LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:37:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 University of California to add gender neutral restrooms Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:30:40 +0000 Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.]]> 0 Deal proposed to recognize gay marriages performed before Pa. ban was struck down Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:00:18 +0000 Staff Reports PHILADELPHIA -- The fate of 27 same-sex couples who married in Pennsylvania before a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban could be resolved through a legal settlement. Their marriages would be recognized under the proposed deal, but their legal anniversary would move to May 20, 2014, the day Pennsylvania's ...]]> 0 Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:00:51 +0000 BRADY McCOMBS [ap] SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...]]> 0 Poll: Majority of Utahns say gay marriage will have no impact on their own lives Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:14 +0000 Staff Reports A new poll finds that while Utahns remain split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a strong majority of respondents say that even if gay couples are allowed to marry, it would have no impact on their own marriage and family. The statewide poll found that a plurality of Utahns – 49 percent in favor versus 48 percent opposed – agree that...]]> 0 Brazil presidential candidate: Gays should seek psychological help far away Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:00:42 +0000 Associated Press SAO PAULO -- A minor character in Brazil's presidential race is on the spot after saying the country needs to stand up against gay people who should seek psychological help far away from the population. Candidate Levy Fidelix has the support of less than 1 percent of potential voters, but his remarks drew the ire of tens of thousands ...]]> 0 St. Louis challenge to Mo. same-sex marriage ban in court Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:45:33 +0000 JIM SALTER [ap] ST. LOUIS -- An assistant Missouri attorney general argued Monday in a St. Louis courtroom that state law, backed by a vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. But St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert countered that the state has no business treating same-sex couples as "second-class citizens." ]]> 0 Minn. newspaper under fire for running full-page anti-transgender ad Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:00:26 +0000 Staff Reports MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday's edition that claimed boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls. The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, is in response to a proposed policy change by the Minnesota State High School League ...]]> 0 Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:59 +0000 [mbaume] This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court could take one case, or several, or none at all. ]]> 0 La. church gives AA group the boot out of fear of having to host gay weddings Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:00:37 +0000 Staff Reports KEITHVILLE, La. — A local Alcoholics Anonymous group is looking for a new place to meet after being booted from a Louisiana church over the pastor’s fears he might be forced to accommodate same-sex weddings. KSLA-TV reports that Pastor David Venable of the Westwood Baptist Church in Keithville, La., said ...]]> 0 Calif. governor signs bill prohibiting ‘gay panic’ defense in murder charges Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Staff Reports SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that prohibits the so called "gay panic" defense from being used to escape murder charges. Current state law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaughter if the killings happened in a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion...]]> 0 Three charged in anti-gay attack, shooting in Brooklyn Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:00:57 +0000 Staff Reports NEW YORK -- Three suspects have been charged in connection with what police are calling an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn that left a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound. According to police, the victim was dressed as a woman and walking down the street with two other men in the Bushwick neighborhood early Saturday morning, when the three...]]> 0 Gay student learns a valuable lesson about bullying, being true to himself Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:00:48 +0000 [nmanske] By the time Joseph Barden began his freshman year in high school, he not only knew that he was gay, he also knew how to cover up that fact about himself. One day, while Joseph was sitting with a group of upper classmen girls he had recently befriended, an openly gay student came by. "David was very flamboyant to put it mildly," says Joseph....]]> 0 McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s first sitting governor to attend LGBT pride Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:00:13 +0000 BRAD KUTNER [e][m] RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday became the first sitting governor of the state to attend Virginia’s annual LGBT Pridefest. “It’ a new day in Virginia, I can tell you that folks,” said McAuliffe, speaking in front of thousands of enthusiastic and LGBT Virginians and allies. “I was the first elected official in the south to come out to come out for marriage ...]]> 0 Coalition of Cincinnati groups plans to reduce LGBT youth homelessness Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:30:52 +0000 Associated Press CINCINNATI -- A plan for reducing homelessness among LGBT youth will be submitted for federal approval this week by a coalition of Cincinnati groups. Cincinnati was one of two cities the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invited to develop such plans, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The southwestern Ohio city was chosen partly because...]]> 0 Same-sex marriage ban stalls changes to Dallas pension funds Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:40 +0000 Associated Press DALLAS -- Two Dallas city pension funds have delayed enacting measures passed by the city council aimed at ensuring equal rights for municipal employees. The council earlier this year adopted a non-binding resolution seeking equal treatment for LGBT employees. It followed that vote with another Wednesday that amends...]]> 0 In many countries, hook-up apps expose gay men to blackmail, arrest, violence Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:00:55 +0000 DAVID CRARY [ap] For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace can expose...]]> 0 Serbia LGBT pride march takes place undisturbed as riot police stand guard Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:00:08 +0000 JOVANA GEC [ap] BELGRADE, Serbia -- Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped....]]> 0 Imagine thinking that all it takes to eradicate love is to say, ‘I’m gay.’ - The letter that changed my life. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:00:34 +0000 [jfreedman] It is very difficult to accurately describe the terror, trepidation and insecurity that accompanies a “coming out” moment. Especially if that “moment” is to a parent. The only way I can describe it is: Imagine all the things your parents love about you, all the things they admire and all the things they are proud of when they talk about you to their friends. And imagine feeling that there are two words you might say that could destroy all of that. ]]> 0 Benham twins: We’re like ISIS victims because our TV show was cancelled Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:00:27 +0000 [btashman] We have gotten used to Religious Right activists compare themselves to Jews living under Nazi Germany, but David and Jason Benham took a new approach at the Values Voter Summit Friday night and compared themselves to victims of the terrorist group ISIS. ]]> 0 Soldier of Change: From the closet to the forefront of the gay rights movement - An excerpt, from the book by Stephen Snyder-Hill Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:00:42 +0000 [sshill] I really hated my life. I hated living like I was in prison. It was hurting my relationship. And it was all so fucking stupid. Was this a “special privilege”? Was this about sex? I was not asking to have sex in the military. If given the chance of a rebuttal after Mr. Santorum answered my question with his “sex has no place in the military” and “gay people want special privileges” rhetoric, I would have told him that story. ]]> 0 Ky. school board upholds policy banning gender identity discrimination Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:00:59 +0000 Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville high school's policy on transgender students' rights will remain in place after the Jefferson County Public School appeals board turned away objections from parents. ]]> 0 Del. school board member opposes teaching definition of gay Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:30:40 +0000 Staff Reports GEORGETOWN, Del. -- A school board member in downstate Delaware is opposed to a new health curriculum that includes definitions for terms including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Indian River School District Board of Education member Shaun Fink spoke at a meeting this week about his opposition to the curriculum. He says schools in the...]]> 0 Muslim Indonesian province to punish gay sex with 100 lashes with cane Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:00:55 +0000 FAKHRURRADZIE GADE [ap] BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Lawmakers in a conservative Muslim Indonesian province passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. Human rights groups have said the law violates international treaties signed by Indonesia protecting the rights of ...]]> 0 La. AG appeals state court ruling that struck down same-sex marriage ban Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:00:51 +0000 Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by a Lafayette Parish judge who declared Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's Office filed the appeal Friday. Caldwell asked the court to rule quickly. But that might not happen... ]]> 0 Alaska defends same-sex marriage ban in federal court filing Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:00:17 +0000 BECKY BOHRER [ap] JUNEAU, Alaska -- The state of Alaska says citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples. The state is defending its ban on gay marriage in a filing in federal court. Five same-sex couples sued earlier this year to overturn the ban, which was approved by voters in 1998. ]]> 0