good with his life by making amends and fighting for the justice and dignity of every individual, including people who are LGBT. That much is up to Ravi.
As for all of us, we must continue our focus on building a better world, one free of bullying of every student, so that a tragedy like this never happens again. That's what New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, the country's strongest anti-bullying law, is ultimately about.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all whose lives have been changed by this tragedy.
BY GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail - just a fraction of the maximum - in a case that focused attention on anti-gay bullying, teen suicide and hate-crime laws in the fast-changing Internet age.
Dharun Ravi, 20, was also placed on three years' probation for his part in an episode that burst onto the front pages after his roommate, Tyler Clementi, threw himself to his death off the George Washington Bridge.
"Our society has every right to expect zero tolerance for intolerance," Judge Glenn Berman said in imposing far less than the maximum, 10 years behind bars.
In addition, Ravi was ordered to get counseling and pay $10,000 toward a program to help victims of hate crimes.
The judge said he would not recommend Ravi be deported to India, where he was born and remains a citizen.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its 11th annual awards gala -- this year orange themed -- on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Hilton Downtown Miami hotel.
This year's honorees:
- Steve Haas: Wells Fargo Businessperson of the Year
- Ikea: AT&T Business of the Year
- Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority: Office Depot Nonprofit Organization of the Year
- Daniel Spring: Special Recognition Award
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Lesley Ann Warren’s longtime career as a singer-actress in theater, movies and television isn’t exactly the classic Cinderella story. No struggling, no hard knocks.
From the age of 17, Warren has been a star: on Broadway in the 1963 musical 110 in the Shade; on TV in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1965); and in the Blake Edwards’ hit film Victor Victoria (1982), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.
“It was my destiny to do this,” says Warren, now 65, still a working actress and promoting the latest DVD release of Victor Victoria (Warner Archive, $18). “I wanted nothing else, I saw nothing else. There was never any question in my mind.”
As a teen in New York, Warren studied ballet and also acting with Lee Strasberg at his Actor’s Studio. TV producer Charles S. Dubin saw her in 110 in the Shade and wanted Warren to play the title role in Cinderella, a taped remake of Julie Andrews’ live 1957 TV production.
First, she needed to audition for composer Richard Rodgers. “I was terrified,” Warren says.
“Richard Rodgers sat down at the piano and had me sit down next to him,” says Warren, who sang one of his standards written with Lorenz Hart, My Funny Valentine.
Warren, who had recently lost the role of Liesl in the movie version of The Sound of Music, won the part of Cinderella.
Her prince was played by relative newcomer Stuart Damon (later Alan Quartermaine of General Hospital). The rest of the cast, an intimidating assembly of Oscar winners and nominees: Ginger Rogers as the Queen, Walter Pidgeon as the King, Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother and Jo Van Fleet as the evil Stepmother.
“Working with these giants was very helpful with this character,” Warren says of the downtrodden Cinderella.
The musical had 10 CBS network airings, according to Warren, and a still-available cast album with songs by Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II including In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago and Impossible!; It’s Possible!
Afterward, Walt Disney hired Warren for his first all-live-action musical, The Happiest Millionaire, released in 1967, a year after his death.
Disney was the absolute micro-manager. “He knew what color hair ribbon I was wearing, along with what they were serving in the commissary,” Warren says.
In 1967, Warren married hairdresser Jon Peters, who aspired to be a film producer. He encouraged her to take more mature parts, including agent Dana Lambert in the 1970-71 season of Mission: Impossible. She even, briefly, dropped her middle name.
“I think I was trying to be more grown up,” says Warren, saying it was probably Peters’ idea. “I was so young and easily influenced. He was a very strong personality. I went along with it for a long degree. I found my own voice, and it took a bit of time.”
Peters and Warren had a son, Christopher, in 1968, before they broke up and he became involved with Barbra Streisand. Peters became famous doing Streisand’s hair and producing her 1976 remake of A Star is Born.
Warren found her greatest critical success when director Edwards cast her as a bleached blonde opposite his wife, Andrews (“pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman”), James Garner and Robert Preston in Victor Victoria. Her most memorable scene: opening her coat and flashing her bra and panties to bystanders on a train platform.
Edwards originally wanted Warren to do the scene topless. “I didn’t want to do it. I said to Julie, ‘What should I do?’ She said just beg him. And I did.”
BY GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dharun Ravi could get up to 10 years for each of two second-degree bias intimidation charges in a case that became renowned because his roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after the spying.
Dozens of journalists and a handful of advocates lined up early Monday morning before the sentencing.
Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Ravi should get a serious sentence, but less than 10 years.
Ravi's supporters say he does not deserve prison and that the jury was wrong to convict him of a hate crime.