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Van Cliburn, America's greatest classical pianist, dies at age 78

FORT WORTH, Texas – Van Cliburn, the American classical pianist who stunned the world in 1958 by winning the gold medal in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow during the height of the Cold War, died today of bone cancer. He was 78.

Van Cliburn, at age 23, performed Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto No. 1” in the international competition and earned an astounding eight-minute standing ovation from the Russian audience. It would become his trademark selection.

Letter to the President: Please file amicus brief in Prop 8 case at Supreme Court

(Editor’s note: Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), an openly gay Asian American from Riverside County, has sent this letter to President Barack Obama to encourage him to submit an amicus brief to support marriage equality in the Proposition 8 case that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up on March 26. Obama has until Thursday to file a “friend of the court” brief.)

Dear Mr. President:

Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

SDGLN Poll: Who did readers choose as their favorite President?

SAN DIEGO – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll chose Barack Obama as their favorite President.

Our poll question was: For Presidents' Day, who is your favorite President? The choices were Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama or someone else.

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 39% of readers declared Barack Obama was their favorite President, 31% chose someone else, 23% said Abraham Lincoln and 7% picked Ronald Reagan.

Obama honors PFLAG founder with Presidential Citizens Medal

Jeanne Manford, the pioneering straight ally in the gay rights movement, and the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), was honored posthumously with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, at a White House ceremony on Friday.

Obama endorses Orlando, Fla., bid to host 2018 Gay Games

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has announced his support for bringing the 2018 Gay Games to Orlando, Fla.

In a letter to the organizing committee, Obama said he was “committed to advancing equality for the LGBT community, both in America and around the world.”

He called Orlando a “vibrant tourism industry” ideal for the games, and said the city “would be honored to provide the guests and athletes a wonderful, unique experience.”

Speculation grows over Speaker John A. Pérez as Obama Cabinet pick

Speculation is growing throughout California and Washington, D.C. that President Barack Obama will name gay Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) as the next labor secretary.

The news hit last week that Pérez is on the short list for the appointment in an Associated Press report February 5. If chosen Pérez would become the first out person named to a cabinet level post in a presidential administration.

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Obama speaks at prayer breakfast run by secretive group that supports "Kill The Gays" bill in Uganda

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and many members of Congress today attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast hosted by The Fellowship Foundation, a conservative Christian organization more widely known as "The Family."

This secretive organization is known for its global connections to homophobic violence and for supporting legislation around the world that would kill or imprison LGBT people.

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Gay groups, allies glad LGBT families are included in plans for immigration reform | VIDEO

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Gay rights groups and their allies quickly praised President Barack Obama for including LGBT families in his proposal for overhauling the nation’s outdated immigration policy.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, the President declared immigration legislation was one of his Administration’s top domestic priorities and he urged Congress to take action.

“Now is the time,” Obama told an audience at a local high school where most of the students are of Hispanic origin. “Si, se puedo,” some students chanted back, indicating that they believed an overhaul is possible.

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COMMENTARY: Separate but equal is never equal – ever

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s LGBT inaugural moment, however …

As happy as I was to hear President Barack Obama say in his second inaugural address: "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."