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Brigham Young students reach out to young, gay Mormons: ‘It Gets Better’

Saturday, April 7, 2012
LGBT students and straight allies at Utah's Brigham Young University on Friday released an "It Gets Better" video, adding their voice to the tens of thousands of video messages aimed at preventing depression and suicide among gay youth. [ Read more → ]
J. Peter Sartain (left) and Eusebio Elizondo

Bishops want churchgoers to circulate anti-gay marriage petitions

Saturday, April 7, 2012
SEATTLE -- The two bishops of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle said they will call on parishioners to collect signatures in support of Referendum 74, a ballot measure aimed at overturning the recently passed marriage equality law in Washington state. [ Read more → ]

New poll in Maine: Voter support for same-sex marriage increasing

Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Maine People’s Resource Center has released the results of a new public opinion poll of likely Maine 2012 voters, and shows support for marriage equality has increased to 58 percent, with opposition about 40 percent. [ Read more → ]

Judge: Gay student can wear ‘Jesus is not a Homophobe’ shirt for 1 day

Friday, April 6, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Ohio -- An openly gay Ohio teen, who is suing his school after being threatened with suspension for wearing a t-shirt containing the message “Jesus is not a Homophobe," will be allowed to wear the shirt after all -- but for 1 day only, a federal judge ruled this week. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Kensington, Md.

Mormons working to overturn Maryland marriage equality law

Friday, April 6, 2012
Members of the Mormon Church in Maryland are working to overturn the state’s recently passed marriage equality law, according to an email obtained by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]

School official apologizes for publicly humiliating gay student

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -- A school administrator has apologized to a senior at Fullerton Union High School for publicly disqualifying him from the "Mr. Fullerton" competition, an annual school event, after the student voiced his support for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Police arrest 18 men in gay sex sting in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Police in Manhattan Beach, Calif., have arrested 18 men for unlawful sexual activity, the result of several undercover stings involving public beach restrooms. [ Read more → ]

Reports of Anchorage Proposition 5′s demise are premature

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Headlines announcing the failure of Proposition 5 are premature, according to Bent Alaska, an Anchorage-based LGBT community website. According to Bent Alaska, unanticipated voter turnout and voting irregularities were caused by misinformation sent out by Prop 5 opponent Jim Minnery, and have left a cloud over election results. [ Read more → ]
Mirella Salemi

Lesbian chef awarded $1.6 million from ‘pray away the gay’ boss

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
NEW YORK -- A jury in New York has award $1.6 million to to a lesbian chef who accused restaurateur Edward Globokar of forcing her to participate in prayer meetings at Mary Ann’s, a Mexican restaurant in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Mike Dewine

Ohio AG certifies petition for marriage equality amendment

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced that he had certified the petition for the proposed constitutional amendment that would repeal the state's existing ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Ballot measure to protect LGBT people in Anchorage appears to have failed

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Voters in Anchorage on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance that would have added would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative. [ Read more → ]

Chicago’s LGBT Howard Brown Health Center to repay feds $715K

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Howard Brown Health Center, a nationally recognized LGBT health care organization, on Tuesday announced it will repay $715,000 to three separate federal agencies to settle a claim that the clinic improperly used research grant monies. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files lawsuit against Ohio school on behalf of gay student

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against a Waynesville, Ohio high school on behalf of an openly gay student who was threatened with suspension for wearing a t-shirt containing the message “Jesus is not a Homophobe.” [ Read more → ]

Poll: 60 percent of N.C. voters oppose constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, April 2, 2012
ELON, N.C. -- A Elon University Poll released Monday found that six out of ten persons in North Carolina would oppose an amendment to the state constitution that prevents any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. [ Read more → ]
Reuben Lack

Federal judge declines to reinstate Georgia high school student president

Sunday, April 1, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A federal judge on Friday declined to reinstate a high school student council president who claimed he was removed from position after introducing an LGBT-friendly prom resolution, citing evidence the removal may have been for other offenses. [ Read more → ]

Seattle gay man’s email campaign hopes to discourage support for marriage ban

Sunday, April 1, 2012
A Seattle gay man has embarked on a personal letter writing campaign, contacting Washington residents who backed a failed 2009 measure that sought to overturn the state's "everything but marriage" civil unions law, in hopes that his story might discourage them from supporting this year's effort to overturn the recently passed marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Chicago launches LGBT health action plan

Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Department of Public Health unveiled a new LGBT health strategy to community leaders and advocates Friday as part of the city’s Healthy Chicago initiative. [ Read more → ]

Nebraska football coach under fire for opposing non-discrimination ordinance

Saturday, March 31, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's only openly gay elected official is calling for the termination of University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown after he testified against Omaha's proposed ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Julia and

‘Gay? Fine by me’ t-shirts gain student support at Maine high school

Thursday, March 29, 2012
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- When a high school math teacher hung a t-shirt containing the message, “gay? fine by me” in her classroom, she was expecting it might elicit some reactions, but was surprised when dozens of students said they wanted a t-shirt like it of their own. [ Read more → ]

Anchorage advocacy group responds to anti-transgender ad campaign

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Supporters of a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative on Thursday released a response ad to the opposition group's depiction of an offensive and distorted cartoon ads of gay and transgender individuals. [ Read more → ]

Victim in D.C. attack: ‘I remember being kicked, called faggot’

Thursday, March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A 29-year-old gay man spoke to the Washington Blade on Tuesday through jaws wired shut to facilitate the healing of facial injuries brought about by a brutal beating that extended over several streets near his home in Columbia Heights on March 12. [ Read more → ]

Kansas House Republicans pass bill that OKs anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
TOPEKA, Kansas -- The Republican controlled Kansas state House on Wednesday evening passed a bill that would effectively legalese anti-gay discrimination based on religious objections. [ Read more → ]

Political ad claims daycare centers would be forced to hire ‘transvestites’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Ad new advertisement by opponents of a proposed ordinance to extend anti-discrimination legal protections to gay and transgender people in Anchorage is being called offensive and misleading by stating that day care centers would be forced to hire "transvestites" or face jail time. [ Read more → ]

California Democrats to help fight anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough? [ Read more → ]

Bank of America executive: N.C. anti-gay marriage amendment would be ‘disastrous’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A top executive at Bank of America this week denounced a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and said the initiative would be "disastrous" to the state's business climate. [ Read more → ]
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