Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored

Published: November 19, 2014

Windy City Times
Andrew Davis
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An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, noted.
Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Alex Teal, White’s longtime partner, had previously told AP White had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in a hotel room that caught fire during a Nov. 9 attack. Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, has now been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating.

In observance of National Transgender Awareness Week Nov. 17-21, Lambda Legal is joining a host of organizations and community organizers from across the country for a week of education and community events including Transgender Day of Action, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Resilience, according to a press release. Events are taking place in such cities as Chicago, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey. For a full list of Lambda Legal events during Transgender Awareness Week, see .

A visit by outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry to an Ivy League campus was marred when students disrupted the event with sexually explicit questions, including one asking if he would have anal sex for $102 million in campaign contributions, according to . Ostensibly speaking to students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, about border security and fiscal responsibility, Perry’s question time was marred when three different students asked questions harassing the governor over his stance on homosexuality. The students were led by Ben Packer, a sophomore who wrote up a list of 11 offensive questions prior to the event and distributed them around campus.

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( NGLCC ) is honoring openly gay NBA player Jason Collins with its NGLCC/American Airlines ExtrAA Mile Award, according to a press release. Collins joins Marriott International, Debra Quade of Kellogg Company, and Excel Global Partners as honorees at the 2014 NGLCC National Dinner. The 2014 NGLCC National Dinner will take place Friday, Nov. 21, in Washington, D.C., at the National Building Museum.

OutVets, representing LGBT military veterans, was the first such group to march in Boston’s annual Veterans Day parade, reported . "Today we made the statement that we’re honoring our veterans, whether you’re gay, whether you’re straight, whether you’re black, whether you’re white, we all have shed the same red blood," OutVets founder and CEO Bryan Bishop said. Although some veterans had mixed feelings about OutVets marching, event organizer Stephen Peers said the decision to allow the group in was simple, adding, "They’re veterans, period."

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