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Hudson Taylor (left) and Ben Cohen

Straight athletes work to combat bullying, homophobia in sports

Saturday, May 14, 2011
In case you missed it, The New York Times on Friday ran an excellent profile of two straight athletes who have have gained notoriety for their efforts in combating anti-gay attitudes in the world of sports. [ Read more → ]
Angelina Lange

Catholic high school prohibits lesbian couple from attending prom

Saturday, May 14, 2011
A lesbian student at a Long Island Catholic high school has been has been banned from taking a girlfriend to the senior prom. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Minnesotans oppose constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, May 13, 2011
Just days after the Minnesota state Senate approved a ballot initiative seeking to define marriage as between "one man and one woman." a new poll reveals that a majority of Minnesotans oppose amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill shelved as parliament adjourns

Friday, May 13, 2011
The future of Uganda's infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill -- dubbed the "Kill the Gays" bill -- remains in limbo after parliament adjourned Friday without debating or voting on the controversial bill. [ Read more → ]
Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy 100,000th signer on letter urging Obama to support gay marriage

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Caroline Kennedy on Thursday became the 100,000th signer on Freedom to Marry's Open Letter urging President Obama to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Man charged with murder confesses to killing gay club owner after having sex

Thursday, May 12, 2011
A New York man charged in the slaying of an Elmira, N.Y. gay man, told police he shot the man when -- after having consensual sex with him -- the victim put one hand on his shoulder and the other on his throat and threatened him. [ Read more → ]

More Tennessee hate: Senate OK’s bill to repeal Nashville gay protections law

Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Tennessee state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than protections laid out by the state government. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island House committee hears little support for civil unions ‘compromise’

Thursday, May 12, 2011
A proposed compromise to legalize same-sex civil unions in Rhode Island, was met with scorn by gay marriage supporters and opponents at a state House committee hearing on Wednesday evening. [ Read more → ]

NOM pledges $1.5 million to fight NY marriage equality, pro-LGBT candidates

Thursday, May 12, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage has pledged to spend $1.5 million in advertising and lobbying efforts to defeat a marriage equality bill in New York, and pro-LGBT candidates in the 2012 legislative elections. [ Read more → ]
Steven Saunders

Gay firefighter suing for harassment after being outed by fire chief

Thursday, May 12, 2011
A gay firefighter in White Plains, N.Y. is suing the city and the fire department, alleging he has been harassed, discriminated against and forced to endure a hostile work environment because of his sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Nashville students protest the Don't Say Gay bill on May 11.

Students protest Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, while Senate delays vote — again

Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Tennessee state Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on the "Don't Say Gay" bill, and now the bill's author, Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) has put off Thursday's planned vote and rescheduled it for next week. [ Read more → ]

Larry King lends his support to New York’s marriage equality campaign

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Larry King, the legendary television and radio personality, and former host of CNN’s “Larry King Live,” supports marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jack Markell, after signing the civil union bill.

Delaware Governor signs same-sex civil unions bill into law

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday evening signed the same-sex civil union bill into law, making Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota state Senate approves ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Minnesota state Senate on Wednesday voted to approve a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, advancing the measure another step closer to appearing on the 2012 ballot. [ Read more → ]

Uganda to consider anti-homosexuality bill Friday; death penalty clause dropped

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Amid global criticism of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill -- dubbed the "Kill the Gays' bill -- proponents have removed a controversial death penalty clause, however the proposed legislation likely still includes the criminalization of all homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]

Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill dropped from, then added to, Parliament’s agenda

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Uganda's infamous anti-homosexuality bill, which earlier this week was thought likely to be voted upon on Wednesday, now appears to have been dropped from the agenda of the current session of the Ugandan Parliament. [ Read more → ]
Margaret Witt

Lesbian reservist who successfully challenged DADT dismissal, will retire

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A decorated Air Force Reserve flight nurse, who successfully challenged her dismissal under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, said on Tuesday she will retire rather than return to duty. [ Read more → ]
Duncan Hunter

GOP lawmaker to introduce amendment to delay ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) will introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill this week that would require all four military service chiefs to certify that implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal would not impact combat readiness. [ Read more → ]

Presbyterian Church USA votes to allow openly gay clergy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Presbyterian Church on Tuesday voted to change its constitution to allow the ordination of gays as ministers, elders and deacons, becoming the fourth Protestant denomination in the United States to make the move that experts say reflects a larger cultural shift. [ Read more → ]
Judge Philip Kirk

Judge calls convicted child molester ‘gayer than a sweet-smelling jock strap’

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A Wisconsin judge on Monday sentenced a 71-year-old former bus driver to seven years in prison on charges of sexually assaulting boys, telling him, "I think you were born gayer than a sweet-smelling jock strap.” [ Read more → ]

Poll: Virginians closely divided over marriage equality, support gay adoption

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Five years after amending the state constitution to ban same-sex, Virginians are now closely divided over whether gay unions should be legal, according to a new Washington Post poll. [ Read more → ]
Sean Avery

Sports agent criticizes NHL player for supporting marriage equality

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
New York Rangers forward Sean Avery, who recorded a video in support of marriage equality, was criticized Monday by a Canadian sports management executive, who took to Twitter with a series of posts knocking gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

New Yorkers rally in Albany to urge Senate to support marriage equality

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
An estimated 1,000 gay-rights advocates rallied at the New York state capitol in Albany on Monday, hoping to convince the Republican-controlled Senate to legalize same-sex marriage this year. [ Read more → ]

‘Becoming Chaz:’ Bono’s transformation chronicled in new documentary

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A new documentary premiering Tuesday chronicles a year in the life of Chaz Bono, and his physical transition from female to male. [ Read more → ]

Law school graduates stage walkout to protest Senator’s anti-gay voting record

Monday, May 9, 2011
More than 100 University of Michigan Law School graduates on Saturday staged a walk out during Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's commencement speech in protest of his anti-LGBT voting record. [ Read more → ]
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