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N.J. Assembly panel approves bill banning conversion therapy on minors

Thursday, June 13, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — An Assembly panel in the New Jersey state legislature is set to consider a measure that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. [ Read more → ]

Calif. Senate committee advances transgender student rights bill

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO -- A California Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require public schools to respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

N.H. Senator testifies in support of military benefits for same-sex spouses

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Wednesday urged members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to pass a bill that would provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]

Transgender rights bill appoved by Canadian Senate committee

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- A bill that would add gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act cleared a Senate committee on Monday. [ Read more → ]

‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant disowned by family because he is gay

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Jonathan Allen, a 20-year-old aspiring singer from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., appearing Tuesday night on NBC's "America's Got Talent," captured the hearts of judges and viewers after learning that, at age 18, he was disowned by his family because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy files amendment to immigration bill to extend rights to binational, gay couples

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would extend immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens. [ Read more → ]

Why I Believe in Pride

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This month is all about Pride: being proud of who you are, and unafraid to stand up for what you believe in. As a gay, undocumented immigrant, that has not always been easy for me. From a young age, my parents taught me that there was one aspect of our lives we weren’t supposed to discuss: our immigration status. I came to the United States from Mexico when I was three months old. This is the only home I know... [ Read more → ]

‘The Out List’ – LGBT Americans share their personal, professional stories

Monday, June 10, 2013
A diverse cross-section of Americans share personal and professional stories, both heart-wrenching and triumphant, of the LGBTQ experience in the upcoming HBO documentary, "The Out List." [ Read more → ]
Daniel Baer

Obama names openly gay State Dept. official to ambassador post

Monday, June 10, 2013
President Barack Obama on Monday named Daniel Baer -- a former Georgetown professor and current Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor -- to be ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), based in Vienna. [ Read more → ]
Maj. Gen. Patricia Rose

Lesbian earns Major General rank, becomes highest ranking out officer

Monday, June 10, 2013
U.S. Air Force Reserve Major General Patricia “Trish” Rose has became the U.S. military’s highest ranking openly gay officer. [ Read more → ]
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