Pride Month, Malawi couple free, DADT battle
President officially declares June Pride Month, “Don’t Ask” battle rages forward, Malawi gay couple freed, Wale apologizes and plays DC Black Gay Pride, Moscow Pride goes off without a hitch, and more.
• Obama declares June Gay Pride Month. Last year, he was the first president to do so since Bill Clinton.
• John McCain leads Senate Republicans who vow to filibuster “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. The plan was revealed just after the House and a Senate panel voted Thursday to move forward on the measure.
• Stonewall Democrats celebrate New Hampshire gay marriage first anniversary. Legislative leaders are expected to speak.
• Argentine Senate to take gay marriage debate on the road. The lower house approved the bill in May and after a committee hearing, the Senate plans to debate the issue publicly in four cities before a June 14 vote by the full body.
• Malawian president pardons gay couple (middle photo). The pair was sentenced last month to 14 years each for “gross indecency.” If their relationship continues, they are subject to re-arrest, trial and incarceration.
• Moscow Pride parade held without incident. Strict policing and no arrests are reported from the event, which organizers hosted defying a mayoral order not to.
• MetLife provides free planning guide for LGBT baby boomers. The company follows up its Mature Market study with tips for individuals and couples on legacy planning, employee benefits, health care, finances and retirement.
• Hip-hop artist Wale apologizes, performs DC Black Gay Pride for free. The recording artist initially backed out of the appearance when he found out it was for an LGBT audience.
• Study: States continue to mandate anti-LGBT curriculums. Despite California’s Harvey Milk Day last month, most states specifically decline inclusion of sexual orientation or gender identity in health and sex education classrooms. Four states and the District of Columbia are the only ones that are inclusive.
• Iowa GOP leader to gay candiate: I’ll sink you. The candidate considering a run for president got a nasty e-mail from a state’s Republican National Committeeman threatening to derail any effort to run.
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