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Hawaii Senate committee OK’s marriage equality bill, floor vote expected Tuesday

| Monday, October 28, 2013
Oskar Garcia, APHawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaks at a Hawaii Senate committee hearing on gay marriage at the state Capitol in Honolulu on Monday.
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's battle over same-sex marriage brought state lawmakers back to work Monday after the governor called a special session that could make the islands a wedding destination for more couples.

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Equality House hosts ‘Drag Down Bigotry’ show in Westboro neighborhood

| Monday, October 28, 2013
Photos courtesy Equality House, Planting Peace
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the "God hates Fags" movement, found itself with ringside seats to drag show on Saturday, organized by its neighbor, the rainbow painted Equality House.

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Idaho town’s LGBT non-discrimination law to face ballot referendum

| Monday, October 28, 2013
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Opponents of a recently passed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance have gathered the required signatures to force a May 2014 referendum in hopes voters in Pocatello, Idaho, will repeal the measure.

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Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

| Monday, October 28, 2013
Bishop Gene Robinson
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church told a Purdue University audience he believes God is leading people to a deeper understanding of homosexuality.

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Indiana University joins fight against proposed same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, October 28, 2013
Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has joined a bipartisan campaign fighting a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

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Reid to bring ENDA to Senate floor for a vote before Thanksgiving recess

| Monday, October 28, 2013
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office confirmed Monday that the Nevada Democrat will announce that he is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the full Senate for consideration before its scheduled Thanksgiving recess.

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Lambda Legal files complaint after cab driver kicks out gay couple for kissing

| Monday, October 28, 2013
WBBM-TVSteven White (left) and Matt McCrea.
CHICAGO -- Lambda Legal on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf a same-sex couple who were refused service and kicked out of a Chicago cab after they exchanged a kiss.

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Domestic abuse affects the LGBT community, too

| Sunday, October 27, 2013
What issue will affect gay and bisexual men at a rate of two in five and affect approximately 50 percent of the lesbian population in America? If you didn’t know the answer, you are not alone. The answer is domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but most of us don’t think about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community when we think of domestic violence victims. Experts believe that domestic violence occurs in the LGBT community with the same frequency and severity as in the heterosexual community...

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LGBT History Month profile: Filmaker, poet, activist Marlon Riggs

Equality Forum | Saturday, October 26, 2013
Marlon Riggs
Marlon Riggs was a filmmaker, educator, poet and gay rights activist. He examined race and sexuality in his documentaries for which he received an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.

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Boy who planned to shoot student who called his friend ‘gay’ remains in custody

| Saturday, October 26, 2013
Quincy Tuttle
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A middle school student who took a gun and ammunition to school with the intent to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, will remain in juvenile detention at least until Tuesday while a mental evaluation continues.

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