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Jason Collins Signed to Brooklyn Nets for Remainder of Season

March 12th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Twitter.

Jason Collins, who made history as the first openly gay athlete in professional sports, will play out the rest of the season even though his second ten-day contract expiring after Friday. According to ESPN.com the 34-year-old will finish the season with the team, which, according to sources was the Brooklyn Nets’ intention since his first contract.

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NBA to Donate Money from Jason Collins’ Jersey to GLSEN and Matthew Shepard Foundation

March 4th, 2014 Comments off
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Image vai NBA.com

After good news came today that Jason Collins has received a second ten-day contract from the Brooklyn Nets and also received a standing ovation at Barclay’s Stadium during his first home game, the NBA announced that all proceeds from Jason Collins’ jersey sales will be given to GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The NBA has pledged to donate at least $100,000 to these two organizations through sales. Remember, the NBA is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand for the jersey, so hurry up and purchase yours.

 

Openly Gay Jason Collins Signs Contract with Brooklyn Nets

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Image via Twitter.

Jason Collins, who made history as the first openly gay athlete in professional sports, signed a contract to the Brooklyn Nets. “Sometimes in life something happens and there’s an opportunity,” he said before playing against the LA Lakers on Sunday night. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity. That’s why I work so hard, why I train the way I do so that when I do have an opportunity physically I’m not worried about my conditioning or cardio or anything along those lines.” “The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. “We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract.” [ESPN]

 

President Obama Issues Fifth State of the Union: ‘Equality of Every Human’

January 28th, 2014 Comments off
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Image by spirit of america

President Obama issued his fifth State of the Union and focused heavily on his successes as a President, but also about both social and economic inequality that is defining America. “Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled,” he told the crowd. He  continued by issuing a new plan to strengthen the middle class with or without the help of Congress, a theme he held throughout. A more determined and unapologetic Obama also criticized government gridlock, and said he’d continue to work with mayors, governors, and local government officials about issues that range from homelessness to marriage equality. Obama said that job growth will only come through investing in state-of-the-art technology, conservation, and increasing energy independence.

“Debate is settled, climate change is a fact,” Obama said demanding better and stricter CO2 emissions laws. The President remained positive on education by hoping to help cap student loans, increasing early childhood education, and connecting schools with high-speed Internet.

Keep reading after the jump about what he had to say about women and sexual orientation…

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First Woman Astronaut Sally Ride Receives Posthumous Medal of Freedom

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

It’s been one hell of a year. We’ve seen it all—both good and bad. And for this week, we’re reminding you of some of the defining moments of 2013.

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Image via Alan C. Heison

Sally Ride, the first woman in space and lesbian, received the Medal of Freedom honor from President Obama this week—an unusual honor since Ride passed away in July 2012. Obama said:

We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women. Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I look forward to welcoming her family to the White House as we celebrate her life and legacy.

 

Watch: Gay Soldier Couple’s Powerful and Emotional Story of Love

December 18th, 2013 Comments off
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Screen Cap via Vimeo

A gay military couple has released an emotional video that takes viewers on a romantic journey that chronicles their proposal and their feelings on the modern-day zeitgeist that has allowed their love to be legalized. The video, “Jonathan & Dwayne: A Story of Love” is narrated by the couple, Jonathan and Dwayne Beebe-Franqui, who made headlines when they became engaged during San Diego Pride 2012, the first time in US history when gay and lesbian military persons were able to march in a Pride.

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President Obama Defends Gays at Nelson Mandela Memorial

December 10th, 2013 Comments off
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Screen Shot via YouTube

In speaking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, President Barack Obama discussed continued global oppression and that Mandela’s life should be used as a compass moving forward for equality. “But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done,” Obama said to a cheering crowd. “The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love,” he said.

You can listen to the entire inspirational speech after the jump…

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Obama Signs Law Allowing Organ Transplants Between HIV+ Patients

November 22nd, 2013 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

President Obama signed into law legislation that allows HIV-infected persons to donate organs to other HIV-infected persons. The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act has officially lifted the ban on any HIV-infected organ transplant—a ban that has been in place since 1984. “We expect hundreds of lives to be saved every year because of this,”  said Dr. Dorry L. Segev of Johns Hopkins University. “For many years, we have been forced to forgo perfectly transplantable organs. Now we can give patients with HIV the opportunity to live longer and better lives by transplanting these organs. It will be a profound change.” [BaltimoreSun]

 

 

President Obama on ENDA: ‘Congress Should Not Stand in the Way of Millions of Americans’

November 7th, 2013 Comments off
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Obama Speaking. Screen Shot via YouTube.

For more than two centuries, the story of our nation has been the story of more citizens realizing the rights and freedoms that are our birthright as Americans. Today, a bipartisan majority in the Senate took another important step in this journey by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would help end the injustice of our fellow Americans being denied a job or fired just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Just as no one in the United States can lose their job simply because of their race, gender, religion or a disability, no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love.

Today’s victory is a tribute to all those who fought for this progress ever since a similar bill was introduced after the Stonewall riots more than three decades ago. In particular, I thank Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Harkin, Senators Merkley and Collins for their leadership, and Senator Kirk for speaking so eloquently in support of this legislation. Now it’s up to the House of Representatives. This bill has the overwhelming support of the American people, including a majority of Republican voters, as well as many corporations, small businesses and faith communities. They recognize that our country will be more just and more prosperous when we harness the God-given talents of every individual.

One party in one house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do. Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination in the workplace, not enable it. I urge the House Republican leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and send it to my desk so I can sign it into law. On that day, our nation will take another historic step toward fulfilling the founding ideals that define us as Americans.

 

VIP Lounge with Cat Cora

October 25th, 2013 Comments off
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Image via Residence Inn

Mention the name Cat Cora, and you might automatically think Iron Chef and then perhaps go a bit blank. In fact, many people believe the 45-year-old, Greek/Southern goddess of the culinary world surrendered her chef whites when she and wife Jennifer Cora, became parents of sons Zoran, Caje, Thatcher, and Nash. Not so. Jennifer indeed gave birth to the first three boys and Cora had son Nash in 2009. However, Cora soon reappeared in the reality-TV world as a co-host of Bravo TV’s series Around the World in 80 Plates with Curtis Stone where they traveled with 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across ten countries in 44 days. She’s not all just about making viewers drool at home, Cora is also involved in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools program, where professional chefs provide school cafeteria workers with nutritional guidance and education.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine.