Not So Local Gay News Briefs Dec. 27 – Jan. 9, 2014


Popular DVD rental dispenser RedBox has made an exception to its “no documentary” policy with “Bridegroom.” The film is based on the YouTube video “It Could Happen To You,” which told what happened when one person in a committed same-sex relationship dies and their family doesn’t approve of the relationship. Made last spring by Tom Bridegroom’s surviving partner Shane Bitney Crone, the 9-minute video went viral, receiving over 3.4 million views worldwide. “Bridegroom” is a full-feature documentary that tells the story more completely. RedBox is reportedly offering 5 percent of rental sales to marriage equality organizations. ­—

twitter logoOur own iconic Bankers Hill restaurant, Bertrand at Mister A’s, just made Open Table’s annual Diners’ Choice list of “Top 100 most romantic restaurants” in the United States. Mister A’s, as it is locally known, offers sweeping views of Downtown, the Bay and the airport from both inside the restaurant and out on its wrap-around deck. It also serves a mean brunch on Sundays.

Two gay men from Los Angeles will make history on New Year’s Day, when they get married on top of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float during the iconic Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair will marry in keeping with the theme of the 125th annual parade, “Dreams Come True,” as well as that of the AHF float, “Love is the Best Protection.”


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As if Utah hasn’t surprised us enough this week, a Boy Scouts troup in Salt Lake City was photographed delivering pizzas to some County Clerks who were working overtime processing marriage licenses, as well as those same-sex couples patiently waiting in line to get their own right to marry certificates.



Privacy for All Students, a hate group disguised as a child advocacy group, is suing the California Secretary of State over the state’s AD 1266 law that will go into effect Jan. 1. The group says it dropped off boxes of signatures to help qualify for a referendum to put a halt to the measure, which supports the rights of transgender children in schools.


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Lockheed Martin, a longtime aerospace and military defense contractor based in Maryland, has decided it will no longer support nonprofit organizations that do not align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity, including the Boy Scouts. The defense giant, who made the decisions during a reevaluation of funding priorities for 2014, said in a statement that although they were pleased to see changes in the Boy Scouts membership policy, they oppose its continued ban on gay leadership.  Gay Voices at

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha has decided to “fight to the end” to stop a bill from becoming law that could force him behind bars for the rest of his life. The bill, which made quick advances after the death penalty clause was removed, was passed by parliament last week but is still not yet law.  American-style evangelicalism has been on the rise in Uganda and many feel it is the cause of the widespread homophobia across the nation. Gay Voices at

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