The National: Gay Flashmob Protests SF Hotel With Lady Gaga

by May 12, 2010

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).

Elsewhere…

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)

D.C. – Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, according to a close friend. So why is the Wall Street Journal seemingly trying to gay-bait her? (Politico, Towleroad)

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)

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