Congress Finally Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act has finally been reauthorized. It will be sent to President Obama for his signature,

Though its been reauthorized without trouble in the past, the GOP decided to stall the proceedings because of new provisions that provided protection for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native American women.

Originally passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act “has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.”

Openly Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead

Openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found dead near a Mississippi River levee.

Authorities had been searching for McMillian since his SUV had been crashed into another vehicle on U.S. highway 49. McMillian was not in the car.

His death is being investigated as a homicide, and resident of Clarkdale – the town in which McMillian was running for office – are stunned.

McMillian was the first openly gay person to be a viable candidate for public office in the state.

REPORT: Black Gay Youth Face Unique Challenges Coming Out To Families

Black gay youth face a unique set of challenges in coming out to family and friends, according to a recent study.

The report – authored by Michael C. LaSala, director of the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers University School of Social Work – asserts that these young men face rigid and exaggerated conceptions of masculinity, making it more difficult for them to find acceptance or accept themselves.

Furthermore, black gay men face a myriad of intersecting oppressions (i.e. racism, homophobia, sexism), and elicit a particular kind of disdain and worry from within their communities and families.

GLAAD Congratulates Jet Magazine on Featuring Same-Sex Wedding

GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) took a moment to congratulate Jet Magazine for featuring a same-sex marriage in its wedding section:

As part of our year-round work to raise visibility of LGBT people of color in the media and to grow acceptance of LGBT people in these communities, GLAAD worked closely with Ravi and Paris to help them shape their story and also worked with JET to feature the couple.

Yet ANOTHER Underage Sex Lawsuit Brought Against Kevin Clash

When it rains, it pours.

Yet another individual is bringing an underage sex suit against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

The anonymous accuser says he met Clash on a gay chat line while visiting New York for modeling gigs when he was 16 years-old.

They eventually met up at Clash’s apartment, at which time the accuser says he realized that Clash had lied about his age.

Kevin Clash, the Voice of Elmo, Resigns As A Second Accuser Comes Forward

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations — which Sesame Workshop had previously said were unfounded — that he had an underage sexual relationship.

According to the NY Daily News, a second accuser has now come forward, alleging that he and Clash engaged in a sexual relationship while he was a teenager.

Elmo Sex Accuser Has Recanted His Recantation

According to Gawker, the  young man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 – and then recanted that story – has now recanted his recantation.

He says he was pressured to take back his initial allegations, receiving a $125,000 settlement.

Apparently, he’s changed his mind.