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Uprising of Love, It Gets Better Project, other LGBT groups to hold online series of Google+ Hangouts
News release from It Gets Better Project, Uprising of Love and Google+:
NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2013 - On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Uprising of Love, the It Gets Better Project and other leading LGBT organizations will launch a week-long series of Google+ Hangouts called “Uprising of Love Hangouts on Air” to explore a variety of LGBT and human rights issues that have surfaced in connection with the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The series aims to draw additional awareness to the situation in Russia and will cover topics ranging from acceptance in sports to transgender issues, as LGBT people in Russia are facing increased harassment, arrest and violence. Athletes, actors, artists and leaders of LGBT organizations will lead the discussion in six different Google+ Hangouts. The series will culminate with an appearance by Uprising of Love co-founders Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen and Melissa Etheridge, who will also perform her new song, “Uprising of Love,” an anthem written in support of LGBT people in Russia.
Google+ Hangout participants will have the opportunity to send a message of support directly to Russia’s LGBT youth. The messages will be translated into Russian and sent out via social media and email as part of the It Gets Better Project’s “You Are Beautiful” campaign.
The Google+ Hangout schedule for the week includes:
Tuesday, January 21st, 1pmEST - Understanding the Situation in Russia
Caitlin Cahow: Out lesbian Olympic hockey player and US delegate to the Sochi Games
Ted Farley: Executive Director, It Gets Better Project
Chiara Reali: Director, Le Cose Cambiano (Italian affiliate of It Gets Better Project)
Carter Gibson: Google+ Personality
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2pmEST – How Athletes Are Advocating for LGBT Equality
Ben Cohen: Founder, StandUp Foundation; former England rugby player
Wade Davis: Executive Director, You Can Play Project; former NFL player
Layshia Clarendon: Openly gay WNBA player
Cyd Zeigler: Founder, Outsports
Anna Aagenes: Executive Director, GO! Athletes
Thursday, January 23rd, 2pmEST- The Role Media Plays in the LGBT Movement
Andrew Rannells: Actor (HBO’s Girls, The New Normal)
Noah Michelson: Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post
Wilson Cruz: GLAAD's National Spokesperson
Eric Sasson: Columnist at Wall Street Journal
Janina Gavankar: Actor (Arrow, True Blood, The L Word)
Michelle Garcia: Managing Editor, The Advocate
Friday, January 24th, 2pmEST – Spreading Positive Messages to LGBT Youth Across the Globe
Alaine Jolicoeur: Advisory Board Member, Campus Pride
Ted Farley: Executive Director, It Gets Better Project
Anthony Nicodemo: Openly gay high school basketball coach
Shane Windmeyer: Executive Director, Campus Pride
Romeo Jackson: Campus Pride Student Leader
Ashley Mardell: Trevor Project Advisory Council
Monday, January 27th, 2pmEST – The Trans Experience in the Media, Sports and Schools
Kye Allums: Founder, I Am Enough Project; first openly trans NCAA Division 1 athlete
Eli Erlick: Executive Director, Trans Student Equality Resources
Fallon Fox: First openly trans athlete in MMA
Tiq Milan: Senior Media Strategist, GLAAD
Steven Alexander: Trans High School Coach
Kylar Broadus: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; first openly trans person to testify in front of US Senate
Tuesday, January 28th, 4pmEST – Joining Together in an Uprising of Love
Melissa Etheridge: co-founder Uprising of Love, award-winning singer-songwriter
Dustin Lance Black: co-founder Uprising of Love, Academy-Award winning writer
Bruce Cohen – co-founder Uprising of Love, Academy-Award winning producer
Gallery | University of Miami celebrates diversity by hosting You Can Play event with President Shalala
On Sunday, University of Miami celebrated diversity with a You Can Play Project luncheon before the women's basketball game with North Carolina State University. Speakers included UM President Donna Shalala, UM Athletics Director Blake James, UM Women's Basketball Head Coach Katie Meier, YES Institute Executive Director Rachel Sottile Logvin and Miami Herald gay issues reporter Steve Rothaus.
The luncheon also featured a public screening of UM Athletics' new You Can Play video, featuring Shalala, university players and coaches. Watch the video below.
Click here for more pictures from the You Can Play luncheon at BankUnited Center. Photos by Jonathan Kendall.
BY STEVE SZKOTAK
RICHMOND, Va. -- Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed.
This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support gay marriage.
Two federal lawsuits challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage are moving forward, and a hearing on one of the cases is scheduled for Jan. 30.
Along with the recent court rulings in which federal judges struck down gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, gay rights advocates are heartened by the new mood in Virginia.
Symbolically as well, they say, the challenges of Virginia's gay marriage ban resonate because of the founding state's history of erecting a wall between church and state and a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Virginia couple and a past taboo: interracial marriage.