For the second time, President George W. Bush has vetoed popular legislation that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and, possibly, save many lives. Hoping to deflect criticism, the President issued an executive order “intended to encourage scientific advances in regenerative medicine.” The New York Times reports "the effort appears largely symbolic—there is no money attached—and some scientists were instantly skeptical."
· After Elton on director Bill Duke and Cover, his upcoming film on black men and the "down-low": "One of the early trailers for the film looks like it's another homo-horror flick. Every time the "DL" scenes are shown, the lights are lowered, creepy music plays, a distraught women is in tears and before you know it, the oversexed homo is killing off all the black women in the free world with HIV/AIDS!"
· Report: " 28 percent of LGBT employees have suffered harassment in the workplace with nearly half describing it as severe."
· Michael Savage, the anti-gay right-wing radio shock jock, on the recent defeat of the gay marriage vote in Massachusetts: "The gay mafia bought the votes of state representatives up and down the line—bought them lock, stock, and barrel, like cheap tricks in a gay bathhouse."
· There has been a curious development in the trial of the three young men accused of in the murder of Michael Sandy, the black gay Brooklyn man who was lured, beaten and chased into traffic last October. Defense attorneys argue the state hate crimes statute—with harsher penalties—is broadly written and the defendants did not exhibit "animus" toward gays. "The victim here was chosen because he was an easy target,” argues Gerald J. Di Chiara. “Not because he was gay."