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Lutherans vote to allow committed gays and lesbians into its clergy

Friday, August 21, 2009
Leaders of the largest Lutheran church approved a resolution today, allowing gays and lesbians, in committed and sexually active relationships, to serve as clergy within the church. By a vote of 559 to 451, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) voted in favor of... [ Read more → ]

West Hollywood marker to honor Gay Marriages

Friday, August 21, 2009
The City of West Hollywood plans to honor the marriages of gay and lesbian couples with a plaque inscribed with a quote from Nelson Mandela, the Los Angeles Times has reported. The bronze marker will be installed in West Hollywood Park on September 8, a... [ Read more → ]

Family calls attack on Michigan gay teen a ‘hate crime’

Friday, August 21, 2009
A 15-year-old Michigan boy says two other teenagers beat him because he is gay, and two advocacy groups spoke out this week against the beating. The attack on Steven Harmon on August 13 is being called a hate crime by his family. Investigators say Steven... [ Read more → ]

Maine Gay Marriage supporters launch statewide TV campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Gay marriage supporters in Maine began running a television advertisement statewide Thursday, featuring gay and straight Mainers talking about the importance of equality. It is the first television advertisement in an anticipated referendum on Maine’s gay marriage law. Maine’s gay marriage law was scheduled to... [ Read more → ]

Federal judge sets January trial date in Prop 8 legal challenge

Thursday, August 20, 2009
A federal judge on Wednesday set a January 11, 2010 date for the highly anticipated trial in the legal challenge to California’s voter-approved Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage. The judge, Vaughn R. Walker of Federal District Court in San Francisco, said arguments... [ Read more → ]

Lutheran assembly adopts diverse viewpoints on gay relationships

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination endorsed an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other religious groups. Delegates to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America... [ Read more → ]

Ft Worth police apologizes for raid on gay bar – on eve of Stonewall

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Fort Worth police chief said Tuesday that his department is implementing new policies in the wake of a controversial bar check at the Rainbow Lounge last June. Chief Jeff Halstead said officials are still investigating what happened during the June 28 raid on the... [ Read more → ]

Letterman goes ‘on the record’ for Gay Marriage (Video)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As we reported last night via Twitter, David Letterman went on record for gay marriage. Miss USA/Universe pageant proprietor Donald Trump appeared on Tuesday night's CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," to promote the upcoming pageant. Inevitably, the discussion turned to Carrie Prejean, former... [ Read more → ]

Rush Limbaugh makes gay ‘joke’ about Barney Frank

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Rush Limbaugh made a joke mocking Barney Frank's sexuality in response to Frank's tough stance with a town hall protester Tuesday night. On Tuesday, Frank asked a protester who had compared President Obama to Hitler, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"... [ Read more → ]

‘Just Another Summer’ – Music Video, by Yehonathan

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Israli-born Yehonathan Gatro was introduced to America as the cover man and featured interview in Instinct Magazine’s May 2009 issue. His aptly-titled “My Turn” is Yehonathan’s first, full-length English album, and his video of “Just Another Summer” received its worldwide premiere on Logo. Yehonathan is... [ Read more → ]

Durham city council passes resolution supporting gay marriage

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The debate over gay marriage took center stage Monday night at the Durham, North Carolina City Council meeting. After no debate and little public comment, the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. The resolution, introduced by Durham resident Joshua Lee Weaver, calls upon... [ Read more → ]

Department of Justice hires liaison to LGBT community

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division has hired a veteran Senate staffer and gay rights activist Matt Nosanchuk as senior counselor and liaison to the gay and lesbian community. The announcement comes on the heels of yesterday's move by the DOJ to dismiss a... [ Read more → ]

Iraqi gay men targeted in tortures, executions – HRW Report claims

Monday, August 17, 2009
Deliberate attacks against gay men in Iraq has risen significantly this year at the hands of Iraqi militias and death squads, and authorities in Baghdad are doing nothing to stop the violence, according to a report released Monday by an international human rights organization. The... [ Read more → ]

Anchorage Mayor vetoes anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 17, 2009
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed the controversial anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday, citing negative comments and arguing that there is no need for the measure. City leaders passed the measure that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment,... [ Read more → ]

Justice Department defends DOMA, despite Obama’s call for repeal

Monday, August 17, 2009
The Obama administration declared today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminates against gays and lesbians, while at the same time Justice Department lawyers moved in federal court to defend the law, and urged a federal judge to throw out a case brought by... [ Read more → ]

Brad Pitt on Bill Maher, speaking out for marriage equality

Sunday, August 16, 2009
Brad Pitt appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, speaking out for gay marriage, his pro-marijuana agenda, and anti-religion crusade. "You know, I grew up in a religious family, in a religious community and it just doesn't make sense to me. It just... [ Read more → ]

Couples gather for ‘Great Nationwide Kiss-in’ protest over gay harassment (Videos)

Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Mormon church's aggressive support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California last year, has turned the Utah-based church into a lightning rod for gay rights activism, including a "nationwide kiss-in" today in more than 50 communities. The event comes after gay couples... [ Read more → ]

Iowa Gay Marriage foe gets endorsement from anti-gay rights group

Saturday, August 15, 2009
In what’s shaping up to be a heated race in Iowa's House District 90, Republican Stephen Burgmeier has received the endorsement of anti-gay rights organization Everyday America. The race between Burgmeier and Democrat Curt Hanson to fill the seat left open when Democratic Rep.... [ Read more → ]

Gay Marriage advocacy group pushes for delay in vote until 2012

Saturday, August 15, 2009
One of California's largest gay rights advocacy groups announced this week it will wait until 2012 to push for an amendment to the state Constitution permitting same-sex marriage, but other organizations with the same agenda insisted they want to bring the issue back to voters... [ Read more → ]
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‘Till The End’ – Music Video, by Tom Goss

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Since April 2006, when he released his self-produced debut, Naked Without, openly gay artist Tom Goss has played scores of coffeehouses, bars, gay pride festivals and other events -- honing his skills along the way, and developing a loyal following among gay and straight audiences.... [ Read more → ]
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NO H8 Campaign Releases 2nd Marriage Equality PSA (Video)

Friday, August 14, 2009
The NO H8 Campaign has released it’s second official public service announcement titled "I'm Coming Out" to help raise awareness about Propostion 8 and Marriage Equality... [ Read more → ]

Lutherans to consider lifting ban on partnered gay clergy

Friday, August 14, 2009
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination will consider lifting its ban on gay and lesbian clergy who are in committed, long-term relationships as it gathers next week for a churchwide assembly More than 1,000 delegates will gather in Minneapolis August 17-23 for the Evangelical Lutheran Church... [ Read more → ]

‘Coming Out Mormon’ tells story of family, faith and being gay

Friday, August 14, 2009
In a new Current TV segment, 26 year-old Cody Derrick tells his coming out story. Cody Derrick grew up in a conservative Mormon home in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of 21, shortly after returning from his mission, Derrick came... [ Read more → ]

School district to pay $25K over gay slurs, harassment

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, has agreed to pay a family $25,000 after two teachers allegedly harassed a boy because of his perceived sexual orientation, according to the Star Tribune. The teachers reportedly harassed the boy and subjected him to classroom jokes, comments and innuendos.... [ Read more → ]

Tennessee Schools Agree to Stop Blocking LGBT Web Sites

Thursday, August 13, 2009
From NPR. The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that they have settled out of court with two Tennessee school districts sued on behalf of local students for blocking classroom access to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites. The lawsuit alleged that Metropolitan Nashville... [ Read more → ]
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