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Josh Hutcherson To Receive GLAAD Award!

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Josh Hutcherson is winning everything these days! Go, Peeta!

GLAAD has announced that Hutcherson will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said:

"Emerging as a leader in a new generation of equality advocates, Josh Hutcherson has consistently used his platform to help young people understand that no one should face discrimination simply because of who they are. Josh's commitment to achieving equality for every American is a message he carries in his work both on screen and off, earning him the honor of being GLAAD's youngest-ever Vanguard Award recipient."

What an honor for Mr. Hutcherson! He totally deserves it and even though Hutcherson is straight (unfortunately lol) he’s done a lot of good for the gay community. Plus, he was in The Kids Are Alright, one of our faves!

Don’t be sad, get GLAAD!

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Julia Roberts Promotes Clean Cooking Around The World

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Julia Roberts has joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as their Global Ambassador and will help bring attention to the millions of women and families around the world that are inhaling deadly smoke from inefficient cookstoves.

The actress learned about the Alliance earlier this year while interviewing U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for Extraordinary Moms, a special that aired this past Saturday on OWN.

Julia Roberts said in a statement:

“Nearly 2 million people around the world – mostly women and children – die each year from an activity that many of us take for granted: cooking for our families. I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in developing countries and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.”

The organization's goal is to for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

It sounds like Hilary and Julia have teamed up for a worth cause that may save thousands of lives worldwide. Good luck, ladies!

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Denver Archdiocese Defends Denying Children With Lesbian Parents Re-Enrollment At School!!

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Yeah! We're sure Jesus would have stood by THIS 100%!!

Pssh.

This effing sucks so hard.

The archdiocese in Denver, Colorado, has denied two CHILDREN re-enrollment in a Catholic school next year because their parents are lesbians!

So UNBELIEVABLY effed up!! They're KIDS - only in kindergarten and preschool!!

They've already started at a school, and now they won't be allowed back because the church suddenly decides it's not cool?

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says:

"The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are 'bad,' or that their children are less loved by God. Quite the opposite. But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. These beliefs are central to a Catholic understanding of human nature, family and happiness, and the organization of society. The Church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ. People with a different understanding of marriage and family life have other, excellent options for education and should see in them the better course for their children."

BULLSHIT.

We're SURE every student in that school has married parents completely committed to one another and conform COMPLETELY to every single obscure Catholic teaching!!

Luckily, there has been a MASSIVE public outcry in the community to this blatant and hateful discrimination.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, says:

"The Archdiocese of Denver has acted very unjustly in singling out this child for exclusion. Until every student's parents are tested on Catholic teaching, this action by Catholic officials cannot be understood as anything other than discrimination on the back of a child. At a tender age, this child has learned that Catholic officials are willing to inflict pain on children and families."

SPOT ON. So unbelievably cruel.

How are young children supposed to feel when the school they are a part of suddenly decides they're not welcome anymore?!

Jarret Barrios, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, agreed:

"These actions by the Denver Archdiocese harm the student by taking the child away from friends, teachers and community. It's deeply troubling to see any school remove a child from their educational program simply as the means of rejecting that child's parents."

If there's any light in this shitstorm of a story, Boulder Pride - which is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center - organized a protest outside of the church Sunday, supported by 30 opponents, most of whom were reportedly heterosexual allies of the gay community!!

We're sure the support was very much appreciated!!

We still can't even process this. Those poor children are way too young to have to endure that kind of discrimination.

So sad.

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A Worthwhile Cause

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CLICK HERE to read up on and donate to a very worthwhile cause!

"The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie's Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation, with support from the ASPCA, is a coalition of more than 160 animal rescue groups and shelters that is working with Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters. To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015."

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