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Georgetown student attacked over gay rights shirt

Saturday, October 31, 2009
WASHINGTON DC - Two men allegedly attacked a Georgetown student because they thought she was a lesbian, according to the university's Department of Public Safety. The student was perceived to be gay because of the gay rights shirt she was wearing when she was verbally... [ Read more → ]

SkyWest accused of bias against gay couples

Saturday, October 31, 2009
A SkyWest Airlines baggage agent who married his partner last year after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions says the airline is breaking state law by refusing to give his husband the free fares it provides to heterosexual spouses. The airline says Gilbert Caldwell's... [ Read more → ]

Obama reauthorizes ‘Ryan White Act,’ announces end of HIV travel ban (Video)

Saturday, October 31, 2009
President Obama on Friday called an end to the 22-year ban on travel to the United States by people tested positive for HIV, fulfilling a promise he made to gay advocates and acting to eliminate a restriction he said was “rooted in fear rather than... [ Read more → ]

WA voters will have final say on gay partnership benefits Tuesday

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Washington state's slow-but-steady approach to increasing rights and benefits to gay and lesbian couples hit its first snag just as the three-year process appeared to be complete. After lawmakers passed the state's first domestic partnership bill in 2007, and then expanded it a year later,... [ Read more → ]

Justice department defends DOMA in Massachusetts court

Friday, October 30, 2009
MSNBC. Though the Obama administration calls the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminatory, the Justice Department nonetheless is defending the law in a court filing today in Massachusetts. The state has challenged the law, which denies federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples who are... [ Read more → ]

Gawker: Anderson Cooper is gay and everyone knows it

Friday, October 30, 2009
From On Thursday, Page Six has a not-very-thinly-veiled item about Anderson Cooper going on a very gay vacation with his very gay boyfriend who owns a very gay bar. Enough: Anderson Cooper is very gay. It's time he said it. Here's the New York... [ Read more → ]

Maddow speaks with Maine governor over upcoming gay marriage vote

Friday, October 30, 2009
Rachel Maddow spoke with Maine’s Governor John Baldacci Thursday night about the attempt to repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law, enacted in May, but up for a vote in next Tuesday's election. Not too long ago, Baldacci stood against gay marriage, but has since had a... [ Read more → ]
President Obama Commemorates Enactment of Hate Crimes Prevention Act

After decade long battle, federal hate crimes law expanded to include gays (Video)

Thursday, October 29, 2009
It's been more than 10 years since the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was kidnapped, brutally beaten and left to die tied to a fence on a freezing night in the Wyoming wilderness. [ Read more → ]

Dueling ads released as Maine gay marriage vote draws near

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Via The Daily Dish, from Andrew Sullivan at The anti-gay forces in Maine are ramping up the "gay conspiracy to get your kids" angle in the latest wave of ads. The pro-gay forces continue on the high road. They are, in a way, almost... [ Read more → ]

Chief’s Johnson suspended over disparaging remarks, gay slurs

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Larry Johnson was issued a two-week suspension Wednesday night for "conduct detrimental to the team." Johnson posted disparaging remarks Sunday night on his Twitter page, starting with a remark about Coach Todd Haley’s lack of football playing experience. He... [ Read more → ]

California volunteers helping Maine affirm gay marriage law

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Californians, in particular, are watching Maine's same sex marriage vote closely. And some, like Demi Espinoza, Daniel Shad and Gabe Gonzalez, care so passionately about the issue that they're giving up their vacation time to volunteer in Maine to preserve gay marriage there. Each... [ Read more → ]

First openly gay U.S. attorney begins job in Seattle

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The new top federal prosecutor in Seattle knows the significance her role carries for many people: she's the nation's first openly gay U.S. attorney. Gay rights activists say her appointment reflects a growing acceptance in the U.S. as well as the attitude of President Barack... [ Read more → ]

‘Golden Girls’ star leaves $300K to benefit gay youth

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Bea Arthur left $300,000 in her will to a New York organization that aids homeless gay youth, the New York Daily News reports. The Ali Fornay Center provides services to more than 1,000 each year, and is planning to buy a building to house 12... [ Read more → ]

Personalized therapeutic HIV vaccine shows promise

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
An experimental treatment strategy involving a vaccine that is tailor-made from an HIV-positive person’s virus and immune system cells can reduce viral load and improve the function of the immune system, according to a presentation at the AIDS Vaccine 2009 conference in Paris on... [ Read more → ]

KC Chiefs’ Johnson hurls gay slurs at reporters, Twitter followers

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Kansas City Chiefs have barred running back Larry Johnson from practice and all other team activities as the club and the NFL look into comments he made Monday to reporters in the locker room. According to multiple reports, Johnson — in telling reporters to... [ Read more → ]

Oscar-winning director renounces Scientology

Monday, October 26, 2009
Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis has severed ties with the Church of Scientology, citing in part the church's support for Proposition 8, the ballot measure last year that banned same-sex marriage in California. Long known for his humanitarian and civil liberties work, the Canadian-born director ("Crash"... [ Read more → ]
President Obama

Obama to sign hate crime bill on Wednesday

Monday, October 26, 2009
Washington Blade. President Obama intends to sign into law Wednesday a long-sought hate crimes protection measure as part of a major defense bill, according to an administration source. The president plans to pen his name to the fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill, which includes... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage on the agenda in DC Council hearings this week

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Same-sex marriage will be the subject of two separate public hearings Monday in the District of Columbia, with hundreds of witnesses expected to testify. The D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics is scheduled to hold a hearing Monday morning on a voter initiative aimed at... [ Read more → ]

Mariah Carey toasts gay couple on Las Vegas stage

Sunday, October 25, 2009
From During a concert earlier this month at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Mariah Carey revealed that she is more than just okay with gay marriage. She also wants to celebrate it. Video captured of the moment that everyone is talking... [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage supporters outraise opponents

Saturday, October 24, 2009
With a week and a half to go before Election Day, the two campaigns in the battle over gay marriage continue to haul in large sums of money from donors both inside and outside of Maine. No on 1-Protect Maine Equality has raised more than... [ Read more → ]

Census delays counting ‘married’ gay couples another 10 years

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Legally married gay couples won't show up as such in the official once-a-decade tally in 2010, Census bureau representatives said Thursday. Citing "statistical problems related to the development of the 2010 census form and the evolving legal state of same-sex relationships," Census officials have concluded... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay group suing Maine over campaign finance laws

Saturday, October 24, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Washington, D.C.-based organization under investigation for its financial role in the campaign to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law has fired back with a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a state election law, reports the Bangor Daily News. The National Organization for... [ Read more → ]

Referendum 71 foes sue to raise donation limits

Friday, October 23, 2009
From The Seattle Times: Apparently emboldened by recent legal victories — including a case being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court — groups opposed to Washington's domestic-partnership law and working to defeat Referendum 71 are suing again in federal court, this time to lift the... [ Read more → ]

Governor says gay marriage will pass in NY

Friday, October 23, 2009
The Governor of New York state has said he expects to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage in the coming weeks. David Paterson told a dinner arranged by the Empire State Pride Agenda Thursday night that he expects the state senate to pass the legislation... [ Read more → ]
US Capitol

U.S. Senate passes historic hate crimes bill that would protect gays

Friday, October 23, 2009
The U.S. Senate cleared a historic hate crimes bill Thursday for President Obama's signature, approving new federal penalties for attacks on gay men and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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