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Maine newspapers come out in support of gay marriage

Monday, October 19, 2009
Supporters of Maine's same-sex marriage law picked up editorial support from two of Maine's largest newspapers this weekend. The Maine Sunday Telegram and weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News both urged voters to reject Question 1, which calls for repeal of the gay marriage... [ Read more → ]

The Anti-Gay Twist of the Balloon Boy Saga (Video)

Monday, October 19, 2009
From FORT COLLINS, CO -- You know you have bad parents when they fool the the entire world into thinking that their six-year-old son is stuck in a balloon floating in the Colorado air. You know you have even worse parents when those same... [ Read more → ]

Gay group stages ‘kiss-in’ at Ft. Worth Stockyards

Saturday, October 17, 2009
FORT WORTH — There was more shouting than kissing Saturday in the Stockyards as two opposing groups armed with bullhorns squared off on opposite sides of East Exchange Street. About 40 members of Queer Liberaction said they needed to take a stand against intolerance by... [ Read more → ]

Queens Residents Rally for Anti-Hate March

Saturday, October 17, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Scores of people marched on College Point, Queens in a rally against hate, after a gay man was brutally beaten last week, reports WPIX-TV. Preaching tolerance, protestors marched down College Point Boulevard from 20th Avenue to 14th Avenue Saturday. A diverse coalition... [ Read more → ]

Human rights groups denounce Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately, reports Pink News. This week, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, of the ruling party, tabled the private member's bill in parliament to create a new crime of... [ Read more → ]

Gay man Jack Price, beaten in Queens, talks about attack

Saturday, October 17, 2009
The gay Queens man whose brutal beating was caught on tape spoke out for the first time Friday, saying he didn't expect to survive the attack. "I thought I died," Jack Price, 49, told the Daily News from his bed at New York Hospital Queens.... [ Read more → ]

No more gay jokes on ‘American Idol’ with Ellen in the judge’s chair

Saturday, October 17, 2009
From A long-running “inside joke” between American Idol stars Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell has come to an end, now that Ellen Degeneres has replaced Paula Abdul on the show. Fans of the show know that there has been a weird, often inappropriate sexual... [ Read more → ]
Ceara Sturgis

Lesbian student barred from wearing tuxedo in yearbook photo

Saturday, October 17, 2009
JACKSON, Miss. -- An openly gay high school student in Mississippi is fighting with school officials for the right to wear a tuxedo in her upcoming yearbook portrait. [ Read more → ]

Gay advocacy groups criticize Mormon apostle over Prop 8 comments

Friday, October 16, 2009
Four gay advocacy groups that include Mormons and former church members released a joint statement Friday disagreeing with points made earlier this week in a speech on freedom of religion by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of... [ Read more → ]

Uganda considers anti-gay bill, death penalty for ‘serial offenders’

Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Ugandan Parliament is now considering a homophobic law that would reaffirm penalties for homosexuality and criminalize the "promotion of homosexuality." The Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Ugandans, their defenders and anyone else who fails to report them to the... [ Read more → ]

Judge refuses to dismiss suit challenging Proposition 8

Thursday, October 15, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge in San Francisco refused Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, and ordered a trial on whether the measure denies fundamental rights to gays and lesbians, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.... [ Read more → ]

Second man arrested in New York assult on gay man

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A second man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a brutal attack in Queens last week that left a gay man hospitalized, The New York Times reports. The victim, Jack Price, 49, was harassed and assaulted by two men early Friday morning as he... [ Read more → ]

NY court hears arguments in gay marriage cases

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
From The New York Times: ALBANY — New York’s highest court heard arguments in two cases on Tuesday that could have profound effects on the battle over same-sex marriage. The cases, which the court, the New York State Court of Appeals, is considering jointly, concern... [ Read more → ]

Thousands march on Washington demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians

Sunday, October 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- Thousands of gays and lesbians took to the streets of the nation's capital Sunday in a demonstration demanding full equality under the law. The National Equality March snaked past the White House and streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Demonstrators chanted... [ Read more → ]

Obama renews campaign pledges to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ ‘DOMA’ at HRC dinner

Sunday, October 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- President Barack Obama, struggling to keep promises made during his presidential campaign, renewed his pledge to end the military's ban on openly gay service members and once again called for repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act, as he appeared at a fundraising... [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank calls National Equality March a ‘waste of time’

Saturday, October 10, 2009
Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay member of Congress, says he'd rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend, calling the demonstration "a waste of time at best," reports Associated Press. Frank said in an interview with... [ Read more → ]

Judy Shepard on ‘Ellen’ — 11 years later, the pain remains

Saturday, October 10, 2009
On Friday, Judy Shepard appeared on "Ellen" to talk about her new book recounting the murder of her son Matthew, a young gay man and victim of a brutal hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Mattew Shepard

House vote expands hate crimes protections to gays and lesbians

Friday, October 9, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to expand the definition of violent federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation, a step that would extend new protections to gay, lesbian,and transgender people, reports the New York Times. Democrats hailed... [ Read more → ]

Obama to appoint gay attorney to Ambassador post

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
President Obama is preparing to nominate his first openly gay ambassador, according to a knowledgeable source. David Huebner, who serves as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's general counsel, will be nominated to become the administration's ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. A formal... [ Read more → ]

D.C. to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
From the Washington Post: Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill said it appears unlikely that Congress will block a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the District. D.C. Council leaders have vowed to expedite the bill and said they hope... [ Read more → ]

Microsoft donates 100K to uphold Washington’s domestic partner benefits

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Microsoft has contributed $100,000 to the campaign to approve Referendum 71, which would uphold a state law to expand domestic-partnership benefits, the Seattle Times reports. The company made the donation on Friday to Washington Families Standing Together, a group supporting the law, which gives registered... [ Read more → ]

Court tosses suit by lesbian over claim she was denied visitation with dying partner

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
MIAMI -- A federal court in Miami has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. "The hospital took the position that we thought was pretty extreme -- that it has... [ Read more → ]

GLAAD reports mainstream TV gay characters on the rise

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast TV is again on the rise, according to a new report from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The group’s 14th annual TV study found that 18 LGBT characters will account... [ Read more → ]

Education department official expresses regret for controversial incident

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A senior official of the Department of Education expressed regret Wednesday for an incident that happened when he was a young teacher in the late 1980s, saying he should have handled it differently, but that society could benefit from his error, reports ABC News. Kevin... [ Read more → ]

Cleveland selected to be host city for 2014 Gay Games

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The 2014 international Gay Games are heading to Cleveland. [ Read more → ]
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