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Study suggests higher risk of teen suicide in less supportive communities

Monday, April 18, 2011
Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are fives times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide, according to a new study that evaluates the impact of teens' social environments. [ Read more → ]
James Bull (left) and Jonathan Williams

Hundreds stage ‘kiss-in’ protest outside London pub where gay couple ejected

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the locked doors of a London pub Friday evening to to attended a 'kiss-in' protest after a gay couple claimed they were thrown out for kissing. [ Read more → ]

‘The Bully Project’ captures ‘year in the life’ of bullying victims, families

Sunday, April 17, 2011
"The Bully Project" is the first feature documentary film to explore “a year in the life” of bullying. The film captures the distress of bullying victims, the frustration of their parents, and in some cases, the overwhelming grief when bullying ends a life. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Esskew

Brutal beating caught on tape; gay teen says assault was a hate crime

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Authorities in Rock Hill, S.C., are are looking for suspects who assaulted a gay teen outside a Rock Hill convenience store last weekend in what the victim describes as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Michael Griffin

Ex-Marine convicted in stabbing death of gay Indiana professor

Sunday, April 17, 2011
A jury in Indiana has convicted Michael Griffin, an ex-Marine, for the murder of 53-year-old Don Belton, an openly gay professor at Indiana University. [ Read more → ]
Barney Frank

Barney Frank’s Playboy interview: ‘Anti-gay prejudice is on its way out’

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of only four openly gay lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, gives a candid interview with Playboy magazine. [ Read more → ]
Paul Marcarelli

Verizon ‘test man’ speaks publicly for first time in nine years, reveals he’s gay

Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Verizon 'test guy' who rose to fame with the catchphrase 'Can you hear me now?' is speaking publicly for the first time, and now that his contract is ending, he is discussing the pain he endured from becoming a celebrity -- and has revealed that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Ricky Martin

Religious leaders: Ricky Martin setting a bad example for being openly gay

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Pop-star Ricky Martin has been publicly criticized by religious leaders in his native Puerto Rico for setting a bad example for his children by openly discussing his homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Bennett (left) and Jackson

Gay man alleges sexual harassment, discrimination by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Saturday, April 16, 2011
A former employee of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has filed a wrongful termination and discrimination complaint against the civil rights leader, alleging he was harassed and eventually fired because he was gay. [ Read more → ]
Mark Leno

California Senate approves bill to require public education of LGBT history

Saturday, April 16, 2011
California moved another step closer to requiring the teaching of LGBT history in public schools, after legislation was approved in the full state Senate this week. [ Read more → ]

Activists give Maggie Gallagher bigotry award; promises a pie, à la Anita Bryant

Friday, April 15, 2011
At a Congressional hearing on “Defending Marriage” on Friday, LGBT activist group GetEQUAL caught up with Maggie Gallagher, the anti-gay marriage board chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, and presented her with the “First Annual Anita Bryant Award for Unbridled and Unparalleled Bigotry.” [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General advises against allowing gay couple adoptions

Friday, April 15, 2011
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has advised the State Board of Social Services it does not have the authority to change regulations that would permit gay couples to adopt. [ Read more → ]

Illinois Senate committee kills anti-gay adoption measure

Thursday, April 14, 2011
The Illinois Senate has voted down a controversial measure that would have allowed religious and faith-based groups deny same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children. [ Read more → ]

Delaware passes same-sex civil unions bill; Governor expected to sign into law

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Delaware's House of Representatives on Thursday evening passed a same-sex civil unions bill by a vote of 26-15. The bill was previously approved in the state Senate just one week ago. [ Read more → ]

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant apologizes for gay slur, says he will appeal NBA fine

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant issued an apology on Wednesday after being fined $100,000 by the National Basketball Association for calling a referee a gay slur. But not everyone thinks Bryant's apology is enough, and now the NBA star said he will appeal the fine. [ Read more → ]

Hawaii Senate approves transgender workplace protections bill

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Hawaii state Senate on Tuesday voted to extend employment protections to transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Senate kills gender identity bill, sends measure back to committee

Monday, April 11, 2011
The Maryland state Senate on Monday voted to send the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act back to the Judicial Proceedings Committee during the bill's second reading, effectively killing the bill in this year's legislative session. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Support for marriage equality in New York reaches record high

Monday, April 11, 2011
A new poll indicates support for marriage equality in New York has reached 58 percent, the highest in the state’s history. [ Read more → ]

City council candidate’s yard signs defaced with anti-gay slurs

Monday, April 11, 2011
A candidate for city council in Miami Shores, Fla., this weekend discovered several campaign yard signs had been defaced with anti-gay epithets. [ Read more → ]

Cleveland lawmaker wants to extend healthcare to gay partners of city employees

Sunday, April 10, 2011
A Cleveland city councilman has introduced legislation that would extend healthcare benefits to domestic partners of city employees. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage foe: Homosexuality a ‘public health risk’ akin to ‘secondhand smoke’

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Iowa's social conservative groups are working to overturn the state's marriage equality law, and that includes former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa Family Leader, who has called homosexuality "a public health risk." [ Read more → ]

United Kingdom to allow non-sexually active gay men to donate blood

Sunday, April 10, 2011
British health officials said Sunday that gay men will soon be allowed to donate blood for the first time, provided they are not sexually active. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Jones

Navy halts discharge of suspected gay sailor targeted for ‘unprofessional conduct’

Saturday, April 9, 2011
The U.S. Navy has halted discharge proceedings against a naval officer who was found asleep in his bed next to a male colleague, according to Servicemembers United, a gay and lesbian service members’ advocacy group. [ Read more → ]

Maryland gender identity act approved by Senate judicial committee

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Maryland's Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act was approved by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Saturday by a vote of 7-4. [ Read more → ]

Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage introduced in North Carolina House

Saturday, April 9, 2011
A bill aimed at establishing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives this week. [ Read more → ]
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