More than 13,000 people crowd the South Lawn of the White House to greet Pope Benedict XVI and sing happy birthday. Across the street in Lafayette Square, the "papal visit drew a protest of about 200. With one demonstrator dressed as the pope, the crowd held signs criticizing celibacy and a large banner reading '100,000 sexually abused kids in the US.' "
· The protests come one day after the pontiff said he was "deeply ashamed" of the massive clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church and will work to make sure pedophiles don't become priests.
· Uber-hottie Mario Lopez on Towleroad TV: I'm proud to be a gay icon.
· Bush outlines vague "proposal" to reduce growth of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Associated Press: The President "appears, in the view of congressional Democrats and environmentalists, as increasingly irrelevant in the climate debate both on the domestic and international stage."
· The reward is now $5,000 in the case of Simmie Williams, the 17-year-old black gay teen gunned down almost two months ago while dressed like a woman in a part of Fort Lauderdale known for transvestite prostitution. Police say "it appeared that Williams had been arguing with two men, both dressed in black. People nearby heard gunshots and saw the men run off."
· Across the country in California, more developments in the prosecution of the horrific murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King. "A coalition of 27 LGBT rights groups is calling on prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, not as an adult." McInerney is charged with hate-crime and firearm-use enhancements in the the Feb. 12 fatal shooting.