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A banner displayed at a football match in Belgrade on Thursday
reflected the intolerance espoused by the Serbian Orthodox Church
toward a gay pride parade scheduled for Sunday. Opponents led by the
church called the event a “parade of shame” while authorities pledged
to protect participants and maintain the peace.

The gay pride march on Sunday will be the first in Belgrade since 2001, when antigay protesters attacked and violently injured participants, who received little police protection.

September 18 2009 11:35 AM

Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin distributed a video with the help of
the National Stonewall Democrats on Thursday describing why LGBT people
“ought to be very focused in on the health care reform debate.”

September 18 2009 10:45 AM

Academy Award–winning actress Charlize Theron reiterated her support for
marriage equality during her appearance on The View on Thursday.

Host Barbara Walters asked Theron about her relationship with
actor Stuart Townsend and whether she would marry him if he asked.

September 18 2009 10:20 AM

A new Research 2000/Daily Kos poll in Maine suggests that
the state’s marriage equality law would be repealed if the issue went to voters today.

The survey of 600 likely voters between September 14 and 16 posed two questions pertaining to marriage equality, according to Daily Kos. In each instance, a greater percentage of respondents with a firm opinion chose an anti-equality position, although a pivotal percentage remained undecided.

September 18 2009 9:50 AM

Gay activist Cleve Jones appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday
to discuss comments by House speaker Nancy Pelosi that connected
today's extremist political rhetoric and the assassination of Harvey Milk in 1978.

Jones spoke with Maddow about earlier statements by Pelosi that compared the “very frightening rhetoric” of the health care reform debate to the late-1970s climate in which San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.

September 18 2009 8:40 AM

Donna Sachet, a Bay Area–based drag star, will perform the National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, September 29.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Sachet and Pat Gallagher, president of the Giants organization, met last year while working on a video for the S.F. Convention and Visitors Bureau annual luncheon. Donna mentioned her interest in singing at a game and Gallagher encouraged her to apply.

September 18 2009 1:28 AM

Gay rights activist and former Advocate editor in chief Anne Stockwell penned
a moving tribute to Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary, who died
Wednesday of complications from Leukemia.

Stockwell remembers loving Mary's music as a child, but it wasn't until her time at The Advocate,
as she reached out to music stars for statements expressing their
feelings about Bush's endorsement of a Federal Marriage Amendment, that
Peter, Paul & Mary became "our people."

September 17 2009 7:50 PM