Poll: Greater Support For Gays Than Evangelical Christians

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | March 30, 2014

A greater percentage of people have a higher opinion of gay people than they do of Evangelical Christians, a new poll from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Americans for Marriage Equality found.

According to the poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, 53 percent of Americans view gay people favorably, while only 42 percent say the same about Evangelical Christians. Only 18 percent of respondents said they view gay people unfavorably, while 28 percent said the same about evangelicals.

Pollsters also found majority support (55%) for marriage equality, with 38 percent saying they were strongly in favor, while 40 percent remain opposed.

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BP: Lake Michigan Oil Spill was Actually Twice as Big as We Originally Said

Lindsay Abrams | Salon | Reader Supported News | March 30, 2014

or a company that just received permission to start pursuing new oil in the still-suffering Gulf of Mexico, BP isn’t doing the best job of convincing us it’s ready to be back playing with the big kids.

Monday afternoon, the company’s Whiting refinery in Indiana spilled what a BP incident management team identified as nine to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan. Thursday, it revised that estimate, more than doubling the estimate to somewhere between 15 and 39 barrels. At a maximum of 1,638 gallons, that’s small beans compared to its worst disaster, but it’s still some Oreo.

The earlier estimate, according to the company, was based on the sheen on the lake’s surface; the updated figure was based on oil collected during the clean-up effort.

Before the revised estimate was announced, Chicago senators Mark Kirk, a Republican, and Dick Durbin, a Democrat, requested a meeting with the company to discuss what’s going on at its refinery, Reuters reports:

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Florida Republicans Admit Voter Suppression Was the Goal of New Election Laws

Aviva Shen | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | March 31, 2014

loridians endured election chaos and marathon voting lines this year, largely thanks to reduced early voting hours, voter purges, and voter registration restrictions pushed by Republican legislators. In an exclusive report by the Palm Beach Post, several prominent Florida Republicans are now admitting that these election law changes were geared toward suppressing minority and Democratic votes.

Former governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) and former GOP chairman Jim Greer (R-FL), as well as several current GOP members, told the Post that Republican consultants pushed the new measures as a way to suppress Democratic voters. Crist expanded early voting hours in 2008 despite party pressure, but Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) targeted early voting almost immediately when he took office in 2011. Scott’s administration claimed the new laws were meant to curb in-person voter fraud, despite the fact that an individual in Florida is more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud.

Current party members and consultants confirmed the motive was not to stop voter fraud but to make it harder for Democrats and minorities to vote:

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Another Possible Murder in Cameroon of Gay Man

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | March 26, 2014.

In 2013 we reported the story of a mob murder of a gay man in Cameroon, soon after the murder of well known activist Eric Lembembe. The murder of Henry Mbah occurred in Muyunge, a village in the Muyuka subdivision in the South West Region of Cameroon. Now we are recieving unconfirmed reports from sources of the death of his partner, Elvis Atabong.

The Brutal murder of Henry Mbah, 35 and the aftermath experienced by his lover Elvis Atabong, 24 , is reported here on OBLOGDEE, where, inter alia, we noted:-

“It was Elevis’s birthday and Henry went to visit him. Henry did not know that Hellen was following him.  Expecting to catch him with another woman she was shocked to find Henry embracing Elvis and she screamed out. People, startled by the screams started to arrive outside the room, and before long a crowd formed, dragging Henry out. They started to beat him and pelted him with stones.  By the time the police arrived on the scene, Henry was already dead.”

“A courageous Elvis (Elevis), is apparently refusing to deviate from the truth, and is sticking by his story, that in fact he is Henry’s lover. He wants justice for Henry. And he wants the responsible murderers arrested for the crime. And so the police have continued to detain Elvis, who through his admission, will be subject to five years in prison, if he admits or there is evidence that he is gay.”

Elvis was in detention in Muyunge and after controversy released.

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Stonewall National Museum and Archives Events



Thursday @ 7 pm – Gay and Lesbian Short FictionWilton Manors Gallery “Sneak Peek” Week   Gregg Shapiro & Allison NicholThursday, March 27 @ 7 pmWilton Manors Gallery – 2157 Wilton Drive Gay author and poet Gregg Shapiro and DC-based lesbian author and storyteller Allison Nichol read gay and lesbian short fiction from the anthologies Jonathan and Defying Gravity.  Gregg Shapiro is the author of the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012) and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Pres, 2008). His debut collection of short stories, Lincoln Avenue  (Squares and Rebels Press), will be published in September 2014. An entertainment journalist whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Wilton Manors, FL with his husband Rick Karlin and their dog kd.  Allison Nichol has been widely published in such journals as the Pegasus Review, theRockford Review, Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, the Evergreen Chronicles, and Folio and the anthologies Dykes With Baggage: A Lighter Look at Lesbians and Therapy (Alyson Publications, 2000), Family Celebrations, Reclaiming the Heartland, Gay and Lesbian Voices from the Midwest, and A Loving Testimony: Remembering Loved Ones Lost to AIDS. Her first novel, Contents Under Pressure, was published by Intaglio Press in 2008. She is a life-long civil rights lawyer specializing in fighting discrimination and stigma faced by those with HIV/AIDS. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife of twenty years.

