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Milk-stamp

Harvey Milk stamp to be dedicated at White House ceremony on May 22

Friday, April 11, 2014
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk "Forever" stamp will take place at the White House May 22, the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday. [ Read more → ]
GOP

Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

Friday, April 11, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform. [ Read more → ]
United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera detained at Canadian airport

Friday, April 11, 2014
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The leader of a U.S.-based anti-gay group was detained by Canadian Border Services officials on Thursday at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport. [ Read more → ]
Gay Games taxi roof ad.

Cab drivers quit over promotional ads for Cleveland’s Gay Games

Friday, April 11, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than a dozen taxi drivers are dropping out of a dedicated cab service at Cleveland’s airport because they don’t want to drive vehicles with signs promoting the upcoming Gay Games. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

Friday, April 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House. [ Read more → ]
Laura Jane Klug

School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

Friday, April 11, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)

Va. attorney general files brief supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, April 11, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional that gays and lesbians have just as much right to marry as interracial and heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
Philadelphia-Grindr-assault

Canadian visitor assaulted, beaten, robbed after meeting man on Grindr

Friday, April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A Canadian man visiting Philadelphia for an education conference says he was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed after meeting another man on the gay hookup app Grindr. [ Read more → ]
DOS-thumb

Annual ‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to ‘silencing effect’ of anti-LGBT bullying

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of schools around the world on Friday will participate in GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 19th annual "Day of Silence" by taking a vow of silence to draw attention to the anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools. [ Read more → ]
Mike Schlossberg

Pennsylvania lawmaker to introduce same-sex ‘divorce equality’ bill

Thursday, April 10, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. — While lawsuits challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage make their way through state and federal courts, a state lawmaker says he plans legislation to grant same-sex couples the right to divorce. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. Senate panel considers bill to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 10, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators heard conflicting testimony Wednesday on whether it makes good business sense to grant legal discrimination protections to people based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Utah gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. [ Read more → ]
taxes

Same-sex couples plan filing joint N.C. tax returns as married couples

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Gay and lesbian activists are protesting North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage as they file their income tax statements. [ Read more → ]
Geoff McGrath

Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Italy

Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States. [ Read more → ]
University-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services. [ Read more → ]
Art Smith, who served as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, is among those from the LGBT community who have signed up for the fall 2014 CookOUT/RockOUT event.

New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs, food luminaries

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country - CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries. [ Read more → ]
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

Thursday, April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Africa’s anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia -- Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. [ Read more → ]
Paula Sophia

Transgender Oklahoma City police officer to seek state House post

Thursday, April 10, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A transgender Oklahoma City police officer who engaged in a legal battle with the department a decade ago has retired from the force and plans to run for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
Colin Kazim-Richards

British court finds soccer player guilty of anti-gay gesture

Thursday, April 10, 2014
BRIGHTON, England -- A British court has found Turkish forward Colin Kazim-Richards guilty of making an anti-gay gesture at a match while playing for Blackburn. [ Read more → ]
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Tenth Circuit appeals panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER -- A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided during a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)

Utah attorney general intervenes to halt adoptions by same-sex couples

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General is asking a state appeals court to block two adoptions recently approved for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
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