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Public health campaign promotes safe sex among young, gay men in Ohio

Monday, March 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new public health campaign in Columbus, Ohio, is attracting attention for its ads promoting sexual health among young gay men. The “Take Care Down There” campaign billboards and print ads feature shirtless men with arrows pointing below their waistlines. Makeda Porter,... [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia must pay Boy Scouts’ legal fees over eviction for anti-gay policy

Sunday, March 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge last week ordered the city of Philadelphia to pay nearly $900,000 in legal fees to the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, following the city's failed attempt to evict the Scouts from a city-owned building because of its anti-gay policy. [ Read more → ]

Foes of Anchorage ordinance say there’s ‘no widespread discrimination’ against gays

Sunday, March 25, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Opponents of a proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance say the law is not necessary because they "don't believe that there is widespread discrimination" against gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
Marriage Equality rally in Cleveland

Hundreds participate in mass ‘illegal’ gay weddings at Cleveland rally

Saturday, March 24, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 200 gay and lesbian couples from across the state of Ohio gathered in traditional wedding attire to participate in what organizers called the "largest illegal mass wedding ever held." [ Read more → ]

Gay teen advocate to serve as diversity liaison in Phoenix mayor’s office

Saturday, March 24, 2012
PHOENIX -- An Arizona teen who spent several weeks in Washington last year to lobby Congress to make schools a safer environment for LGBT youth, is now working in the Phoenix mayor's office to help raise awareness about bullying and diversity. [ Read more → ]

N.J. Catholic high school cancels production of ‘The Laramie Project’

Friday, March 23, 2012
LAWRENCE, N.J. -- Administrators at a New Jersey high school have cancelled the planned production of “The Laramie Project,” and claimed that parents were worried that the choice for the play was inappropriate for high school students. [ Read more → ]

Illinois Senate subcommittee kills anti-gay adoption bill

Friday, March 23, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would amend the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act to allow religiously based child welfare institutions to decline adoption to couples in a civil union was killed in Springfield Friday by activists from the ACLU of Illinois and The Civil Rights Agenda. [ Read more → ]
Austin Rodriguez

Ohio gay teen in coma following suicide attempt due to bullying

Friday, March 23, 2012
WELLSVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio teenager was in a coma Friday in the intensive care unit at Akron Children's Hospital, a week after he tried to end his own life. Austin Rodriguez, 15, a student at Wellsville High School, told his parents last Thursday that they "didn't know what was going on his personal life." [ Read more → ]
Dharun Ravi

Dharun Ravi on Tyler Clementi: ‘I wasn’t the one who caused him to jump’

Friday, March 23, 2012
Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was convicted last week of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime, is speaking out for the first time since his college roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death in September 2010. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Immigration judge halts deportation of gay spouse

Thursday, March 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated. [ Read more → ]
Reuben Lack

High school student council president removed for supporting LGBT students

Thursday, March 22, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A high school honors student has been fired from his position as student body president for supporting a student council in January that supported LGBT students, according to his attorney James Radford. [ Read more → ]

Gay lawmakers aim to repeal anti-gay amendment in Colorado constitution

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Two openly gay Denver lawmakers have introduced a resolution to wipe away provisions from the Colorado Constitution deemed unconstitutional and unenforced but still technically on the books in Colorado — including Amendment 2. [ Read more → ]

Maryland transgender protections bill set to die in committee

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill in the Maryland Legislature aimed at banning discrimination against transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations is expected to die in committee on Monday, ending chances for passing it for the sixth year in a row. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

NOM: We’ll hold every N.H. lawmaker ‘accountable’ for pro-gay marriage vote

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown on Wednesday pledged to hold "every" New Hampshire lawmaker accountable for failing to repeal the state's marriage equality law -- all 211 of them. [ Read more → ]

GOP-dominated New Hampshire House rejects gay marriage repeal

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In a dramatic surprise and major victory for supporters of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House voted Wednesday (March 21) not to repeal the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Marriage equality opponents, supporters rally at Iowa state capitol

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hundreds of gay marriage opponents gathered at the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday, where they prayed, sang and lobbied lawmakers to approve a ballot referendum to overturn the state’s marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

In effort to repeal same-sex marriage, NOM now supports civil unions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage has endorsed a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, a stark departure from its well documented record of opposing any type of legal relationship for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Straight students at San Francisco middle school combat homophobia

Monday, March 19, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Several straight students at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco’s Marina district have created a program to address homophobia in their school. [ Read more → ]
Lauren Scott

Equality Nevada director Lauren Scott files to run for state assembly

Monday, March 19, 2012
RENO, Nev. -- Nevada business consultant and community activist Lauren Scott has filed to run as a Republican candidate for the state Assembly, and if elected, would be the country's first openly transgender person to serve as a state legislator. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]

Las Cruces, N.M. LGBT community center vandalized

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Police in Las Cruces, N.M. are investigating an act of vandalism that occurred at the LGBT community center. According to a spokesperson at the center, an unknown person heaved a gear shaft from an automobile transmission, smashing one of the center's front windows. [ Read more → ]
Gary Herbert

Utah Governor vetoes abstinence-only sex education law

Saturday, March 17, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Republican Governor Gary Herbert on Friday vetoed a controversial measure which would have banned the state's public schools from teaching contraception as a way of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. [ Read more → ]

Omaha mayor signs employment non-discrimination ordinance

Friday, March 16, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -- Mayor Jim Suttle on Friday signed the "Equal Omaha" ordinance, a measure that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Indiana LGBT youth group specialty license plate revoked

Friday, March 16, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Friday confirmed that the agency has revoked permission and sale of specialty license plates that benefit the Indiana Youth Group, an LGBT youth advocacy organization [ Read more → ]

LGBT groups shut out from joining in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Friday, March 16, 2012
BOSTON -- Organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place in South Boston have rejected applications submitted by two LGBT advocacy groups to participate in Sunday’s parade. [ Read more → ]
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