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In My Tribe: Gay culture, traditionalists and ‘the new wave’

Saturday, June 9, 2012
The gay community has joined together into a tribe because we share something basic and important that non-gays don’t share. We understand each other, our joys, our fears, and our very natures. In a world that has historically been unwelcoming, the gay tribe provides comfort, camaraderie, and the ability to relax and be ourselves. On a group level, it gives us the opportunity to band together to seek and demand respect and equal rights. For many of us, it has provided the key component of our very identity... [ Read more → ]
Thea Spyer and Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0

Saturday, June 9, 2012
It seemed an intimate a moment as Edie drifted off to her memories. It was so sweet and it touched the depth of me. I was listening to a woman who fell in love at first sight and never stopped loving her partner of 44 years. “Did getting married after 42 years make a difference, Edie?”, I wondered. “Oh, Y E S ! It felt like we were finally recognized by friends and family and people around us. It felt wonderful!” [ Read more → ]
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An open letter to the anti-gay Home Depot employee: ‘This is a family’

Friday, June 8, 2012
Dear Randy ... When you said gays were ruining marriage, I wanted to ask you to clarify. HOW are gays ruining YOUR marriage? Does your wife want to leave you for a woman? Are you going to leave her for a gay man? Are you addicted to gay porn or something? I mean, how exactly, is me being in love with my girlfriend, a bother – at all – to your marriage? [ Read more → ]
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Russian court upholds ban on gay pride in Moscow for the next 100 years

Friday, June 8, 2012
MOSCOW -- The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld a district court’s decision to ban gay parades in Moscow for the next 100 years, dismissing an appeal by the LGBT advocacy group, "Moscow Pride/Gay Russia." [ Read more → ]
gayschoolbus

New research shows LGBTQ-inclusive lessons improve school climate

Friday, June 8, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A report released this week by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition (CSSC) provides new insight into the impact on individual students and school climate as a whole when different class lessons include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and issues. [ Read more → ]
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Retired NFL player Wade Davis reveals he is gay

Friday, June 8, 2012
Former pro football player Wade Davis publicly announced this week that he is gay. The 34-year-old corner back who played with Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins spoke with Outsports and SB Nation about being a gay athlete and his current work with disenfranchised lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and non-conforming youth. [ Read more → ]
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Denmark’s legislature approves same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 7, 2012
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The Danish parliament on Thursday approved legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in the Scandinavian country. The vote was 85 to 24. [ Read more → ]
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NM court upholds ruling that photographer discriminated against lesbian couple

Thursday, June 7, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Court of Appeals this week ruled that a professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated state anti-discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Keith Ratliff

NAACP conference leader resigns over group’s support of marriage equality

Thursday, June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Rev. Keith Ratliff, president of the Iowa and Nebraska conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has resigned over the group's national board resolution in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Carl DeMaio

Gay man takes first place in San Diego mayoral primary

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Openly gay conservative Republican Carl DeMaio captured first place in San Diego's mayoral primary election June 5. DeMaio, 37, currently a City Council member, and the second-place finisher, Congressman Bob Filner (D), 69, will advance to the November runoff election to head the nation's eighth-largest city. [ Read more → ]
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Death of Colorado civil union bill stirs anger, spurs action for November election

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Colorado’s LGBT political heavyweights and their allies, incensed over the death of the Colorado Civil Union Act, are preparing a full-scale attack to elect a “pro-equality” majority this November to the state House of Representatives. Their mission is to ensure Republican Speaker of the House... [ Read more → ]
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HRC releases landmark survey of LGBT-identified youth

Thursday, June 7, 2012
A new report released Thursday by the HRC shows tremendous disparities between straight teenagers and LGBT-identified youth. The report marks the beginning of new president Chad Griffin’s tenure at HRC, and illustrates how critical the work of achieving full equality is for future generations. [ Read more → ]
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Boy Scouts says it has no plans to reverse ban on gays

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday said it has no plans to end its 102-year-old policy banning gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders, despite receiving an online petition containing more than 275,000 signatures urging a reversal of the anti-gay policy. [ Read more → ]
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California ethics panel to investigate National Organization for Marriage

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a surprise move, the state of California’s ethics office announced Wednesday that it will investigate Fred Karger’s complaint against the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). [ Read more → ]
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14-year-old talk show host: ‘President Obama is making kids gay’ (Video)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Caiden Cowger, a 14-year old who hosts a popular conservative radio talk show in West Virginia claims that “President Obama is making kids gay,” and says that 30 kids he knows who weren’t gay when they were growing up have now decided to subscribe to the “belief” of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Washington same-sex marriage law blocked as opponents quality for ballot referendum

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Opponents of Washington’s newly passed same-sex marriage law on Wednesday submitted an estimated 232,000 signatures to the Secretary of State -- all but guaranteeing that the question of whether gays and lesbians can marry in Washington will now be decided by that... [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge in New York latest to rule DOMA unconstitutional, unfairly discriminates

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
NEW YORK, NY -- U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones in Manhattan added herself to a growing list of federal judges across the nation on Wednesday by ruling that a key component of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unfairly discriminates against married same-sex couples by prohibiting them access to federal benefits available to married heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
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Time to face the truth on sexual orientation…

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Anti-gay activists have long argued that gay people do not need protection from discrimination because they can hide their identity. Anti-gay activist Janet Boynes succinctly made this point in her book, Called Out: “The difference between black skin and homosexuality is that black skin is a physical characteristic while homosexuality is a behavior.” [ Read more → ]
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CNN poll: Majority of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A majority of Americans say they support legal recognition of same-sex marriage amid growing evidence that the public's become more comfortable with gays and lesbians, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Sheena Monnin

Pageant: Miss Pennsylvania gave up crown over transgender contestants

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Miss Pennsylvania USA has given up her state crown because she said the Miss USA pageant was fixed, but pageant officials refuted her claim, and said she quit over her disapproval of the organization's decision to allow transgender participants. [ Read more → ]
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson to produce film on transgender lives, struggles for equality

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- Grammy award winning artist Janet Jackson has signed on to be executive producer of a documentary covering the lives and struggles of transgender people around the world. [ Read more → ]
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‘Good As You’ blogger Jeremy Hooper pens book on LGBT life, fight for equality

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- Veteran blogger and LGBT advocate Jeremy Hooper, on Tuesday released his new book, "If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy," a unique mix of memoir and social commentary on the debate between the LGBTQ community and its detractors. [ Read more → ]
St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis to propose legislation to grant firefighter pensions to domestic partners

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A possible piece of legislation could bring major changes to the St. Louis LGBT community, namely domestic partnership benefits for city firefighters. [ Read more → ]
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Ontario’s legislative assembly approves anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario -- The Accepting Schools Act, an anti-bullying measure also known as Bill 13, passed through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Tuesday by a vote of 65-36. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality advocacy groups hail appeals court decision not to rehear Prop 8 case

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Marriage equality and gay rights advocates on Tuesday hailed a decision by the full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to refuse to review a panel’s decision that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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