Handpicked News: The Senate: ‘It Gets Better’, Dustin Lance Black, Obama Talks Marriage, Bullied With A Noose

by Accidental Bear

 Flesh-Eating Cocaine Hits New York, Los Angeles It seems cocaine has been behind a rash of flesh-eating disease outbreaks in Los Angeles and New York.Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug, levamisole has apparently been linked to a number of cases of rotting flesh, according to Good Morning America. While the cases reported thus far have been on the coasts, officials have warned that it could very well be a nationwide problem. From GMA:

A video for LGBT youth around the country and the It Gets Better Project, featuring U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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Dustin Lance Black Takes On Obama’s Marriage Position Can President Obama have it both ways on the marriage issue? Can he rally support and dollars from the LGBT community yet assert that marriage rights are an issue for the states to decide? As the president hosts a National Pride Month reception Wednesday at the White House, a growing number of activists and pundits say no — including Academy Award-winning Milkscreenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Obama Talks Marriage at WH News Conference President Barack Obama did not directly address a question during Wednesday’s news conference on whether marriage is a civil right, referring instead to his track record on LGBT issues and his support for states to decide the issue. “Let me start by saying this administration under my direction has consistently said we cannot discriminate as a country on the basis of sexual orientation,” Obama said in answer to a question from Chuck Todd of NBC News. “And we have done more in the two and half years that I’ve been here than the previous 43 presidents to uphold that principle.”

 Black Student Says He Was Bullied With A Noose, Chained SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A black student claiming he was racially bullied at a Southern California high school says his wrestling teammates tied a noose around a wrestling dummy, chained him to his locker and made racist comments.The Santa Monica High School students have been suspended. The number of students involved hasn’t been disclosed. Police are investigating. Sgt. Richard Lewis says the students could face assault and hate-crime charges.Investigators say the incident occurred more than a month ago but the student and his mother didn’t report it to police until June 21.

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