by Danny Cross
Posted In: LGBT Issues
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Macke in a statement apologizes for calling MSNBC's Rachel Maddow a boy
Fox 19 on Nov. 9 apologized for an ignorant
comment made by news anchor Tricia Macke on her personal Facebook page
last month. Macke’s comment, “Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man,”
sparked outrage among gay-rights organizations for its depiction of
MSNBC’s openly gay broadcaster as a man.
According to screen shots published by the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Macke appeared to have
missed the point when called out by a commenter for targeting Maddow’s
sexual identity. Macke wrote, “you are right… I should have said
antagonistic” but then told another commenter, “I knew what I was
GLAAD wrote: “Tricia Macke undoubtedly tried to insult Maddow because of
their political differences, rather than simply because Maddow is gay —
but her comments went much further than insulting Maddow's political
leanings, and took issue with Maddow's gender, revealing an anti-gay (or
at least anti-gender-nonconforming?) bias underlying her political
Fox 19 posted its apology along with a statement from Macke
describing her comment as insensitive and inappropriate. Macke wrote: “I apologize
to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments,
as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights,
and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my
Maddow, an openly gay MSNBC political analyst, is one of
America’s highest-profile news personalities. She’s also a Stanford
graduate with a doctorate in political science from Oxford University,
where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
by Jac Kern
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A downtown nightclub might not be the most
likely spot to find a pop-up gallery, local visual artists, independent
filmmakers and other creatives, but that’s exactly what’s happening Friday at
Luxe. RAWartists Cincinnati is a local chapter of RAW:natural born artists
which describes itself as an “international
independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent
creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry,
photography, models and performing art.” The organization gives artists in
various cities the tools to produce and showcase their work to the public. RAW
hosts RADIATE, an event featuring a
fashion show, short film screening, art gallery and music from Sweet Ray Laurel
and Honey Combs. The artravaganza begins at 8 p.m., followed by an after-party of drinks and dancing at midnight. Tickets are $15 at the door.
A belly dancing
convention in Cincinnati? Yup, that’s happening this
weekend. Sharonville Convention Center fills with dancers, music, Middle
Eastern culture and lots of exposed tummies Friday-Sunday. Visitors can attend
for belly dancing performances as well as workshops. Work those hips!
This weekend brings the Midwest
Black Family Reunion to town for the 24th year.
Celebrate African-American culture with Gospel and R&B music, lots of food,
guest speakers, a parade and more, Friday-Saturday at Sawyer Point.
The City Flea
takes over Washington Park Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You never know what
kinds of treasures you’ll find at this urban flea market: from vintage boots
and handmade rings to terrariums and refurbished furniture. Re-fuel with noms
from Fireside Pizza, Queen City Cookies, Taste of Belgium and more tasty local
Pull your rainbow
spandex bodysuit out of storage, because it’s time for another local LGBTQ
celebration! Northside Pride Festival
kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and
continues ‘til closing time for the neighborhood’s bars and businesses. Start
off with a party at Hoffner Park where there will be free grill-out grub,
Vitamin Water, HIV testing, music and more, then make your way through
Northside hot spots for more fun and specials all night long. Participating
businesses include The Serpent, Junkers Tavern, Chameleon and Northside Tavern,
which hosts a Chicken Lays An Egg fashion show 5-7 p.m. DJs and drag queens for
The Taft Museum highlights
animals in art this weekend with the Third Sunday Funday series for families. Kids
can look for animals in works throughout the museum, make animal puppets, get
some wildlife face painting and even meet some critters from the Cincinnati
Zoo. The free event runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
by German Lopez
Posted In: LGBT Issues
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Jim Hensen Company says it won’t partner with Chick-Fil-A over company’s anti-gay stance
Even the Muppets disapprove of Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay
policies. On Friday, the Jim Henson Company released a statement on
Facebook claiming the company known for the Muppets would no longer be
partnering up with Chick-Fil-A.
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced
diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified
Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future
endeavors,” the company said in the statement.
The statement went on to announce the company, under the
order of CEO Lisa Henson, will be donating payments received from
Chick-Fil-A to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), one of the biggest pro-gay-rights groups in the
The news comes after a week of scrutiny following company
president Dan Cathy’s declaration that he is against gay marriage.
Politicians piled on to the news.
