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Popular gay & lesbian radio duo
derek and romaine return
(EDGE) After twelve years as a popular gay/lesbian
duo on satellite radio, Derek Hartley and Romaine
Patterson will launch a new streaming service on
Monday, January 4, 2016. DNR 2.0 will feature a live
two hour broadcast each weekday at 2 p.m. PT/5
p.m. ET available by subscription through their
website www.DerekAndRomaine.com. Past shows
will continue to stream throughout the day and be
available in a download archive on the site.
"After more than a decade together, Romaine and
I are excited to launch this new adventure together,"
says Derek Hartley, an author and columnist who first
joined Romaine Patterson on air in April 2003. "We've
been together so long it feels more like a marriage
than a working relationship and creating this new
show has almost been like renewing our vows."
"We are doing this new show because our longtime
listeners really demanded it," added Romaine
Patterson, known nationally for her LGBT activism
before transitioning to radio show host, "We have all
become like a family over the years and we have to
keep the family together!"
The new streaming service coincides with a re-
launch of their website with an emphasis on building
community, familiar territory for the duo. Prior to
joining the world of radio, Derek Hartley developed
content around online communities in the 1990s
at America Online and early LGBT media venture
PlanetOut, while Romaine Patterson worked for the
media watchdog GLAAD.
In addition to the new show, Derek and Romaine
will continue the DNR Cruise, the successful group
travel venture they launched together in 2013. Their
fifth cruise leaves from Seattle for Alaska on August
28, 2016 and a sixth cruise in February 2017 will be
announced next month.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Salt Lake City's 1st Openly Gay
Mayor to be Sworn In Monday
(AP) Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will be sworn
in Monday as the mayor of Salt Lake City, becoming the first
openly gay person to hold the office.
The 49-year-old is no stranger to making history in the
state. In 1998, she became Utah's first openly gay lawmaker.
She served in the state House of Representatives until
2011. Since then, she has worked in the Salt Lake County
Biskupski defeated two-term incumbent mayor Ralph
Becker in November by winning 52 percent of the vote in the
state's liberal capital city.
She will take the oath of office around noon.
ISIS Reportedly Kills Teen for Being
(Edge Media) Members of the Islamic militant group ISIS
accused a young teen of being gay and reportedly killed
him by throwing him off the roof of a building, but spared
the life of a commander who allegedly raped the victim,
according to a report by ARA News, a Syrian independent
The 15-year-old boy was sentenced to death by being
pushed off a high building in Deir Ezzor province in Syria.
The report claims the ISIS commander who allegedly raped
the victim is believed to be Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi, who has
appeared in a propaganda video showing child soldiers
executing prisoners in a demented version of hide-and-
seek. al-Jazrawi was spared the death sentence, but was
punished by being flogged and sent to Iraq to fight on the
A witness told ARA News the execution of the teen took
place in public and in front of a large gathering of local
civilians. The footage of the incident has yet to make it
"The boy was accused of being engaged in a homosexual
relation with the prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-
Jazrawi," media activist Sarai al-Din told ARA News. "Abu
Zaid was forced to leave Syria and join the fighting fronts
in northwestern Iraq. The decision has been taken by the
ARA News reports a source claimed the boy was arrested
"in the house of an ISIS leader" last Thursday.
Though the story has been picked up by a number
of media outlets, the Daily Mail writes it could not
"independently verify these claims." Nevertheless, this
isn't the first time ISIS was reported to kill men accused
of being gay by throwing them off the roofs of buildings.
Similar incidents have been occurring for some time now.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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