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Navy petty officer faces punishment over anti-gay abuse and hazing

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Senior Navy leaders handed a career-ending letter of censure Wednesday to the chief who oversaw the prolonged hazing and sexual taunting of members of a Navy dog-handling unit in Bahrain. Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint was returned from an overseas assignment and will be... [ Read more → ]

Rachel Maddow: Maine’s upcoming vote on gay marriage

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
In case you missed Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, here's her look at Maine's marriage battle and its similarities to California's Proposition 8, and interview with Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for Maine's "No on 1" campaign. Maine’s gay marriage law was supposed to go... [ Read more → ]

Anti-discrimination adoption bill introduced in House

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A federal lawmaker is touting an adoption anti-discrimination bill he recently introduced as a way to find more homes for children living in the welfare system. U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would restrict federal funds... [ Read more → ]

Chuck Bass’ gay kiss on ‘Gossip Girl’ barely happens

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Things went gay on Monday night's episode of "Gossip Girl" as Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick, locked lips with another guy. But for those of you who only tuned in to see Chuck Bass kiss a dude, you may have felt disappointed. The... [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court seals names of R-71 petitioners

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an order preventing Washington State from releasing the names of more than 120,000 people who signed petitions seeking a voter referendum on whether to give same-sex couples most of the same rights as married couples. The... [ Read more → ]
Brandon Patrick

Tulsa man says he was beaten because he is gay

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TULSA, OK -- What should have been a 10-minute walk to a friend's house ended with a trip to the hospital for Brandon Patrick, a Tulsan who said he was severely beaten Sunday night because of his sexual orientation, reports the Tulsa World. [caption id="attachment_1797"... [ Read more → ]

Maine expecting close race in upcoming gay marriage measure

Monday, October 19, 2009
As Election Day nears, the national spotlight is on Maine, where the latest battle over same-sex marriage is under way. Campaign finance reports show that supporters of a ballot proposal to repeal the state's gay marriage law are trailing significantly in fundraising. But polls show... [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court justice blocks names in gay rights ballot measure

Monday, October 19, 2009
In a flurry of legal activity today, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy essentially reimposed a ban on release of the names of those who signed Washington state's Referendum 71 petitions. Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered an injunction against release of... [ Read more → ]

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 → ]
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