News: Bloggers, Obama Impersonator, Hate Crime …

by Accidental Bear

Arrest Made in Equality California Noose Case The Santa Ana, Calif., police have arrested a man on suspicion of a hate crime for hanging a noose outside the office of an Orange County gay rights organization in October.

Rainbow Flags and Riot Gear Images from gay pride festivals this weekend in Eastern Europe show a mix of rainbow flags and riot gear – offering a starkly visual reminder of the danger and courage needed sometimes to live openly in many places around the world.

Lesbian Couple Held Responsible for Possible Hate Crime  An insurance company is claiming that a lesbian couple in Tennessee should be held liable for setting their own house ablaze, despite the couple’s claim that the fire was started by a neighbor. Laura and Carol Anne Stutte spent a weekend in Nashville in September 2010 and when they returned to their home in Vonore, Tenn., they found their house was burned to the ground. In addition, the word “queers” was spray painted on their garage.

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart In Sex Bias Case WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation’s biggest companies.

Reggie Brown, Obama Impersonator, Defends Performance At Republican Leadership Conference (VIDEO) Reggie Brown, the Obama impersonator whose set was cut short at the Republican Leadership Conference this past weekend, is pushing back against the idea that he was yanked off stage for making racial remarks about President Obama — but he does acknowledge that his barbs at GOP presidential candidates may have struck a nerve with the conservative audience.

Netroots Nation Bloggers Consistently Disappointed With Obama (VIDEO)

Nepal Lesbian Wedding: U.S. Couple Weds In Nation’s First Public Same-Sex Ceremony  AKSHINKALI, Nepal (AP) – A lawyer and a college professor from the United States celebrated Nepal’s first public lesbian wedding ceremony Monday in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognizing gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination. Courtney Mitchell, 41, and Sarah Welton, 48, from Denver, Colorado, celebrated in a Hindu Nepalese tradition at the Dakshinkali temple south of Katmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation. Local gay rights activists and supporters cheered the ceremony attended by their close friends. Nepal Parliament member Sunilbabu Pant, a gay rights activist, said it was the first public wedding of a lesbian couple in the mostly conservative nation.

Lyme Disease Symptoms: Key Facts About This Mysterious Illness Summer is peak season for transmission of Lyme disease. The only known transporter of Lyme bacteria — the deer tick — goes through the most infectious stage of its life cycle in the summer. But you don’t need to be in contact with a deer to get a deer tick bite. Deer ticks can hitch a ride on small animals and land right in your backyard. Here is a case study that highlights why Lyme disease is a mystery illness: Anne had been diagnosed with three different autoimmune diseases, each by a top specialist: 1.Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea 2. Iritis, an inflammatory disorder of the eyes that causes eye pain and blurred vision, 3. Spondyloarthritis, an inflammatory disease that attacks the spine and other joints.

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