LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Contradictions on same-sex marriage ill-serve Hoosiers Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:00:15 +0000 South Bend Tribune As a representative serving in Congress, Mike Pence was a strong advocate for a constitutional same-sex marriage ban. Earlier this year, as governor of Indiana, Pence repeated his support for "traditional marriage" and urged legislators to act on a state ban on gay marriage. But in recent months, as gay marriage has become a rapidly developing issue in the Hoosier state...]]> 0 Transgender rights group sues S.C. over teen’s driver’s license photo Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:30:41 +0000 Staff Reports COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An organization that supports transgender rights has filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina after it refused to issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen unless he took off his makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund filed the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Chase Culpepper...]]> 0 It’s time for the Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:00:06 +0000 VIA: Los Angeles Times It's unusual when the winners of a case ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of their victory. But that is exactly the plea being made by lawyers for same-sex couples who successfully challenged bans on such unions in Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah. And for good reasons. Although some same-sex couples have been able to enjoy the protections of marriage ...]]> 0 N.Y. farm will no longer host weddings rather than allow same-sex ceremonies Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:30 +0000 Staff Reports SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- The owners of an upstate New York farm who were ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding say they will discontinue hosting all weddings rather than accommodate same-sex wedding ceremonies. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., "have decided...]]> 0 Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:20 +0000 Staff Reports SALTILLO, Coahuila, Mexico -- The Congress of the Mexican state of Coahuila has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The congress on Monday voted 19-1 to alter more than 40 parts of the state's civil code to make marriage gender neutral, making Coahuila the first state in Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage through its state legislature. ]]> 0 Former Vt. governor Jim Douglas’ memoir tackles same-sex marriage veto Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:22 +0000 WILSON RING [ap] MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a same-sex marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that he and his wife Dorothy have gay friends. ]]> 0 Marriage equality playing key role in many political races throughout Indiana Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:00:58 +0000 TOM LoBIANCO [ap] INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's same-sex marriage ban in the constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But marriage equality is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.]]> 0 Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:22 +0000 [mbaume] Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...]]> 0 The Last Holiday Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:56 +0000 [llynch] Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what? I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor Day, though I have no doubt that I learned all about it back in fourth grade. It’s never made sense to me to get a day off to celebrate work. Of course it’s never made sense to me...]]> 0 Miss. man says he was sexually abused in gay ‘conversion therapy’ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Staff Reports HERNANDO, Miss. -- A Mississippi man has filed a complaint alleging that a teacher at a church-run school sexually abused him in an attempt to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) assisted in filing the complaint Friday with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Jeff White, 32, a former student of ...]]> 0 Berea, Ky., to hold public meeting on LGBT rights ordinance Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:30:41 +0000 Associated Press BEREA, Ky. -- The city of Berea, Ky., has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. ]]> 0 Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies after bicycle collides with truck Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:24 +0000 Associated Press SEATTLE -- The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle on Friday has been identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members.]]> 0 Michael Sam unlikely to make Rams’ practice squad Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:57 +0000 R.B. FALLSTROM [ap] ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They're just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam's position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. ]]> 0 James Clementi: A family tragedy leads to a life of compassion, activism Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:17 +0000 [nmanske] In 2010 Tyler Clementi took his own life after being publicly outed on the Internet by his college roommate. His oldest brother James, who is also gay, is now an activist hoping to shape a world that's more accepting and inclusive of LGBTQ people. James recounts how his own journey began when he was a child...]]> 0 Rams coach: Michael Sam was no distraction in training camp Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:30:47 +0000 Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision. ]]> 0 St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in the NFL Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:15:59 +0000 R.B. FALLSTROM [ap] ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. ]]> 0 Hawaii governor blames primary loss on support for marriage equality Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:00:50 +0000 VIJAY JOSHI and CATHY BUSSEWITZ [ap] HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage. Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for same-sex marriage and because they think...]]> 0 Four unsolved murders of transgender women test Baltimore police outreach Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:36 +0000 JULIET LINDERMAN [ap] BALTIMORE -- The day after Mia Henderson's body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city's LGBT community to a meeting. "We are listening. We are paying attention," he told them. "We are responding, and we are taking this very seriously." That isn't nearly enough, advocates and some citizens say, after the second unsolved killing...]]> 0 Study: 1 in 5 kids in Los Angeles County foster care identifies as LGBTQ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:52 +0000 Staff Reports LOS ANGELES -- One in five Los Angeles County foster youths identifies as LGBTQ, according to a study released this week by researchers at UCLA’s Williams Institute. The report, entitled “Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionality and Disparities,” is the first population-based survey aimed at measuring sexual orientation...]]> 0 Charlie Crist urges Fla. governor not to appeal same-sex marriage ruling Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:30:49 +0000 Staff Reports Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who won this week's Democratic primary in his bid to return to the governor's office, sent a letter Friday to GOP Gov. Rick Scott, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.]]> 0 A gay dad’s open letter to the homophobic parents who threw away their gay son Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:00:54 +0000 [rwatson] Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices... ]]> 0 Daughter: Longtime LGBT ally Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition’ Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:30:25 +0000 JAKE PEARSON [ap] NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Friday that her mother was "receiving the best treatment and care possible." She also thanked Rivers' fans and friends for their support. ]]> 0 The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:49 +0000 Associated Press MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future. And as was the case on NFL draft weekend, Sam is confident things will work out as he hopes. Sam's preseason came to an end Thursday night, with a team-best six tackles ...]]> 0 Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:18 +0000 DAVID McFADDEN [ap] KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men. ]]> 0 Transgender candidate misses making Oklahoma history by 22 votes Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:00:37 +0000 Staff Reports OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer who sought to become the state's first transgender lawmaker has conceded defeat in the Democratic primary runoff for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Paula Sophia lost the runoff by a razor thin margin of only 22 votes. ]]> 0