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Cuban LGBT activists Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Cepero, visiting the United States for three months, on Wednesday met in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami.
"I applaud the work that Wendy and Ignacio are doing to unveil the real story of Castro’s communist Cuba as they denounce the abuses committed by these thugs toward all the people in Cuba, including the LGBT community," Ros-Lehtinen said in a news release after the meeting. "Wendy and Ignacio are two courageous individuals who refuse to be silent against this repression, and will continue to stand up for human rights and dignity inside and outside of Cuba."
Click here to read Michael K. Lavers' Washington Blade report about the visit.
BY MARK KENNEDY, AP DRAMA WRITER
NEW YORK -- Talented children and high-energy musical performances will be on tap Sunday night as the Tony Awards kick off, capping a season that hasn't produced a runaway favorite show and only one starry celebrity nomination in Tom Hanks.
The Tonys will be broadcast live Sunday by CBS from the cavernous Radio City Music Hall, a homecoming of sorts after two years in a much smaller theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Neil Patrick Harris is back for his fourth turn as host and the formula seems locked in: A big, splashy opening number followed by performances by the musical nominees and a crush of big awards at the end.
Likely targets for humor this year will be Shia LaBeouf, who left a revival of "Orphans" before the show opened and then tweeted about it, and Mike Tyson, the ex-boxer who showed up with a one-man show this season. Tyson was spotted performing in one of the telecast's numbers.
"Kinky Boots" and "Matilda the Musical" are the front-runners for the most coveted award - top musical. Both are inspired by British works and both have actors speaking in English actors, but one's DNA is clearly American.
Pop singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein have given "Kinky Boots" - originally a 2005 film about a failing shoe factory that turns to making drag queen boots - a fun score and a touching book that celebrates diversity. It has generated two leading man nods in Billy Porter and Stark Sands.
"Matilda the Musical" is all British, a witty, dark musical adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl that is still running in London. Its leading woman is actually a man - Bertie Carver, who plays the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Microsoft this week released an ad for Outlook.com that features a lesbian couple getting married.
BY LEANNE ITALIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK -- A new TV commercial features a good-looking young woman on a beach vacation lounging next to a good-looking young man. He bemoans the glare on his iPad and she fills him in on the Kindle Paperwhite's sun-friendly screen.
He clicks to buy one himself and suggests they celebrate with a drink.
"My husband's bringing me a drink right now," chirps she.
"So is mine," smiles he as they turn and wave at their male loved ones sitting together at a tiki bar.
Welcome to the latest in gay imagery in mainstream advertising, where LGBT people have been waiting for a larger helping of fairness, or at least something other than punchlines and cliches.
While there are still plenty of those, something has happened in advertising over the last two or three years, nearly two decades after Ikea broke ground in the U.S. with a TV spot featuring a gay couple shopping for a dining room table - a spot that ran only once in New York and Washington, D.C., and was pulled after bomb threats to Ikea stores.
Today, gay and lesbian parents and their kids are featured - along with pitchwoman Ellen DeGeneres - in J.C. Penney ads. Same-sex couples have their own, advertised wedding registries at Macy's and elsewhere and President Barack Obama offered his seal of approval by evolving into a supporter of gay marriage.
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Romenesko.com has posted an update from AP spokesman Paul Colford regarding an "internal memo" posted on the media website:
UPDATE: AP spokesman Paul Colford writes: “The Monday internal memo you’ve posted [at the bottom of this post] was soon after rewritten and reissued to staff on Monday for greater clarity. You might add the revision, as follows:”
SAME-SEX COUPLES: We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves “husband” and “wife.” Our view is that such terms may be used in AP content if those involved have regularly used those terms (“Smith is survived by his husband, John Jones”) or in quotes attributed to them. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.
AP advises journalists to call gay married couples 'partners,' 'couples' -- not 'husbands' and 'wives'
From the media-journalism website, jimromenesko.com:
SAME-SEX COUPLES: We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves “husband” and “wife.” Our view is that such terms may be used in AP stories with attribution. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.
What do you think about having different terms for same-sex vs. opposite-sex married couples?
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Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit who helped create RSS, hanged himself on Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
On Sept. 8, 2009, Swartz posted an entry on his personal blog titled, "Why I Am Not Gay." He concluded his post about sexual identity and culture with this:
So that’s why I’m not gay. I hook up with people. I enjoy it. Sometimes they’re men, sometimes they’re women. I don’t see why it needs to be any more complicated than that.
Here's the Associated Press report about Swartz's death at 26:
Reddit co-founder dies in NY weeks before trial
BY VERENA DOBNIK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK -- The family of a Reddit co-founder who committed suicide weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles is blaming prosecutors for his death.
Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment Friday night, his family and authorities said. The 26-year-old had fought to make online content free to the public and as a teenager helped create RSS, a family of Web feed formats used to gather updates from blogs, news headlines, audio and video for users.
In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available.
He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month. If convicted, he faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.