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DC Comics provokes protest over hiring of anti-gay activist, writer

Monday, February 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- DC Comics has come under fire from LGBT fans and advocates for hiring anti-gay activist and novelist Orson Scott Card to write for their new digital "Adventures of Superman." [ Read more → ]

White House considering executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

Monday, February 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House is said to be reviewing whether President Barack Obama should issue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

Panetta announces extended benefits to same-sex military families

Monday, February 11, 2013
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Monday announced he will extend to nearly the full extent permitted under current law the benefits available to gay and lesbian service members and their families. [ Read more → ]

Charlie Morgan, fighter for LGBT military equality, succumbs to cancer

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Charlie Morgan, a Chief Warrant Officer of the New Hampshire National Guard and a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, died Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer, according to a statement by OutServe-SLDN. [ Read more → ]

Obama names openly gay attorney to federal appeals court

Friday, February 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday nominated for a seat on the federal judiciary a gay Justice Department attorney who, upon confirmation, would make history. [ Read more → ]

Boy Scouts face 14 weeks of mounting pressure from supporters, opponents of anti-gay policy

Thursday, February 7, 2013
It promises to be a campaign as passionate and dramatic as any big election. For the next 14 weeks, the Boy Scouts of America will be the focus of prayers, petitions and pressure tactics aimed at swaying a vote on whether to ease its ban on gays as Scouts or adult leaders. [ Read more → ]

‘Freedom to Marry’ to invest $2 million in state marriage efforts this year

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality advocacy organization, announced Thursday it plans to raise and invest $2 million through its "Win More States Fund," aimed at passing marriage bills in several states across the country. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate poised to renew gay-inclusive domestic violence law

Thursday, February 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to rewrite the federal government's principal anti-domestic abuse law with new protections for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women. [ Read more → ]
John BerryPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Obama misses opportunity to nominate first openly LGBT cabinet member

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
President Obama has missed an opportunity to nominate for the first time an openly LGBT Cabinet member by reportedly passing over Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry for the role of interior secretary. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups denounce Boy Scouts’ delay on anti-gay policy

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
LGBT advocacy groups responded Wednesday to an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it would delay until May a decision on whether to end its longstanding policy that prohibits gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [ Read more → ]
Boy Scouts Gays

Boy Scouts executive board delays decision on admitting gays

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
IRVING, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization's national meeting in May. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi anti-harassment act re-introduced in Congress

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
During a dedication ceremony Monday of the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, (D-N.J.) announced that he U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have reintroduced legislation in Congress that would require colleges to implement anti-harassment policies. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

Panetta poised to extend benefits to same-sex military families

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said Tuesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

Monday, February 4, 2013
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is set to reintroduce legislation on Tuesday that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card as debate continues over whether such language should be included as part of comprehensive immigration reform. [ Read more → ]

Senate launches new effort to move on gay-inclusive anti-violence bill

Monday, February 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans. [ Read more → ]

Scouts, leaders deliver petitions urging Boy Scouts to end anti-gay policy

Monday, February 4, 2013
IRVING, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board began three days of closed meetings Monday that are expected to include a discussion of its policy excluding gay members and leaders, and Scouts on both sides of the debate are publicly weighing in. [ Read more → ]

Bullying study suggests ‘it gets better’ as LGBT youth get older

Monday, February 4, 2013
CHICAGO — It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time. [ Read more → ]

Obama: ‘Yes,’ Boy Scouts should be open to gays and lesbians

Sunday, February 3, 2013
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week. [ Read more → ]

HRC ad calls on Boy Scouts to adopt national non-discrimination policy

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Two days before an expected vote, the Human Rights Campaign will run a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News on Monday calling on the leadership at Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory policy prohibiting gay people from Scouting and adopt a national non-discrimination standard. [ Read more → ]
In this Jan. 4, 2012 file photo, Bradford Wells (left) and Anthony John Makk pose together at their home in San Francisco. Wells and Makk, are a married gay couple that have lived most of their relationship in San Francisco. Makk is a citizen of Australia married to Wells, a U.S. citizen who suffers from AIDS-related illness. Makk is his primary caregiver. Latino and gay rights groups that have spent the last several years working to forge a mutually beneficial alliance face a crucial test in the months ahead as immigration reform returns to the top of Washington's agenda. Gay rights advocates are fighting to ensure that the comprehensive immigration legislation high-ranking U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have pledged to pursue includes legal residency options for foreigners in same-sex marriages.Photo: Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle, via AP

Gay community, Latino groups forge immigration alliance

Sunday, February 3, 2013
The gay rights movement is working to make sure bi-national, same-sex couples are included in immigration reform legislation making its way toward Congress, a tricky task for a constituency at the nexus of two hot-button social issues. So far, it has done so with strong backing from its liberal Latino partners. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Perry, left, bows his head for the invocation during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to State in the House Chambers at the Texas State Capitol, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press

Texas Governor Rick Perry: Boy Scouts should keep anti-gay policy

Saturday, February 2, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't soften its strict no-gays membership policy, and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims of "popular culture." [ Read more → ]
Chris Culliver

Culliver to attend sensitivity training, volunteer with at-risk LGBT youth

Saturday, February 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then begin volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Ed Koch, in a 1987 file photo. AP

Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, dies

Friday, February 1, 2013
Ed Koch, the mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, died at 2 a.m. Friday from congestive heart failure. He was 88. [ Read more → ]

It Gets Worse — 49ers say they were unaware ‘It Gets Better’ was a ‘gay video’

Friday, February 1, 2013
Dan Savage, co-founder of the It Gets Better project, said late Thursday he has “removed the (San Francisco) 49ers 'It Gets Better' video" from the project's website after two of the team's player who appeared in the video said they were unaware they were participating in a project to support LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Tykouri Taylor

Boy Scouts faces intensifying criticism over proposed change to anti-gay policy

Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America faces intensifying criticism from the left and right over a proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves. [ Read more → ]
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