SLAP: Cornhusker coach speaks out against gay equality
As the Omaha City Council heard testimony from dozens of people on an anti-discrimination ordinance, the testimony of University of Nebraska Assistant Football Coach Ron Brown stuck out. The hearing was packed with supporters and opposers, and dozens testified for and against the measure. Brown, anti-gay and a supposed Christian football coach, attacked the bill and said it would lead to the destruction of society. The proposed measure is garnering national attention and anti-gay groups, such as the National Organization for Marriage, are also attacking it as a step toward gay marriage.
SLAP: Gay Chilean beaten, burned and branded
A horrific attack on a gay man in Chile left him in a coma after he was beaten, cut, branded and burned. Daniel Zamudio, 24, was found in Parque San Borja on March 3. His attackers struck him with blunt objects, such as baseball bats, cut off part of his ear, carved swastikas into his stomach and burned his body with cigarettes. Zamudio’s mother told local news outlets that her son had gone to work on Friday but was not seen again until Saturday morning. She said neo-Nazi groups had threatened him before in a popular Santiago nightclub.
SNAP: ‘8′ raises millions
A staging of former Utahn Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 attracted more than 200,000 online viewers and raised $2 million to continue the fight for marriage equality in California and elsewhere. Play organizers also call the event a success due to the awareness around gay-rights issues that were raised. Actors Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen and others were all featured. A stage reading of the play comes to Utah this summer.