The co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behing the KONY 2012 video and campaign, was detained today for masturbating, removing his underwear, and "acting very strange" in public, NBC San Diego reports:
Jason Russell, 33, was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to Lt. Andra Brown. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road...
"Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested," she said at a press conference. "During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying."
Invisible Children's CEO released a statement:
“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.”
The group has been under close scrutiny since its KONY 2012 video went viral, including questions about its funding, some of which which was revealed to come from anti-gay Christian fundamentalist groups.
Watch SDPD Lt. Andra Brown discuss the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Gay former Attorney General candidate Sean Patrick Maloney announces run for Congress from NY: “I am running for the United States Congress in 2012 against Tea Party favorite Nan Hayworth in the brand new NY-18 District. You believed in me and helped me in my first race for public office several years ago, proving that we have the organizational and fundraising strength necessary to take up this fight – and win. If you still believe in me, and you believe, like I do, that we must have new leadership in Congress, than I need your help again – and right away."
George Clooney visiting the White House (pre-arrest).
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Vatican official to UN: Gays marrying "devalues" institution.
Rhode Island Bishop Tobin on threat of same-sex marriage: "The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholics is renewing his opposition to gay marriage, calling it an 'ill-advised social experiment.' Bishop Thomas Tobin writes in this week's The Rhode Island Catholic that same-sex marriage is a 'serious sin' and poses a threat to religious liberty..."
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Channing Tatum moons Jonah Hill, on camera.
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New Gill Action Fund leader Kirk Fordham says he will continue organization's "stealthy" activism: "I think it’ll be a hybrid of some deployment of highly trained gay SWAT teams, as I like to call it, and some of us will just be working very transparently with the existing organizations that are already on the ground."
Gay ally Minnesota GOP Rep. John Kriesel won't seek reelection: "He said he believes gay marriage should be legal and he says the reason is simple: it took one second for him to realize that life is too short, and the greatest tragedy of all would be to spend it unhappy."
Santorum prays with extremist anti-gay pastor Steve Gaines.
Italian Supreme Court rules on gay-family rights: " Italy's highest court made a ruling on gay-family rights Thursday which activists said should push the government to revise Italy's ban on gay marriage. In its first case regarding a gay couple who wed abroad, the Supreme Court rejected their appeal to be recognized legally in Italy yet said the two men still had the 'right to a family life'."
President Obama will be sharing the stage with Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson as they both receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction at the New York City college's commencement Monday, Buzzfeed reports.
Wolfson tells Buzzfeed:
If I got to whisper in the President's ear, I would thank him for the important steps he has already taken in support of the freedom to marry, applaud him for speaking in such personal terms about the journey he and so many Americans have made to understand who gay families are and why marriage matters, and encourage him to complete that journey and join the national majority for Americans. And if we happen to be standing near a hot mike, I expect that would get a unanimous standing ovation from the graduates who, like the overwhelming super-majority of young people now favoring the freedom to marry, want this president with them on the right side of history, with liberty and justice for all.
The Family Equality Council is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and they've just released this touching video featuring Zach Wahls, Episcoapal Bishop Gene Robinson and his daughter Ella, Mary Keane, and their Executive Director Jenn Chrisler.
The group writes: "In 1982 a group of gay fathers founded what would eventually become the Family Equality Council. Now, 30 years later, we have grown into the nation's leading advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender parents and their children."
Congrats to them!
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Obama campaign today went on record against North Carolina's discriminatory Amendment One, which would ban same-sex marriage, the News Observer reports.
"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples," said Cameron French, his North Carolina campaign spokesman. "That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it."
Yesterday in Raleigh, hundreds of people marched and rallied against the measure.
Amendment One is set to appear on the ballot on May 8. More information HERE.