HIDE/SEEK: In the Life looks at the gay-themed art exhibit censored last year by the Smithsonian.
MATTRESS FLIPPING: In New Orleans, they went after that coveted human domino world record again.
ONESIE: Kristen Bell is fainting right about now.
PINK PROJECT: 20 Vancouver area schools create anti-bullying flash mob video, anger conservative parents.
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign the marriage equality bill at 5 pm EST.
UPDATE: O'Malley has signed the bill making Maryland the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The event is over.
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GOP candidates react to the death of Andrew Breitbart.
Gay families, White House Easter Egg Roll lottery opens today.
White House Press Secretary tight-lipped on executive order on LGBT workplace discrimination: "I unfortunately will give you the unsatisfying answer that I don’t have any information for you on any executive order that the president may or may not intend to issue in the coming months."
Mad Men, Hamm return.
Patrick Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and brother of the late Brendan Burke, talks about the new charity he's launching this Sunday called the You Can Play project during the Bruins-Rangers game on NBC.
Justin Bieber turns 18, gets $100,000 electric car on Ellen.
Trans student makes history at the University of Phillippines: "Diño ran on a platform of 'zero cases of gender discrimination and sexual harassment and zero tolerance for fraternity-related violence.'"
Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg defends "ex-gay" group handing out flyers at public school in Maryland: "The most defamatory accusation about the PFOX flier is that it is 'anti-gay.' This is simply false. The flier declares, 'PFOX supports tolerance.' That means tolerance for all - homosexuals and ex-homosexuals. Apparently for some people, 'tolerance' is a one-way street."
Court rules against activists challenging Malaysia's ban on a gay arts festival: "High Court Judge Rohana Yusuf ruled Thursday in favor of government lawyers who said police were empowered to declare the ban. Festival organizers said they would appeal the verdict."
Tobey Maguire arrives in L.A., very thin.
Taylor Kitsch gives good face at GMA.
Gay hotel opens its doors in NYC. "Reisner said he drew much of his inspiration from both Ian Schrager and André Balazs, whose elegant hotels with cutting edge décor are very gay friendly. The OUT NYC, Reisner said, is similar in conception and style, but is a gay hotel that is very straight friendly. By marketing it as a 'straight-friendly'urban resort, it sends the clear message that the property welcomes gays as well as straights, and tourists as well as locals, he said."
Irish SOPA signed into law: "This happened despite widespread protests in Ireland against the bill."
"Do My Thing": Estelle and Janelle Monae team up for new track.
Police probe death of gay man in SF's Mission District: "Richard Sprague, 47, was found dead in the 100 block of Julian Avenue, between 15th and 16th streets, Sunday, February 19. Police say that he cried out for help but nobody reported finding Sprague until about 7 a.m., hours after the incident appears to have started."
Al Fischer, a music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in north St. Louis County, Missouri, was fired earlier this month after church officials discovered he planned to marry his partner of 20 years. Fischer sent a letter to the parents of his students telling them the news, the St. Louis Dispatch reports:
In the letter, Fischer tells parents of "my joyful news, and my sad news" — the former being his plans to marry his longtime partner in New York City, and the latter, "that I can't be your music teacher anymore."
Fischer's partner, Charlie Robin, executive director of Washington University's Edison Theatre, told the Post-Dispatch that the couple's relationship was in no way a secret at St. Ann and that Fischer was fired after a representative of the St. Louis Archdiocese overheard him talking to co-workers about his wedding plans.
Shortly thereafter, according to Robin, Fischer was told he would be fired March 9, the couple's 20th anniversary and the day of their planned nuptials. But after Robin posted the news of Fischer's soon-to-come firing on Facebook on Feb. 16, Fischer was fired the next day, Robin said.
The Archdiocese indicated that Fischer signed a Christian Witness Statement, required for every educator in the Catholic school system: "The Christian Witness Statement, which educators sign when applying for Archdiocese work, says all who serve in Catholic education should, among other requirements, 'not take a public position contrary to the Catholic Church" and "demonstrate a public life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.'"
Once again, this is why we can't have nice things.
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More on anti-gay Tennessee high school principal Dorothy Bond from the ACLU:
Multiple students contacted the ACLU to express concerns about an assembly that took place on Feb. 9. At the assembly, Principal Bond reportedly said that gay people are “ruining their lives” and threatened to administer severe punishment – including 60-day suspensions, assignments to an alternative school or expulsion – to any students who were observed publicly displaying affection for members of the same sex. The school already has a policy on public displays of affection that is neutral regarding sexual orientation.
The incident appears to be part of a broader pattern of official anti-gay remarks and policies by the principal, and of incorporating prayers and proselytizing into school events. On one occasion, school officials scolded students who did not bow their heads in prayer and threatened them with discipline. On another occasion, the principal told a lesbian student that she would go to “hell” because of her sexual orientation.