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Gay Portland mayor cleared in Breedlove affair
There is no credible evidence that Sam Adams, the Gay mayor of Portland, Ore., had inappropriate sexual contact with Beau Breedlove before Breedlove turned 18, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said June 22.

Adams, 45, and Breedlove, 22, have acknowledged having sex in 2005 after Breedlove's 18th birthday, but Breedlove also had claimed the pair passionately made out prior to his reaching the age of consent, which Adams denied.

"There are serious questions about the credibility of Breedlove's account, due to his prior inconsistent statements, the lack of corroborating witnesses or evidence, his attempt to gain personally from matters related to his involvement with Adams and his prior criminal record," Kroger concluded. "There is insufficient evidence to charge, let alone convict, Adams with illegal sexual contact with a minor."

The attorney general's office interviewed 57 people and sifted through Adams' and Breedlove's e-mails and text messages in arriving at its conclusion.

Breedlove later posed for the Gay porn magazine Unzipped. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to felony 2nd degree theft in a case that involved $750 worth of clothes from a Macy's store in Hawaii.

The revelation of the brief affair nearly ended Adams' career earlier this year, in part because he had lied about it when asked about it during the mayoral campaign, stating that it never happened.

77 members of Congress ask Obama to suspend DADT
As national Gay leaders continue to beat up on President Barack Obama for moving too slowly on his myriad campaign promises to the GLBT community, 77 members of Congress have written to the president asking him to immediately suspend enforcement of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy pending its repeal by Congress.

"The letter outlines a new, two-step repeal plan which begins with a request that the president 'direct the Armed Services not to initiate any investigation of service personnel to determine their sexual orientation, and that [he] instruct them to disregard third-party accusations that do not allege violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice,'" said the Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara, that has focused extensively on the military's ban on open Gays.

"The letter signals renewed efforts to stop Gay discharges immediately while repeal legislation moves through Congress at a slower pace," the center said.

On June 23, Obama rejected the proposal.

The White House said: "President Obama remains committed to a legislative repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which he believes will provide a durable and lasting solution to this issue. He welcomes the commitment of these members to seeing Congress take action."

Gay porn star Michael Lucas to appear on Ugly Betty
Gay porn star Michael Lucas will appear in an episode of the hit TV series Ugly Betty, he reported on his blog. Lucas paid $18,000 for the opportunity at a June 17 charity auction for the Stonewall Community Foundation held in the Delegates' Dining Room at the United Nations.

"It felt great to give all that porn money to Stonewall," Lucas said. "And it also felt great to put out a challenge to mainstream TV. How will ABC deal with a porn star on one of its prime time programs? I am curious to see how this will play out. Now, I am not suggesting that my little walk-on will change the world. But I hope it will be one step taking us out of the privacy of people's bedrooms and onto a larger stage. And I hope the American public will enjoy seeing a porn star as a real person, not just as a hot body."

Census Bureau will count married Gay couples as married
The U.S Census Bureau said June 19 it will count married Gay couples as married in the 2010 census.

The prior plan had been to retabulate such couples as "unmarried partners," an existing census-form category, because of the federal ban on recognition of same-sex marriages.

Gay activists, as part of their recent broadside against President Barack Obama's inaction on Gay issues, had stepped up their criticism of the plan to skew the data.

Gay marriage is legal in three states and will be legal in five, six or more by the time of the census.

U.S. to Frank Kameny: "Our bad"
Fifty-two years later, the U.S. government has apologized to groundbreaking Gay activist Frank Kameny for firing him in 1957 solely because he was Gay.

The Office of Personnel Management gave Kameny an official letter and its highest award, the Theodore Roosevelt Award.

OPM head John Berry wrote: "Dear Dr. Kameny: In what we know today was a shameful action, the United States Civil Service Commission in 1957 upheld your dismissal from your job solely on the basis of your sexual orientation. In one letter to you, an agency official wrote that the Government 'does not hire homosexuals and will not permit their employment...' He went on to say that 'the homosexual is automatically a security risk' and that he 'frequently becomes a disruptive personnel factor within any organization.'

"With the fervent passion of a true patriot, you did not resign yourself to your fate or quietly endure this wrong. With courage and strength, you fought back. And so today, I am writing to advise you that this policy, which was at odds with the bedrock principles underlying the merit-based civil service, has been repudiated by the United States Government, due in large part to your determination and life's work, and to the thousands of Americans whose advocacy your words have inspired.

"Thus, the civil service laws, rules and regulations now provide that it is illegal to discriminate against federal employees or applicants based on matters not related to their ability to perform their jobs, including their sexual orientation. Furthermore, I am happy to inform you that the Memorandum signed by President Obama on June 17, 2009, directs the Office of Personnel Management - the successor to the CSC - to issue guidance to all executive departments and agencies regarding their obligations to comply with these laws, rules, and regulations.

"And by virtue of the authority vested in me as Director of the Office of Personnel Management, it is my duty and great pleasure to inform you that I am adding my support, along with that of many other past Directors, for the repudiation of the reasoning of the 1957 finding by the United States Civil Service Commission to dismiss you from your job solely on the basis of your sexual orientation. Please accept our apology for the consequences of the previous policy of the United States Government, and please accept the gratitude and appreciation of the United States Office of Personnel Management for the work you have done to fight discrimination and protect the merit-based civil service system."

Kameny's house is a District of Columbia Historic Landmark because it was the epicenter of many early Gay rights efforts, some of Kameny's activist paraphernalia are on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and around 70,000 of his movement-related documents reside at the Library of Congress.

Among his long list of accomplishments, Kameny brought the first U.S. Gay employment rights case after being fired by the Army Map Service in 1957. He also fought against sodomy laws, helped end the American Psychiatric Association's categorization of homosexuality as a mental illness, and was the first openly Gay person to run for Congress.



With assistance from Bill Kelley

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