In our ongoing coverage of equality news, here's the latest from Texas and the nation.
There are 21 openly gay and lesbian athletes competing in the London Olympics.
The AIDS Quilt – in its entirety- is now viewable online in a zoomable "map" format. A handful of institutions, including Microsoft Research, the University of Southern California, and the NAMES Project Foundation, put the map online. They have also created an interactive timeline of the history of AIDS.
The anti-gay Chick-fil-A controversy is heating up. In last week's Equality Roundup, I forgot to mention how this whole thing got started. Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy's comment that he opposed gay marriage followed the revelation that Chick-fil-A donated $2 million to anti-gay Christian fundamentalist organizations in 2010. The Jim Henson Company, which founded the Muppets, ended its toy partnership with Chick-fil-A. Plans to bring Chick-fil-A to a Boston university were scrapped after student government denounced the chain over its anti-gay stance (I wonder what students in Texas are cooking up?). Mike Huckabee rallied behind Chick-fil-A by declaring next wednesday Chick-fil-A appreciation day and asking his fellow fundamentalists to support a business, "whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values." Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to have backed down from a comment that seemed to indicate he would seek to block Chick-fil-A's expansion in Chicago, but he maintained his assertion that Chick-fil-A's values "are not Chicago values." Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called Dan Cathy's comments "prejudiced" while urging Chick-fil-A to stay out of Boston. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted, "Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone." Human Rights Campaign supporters protested outside a Chi-fil-A food truck in Washington, D.C.
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos donated $2.5 million to Washington United for Marriage, a campaign organized to defend Washington's law allowing same-sex marriage.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carrol apologized on Thursday for a hateful anti-gay comment she made on on a Tampa television station earlier in the month.