The new episode of my #LGBT politics TV show Critical Thinking is out! In it, I take a comprehensive look at the two historic Supreme Court #MarriageEquality cases about #DOMA & #Prop8. I look back at highlights from the oral arguments, discuss possible outcomes, and give my take on where we go after the decisions.
Multimedia Creative Director Jhonmar Castillo works with Coca-Cola in the creation of their 125 anniversary interactive mobile App. Old Coca-Cola advertising posters were brought to live in this mobile user interactive project!
Louisiana Sheriff Enforces Invalidated Anti-Sodomy laws
The U.S Supreme Court invalidated anti-sodomy laws in 2003, but a local Louisiana Sheriff says he didn't get the memo. The East Baton Rouge sheriff who used Louisiana’s defunct anti-sodomy law to arrest a dozen gay men since 2011 now says he didn't know the law was invalidated by the Supreme Court. A statement from the Sheriff's office claims that quote, “To our knowledge, the Sheriff's office was never contacted or told that the law was not enforceable or prosecutable,".
A Look at 2013 San Diego Gay Pride Parade
And the San Diego Gay Pride parade and festival, which took place at Hillcrest, a notoriously LGBTQ friendly neighborhood on the Weekend of July 12th, appeared to be a success, bringing in more than 200,000 spectators carrying rainbow flags and wearing brightly colored outfits to show their support of the LGBTQ community.
Nationwide Ban on Russian Vodka in response to New Anti-Gay Russian Legislation
Russia's intensifying campaign against gay rights activism and its newly approved antigay legislation has sparked widespread LGBTQ fury, as many gay bars across North America and their owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka, notably the popular brand Stole-itch-nya. According to many LGBTQ sources, as well as the CEO of Stoli Vodka, the brand has been extremely supportive of the gay community, sponsoring gay pride events in San Diego, LA, and San Francisco especially. Some members of the LGBT community say that it is unfortunate that this loyal supporter has been caught in the crossfire of the recent Russian Anti-gay policies.
Gay Former U.S intelligence officer gets acquitted of "Aiding the Enemy" charges
The former U.S intelligence officer Bradley Manning was acquitted Tuesday of the charge "Aiding the Enemy", though he could still serve up to 125 years in prison for "espionage", according to the advocate.
The 25 year old Manning who identifies as gay, and possibly transgender, was convicted of violating military code, including failing to obey an order or regulation, according to NBC. The young man, who was in the nations hot seat when he released thousands of classified government documents to Wikilleaks, was acquitted of one aiding the enemy, the most serious charge against him that potentially carried a life sentence.