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Brendon Ayanbadejo

NFL player responds to lawmaker’s demand that he stops supporting marriage equality

Friday, September 7, 2012
Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, on Friday responded to a Maryland lawmaker who demanded that he "cease and desist" his support for marriage equality, and expressed surprise that a politician would try to stifle his free speech. [ Read more → ]

Obama: ‘Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place’

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a speech acknowledging his own shortcomings but asking voters to hang in with him, President Barack Obama on Thursday night accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for re-election as President of the United States. [ Read more → ]

High school football fans display their homophobia on national television

Thursday, September 6, 2012
During the game against Spanish Fort High School and its arch-rival Daphne High School, ESPN cameras captured students displaying a sign which read, "Purple? Man, that's GAY." The sign was a reference to Daphne High School colors, one of which is purple. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]

Zach Wahls, son of lesbian parents, addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zach Wahls, a 21-year-old gay rights activist raised by lesbian parents, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday evening, and praised President Barack Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage, while criticizing GOP Mitt Romney for opposing it. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Barney Frank slams gay Republicans for ‘willing to be accepted with no rights’

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), speaking at an LGBT caucus meeting at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday slammed gay Republicans for supporting the GOP even as their party works to deny rights for the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island governor says primary race ‘pivotal’ for marriage equality

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The independent governor of Rhode Island said Tuesday that an upcoming Democratic primary could be key in determining whether the state will pass same-sex marriage legislation next year. [ Read more → ]

Report: Critical government surveys omit gay, transgender people

Thursday, September 6, 2012
A new report by the Center for American Progress outlines how government data plays a critical role in the country’s policy making process, but that the lack of reliable data about the gay and transgender population increases the likelihood that stereotypes and myths will shape policies that impact the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court to conference on Prop 8, partner benefits cases

Thursday, September 6, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has set at least three cases related to marriage equality and same-sex partner benefits for conference on Sept. 24, including the federal case against California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Thursday, September 6, 2012
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Thursday launched the "United for Marriage" campaign, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]

Bill Clinton delivers rousing speech at Democratic Convention (Video)

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A rousing speech from former President Bill Clinton that capped off Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention was well-received by attendees, although the day wasn’t free of controversy. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is working to protect and advance “opportunities” for all American people. [ Read more → ]

Chicago Police Department adopts transgender protections policy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department has enacted a general order that mandates protections for transgender people while in the custody of police and requires officers to be trained for the respectful treatment of transgender detainees. [ Read more → ]

GLSEN: LGBT youth face pervasive, but decreasing levels of harassment

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- In its latest National School Climate Survey released Wednesday, GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network -- reported that while LGBT students are faring better than they have in the past, there is still much room for improvement. [ Read more → ]

Michelle Obama asks LGBT DNC guests for election help

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First lady Michelle Obama was an honored guest this afternoon at a Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund luncheon to honor LGBT elected officials. [ Read more → ]

Police investigate alleged gay bashing by four Marines outside Long Beach bar

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Police in Long Beach, Calif., are investigating an assault involving four U.S. Marine Corps' personnel who allegedly attacked a film student from San Dimas, Calif., and beat him unconscious outside the Silver Fox, a popular gay-patronized establishment. [ Read more → ]

Online travel company Expedia announces support for marriage equality

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Online travel company on Tuesday announced its support for marriage equality and the efforts to approve Referendum 74 in Washington state, November ballot initiative asking voters to approve or reject the state's new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
FRC President Tony Perkins

Family Research Council’s attacks on the SPLC are ‘dishonest’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Do words have consequences? For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. ... when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat... [ Read more → ]

Pat Robertson: Democrats the ‘party of gays, godlessness and whatever else’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Televangelist Pat Robertson on the 700 Club today skewered Democrats for representing only “gays, godlessness and whatever else.” “Same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, I’m just astounded,” Robertson said. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay Democrats take the podium at Democratic Convention

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first official day of the Democratic National Convention showcased the party’s solidarity with the LGBT community as speakers — including several openly gay Democrats — took to the podium to voice support and delegates approved for the first time a platform that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

First Lady, San Antonio Mayor electrify opening night at Democratic Convention

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC — In uncompromising honesty — tinged with personal emotion and a great deal of passion — the two major speeches of the opening night of the 2012 Democratic Convention appeared to have electrified both convention goers as well as millions watching on live broadcasts. [ Read more → ]
‘With your efforts we have been able to move our country forward,’ said Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser.

DNC 2012: Jubilant LGBT delegates vow to support Obama

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hours before the Democratic National Convention’s opening session was called to order Tuesday night, a record number of more than 550 LGBT delegates, alternate delegates and convention committee members met as a recognized convention caucus. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Federal judge approves gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
BOSTON -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery to an inmate serving life in prison for murder, "because it is the only way to treat her serious medical need." [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Scott Lively: Intimidate pro-gay rights officials with ‘angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand’

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Scott Lively — the activist who urged Uganda to imprison gays who refuse sexual orientation conversion therapy and blames the Holocaust on gay people – says the anti-gay movement has been too nice and must now bring out “angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand” to intimidate officials who back “gay fascism bills,” or anti-discrimination measures. [ Read more → ]

Democrats vote to adopt party platform endorsing ‘freedom to marry’

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic Party on Tuesday voted to support the freedom to marry as an official plank in the Party’s platform, putting the party on record as the first major political party in U.S. history in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples.... [ Read more → ]
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