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Release: August 25, 2015
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Washington, D.C. – Today the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association announces the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards and salutes their exemplary work.

The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster and recognize excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community. In addition to special recognition awards, awards will be presented for excellence in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing, blogging, network television, radio, online, HIV/AIDS coverage and student journalism.

The 2015 awards go to:

Journalist of the Year
First Place: J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed News

Second Place: JasonParsley, South Florida Gay News

Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media
First Place: Trish Bendix, AfterEllen

Second Place: Lucas Grindley, Here Media

The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism
Steven Thrasher for
“How College Wrestling Star “Tiger Mandingo” Became An HIV Scapegoat,”

Excellence in Blogging Award
First Place: Rob Smith for
“They Fought The Gays and The Gays Won: How The “Duck Dynasty” Stars’ Homophobia Destroyed Their Brand,”

Second Place: Faith Cheltenham for
“Bisexuals at the Gates,”

Excellence in HIV/Aids Coverage Award
First Place: Benjamin Ryan for
“PrEP and Prejudice,” with Oriol Gutierrez, POZ Magazine

Second Place: Doug Moore for
“2,000 St. Louisans are HIV Positive but Aren’t Taking Their Medications,”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Excellence in Multimedia Award
First Place:Mark Joseph Stern for
“Get Déjà Vu Listening to Opponents of Interracial Marriage Argue at the Supreme Court,”

Second Place: Daniel Reynolds for
“Day in LGBT America,” The Advocate,
with Christopher Harrity, Yannick Delva, Michelle Garcia, Lucas Grindley,
The Advocate

Third Place: J. Bryan Lowder for
“Ask A Homo: Gay Bar Etiquette,”,
with June Thomas

Excellence in News Writing Award
First Place:Andrew M. Seaman for
Series on LGBT Health Coverage, Reuters

Second Place: Berlin Sylvestre for
“Pro-LGBT Colorado Baker Slapped with Religious Discrimination Complaint,” Out Front Magazine

Third Place: Andy Birkey for
“Evangelical Group Targets Twin Cities LGBT Community With ‘Ex-gay’ Message,” The Column

Excellence in Television Award
First Place: Sari Aviv for
“Born This Way?,” CBS News Sunday Morning, with Rita Braver, Chad Cardin, Rand Morrison

Excellence in Online Journalism Award
First Place: Stephen Jiwanmall for
“Remembering Riley,” Bucks County Courier Times

Second Place: Dave Singleton for
“Finding Pride and Home: A Look at Housing for Older LGBT Adults,”

Third Place: Sunnivie Brydum for
“40 Under 40: Emerging Voices,” The Advocate
with Michelle Garcia, Lucas Grindley, Daniel Reynolds, Neal Broverman, Trudy Ring, Jase Peeples, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Parker Marie Molloy, Tracy E. Gilchrist, Annie Hollenbeck and Thom Senzee

Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing Award
First Place: Mark Segal for
Mark My Words Column, Philadelphia Gay News

Second Place: Richard Kim for
Against the Current Column, The Nation

Third Place: Richard J. Rosendall for
Cutting Holes in the Law, Washington Blade

Excellence in Photojournalism Award
First Place: T.J. Thomson for
“More than a Formality,” Columbia Missourian

Second Place: Scott A. Drake for
“Pride in Philly,” Philadelphia Gay News

Excellence in Radio Award
First Place: Tina Antolini for
“Trans Families,” State of the Re:Union/WJCT
with Al Letson

Second Place: Jason DeRose for
“Religious Support for LGBT Ugandans,” KALW Public Radio
withJulie Caine

Excellence in Student Journalism Award
Jessi Hotakainen for
“Trans Mississippi,”

The awards will be presented during the NLGJA National Convention & LGBT Media Summit. For more information on the convention, visit

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About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA website at

UCLA School of Law professors will discuss the most recent Supreme Court term.
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Whither the Court: The Allan C. Lebow Annual Supreme Court Review

Tuesday, Sept. 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room, UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA School of Law’s annual Whither the Court addresses the most recent Supreme Court term and its implications for lawyers, academics and citizens.

