The 2012 Democratic National Convention wrapped up last Thursday, September 6 with a speech by president Obama who accepted the nomination for the presidential race and outlined goals he would pursue in a second term, including a more vigorous economy and greater energy independence.. At this year’s convention, more than a dozen speakers mentioned LGBT equality on the first two nights of the Democratic convention, including Michelle Obama, who positioned marriage equality as a new ingredient of American greatness. The party’s unprecedented embrace of gay equality comes a week after Joe Biden thanked gay rights advocates in Provincetown for “freeing the soul of the American people.”, and advancing the “civil rights of every straight American.” This unprecedented mention in such a forum treats gay rights as a political winner for the November election.
The first, Out in the Park day was held at Six Flags Great America over the weekend. The event, which was sponsored by Best Gay Chicago and Vitamin water, brought over 3500 people to the park specifically for the special event.
A portion of the event’s proceeds went to TPAN. The Test Positive Awareness Network and brought in over $10,000 for the organization which empowers people living with HIV/AIDS.
If you missed out on this year’s event, no worries, I spoke with Best Gay Chicago organizers who confirmed that the event is anticipated to be brought back next year in September 2013.
Search engine Google has been receiving praise from the LGBT bloggosphere for a change that was made to its search algorithm. In previous years, the word "bisexual" was blocked from Google's Auto Complete and Instant Search feature after being placed on a list of banned words in 2009. But this week, google unblocked the term "bisexual" from its search algorithm. BiNet USA, a bisexual advocacy group, lead the campaign to get the search engine to finally "unlock" the word. While the search is not 100 functional yet, and will get better with more searches, the announcement comes as an opportunity for bisexual people and their allies have a chance to be seen, heard, and better understood.
Almost a year after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the law banning openly gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military, was repealed, University of California Los Angeles Law School, found that there has been no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. The authors of the study who included Military academy professors arrived at this conclusion after soliciting the views of generals and admirals who predicted that repeal would undermine the military, as well as conducting interviews and surveys, Observing military units, and analyzing secondary sources.. Aaron Belkin, the founding director of the Palm Center and lead author of the study reported that repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' did not harm the military, and if anything made it easier for the Pentagon to pursue its mission.
In Entertainment News:
“Saturday Night Live” officially announced Monday that it is adding three new featured players, all of whom got their start in Chicago. Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong all cut their teeth on the stages of iO Chicago, Second City, and annoyance theaters. The performers are coming on after last season’s departure of three famed veteran SNL members Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott. You can catch the new members of the cast this Saturday on the 38th season premier hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and music guest Frank Ocean.
In the weather this weekend it looks like we’re slowly ushering in fall and On Friday we’ll face some showers, with a high of 70. On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have partly cloudy skies with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s
In this edition of weekend report: This Friday is the highly anticipated Garden of Eve event for Howard Brown Health Center at the River East Art Center at 435 East Illinois Street. This fund raising event that benefits Women's services at the Health Center will feature a Garden Affair, which starts at 7:00pm and will feature a performance by Chris Bruce and Gramee Nomanee Meshell Ndegeocello. Tickets are $150 but if you email me at Tj@gaychicagotv.com we are offering a discount for $100 tickets. Visit howardbrown.org for more information.
On Saturday, Join the organization Chicago House, for a One Night Stand. This explosive multi-sensory dance party wrapped around Dance Party is An annual themed event inspired by and built around a dance recording artist and this year disco icon Linda Clifford performing live. The event starts at 8:00pm at Park West 322 West Armitage and Tickets are still available. Visit Chicagohouse.org for more information.

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