“We do not believe the proposedconstitutional amendment is in thebest interests of our employees or ourstate economy — and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it.”
, vice president of global diversity andinclusion for General Mills, in a June 14 public blog post onthe company’s website. Charles wrote the post in responseto a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment to bangay marriage, making General Mills the largest company inthe state to come out against the measure so far.
“We will not rest until full and equalrights are a reality for everyone ...No matter how long the road ahead,I’m conﬁdent that we will travel itsuccessfully together. Wherever youare celebrating this month, I wishyou a happy Pride.”
— Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton
commemoratingJune as LGBT Pride Month in a June 8 video issued byher ofﬁce.
“Now you can be proud of servingyour country, and be proud of whoyou are.”
— U.S. Defense Secretary
thanking gayand lesbian military members for their service onJune 15, as the Pentagon prepared to mark June asGay Pride month with an ofﬁcial salute.
“After decades of inaction andindifference, you have every rea-son and right to push, loudly andforcefully, for equality.”
— President Obama in remarks at the LGBT PrideMonth reception held June 15 in the East Room ofthe White House.
“Once again this year, June isﬁlled with cities holding Gay Pridecelebrations. Every year I continueto challenge believers to prayabout what we can do peacefullybut permanently to put an end tothese events in our cities.”
of Mission America in a June 14radio broadcast.
BY THE NUMBERS
PRIDE AROUND THE WORLD
The year the ﬁrst-ever Gay Pride parade is held in NewYork City, called the Christopher Street Gay LiberationDay, to mark the 1969 police raid andsubsequent riots at the Stonewall Inn.Estimated number of participants at the 2011 São PauloGay Pride Parade. The parade has been named byGuinness Book of World Records as the largest GayPride parade in the world.The next year that Gay Pride parades will be allowed inRussia’s capitol, Moscow, after the city’s governmentpassed a century-long ban on such gatherings.Estimated attendance at Tel Aviv Pride, makingit the largest Gay Pride event in Asia.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Source: Guinness Book of World Records, The Atlantic,www.nycpride.org, The Guardian
P h o t o v i a F a c e b o o k
Gay vs. gay-friendly General Assemblyrace stirs controversy.
YouthPride new locationremains mystery.
Fired Eagle raid ofﬁcersget new jobs in Clayton.
AID Atlanta executivedirector steps down.
Atlanta hosts events forNational HIV Testing Day.
Stonewall Month continueswith packed calendar.
Guest editorial by Mark King:The man my father built.
Column: Remembering Atlanta’sﬁrst Pride parade.
Artistic visions: Meet threediverse Atlanta LGBT artists.
Food Porn: Robert’s ﬁrst date no‘Watershed’ moment.
Film: ‘Your Sister’s Sister.’
Theater: ‘Normal Heart,’‘Importance of Being Earnest.’
Atlanta Bear Fest bringsfurry fun.
Personality Spotlight: LambdaLiterary Fellow Sarah Fonseca.
Business Spotlight: Dr. Thomas BornChiropractic & Massage.
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That’s What She Said: Melissa Cartergains clarity.
Domestically Disturbed:Life’s a pitch for Topher Payne.
“I was a Boy Scout, and I have wonderful memoriesof my Boy Scout days and we had no issues likewhat has come up in recent times. I’m saddenedand shocked by the policy the Boy Scouts have.”
— Gay Star Trek veteran
in an interview June 18 with the NewYork Daily News on the ouster of Ohio mother Jennifer Tyrrell who wasﬁred from her volunteer Cub Scout leader position in April because she isa lesbian. Takei will be joined in the ofﬁcial Gay & Lesbian Alliance AgainstDefamation car by Tyrrell at the 43rd Annual LGBT Pride March in New YorkCity on June 24.