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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.
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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]
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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…
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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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.
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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.
Watch video after the jump…
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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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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]
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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.
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LGBT activists have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama during this week’s G20 conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. So far, two groups have been approached to attend the meeting LGBT Network and Coming Out, though the latter is still unsure whether or not to accept the invitation. According to the AP: “The White House would not comment on the meeting. However, Obama has frequently met with civil society groups when traveling abroad. In 2009, he met with a group of Russian rights activists while visiting Russia, but members of the LGBT community were not present then.”