• Jason Mattison Jr.: His teacher writes, "I am writing because not enough positive things have been shown about Jason... Jason was not just another statistic! He was a lively, unique individual who brought smiles to the faces of countless people every day. Jason was an above-average student, who excelled in many areas of academics and social life. He dreamed of finishing his career here and moving on to college, medical school and then to his own pediatric office. God, how kids would have loved his big smile and booming voice! You need to simply look at his exotic dress, flare for the dramatic in class and with friends and talk to those who knew him to understand what a loss we have all been dealt."
• Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado's mother Miriam speaks: "When my son told me he was gay, I told him, 'Now, I love you more.' I want to tell the world that hatred is not born with human beings, it is a seed that is planted by adults and is fostered creating a climate of intolerance and violence. We must change our ways and understand that anyone... could have been my son. And I want everybody to know that Jorge Steven was a very much loved son."
• Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado: Towleroad has a round-up of video news reports and footage from the vigils.
• "Being lectured about what constitutes a traditional marriage by a Mormon is a bit like being scolded for loitering — by a crack whore." Ouch! Mrs. Betty Bowers, (America's Best Christian!) takes the bible nuts to task.
• Carrie Precumjean's been guesting starring on World Outside My Window for the last few weeks. Now we'll hear from her brother: "If they were put in front of me I'd probably watch it." He's talking about her sex tapes. Remind me, what did she have to say about gay marriage?
• Anti-gay hate preacher Abu Usamah is invited to speak at University College London, sparking outrage. Peter Tatchell: "The university would never allow a lecture by a white supremacist who used racist abuse and advocated the murder of black people. Why the double standards?"
• The talk's cancelled - but on health and safety grounds. Raheem Kassam, director of anti-extremism group Student Rights, said: "It's great to see that after the combined efforts of Peter Tatchell and Student Rights, UCL have decided to cancel this event. Abu Usamah has advocated violence and hate speech, which has no place on university campuses."
• HIV infections down globally, but diagnoses surge by 74 percent in the UK.
• Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: Prime Minister Gordon Brown expresses his concern to Uganda's president.
• Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: Canada brands the bill vile and hateful, calls for Uganda's ejection from the Commonwealth.
• Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: The United Reform Church is Britain's first Christian denomination to speak out on the measures. "This draft legislation represents a clear infringement of human rights and is morally repugnant... We add our voice to the many calling for the immediate withdrawal of this discriminatory bill."
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"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."
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