A group of LGBT protesters working with the hospitality and manufacturing union UNITE HERE organized a flashmob at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco. Singing to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” protesters (including a small marching band) sang “Don’t Get Caught in a Bad Hotel,” calling attention to the efforts by workers at the Westin and other area hotels to win a contract that includes health care coverage. Workers have called a boycott for these hotels, and are asking tourists planning to visit San Francisco for Pride boycott these hotels in support (suggested hotels can also be found on that page).
D.C. – Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) says he’ll include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in this year’s defense budget bill, if the votes are there. Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll says 70% of Americans support a repeal. (Towleroad)
D.C. – A Department of Housing and Urban Development rule change meant to prevent sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in low-income housing programs is sure taking a while, but it’s unclear if foot-dragging is the cause. (The Washington Blade)
Indiana – In an apparent hate crime, a gay man was beaten to death at a party in Huntertown, Indiana, and left for dead on the perpetrator’s front lawn. (Towleroad)
Florida – The denouement of the George Rekers seems to be winding down: Rekers quits NARTH, and the young journalist couple who brought him down gets their moment in the sun. (The Box Turtle Bulletin, South Florida Gay News)
Iowa – Iowa congresscritter: if gays weren’t so open about their sexuality, they wouldn’t have to worry about being fired. Keep it classy, Congressman King. (Pam’s House Blend)
Austria – The Catholic Archbishop of Austria is suggesting the Church should respect long-term same-gender relationships, should reconsider its opposition to re-marriage after divorce, and should consider dumping the high-ranking Cardinal Angelo Soldano for obstructing a high-profile child abuse investigation. (EDGE)