Two talented artists earned glory for themselves, and for the gay community, this week. Richard Blanco, who is openly gay, is an established poet known for his observations of America as seen through the eyes of a Latino immigrant. Richard was chosen to read an original work at President Obama’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Less high profile, but equally impressive, Noah St. John, a 15-year-old high school student, won this year’s Performer of the Year Award from National Public Radio’s Snap Judgment Series, for his touching story about his two mothers.
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Two Very Different Poets Do The Gay Community Proud! (TheNewCivilRightsMovement)
Louie Giglio's Obama Inauguration Withdrawal Slammed By Bryan Fischer (HuffingtonPost)
Not everyone is pleased by news of Pastor Louie Giglio's withdrawal from President Barack Obama's second term inauguration ceremony.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association is among those to condemn Giglio's decision to back out after reports of an anti-gay sermon the the Atlanta pastor delivered in the 1990s emerged.
Bank Of America Fined $7,500 For Denying Lesbian Couple Mortgage Loan (Queerty)
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has fined Bank of America $7,500 after it refused a loan to a lesbian couple for not being legally married.
Obama Calls GOP's Conscience Clause Unnecessary, Ill-Advised (Advocate)
President Obama made clear on Wednesday while signing a new Defense budget that he doesn't agree with a Republican attempt to sidestep marriage equality that is tucked inside.
US House votes not to reauthorise domestic violence funding bill (Guardian)
Violence Against Women Act (Vawa) passes Senate but is not renewed after Republicans take issue with new provisions
A bill that would extend funding for domestic violence programs has failed to be reauthorized for the first time since it was signed in 1994.
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