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Dorothy, Don’t Go Home! Kansas Could Be Worse Than Russia for LGBT Folk

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Posted on Feb 17, 2014

The Kansas House of Representatives passed an anti-gay segregation bill this week; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could start a revolution if he ran as a Green Party presidential candidate; meanwhile, a new “Medici” is funding a journalistic endeavor. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state.

Snake-handling Ky. Pastor Dies from Snake Bite
A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake.

End the Auction of Ambassadorships
Unless something unexpected happens, George Tsunis will be our next ambassador to Norway.

NFL Releases Shocking Report Detailing Richie Incognito’s Racist and Homophobic Abuse
The official investigation concluded Incognito was responsible for a “pattern” of racist and homophobic harassment.

If Bernie Sanders Runs in 2016: Dem, Indy, or Green?
A Democratic or Independent Sanders campaign for the White House won’t ignite a “political revolution.” But a Green Sanders campaign might.

MIT Is Still Working on Its Response to Aaron Swartz Case
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still trying to figure out how to answer criticism of its response to the controversial federal prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the hacker and activist who was arrested on the MIT campus in 2011.

JFK’s Grandson Jack Denies He’s Gay, Says Tweet Was From Online Impersonator
John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, better known as “Jack” to his friends at Yale, is the only grandson of President John F. Kennedy. And he’s also gay. Maybe.

It’s Not Just the Bridge; Chris Christie’s Entire Career Reeks
Has there ever been a political reversal of fortune as rapid and as absolute as the one just experienced by Chris Christie?

The New Medicis Funding Journalism
Neil Barsky, a former Wall Street money manager, became the latest Medici of journalism this week when he hired Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times, to head his new non-profit journalism enterprise, the Marshall Project .

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