From The Advocate:
Five LGBT advocacy groups placed 12,000 flags on Washington’s National Mall on Friday in an effort to recognize the 12,000 men and women who have been kicked out of the military because of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
The three-day tribute, “12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots,” was organized by the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers United, Liberty Education Forum, and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in hopes of showing that the policy, enacted in 1993 under President Bill Clinton, wastes valuable resources available to the U.S. military.
Okay, we totally dropped the ball on info on World's AIDS Day events going on today, but as a shot at redemption, I'll be tirelessly advertising Shopping With Friends. This year's event is next Saturday, Dec. 8. Over 100 stores will be involved, giving 10 percent of their sales directly to Lowcountry AIDS Services.
There will be a kick-off cocktail party at Saks Fifth Avenue on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. The shopping starts Saturday with the champagne brunch at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel on Wentworth.
The Palmetto Grande in Mt. Pleasant ran the Alliance for Full Acceptance's campaign, Acceptance Without Exception for a week before pulling the ads after an unknown (but apparently limited) number of complaints. The ads run through various takes on "Some of the best ___ are gay." The most scandalous part of the ad is the word "gay," but apparently that was enough to send one mother to the manager of the theater to complain.
Warren Redman-Gress with AFFA said that the theater manager relayed the story of the woman coming to him to complain that her six-year-old daughter wanted to know what "gay" meant. Though there were other complaints, they apparently weren't logged and this was the only particular complaint the manager could provide.
Redmond-Gress was planning to discuss this with the AFFA board tonight to decide their next step, but there will likely be some coordinated reaction.
"We can't just let this go," he says. "This is a teachable moment here."
Charleston will be recognizing Worlds AIDS Day (Dec. 1) with events on Friday, Nov. 30. Here's a quick rundown.
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Victims of AIDS demonstration at the Cistern at College of Charleston
• 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Names Project Quilts to be displayed with information tables in the lobbies of Roper and St. Francis Hospitals,
• 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.: HIV Awareness table at The Citadel, Mark Clark Hall-Student Lounge
• Noon: Special Mass and Moment of Prayer in observance of HIV/AIDS at Chapel at St. Francis Hospital
• 4 p.m.: WAD quilts to be displayed at the Cistern at College of Charleston
• 5 p.m.: World AIDS Day Assembly and March begins in Marion Square
• 5:30 p.m. :World AIDS Day March from Marion Square to the Cistern at College of Charleston
• 6 p.m. :World AIDS Day Rally at the Cistern at College of Charleston, luminaries will be on display to honor those touched by AIDS
The Log Cabin Republicans have a new ad on the radio in New Hampshire today against Mitt Romney. Like the last TV spot, the new ad doesn't address Mitt's shift against protections for gays and lesbians, but instead highlights Romney's abuses against the people of New Hampshire when he was the Mass. governor through tax hikes.
"Mitt Romney's record doesn't match his rhetoric on taxes and almost every other issue," said Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Sammon. "No matter what he says now, Romney's record on taxes doesn't add up."