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Lady Gaga tops Logo’s awards for what’s hot, Tea Partier riles masses against gay marriage, two top LGBT research groups merge, UNC freshman burned in attack, Maryland’s transgender bill dead, Rhode Island marriage stalled, and more LGBT headlines.
• Michele Bachmann burns up Iowa, decries gay marriage. The Minnesota Congresswoman (top photo) gave what is being called a barn-burning speech on Monday to social conservatives. Among barbs for Planned Parenthood and support for abolishing the federal tax code, she demonized gay marriage advocates for “going against 5,000 years of human history.”
• New Jersey school board lifts ban on gay websites. After some coaxing from the ACLU, the Vineland, N.J., board decided to allow LGBT websites that were initially blocked for fear of students finding porn. News, research resource and non-profit LGBT sites are now allowed.
• NewNowNext Awards honor Lady Gaga, Robyn, Darren Criss, Joe Magnaniello and more. Logo’s gay awards for trendsetters, hosted by James Van Der Beek (second photo), aired live Monday on the network. Just over three years into her career, Gaga won the “Forever” award for achievement.
• First Lady’s program for military families won’t include gays – for now. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kick off their tour at the White House, but until “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is enacted, it will not include gay military partners and families.
• U.K.’s lift of gay blood ban only for sexually inactive gay men. In what was originally hailed as a victory for draconian laws that bar gay men from giving blood, the British government clarified: only gay men who haven’t had sex for at least 10 years can donate.
• Officials: Assault on UNC freshman a hate crime. University of North Carolina student Quinn Matney says a man walked up to him on campus, called him a derogatory name, told him, “here is a taste of hell,” and held a heated object to his skin for several seconds, leaving third and fourth-degree burns (third photo).
• Maryland Senate kills transgender protections bill. Maryland senators voted 86-52 on Monday to recommit the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act to committee, effectively killing any prospects for the bill to pass this session.
• Rhode Island gay marriage bills stall in state legislature. Despite support from the governor and the state House speaker, proponents say they just don’t have the votes among lawmakers to bring same-sex unions measures to a vote.
• Gay London deputy mayor dies. Sir Simon Milton, who served as chief of staff to London Mayor Boris Johnson (bottom photo) was one of two openly gay officials in the administration. He died Monday at the age of 49 after a brief illness. He is survived by his civil partner.
• Two top LGBT think tanks merge. The Palm Center, a leading research group on issues of gender and sexuality in the military, announced Monday that it is merging with the Williams Institute, another top think tank for policy-making and tracking gay population statistics.
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