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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 → ]

New signs posted at LDS plaza following ‘gay kiss’ incident

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you walk through the LDS Church Plaza in Salt Lake City you'll see some new signs. They put visitors on notice that the Church can refuse access to anyone for any reason. The added language to the signs address concerns about how the Church... [ Read more → ]

Gay rights advocates intervene in challenge over WI domestic partnerships

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The domestic partnership benefits of hundreds of Wisconsin gay couples could be overturned in what's becoming a growing legal battle. Currently, gay couples in Wisconsin can register for domestic partnerships rights, enacted through legislation that took effect August 3. Since then, about 1,000 couples have... [ Read more → ]

New poll suggest Iowans split on gay marriage

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Iowans are almost evenly divided about whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, according to a new poll by the Des Moines Register. Forty-one percent say they would vote for a ban, and 40 percent say... [ Read more → ]

Navy reviewing case of alleged abuse of gay sailor

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The U.S. Navy is reviewing its investigation of hazing and abuse of a gay sailor and others in a military canine unit in Bahrain in 2005 and 2006, the Associated Press reports. Joseph Rocha says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to the... [ Read more → ]

Chelsea Handler to host LA’s Gay & Lesbian gala

Monday, September 21, 2009
Late night TV's Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) will host the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 38th Anniversary Gala and Auction at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on October 24, reports The event should be laugh packed with the outspoken Handler... [ Read more → ]

Justice department reluctantly defends ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Saturday, September 19, 2009
BOSTON -- Justice Department lawyers are reluctantly defending the federal law that prevents recognition of same-sex marriages, making their legal arguments in a Boston court while pointing out that the Obama administration opposes the measure, the Boston Globe reports. On Friday, Justice attorneys asked a... [ Read more → ]

New poll suggests Maine split on upcoming gay marriage vote

Saturday, September 19, 2009
In a new poll released Friday by the polling organization Research 2000 and the political Web site, 48 percent of those surveyed said they'd vote to repeal the law and 46 percent said they would vote to keep it on the books. With a... [ Read more → ]
Jan Brewer

Arizona governor takes away state domestic partner benefits

Friday, September 18, 2009
PHOENIX -- Domestic partners are being eliminated from Arizona state employee benefits just a year after they were added to the benefits plan, reports the Arizona Daily Star. [ Read more → ]
Brad Altman and George Takei

Takei, Altman will be first gay couple on ‘The Newlywed Game’

Friday, September 18, 2009
Star Trek alum George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, will make television history as the first gay couple to compete on The Newlywed Game, GSN announced. "What we want is to display the normality and the joy of having a happy union," Takei said,... [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers introduce ‘Respect for Marriage’ bill to overturn DOMA

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
House Democrats are mobilizing around a new bill that would overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman and relieved states of recognizing same-sex marriage performed in other states. Leading the effort is Rep. Jerrold Nadler... [ Read more → ]

Protests over gay bar raid escalate, Atlanta police release complaints

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
ATLANTA -- Days of protests over an Atlanta police raid on a gay bar continued Tuesday afternoon, this time reaching city hall. About 20 protestors showed up for the Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Committee meeting, claiming the Sept. 10 raid at the Atlanta Eagle... [ Read more → ]

Opponents of Maine gay marriage launch television ad campaign

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Opponents of same-sex marriage launched a television campaign Tuesday, two weeks behind supporters, in a contentious debate over whether to repeal Maine's new marriage law. A no vote on the November ballot referendum question means a vote to support the law as passed while a... [ Read more → ]

Number of top rated businesses for LGBT workers jumps in latest HRC report

Monday, September 14, 2009
The number of businesses with perfect ratings based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace policies and benefits rose by twenty percent in the past twelve months — despite the serious economic downturn — according to a new report released Monday by the Human Rights... [ Read more → ]

Neil Patrick Harris gets wet in new ‘Rolling Stone’

Sunday, September 13, 2009
Neil Patrick Harris is soaking wet in the new Rolling Stone, due September 17, 2009, as shot by Robert Trachtenberg and courtesy of Boy Culture. In the article, which promotes his upcoming hosting gig at the Emmys, NPH asserts that he's "way cool" with fans... [ Read more → ]

‘Eagle’ patrons to rally Sunday night in protest of gay bar raid

Sunday, September 13, 2009
ATLANTA -- Patrons and supporters of the gay leather bar the Atlanta Eagle are gathering today at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the establishment to hold a rally to protest a controversial raid where eight employees were arrested by Atlanta Police on Sept.... [ Read more → ]
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