News Roundup: August 3, 2011

Headlines around the web – August 3, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]
    ABC Family gets top score in GLAAD survey of gays on TV (here via The Los Angeles Times) - ”ABC Family stands at the head of the class in a new report looking at depictions of gay, lesbians and transgender people on television. In its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index, the advocacy group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) assessed the quality and quantity of gay characters on the broadcast networks plus 10 cable channels from June 2010 to the end of May. The top score went to the Walt Disney Co.'s cable outlet ABC Family, which is targeted at viewers 14 to 34 and features several series with gay characters, including ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Greek.’ CW earned the best score among any broadcaster, thanks to openly gay characters on shows such as ‘90210’ and ‘Gossip Girl.’”

    Irish presidential hopes gone, David Norris rues plea over gay lover (here via The Belfast Telegraph) - ”Former Irish presidential hopeful Senator David Norris admitted last night that his decision to beg an Israeli court not to jail the "love of his life" for statutory rape had put an end to his dream of becoming president. He ended his five-month campaign to become the country's first gay president, saying he had been wrong to seek clemency for his former partner Ezra Yizhak Nawi, who had been convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy in 1997.”

    Teacher Testifies in Gay Student Murder Trial (here via myFOXla.com) - ”Did political correctness from school officials play a part in the death of a 15-year old gay student? According to one of his teachers who testified in court, yes. FOX 11's Christina Gonzalez talks to her in an interview you'll only see here.”

    Dollywood Offers Couple Refund After Asking to Reverse 'Marriage Is so Gay' Shirt at Park (here via FOX News) - ”Dollywood officials have offered a refund to a lesbian couple after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading "marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others during a recent visit to the Tennessee theme park complex. Park officials were going to meet with the couple in person, but the meeting was called off when Jennifer Tipton and Olivier Odom wanted to bring a representative from Campaign for Southern Equality, a gay rights organization. “

    BREAKING: Parole board reverses decision, will not release Buice in October (here via Dallas Voice) - ” The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has reversed its decision to grant parole to Jon Buice, one of the men convicted of murdering gay man Paul Broussard in Houston in 1991, according to Broussard’s mother, Nancy Rodriguez. The parole board voted on July 1 to release Buice in October. Rodriguez, who lives in Georgia, said she was notified of the reversal this morning through a phone call from the Houston Police Department’s Victims’ Services unit. Buice has served 20 years of a 45 year sentence. Rodriguez had requested he serve one year for every year of her son’s life; Broussard was 27 when he was killed.”

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