Same-sex marriage opponents praised the company for its stance, while
prominent Democrats and Republicans criticized Chick-Fil-A for the
The company has long held an anti-gay stance. It has
publicly supported and funded anti-gay groups, and the company was
reported to be co-sponsoring a marriage conference with the anti-gay
group Pennsylvania Family Institute last year.
Chick-Fil-A has also been known for promoting
fundamentalist Christian values. Founder Samuel Truett Cathy has
identified himself as a staunch Christian, and the chain’s restaurants
close on Sundays to respect Christian values. Even the company’s
corporate purpose statement invokes religion: “To glorify God by being a
faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."
The company has also been criticized for religious
discrimination in the past. In 2002, a former Muslim employee sued the
company because he claimed he was fired for not participating in a group
prayer to Jesus Christ. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an
Local organizations push for inclusion and acceptance
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
For too long, being gay meant life on the fringes. There
were certain places you could hang out, certain people you could talk
to, certain ways you could act. Fed up with accepting “how it’s always
been,” these young organizers are creating safe, accepting spaces where
there were none before — and finding out they were amongst friends the
by Danny Cross
Coinciding events are in response to recent assault on gay students in Oxford
Cincinnati and Miami University student organizations will hold
rallies at 5 p.m. Thursday in response to the March 24 assault of two
students — one from UC and one from Miami — on the Miami
campus. The events are meant to show support for GLBT people and call
for an end to hate crimes.
student Michael Bustin and a male friend were reportedly walking home
from a drag show when someone yelled a derogatory slur at them. Bustin's friend was then attacked by four men who also reportedly assaulted Bustin when he tried to help, according to
WLWT-TV. The two men had been holding hands during their walk home.
Miami University sent a memo to the community and reached
out to Bustin soon afterward.
The rallies’ Facebook
page says the other man was a University of Cincinnati student. The
police have released a sketch of one of the accused attackers and are
seeking the public’s help to find those involved.
Both events will begin
at 5 p.m. Those attending the Miami rally are encouraged to wear
"Love is the New Label/White Out Hate" shirts or just white
T-shirts or tops. After the rally, participants will line up holding
hands in a demonstration of solidarity and to show that “no one
deserves to be hurt for showing affection.”
More from the rallies’
Facebook page: “We, the students of the LGBTQA alliances of Miami
University and University of Cincinnati, stand united in our demand
for a safe places to live, learn, work and show affection. It is
unacceptable for anyone to be assaulted, but it is especially
repulsive for the victims to be targeted because of their race,
ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any
The Miami rally will
take place at the Phi Delt Gates on the Miami Campus, while the UC event will take place
at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Clifton Avenue. The
events are being organized by Miami Spectrum and UC Alliance.
For more information,
click here or search on Facebook: “Emergency Action: Miami & UC Unite Against
by Kevin Osborne
In a long-awaited decision, a federal appeals court today declared that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian people.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: LGBT Issues
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The military’s infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been repealed for over four months, outlawing exclusion and discrimination against LGBT populations in the military service. When seeking housing, however, LGBT populations across the country still face arbitrary prejudices and inequality. That’s why on Jan. 28, Shaun Donovan, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, spoke to nearly 3,000 LGBT rights advocates at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Baltimore, Md., announcing a new policy to combat discrimination against LGBT people in federally supported housing programs.
by Kevin Osborne
Mitt Romney won a sizable victory in Tuesday’s Florida primary, capturing 46.4 percent of the vote to Newt Gingrich’s 31.9 percent. In all, Romney got 240,548 more votes than the ex-House Speaker.“The size and breadth of Romney’s win provide the first real evidence that he has the potential to coalesce a party that has been deeply split …” wrote Karen Tumulty in an analysis for The Washington Post.
by Danny Cross
One of the judges overseeing the Occupy Cincinnati trespassing cases says there's nothing in the city charter that gives the Park Board the authority to dole out misdemeanors. Several other municipal court judges either declined comment or said they would consider the point Stockdale makes in his letter if it is raised during the hearings.Attorneys for the protesters said they intend to do just that. They already have asked judges to dismiss the charges on grounds the park board rules violate the free speech rights of the protesters.They say Stockdale’s letter raises another weakness in the city’s case against their clients. “Whether it’s a violation of the First Amendment or an over-reach by the park board, they are clearly relevant questions,” said Rob Linneman, an attorney for the protesters.
by Danny Cross
Do you enjoy looking at slideshows of rich people? Here's a good one, themed “Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” Guess which local Eastside representative made the list … Here's a hint: Jean Schmidt.