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Gay Atlanta rabbi discusses New Year’s resolutions with CNN


Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim was a guest on CNN to talk about ways to include faith-based resolutions as we ring in 2013 tonight.

Lesser, who is openly gay (and a proud gym enthusiast), praises working on physical fitness as a resolution. But faith is also something we can work on, he said.

"Our bodies and minds and our spirits are all connected and we need to attend to them and the New Year is a great time to check in," he said.

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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

Presidential debate

A number of LGBT bloggers expressed dismay Tuesday night that no question about same-sex marriage was posed during the first two presidential debates or in the only vice presidential debate.

But at a most unexpected moment during the Oct. 16 debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumbled into an awkward riff about the importance of two parents being married before having children.

That set off a flurry of reaction among various LGBT bloggers who were posting their reactions to the debate live on Twitter.

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Poll: Despite national progress, Southerners lag behind on gay marriage

If there is one region of the country that's still struggling to come to terms with the idea of same-sex marriage, it's the South.

According to the results of a recent opinion poll conducted by CNN and research firm ORC International, the South is the only region of the country where the majority say same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry.

The Northeast and Western regions of the country overwhelmingly support marriage equality. In the Midwest, a slim majority of those polled favor granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, but in the South, some 52 percent of respondents oppose gay marriage while only 44 percent support it, by far the lowest level of support in the country.

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Suspended CNN pundit to meet with GLAAD after Twitter flop

CNN's Roland MartinPolitical pundit and “real bruh” Roland Martin will meet with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Martin has been under fire for his choice of words on the social networking site Twitter during last weekend's Super Bowl.

Martin, criticizing an H&M ad featuring near-nude soccer star David Beckham, wrote, “Ain't no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear! #superbowl” on the micro-messaging site.

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl” he added.

It didn't take long before GLAAD swooped in, calling out the CNN contributor for inciting violence against gay men. Martin said he was taking a jab at soccer, the most un-bruh sport, apparently, not gay men.

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GLAAD accuses CNN contributor of inciting violence against gay men

CNN's Roland MartinThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling for the firing of CNN contributor Roland Martin for a series of apparent anti-gay messages posted to the social networking site Twitter during last night's Super Bowl.

Martin, sounding off on the H&M ad featuring soccer star David Beckham, wrote:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl

Martin has already apologized, via Twitter, of course, for the remarks, but not before posting more than a dozen explanations and replies saying he was “ripping on soccer,” not insulting gay men.

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CNN Dialogues explores acceptance within, outside LGBT community


From a national news personality who tried to drink away her same-sex desire to a champion figure skater who was openly flamboyant before he was openly gay, a diverse panel gathered Dec. 14 at Atlanta’s Grady High School to discuss topics ranging from coming out stories to acceptance within and outside the LGBT community.

The panel, part of a series of CNN Dialogues, was titled, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Has More Openness Led to More Acceptance?” Emory University, CNN and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights hosted the forum.

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Upcoming LGBT events

Wednesday, Dec. 14 CNN Dialogues presents “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Has More Openness Led to More Acceptance?” Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell, panel discussion features Robin Brand, LZ Granderson, Do...
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Outwrite fundraiser coincides with ‘CNN Dialogues’

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse announced today a fundraiser to coincide with “CNN Dialogues,” an open community forum sponsored by the cable news network.

“CNN Dialogues: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Has More Openness Led to More Acceptance” will be hosted by HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, who is gay, and will feature panelists figure skater Johnny Weir, Robin Brand from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, LZ Granderson from ESPN and transgender speaker Donna Rose. The program takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Midtown's Grady High School.

To learn more about the panel discussion, click here.

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CNN explores LGBT equality with Atlanta panel

Figure skater Johnny Weir

LGBT people have a larger and deeper public presence than ever before in America, but has that led to less discrimination?

That’s the question CNN, Emory University and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights have partnered to try and answer with a public form on Dec. 14 at Grady High School.

The panel, part of a series of CNN Dialogues, is titled, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Has More Openness Led to More Acceptance?” Transgender activist and author Donna Rose, Robin Brand of Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson and Olympic skater Johnny Weir will share their views on a panel moderated by CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, who has come out publicly as a lesbian.

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CNN’s ‘Growing old openly gay’ video features Atlanta resident

Atlanta resident Winston Johnson

Winston Johnson, a well-known Atlanta resident, is featured in a video by CNN titled "Growing old openly gay."

The first gay couple married in New York as well as a late-life lesbian are also featured in the short video clip.

Johnson and his partner, Leon Allen, are the namesakes for an Atlanta Human Rights Campaign community service award. Johnson speaks of Allen, who died in 2006, in the clip.

The couple became good friends with Coretta Scott King and encouraged her to use her high profile to advocate for LGBT equality.