Speakers will include:

  • Douglas NeJaime, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Williams Institute
  • Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
  • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at UCLA School of Law
  • Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law

With introductions by:

  • Jennifer Mnookin, Dean of UCLA School of Law
  • Cynthia Lebow, Lecturer at UCLA Department of Political Science

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity qualifies for 2.0 hours of general MCLE credit.

Reception to follow.

Parking is available in Structure 2 located at Westholme and Hilgard avenues. Parking can be paid in cash ($12) from the attendant at the north entrance or at one of the self-service pay stations in the visitors’ parking area accessible from the southwest entrance (instructions).

Registration is required. To RSVP, email


Eugene Scott | CNN | South Florida Gay News | August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Four of the 17 Republican presidential candidates have pledged to support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, an anti-same-sex marriage group said Tuesday.

The National Organization for Marriage said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson signed the group’s pledge “to take several specific actions as president to restore marriage to the law and protect people of faith from discrimination because of their support for traditional marriage.”

The influence of the National Organization for Marriage — once a powerful force in funding pushes for same-sex marriage bans on the state level — has been in decline following a large swing in public support in favor of same-sex nuptials. According to Gallup, in 1996 nearly seven in 10 Americans opposed same-sex marriage, but in May 2015, 60% of Americans said they supported such unions.

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CAROLYN SUSMAN |Florida Weekly | August 24, 2015

The long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court action in June overturning bans on gay marriage liberated many to openly proclaim their joy and celebrate.

But some of those same celebrants had found coming out as gay to be a long and painful process.

Rand Photo 2013 They also may have found that once you were out, you could hit a wall of discrimination that was hard and hurtful.

Palm Beach County lawyer Rand Hoch has fought diligently over the years to bring along thousands of his gay brothers and sisters through his battle for gay rights and his openness and activism.


Robert Reich. (photo: Getty Images)
Robert Reich. (photo: Getty Images)


Robert Reich | Robert Reich’s Facebook | Reader Supported News | August 26. 2015

hat’s happening to the stock market? It’s lost billions over the last few days, then late this morning gained some back. The consensus view is global investors are panicked about (1) the apparent inability of China’s leaders to deal with China’s stock-market bubble and gigantic debt load, which could mean China’s economy is in even worse shape than commonly thought, and (2) the likelihood the Fed will raise interest rates in September – which would not just end the era of cheap money but cause worldwide speculators, who have borrowed cheaply in order to invest in high-risk but higher-return assets, to lose their shirts.

But that’s not all.The immediate cause of drop was short-selling (i.e. betting the market will drop) by Wall Street and other global moneyed interests, who have been making a fortune for the last few years on market volatility – placing bets the market will rise (just before it does) and then betting it will fall (just before it does). These bets are self-fulfilling prophesies because so many pension funds, insurance funds, mutual funds, and sovereign-wealth funds follow the leaders – leaving small investors holding the bag. The leaders also have the benefit of inside information unavailable to most other investors (insider trading is now common on the Street, as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the federal courts have relaxed scrutiny.)

Bottom line: Watch your wallets.

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The city of Manchester has been on edge for more than a decade after rumors began swirling that a serial killer was pushing people into the city’s canals. Over 60 drowning deaths have been reported since 2004. Now, Thomas Sheridan, an expert in psychopaths, is weighing on on the matter.

Sheridan recently left his home in Northern Ireland to visit the area and conduct his own independent investigation surrounding the individual residents have nicknamed “The Pusher.”

Related: Is There A Modern Day Jack The Ripper Terrorizing Manchester’s Gay Village?

“Walking along the Rochdale Canal, I was followed by a tall man wearing a hood into a poorly-lit area,” Sheridan tells Metro. “The sense of isolation and vulnerability at the location were quite frankly terrifying.”

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RT America | August 26, 2015

A new law is allowing North Dakota police departments to use drones equipped with Tasers, tear gas and other “non-lethal” weapons. Alexey Yaroshevsky takes a look at the controversy.

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