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Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar: Anti-gay slur causes outrage

Monday, September 17, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Cananda -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took to the diamond Saturday during a game with the Boston Red Sox with "You are a faggot" written in Spanish on his eye black strips. [ Read more → ]
Judge Bill Graves

Citing God and science, Oklahoma judge refuses transgender name changes

Monday, September 17, 2012
An Oklahoma judge has repeatedly denied transgender women their petitions for a name change to reflect their female identity, ruling that the requests were made for a fraudulent purpose. [ Read more → ]

Longtime LGBT rights champion, former PFLAG president Elinor Lewallen dies

Monday, September 17, 2012
Elinor Lewallen, a longtime champion of equal rights for LGBT people, and President of PFLAG National in the late 1980s, has died, the organization announced Friday. She was 93. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (D-Wisc.) at the Values Voter Summit.

Sex, Lies, Bloodlust: What the Values Voter Summit tells us about the religious right and the GOP

Monday, September 17, 2012
During this past weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual family reunion of the far right, Right Wing Watch posted many memorable video highlights. What does it all tell us about the Religious Right and today’s Republican Party? [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay Boy Scouts find some skeletons in their closet

Monday, September 17, 2012
In light of the anticipated wave of emotion and anger over the upcoming release of more than twenty years of child molestation records from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), we need to make one thing clear: the vast majority of child molesters are not gay men. [ Read more → ]
Rupert Everett

Gay actor Rupert Everett: Nothing worse ‘than being brought up by two gay dads’

Sunday, September 16, 2012
In a new interview, openly gay British actor Rupert Everett stunned the LGBT community by telling London’s Sunday Times that he “can’t think of anything worse” for children than being raised by two gay fathers. [ Read more → ]

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver: Efforts to redefine marriage are ‘unpatriotic’

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver addressed the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, where he blasted those who "want to destroy the natural definition of marriage," declaring that any effort to "redesign the definition of marriage is, ultimately, unpatriotic" and an insult to the dreams of our Founding Fathers. [ Read more → ]
Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

Pro-gay Proposition 8 attorney helping Romney campaign with debate prep

Saturday, September 15, 2012
A lead attorney in the federal lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 is facing criticism from a gay Democratic group for assisting the Romney campaign with debate preparation — despite the ticket’s support for policies that would undo his work against the same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]

Jamie Kuntz speaks out about kiss that got him kicked off football team (Video)

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Jamie Kuntz was dropped from the North Dakota State College of Sciences football team less than two weeks ago after he was caught kissing his 65-year-old boyfriend in the press box. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

Conservative columnist: Ryan made a mistake speaking at ‘Values Voter Summit’

Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Washington Post’s conservative political columnist Dana Milbank, in his column Friday, openly criticized GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan for his appearance Friday morning to speak before attendees at the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit.” [ Read more → ]

GOP touts opposition to marriage equality at anti-gay summit

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Republican public officials — including the No. 2 person on the GOP presidential ticket — weaved opposition to same-sex marriage into their speeches during an annual social conservative conference in D.C. as they criticized President Obama’s policies and reaffirmed traditional values. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Barney Frank opposes gay candidate for U.S. House because he’s a Republican

Friday, September 14, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. -- Retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says will not support the election of another openly gay man running for his seat because the congressional hopeful, Richard Tisei, is a Republican. [ Read more → ]
Mark Grisanti

New York GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage survives primary

Friday, September 14, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), one of the four Republicans who voted in favor of a marriage equality bill last year, and who has since been targeted by the anti-gay the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) because of that vote, won his GOP primary race Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Tommy Thompson

Dems call on Thompson to fire senior adviser who gay-baited Tammy Baldwin

Friday, September 14, 2012
Democrats are calling on GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson to fire his campaign’s senior communications adviser more than a week after he sent out messages attacking rival Tammy Baldwin’s “heartland values” because of her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Is it Politics or is it Prejudice?

Friday, September 14, 2012
One cannot ignore the race question when it comes to this election. I’ve seen too many websites filled with racist cartoons and hate-filled rhetoric for me not to believe that we are still a nation filled with bigots who believe that gays, women and people of a certain color and religion have their place and need to be kept there. Sadly, the Republican Party plays on that with their anti-gay, non-Christian-baiting, women-hating, “let them eat cake” platform... [ Read more → ]

Who’s Who at this year’s ‘Values Voter Summit 2012′

Friday, September 14, 2012
This weekend Republican and conservative leaders, including GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, are set to address the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. [ Read more → ]
David Cecil

British producer jailed in Uganda for staging play depicting gay characters

Thursday, September 13, 2012
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The British manager of a bar and cultural center in the Ugandan capital city was arrested and remains in police custody after being denied bail for staging a play last week, whose main character is a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees. [ Read more → ]

Principal ends cosmetology program after perceived gay student enrolls

Thursday, September 13, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -- The principal of the Beaumont Independent School District’s Taylor Career and Technology Center has cancelled the school's Adult Cosmetology class that the center has offered for ten years rather than admit a student he perceived was gay, according to the program's instructor. [ Read more → ]
Kyra Kruz

Philadelphia police investigating murder of transgender community volunteer

Thursday, September 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- Homicide detectives are investigating the killing of a well known member of Philadelphia's LGBT community, Kyra Kruz, a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found dead in a wooded area of the city’s Frankford area. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group begins airing pro-marriage equality television ads

Thursday, September 13, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to defend the state’s marriage law, this week began airing its first television advertisement aimed at gaining voter support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
David Pierce

New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and he faces no opponent this November. [ Read more → ]
Family Research Council Tony Perkins speaks before a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 12.

FRC’s Tony Perkins advises parents not to ‘condone and enable’ homosexuality

Thursday, September 13, 2012
A prominent social conservative leader compared homosexuality to drug use on Wednesday while urging parents not to “condone and enable” a child being gay. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Minnesota voters split on proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Minnesota's voters are evenly divided on their support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to the latest polling by North Carolina-based of Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
Matt Hendricks

NHL’s Washington Capitals announces support for ‘You Can Play’ equality project

Thursday, September 13, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals professional hockey team has announced it will become the latest NHL team franchise to support the “You Can Play” equality project, which endeavors to foster equality, respect and safety for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Human rights groups urge public officials not to attend ‘Values Voter Summit’

Thursday, September 13, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A coalition of human rights groups is calling on public officials not to attend this week's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because its host, the Family Research Council, has spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and because one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association, has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust. [ Read more → ]
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