An LGBT-specific amendment to the proposed Every Child Achieves Act failed in the U.S. Senate, only receiving 52 of the 60 votes needed to pass. The amendment would have forbidden discrimination against actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, as well as enforced consequences for officials that ignored harassing or bullying behavior.
Although the measure failed to pass, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, who authored the bill under the title the Student Non Discrimination Act remains optimistic.
“Today, a majority of U.S. Senators recognized this truth by voting to end bullying against LGBT students," Polis said in a statement. "While it didn’t receive the 60 votes necessary for passage, this represents a giant step forward in our effort to make sure LGBT students have a safe and welcoming place to learn.”
AIDS research pioneer and amfAR founding chairmen Dr. Mathilde Krim will have two photographic portaits, one by Annie Leibovitz and one by Joyce Tenneson (pictured above), placed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
“It is a great honor to include Dr. Mathilde Krim’s portraits in our collection not only because of her invaluable contribution to this country in science, but also for her tireless work in AIDS research and awareness,” Kim Sajet, director of the museum, said in a release. “We are continually working to build the Portrait Gallery’s collection to reflect American achievement by highlighting those who make a difference in the U.S., and Dr. Krim is an exemplar in her field.”
The portraits will debut in November in a new gallery exhibit.
Victory! Let us rejoice in a chorus of "Yaas!" as marriage equality is now the law of the land! Of course, there will be dissenters and stragglers--like my governor Bobby Jindal, who vows to fight marriage equality until the bitter end, all in the name of trying rev up the base for his anemic presidential run. And just like President Obama's historic victory in '08 did not usher us into a post-racial era, this ruling will not magically wash away all forms of homophobia and transphobia.
But this, to state the obvious, is historic, an irrevocable game changer. Watch President Obama's speech about the ruling below.