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Highest Presidential honor to be awarded posthumously to Sally Ride

| Monday, May 20, 2013
Sally Ride
WASHINGTON -- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will bestow a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.

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A boy named Issak

| Monday, May 20, 2013
Issak-cropped
My name is Issak. I am a high school senior at Red Lion Area High School in Pennsylvania. As a student who happens to be transgender, my life isn’t all that different from other students in my class, except that I came out the summer before my junior year and have been going by my male name ever since. I try hard to make good grades, work at a part –time job, and have a wonderfully supportive family and an awesome girlfriend...

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Va. GOP nominates trio of anti-LGBT candidates for state leadership

| Monday, May 20, 2013
E.W. Jackson
RICHMOND, Va. -- Delegates at Virginia's GOP Convention on Saturday nominated a trio of candidates with a long history of marginalizing and demonizing LGBT people in hopes they will become their state's next leaders.

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Governor pressures Ill. House to act on marriage bill before session ends

| Monday, May 20, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)
CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session, and is pressuring House lawmakers to act on the issue of marriage equality.

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Details emerge in case against teen accused of lewd behavior with girlfriend

| Monday, May 20, 2013
Kaitlyn HuntFamily photo, provided
SEBASTIAN, Fla. — New details emerged Monday in the arrest of an 18-year-old Florida high school senior accused of "lewd and lascivious behavior" with her 14-year-old girlfriend, after the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department released a copy of the arrest affidavit.

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GLAAD president Herndon Graddick resigns just 1 year after taking office

| Friday, May 17, 2013
Herndon Graddick
NEW YORK – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, on Friday announced the resignation of President Herndon Graddick.

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Texas judge enforces ‘morality clause’ to split up lesbian couple

| Friday, May 17, 2013
Judge John Roach Jr.
McKINNEY, Texas -- A Texas judge has invoked a "morality clause" in a lesbian mother's divorce from her husband, requiring that the woman's current partner of three years vacate their home "in the interest and welfare" of the divorced couple's children.

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France’s constitutional authority rejects challenge to marriage equality law

| Friday, May 17, 2013
France
PARIS -- France's constitutional council, the country's highest constitutional authority, on Friday rejected a challenge by conservative lawmakers to the country's new marriage equality law, saying the law is constitutional.

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Pa. school still refuses to announce transgender grad by his chosen name

| Friday, May 17, 2013
Issak Wolfe
RED LION, Pa. -- A transgender student in central Pennsylvania is continuing his fight to be announced by his male name at graduation next month.

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Int’l Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia observed around the globe

| Friday, May 17, 2013
IDAHO-2013
LGBT rights advocates observed the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (or IDAHO) in more than 100 countries around the world Friday, commemorating the May 17, 1990 decision by the World Health Organization that decategorized homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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