SFGN reports: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with Servicemembers United, Unity CoalitionCoalición Unida and SAVE Dade will visit Miami, FL, on April 29, 2010 for a Spanish language event as part of “Voices of Honor: A Generation Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” The national tour highlights the discriminatory law that hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk. The event will include a public forum with lesbian, gay and straight veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, alongside average Americans fighting for repeal of DADT.
HRC dispatched field staff to six states – Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia and West Virginia, where congressional support for repeal is critical. The organization is building off the grassroots efforts of Servicemembers United to continue growing a network of supporters to repeal DADT. To learn more visit: www.hrc.org/RepealDADT.
Florida-based police officer Michael Verdugo talks to The Advocate about being fired after a nearly 15-year-old gay bondage film in which he starred resurfaced: When 22-year-old Michael Verdugo performed in a gay bondage flick called Rope Rituals in 1996, there was no XTube or Facebook. But when the out Hollywood, Fla., police officer became a contestant on HGTV’s Design Star in 2008, times had changed. Word spread quickly about Verdugo’s onetime X-rated role, and he was placed on administrative leave before ultimately being fired in January 2009 after eight years on the force. Verdugo challenged his termination, and an “an 80-year-old Republican” arbitrator recently upheld the police force’s decision, but he's planning a lawsuit. Now 35 and an interior designer, Verdugo spoke to The Advocate about “the fight of his life.”
Before news of the movie came out, you filed a successful antigay harassment claim against your HPD superior. Did that play a role in your firing? The work enviro…
In honor of today being President's Day, this interesting and timely news item:
After months of speculation, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently confirmed that he is worth roughly $200 million -- give or take a million or more. In addition to being worth more than 99.9 percent of Americans, if elected president, Romney would also be wealthier than any president except one.
While the other Republican candidates are also millionaires, their wealth does not come close to that of Romney’s. Still, judging from the net worth of all presidential nominees, politicians need to be wealthy to run for high office.
The others made their money more directly from their politics before becoming a presidential candidate. Libertarian candidate Ron Paul, worth between $2.5 and $5 million, has published a number of best-selling books over the past few years, each of which explores his political ideology. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich became a consultant and political analyst after he re…