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Jennifer Hudson to Headline Long Beach Pride

Billed as one of the top pride festivals in America, Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride will welcome Academy Award winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson to its 24th Annual celebration this weekend.  While the festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday, Hudson’s performance is scheduled for Sunday t 9:30 p.m. on the main stage.  Other performers include out lesbian rapper Melange LaVonne (Sunday 3 p.m.), Sophie B. Hawkins (Saturday 8 p.m.), and the Indigo Girls (Saturday 9 p.m.).  Following tradition, the parade will be held on Sunday, May 20th beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Ocean and Temple.  For more info click here.

FalwellGay Adversary Dies

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and used it to mold the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. He was 73. 

Everyone together now: “Farewell to Falwell!”

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Jass Stewart Announces Second Bid For Mayor Of Brockton, Massachusetts

African American and out, Jass Stewart has announced his second bid at the Brockton mayoralship.

Stewart, 35, unveiled a “plus” to the five-point plan on which he based his campaign two
years ago.

“The plus is about leadership,” added Stewart. “And I’m ready to lead, to offer a new kind of leadership where every individual has equal rights under the law – no exceptions; where elected officials are public servants first, accountable to you; where business growth is about, yes, the economic bottom line, but also about the quality-of-life bottom line; where a first-class public education is the best investment we can make in our city; and where buying a home is just as important as holding on to the home you have.”

In 2005, Stewart ran a highly touted campaign for mayor of Brockton. As a first-time candidate, he earned 44 percent of the vote and increased voter turnout by 19 percent.

“We created a strong movement for change in Brockton,” Stewart explains. “People who’ve never been involved in the political process volunteered, contributed money, and voted. And many traditional voters voted for change.”

In the history of America, there have been only two African American openly gay men to be elected Mayor, the Honorable Ken Reeves of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ron Oden of Palm Springs, California.

Click here to visit Jass Stewart’s official website.