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Clinton Offers Reassurance to Gay
Youth in Web Posting
(AP) Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters,
Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay
youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.
"Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be
amazing," Clinton wrote Friday on the Facebook page for
Humans of New York, a popular blog. "You will surprise
yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things
you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you -
there will be lots of them."
The Democratic presidential candidate made the comment
below a picture of an unnamed boy on that Facebook page
with a tearful expression and a captioned quote that reads,
"I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be
and that people won't like me."
The Clinton campaign confirmed Sunday that the posting,
which is signed with an "H," came personally from her.
The posting has since drawn more than 68,000 "likes" as of
Sunday evening and her reaction was noted in various news
Clinton has been seeking to embrace youth culture and gay
rights activism, having put the issue of gay marriage near the
forefront of her campaign.
The former secretary of state backed gay marriage in 2013
after she left the State Department. That followed President
Barack Obama's announcement during the 2012 presidential
campaign that he supported gay marriage.
Gay Rights Activists Mark
Landmark 1965 Demonstration
(AP) Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence
Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress
of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it
a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for
equality was far from over.
"In too many communities, you can still get married on
Sunday and then fired on Monday. Marriage equality was a
critical milestone but not the final destination," said activist
Aisha Moodie-Mills, referring to the recent U.S. Supreme
Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide.
"If history has taught us anything, it's that no community's
rights are one and done with a simple piece of legislation.
Equality is not set in stone," Moodie-Mills said.
The event was part of a weekend-long celebration of some
of the earliest gay rights marches, including a gathering of
about 40 protesters calling for equality at the same location
on July 5, 1965.
"Fifty years ago, America perceived us as degenerates," said
Malcolm Lazin, who organized the anniversary events. "One
of the many goals of the gay pioneers was to demonstrate that
we are first class American citizens."
The event also took time to pay special tribute to the
"mother and father of the gay rights movement," as Lazin
described them: activists Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny.
Other notables included Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in
the 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down parts of the
Defense of Marriage Act; Judy and Dennis Shepard, whose son
Matthew was killed in 1998 because of his sexual orientation;
the Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest in the
Episcopal Church; and Walter Naegle, long-time partner of
civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a confidante of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.
GoFundMe Campaign Set Up to
Assist Ailing Trans Pioneer
(Edge) A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise funds
to pay for 24-hour home nursing care for iconic transgender
Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn who is currently in the
hospital in Los Angeles. Woodlawn, 68, who has been in
declining health, is being examined for lesions discovered in
her brain and lungs.
"Holly's (sic) has made it clear that she wants to return
home, surrounded by friends and if she must die, she doesn't
want to die in a nursing home," says cabaret performer Penny
Arcade who created the GoFundMe campaign. Arcade, a long-
time friend of Woodlawn was featured with her in Warhol's
1970 film "Women in Revolt."
"We who love Holly, hope to raise enough funds to continue
her care and hopefully bring Holly home with 24-hour nursing
care, after she recuperates in a nursing home," Arcade wrote.
"Holly gave [visibility] long before it was comfortable to do so
and also gave thousands of people both hope and pleasure."
Holly Woodlawn achieved Warhol stardom by appearing in
Paul Morrissey's films "Trash" and "Women in Revolt." She
would eventually become immortalized by rocker Lou Reed
in the first verse of "Take a Walk on the Wild Side."
Holly came from Miami, F.L.A .
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S .A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, "Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side."
Said, "Hey, honey,
Take a walk on the wild side."
(SFGN) As of publication, more than $42k of the campaign's
$50K goal has been raised. (https://www.gofundme.com/
Bernie Sanders Lauds Ruling,
Balks at Denying Exemptions
(AP) Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential
candidate Bernie Sanders lauds the recent U.S. Supreme
Court ruling on gay rights, but he has balked at taking tax
exemptions away from organizations that do not recognize
During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State
of the Union" program Sunday, Sanders said he strongly
supports the court's ruling that same-sex couples have a
constitutional right to marry in all 50 states.
But when asked about taking tax exemptions from groups
including religious organizations - that do not recognize
same-sex marriage, Sanders said he wasn't ready to go that
far. He cited religious freedom and said he respects "people
who have different points of view."
Sanders' vocal support of gay rights dates back more than
N Compiled by Jillian Melero
Motorcyclist Killed In
Oakland Park Crash
(BSO) Shawn Donahue, 53, died after he failed to stop
at an intersection and crashed into an SUV last Monday
night in Oakland Park, said Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic
Homicide detectives investigating the crash.
According to investigators, at 11:07 p.m ., June 29, Donahue
was traveling westbound on N.E. 34 Court approaching N.E .
10 Ave. on his motorcycle approaching a four-way stop.
Donahue failed to stop at the intersection and hit the front
passenger side of Lilian Elizabeth Villatoro’s SUV.
Villatoro remained on the scene and cooperated with the
investigation. Base on the initial evidence from the scene,
officers say speed is not considered to be a factor in the
Donahue was transported to Broward Health Medical
Center and was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
Bernie Sanders. Photo: Facebook.
Hillary Clinton. Photo: Facebook.
Holly Woodlawn. Photo: Facebook.
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