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Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters to emcee event marking anniversary of repeal of DADT

Sunday, September 2, 2012
NEW YORK – Veteran journalist Barbara Walters will emcee a celebration of American troops to mark the one year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the former ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Darnell Young

Gay teen files lawsuit against school for failing to protect him from bullies

Sunday, September 2, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An openly gay Indiana teen, who was expelled from school earlier this year because he brought a stun gun to school to ward off bullies, has filed a lawsuit claiming the school district did nothing to prevent the “relentless, severe harassment.” [ Read more → ]

Banning reparative therapy: A proper restriction on parental rights

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Parents do not raise their children in a vacuum, but instead society has to deal with the repercussions of how that child was raised. Thus, though society cannot, and should not, dictate how a parent raises their child, there are limits – very few limits – to what a parent can do with their child. In my opinion, reparative therapy should fall into this limitation... [ Read more → ]

Self-loathing and lemmings: how voting Republican is just ‘nucking futz’

Sunday, September 2, 2012
I know this: women and gays who vote Republican are nucking futz to vote Republican; there's something not quite right about their thinking… they are just as crazy as a Jew defending Nazis, a nation determined to exercise pure folly, or those funny little rats marching to the sea… [ Read more → ]
James Amos

Top U.S. Marine: Openly gay service members not an issue

Saturday, September 1, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Marine Corps this week stressed that the integration of openly gay and lesbians into the military has gone smoothly. [ Read more → ]
Mark regnerus

University of Texas panel: No scientific misconduct in anti-gay parenting study

Saturday, September 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- A University of Texas advisory panel consisting of four senior faculty members has concluded that the author of an anti-gay parenting study had not published nor committed falsification of data, plagiarism or other ethical breaches constituting scientific misconduct. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
Will he or won't he? Anderson Cooper covered the Republican National Convention from afar as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, but could make appearances in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring 35,000 convention delegates, journalists and other guests to Charlotte next week. Among them will be big names in the LGBT community known for their work in national and regional politics and in the media. [ Read more → ]

Hate is easy. Love takes courage.

Friday, August 31, 2012
It’s become easy to hate homosexuals in America, and in some instances, it’s become a part of the fabric of the organization. Political parties, churches, social organizations make billions of dollars on their "gay hate.” They can wrap it in any sort of bow they want, but hate is hate. Period. For some of us in the gay community, it takes a great deal of courage to still love and value ourselves as Americans... [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s staff, board and volunteers talk about their plans for the upcoming DNC and their recent Pride Charlotte Festival, held Aug. 25-26.

Charlotte’s LGBT community prepares for Democratic Convention

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Volunteers and business owners in the LGBT community have been hard at work ensuring their visitors and guests during the week of the Democratic National Convention receive star treatment. [ Read more → ]

RNC 2012: Romney pledges to ‘honor the institution of marriage’

Friday, August 31, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially accepted his party’s nomination for president Thursday evening while pledging to “honor the institution of marriage” if elected. During his speech before the Republican National Convention, Romney alluded to marriage in a brief portion of his... [ Read more → ]

Retailer Room & Board says it opposes constitutional ban on gay marriage

Friday, August 31, 2012
Minneapolis-based furniture retailer Room & Board on Wednesday announced it has joined the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition in opposing Minnesota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. “Room & Board is dedicated to helping customers create homes they love. We recognize that the joy found... [ Read more → ]

Michigan man pleads guilty to federal hate crime in anti-gay bias attack

Friday, August 31, 2012
DETROIT -- A Michigan man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges on Wednesday, admitting that he assaulted a victim because he believed the man was gay, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality bill passes first hurdle in Tasmania’s Parliament

Thursday, August 30, 2012
HOBART, Tasmania, Australia -- After more than four hours of debate on Thursday, Tasmania's House of Assembly passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian island state. [ Read more → ]

Actually, You didn’t build it.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Each evening this week, I have sat and watched the Republican National Convention. Though such a focus upon the RNC might be construed as a large waste of my time – as I know that I am voting for President Obama – watching the event allows me to focus in upon what drives the Republican Party. Though I could talk all day about my perceptions of the GOP, one aspect of the Convention has really stood out at me, and surprisingly, it is not the party’s stance on LGBT issues... [ Read more → ]

California OK’s landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

Thursday, August 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state legislature on Thursday passed the nation's first law banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight -- often referred to as reparative therapy -- sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. [ Read more → ]

PREVIEW: ‘The Amazing Race’ 21 — Meet the newest members of ‘team gay’

Thursday, August 30, 2012
"The Amazing Race 21," the 21st race-around-the-world for a million bucks, kicks off on CBS on Sunday, September 30, and in a welcome change from last season's gay-free Race, this installment sees mixed in among the usual dating couples, twins and... monster truck drivers? -- three known members of Team Gay. [ Read more → ]

Sixth annual Network Responsibility Index finds LGBT stories central part of TV landscape

Thursday, August 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Thursday released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) -- a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television -- and for the third year in a row, The CW was the top broadcast network with 29 percent of its prime time programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. [ Read more → ]
Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention.

RNC 2012: Ryan praises Romney as ‘defender of marriage’

Thursday, August 30, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan devoted a key speech Wednesday evening to attacking the current administration while praising Mitt Romney and his record as a “defender of marriage.” [ Read more → ]
Sean Savoy

Radio station cancels public affairs program over interview with LGBT advocate

Thursday, August 30, 2012
RENO, Nev. -- A Fox Radio affiliate in Reno, Nev. has cancelled a public affairs program because the show's host conducted an interview on Aug. 12 with social commentator and LGBT advocate Will Kolb. [ Read more → ]

New Zealand approves first of three votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday voted 80-40 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, the first of three votes which lawmakers must hold before the bill can become law. [ Read more → ]
Joseph Tyson

Washington advises Catholic diocese that anti-gay marriage collection is illegal

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state of Washington has advised the Catholic diocese in Yakima, Wash., that its plans to conduct a special collection to benefit the campaign to defeat the state's marriage equality law is illegal under the state's campaign finance laws. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch breaks with Romney, GOP over federal ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- Utah's senior U.S. Senator and an influential voice in the Republican party broke ranks Tuesday with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the party's platform, differing on support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

California Assembly passes landmark bill to protect LGBT youth from reparative therapy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Assembly on Tuesday voted 52 to 21 in favor of a bill that will protect LGBT youth from treatments by mental health practitioners who falsely claim to be able change their sexual orientation or gender expression. [ Read more → ]

RNC 2012: Santorum calls for end to ‘assault on marriage’

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. — Speakers at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday hammered President Obama for what they said were failed economic policies while largely staying away from social or LGBT issues — although marriage was a cornerstone in the high-profile speech by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. [ Read more → ]
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