QUEER DEPOT 101: Creativity & Queerness with Maureen Seaton & Julie Marie WadeWednesday, April 9, at 5 pm Wilton Manors GalleryIs all art-making inherently queer, particularly in a world that devalues art and consigns most artists to the margins of mainstream work?  Maybe queerness is a kind of potential we all have to express ourselves creatively, apart from gender, race, orientation, etc.  What if it is? How can we tap into this potent energy source?

The discussion begins: Queer Depot 101.

— Julie Marie Wade & Maureen Seaton


QUEER DEPOT 101 is the first in a series of literary salons produced by READING QUEER that will provide a safe environment for marginalized voices to come together and talk about issues that impact the community from a queer perspective.

MOVIE NIGHT  April 24 @ 7 pm   Stonewall continues its celebration of Women’s History Month   Queen ChristinaThe 1933 Pre-Hayes Code film starring Greta Garbo (bisexual herself) as the cross dressing queen Christina of Sweden. Enjoy light refreshments at Stonewall Library before the movie in Artserve Auditorium

 SNEAK PEEK WEEK Until Sunday, March 30, 12 pm – 10 pm daily 2157 WILTON DRIVE       The Times of Our Lives: LGBT People and Issues on the Cover of Time Magazine  March 22-30Wilton Manors Gallery LGBT individuals and topics featured since the debut of Time Magazine in 1923. Featuring more than eighty figures over the span of eighty years, quoted excerpts from articles highlight instances when “gayness”, “queerness”, and lovers are mentioned, nuanced, or remain glaring omissions.Andrew Epstein – TShirts and Artwork

March 22-30 Wilton Manors Gallery Stonewall Museum presents an exhibit of original artwork and t-shirts from graphic designer, photographer and author Andrew Epstein. Epstein has been taking pictures since the late 1960s. Capturing queer life and events in the post-Stonewall era, he has worked in Chicago, Los Angeles and has chronicled gay history nationwide.


His photography, art and design have appeared in dozens of periodicals including Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. His work has been shown at MOMA in NY, MOMA in SF and numerous galleries nationwide.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing  the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people  and their significant role in society. 

PFLAG Omaha Newsletter April

Omaha PFLAG | March 27, 2014

Hello PFLAGers!  

Happy Spring! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the warm weather, April showers, and GREEN!

Please enjoy our April newsletter, pflagomaha.org/newsletter.pdf

Patrick Heese



End the GPL Weekend with Sunday Brunch on April 6

End the GPL Weekend
Sunday Brunch on April 6

The 5th Annual International Gay Polo Weekend will take place April 4, 5 and 6 in Wellington, Florida.   End the weekend with Sunday Brunch on April 6.

For tickets, click here.

Also, join us n Friday, April 4 and 5 
Friday, April 4 
The Gay Polo League Polotini Party

The GPL Polotini Party, hosted by Patricia Quick, will be an ultra-elegant cocktail party will take place Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. p0olside at the Mallet Grille International Polo Club Palm Beach.

The setting is beyond spectacular. The entrance to International Polo Club Palm Beach is via a palm-lined drive that leads to the steps of the magnificent infinity pool at the Mallet Grille Patio surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and some of the most carefully manicured polo fields in the world.  The club was born out of a dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport. International Polo Club Palm Beach is considered the crown jewel of the sport of polo.

The GPL Polotini Party is certain to be a chic and memorable event. Look for substantial gourmet appetizers prepared by five-star chefs presented with the most creative attention to detail. In addition, admission includes valet parking and open bar.

Purchase your tickets today to ensure you and that your friends are included in what promises to be the party of the century.

For tickets to the GPL Polotini Party, click here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
The 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament

Where: Grand Champions Polo Club – On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road in Wellington

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Time:  Gates open at Noon. Polo Matches start at 1 p.m.
VIP Tables: seating for six center field, open bar, gourmet food, table-side service throughout the polo matches and VIP Valet Parking,

Individual VIP Tickets: $200

Tailgate Spaces: includes tent, six tickets and one field-side parking space, $375.

General Admission: $25 (parking additional)

Parking:  $25 for valet parking, $10 for self-parking)

For tickets to the Tournament, click here.

Travel Packages

For event travel packages including the match, events and hotels:
call (888) 999-4613 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (888) 999-4613 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or click here.

About the Gay Polo League

GPL is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. GPL is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience.

GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community.

For more information about GPL, click here.