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The AggreGAYtor: August 21

By Brandon Watson, August 21, 2012, 12:10pm, Qmmunity

Matt Barber starts a witch hunt, Jeff Kent gets voted off the island, and Barbie turns it out. Step into my web said today’s AggreGAYtor, etcetera.

• Scout’s dishonor: BSA forces another gay scout leader to resign.

• New app re-imagines Grindr for service members.

• In an inadvertent endorsement for the opposition, Iowa’s Governor promises that the GOP will double-down on anti-gay and anti-choice initiatives if they win majority.

Matt Barber, conservative pundit and sultry cover model, goes Joseph McCarthy on pro-gay Republicans.

• Japanese Toyota commercial uses casual transphobia to sell cars.

• Oklahoma lesbian brutally attacked outside home.

• The American Psychiatric Association petition for better access to transition care.

• Nevada hospital bars lesbian from making medical decisions for partner.

• Anti-gay “celebrities” Blair Warner Lisa Whelchel and Austinite Jeff Kent join the cast of Survivor: Philippines. The AggreGAYtor would be more inclined to watch the pair try to make it through the weekend in Survivor: Fire Island.

• The new drag queen Barbie gives body-ody-ody, but is she resting on pretty?

• Free verse wünderkind Rosie O’Donnell is recovering from a heart attack.

• The Log Cabin Republicans go googly-eyed about GOP platform language referring to treating people with dignity and respect. The AggreGAYtor will remind LCR that many GOP stalwarts don’t consider LGBTQ folks people.

Todd “legitimate rape” Akins hates the gays too.

• Former NYC mayor Ed Koch defends arrest of Pussy Riot, gets first headline in a decade.

• LGBTQ blogger Joe Jervis receives death threats for reminding readers about the Family Research Council's anti-gay activities.

• The Texas Supreme Court thinks that being called gay is defamation.

• The Princeton Review rates two Texas colleges least LGBTQ friendly in America.

• Local filmmaker PJ Raval's Untitled Gay Retiree Documentary has been selected for 34th Annual Independent Film Week's Project Forum.

• Thursday's Austin City Council agenda includes a resolution for naming a stretch of Fourth Street after legendary LGBTQ activist Bettie Naylor.

• The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announces the launch of The Agenda, a new LGBTQ publication in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle.

• The AggreGAYtor loves that Austin has such a fiercely active queer community. In the upcoming weeks, Austin’s creative class will be turning it out with the start of a free queer movie series, a magical drag ball, and queer life drawing classes. Austin: we invented werq!

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