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NBC to air a Lesbian comedy

By Ellen DeGenere
(Oct. 28, 2013| The Daily Beast) - It's sort of Will and Grace, but with lesbians and a baby. Ellen DeGeneres and NBC are working on a comedy about a lesbian who is impregnated by her straight male BFF just before he falls in love and marries someone else.Read more

Most Americans don't know people can be fired for being gay

By Emily Swanson
(Nov. 19, 2013 | The Huffington Post) - Half of Americans support a law banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the poll found that even more Americans falsely believe it's already illegal nationally to fire somebody for being gay. Read more

Alison Bechdel talks about watching her memoir about growing up lesbian with a closeted gay dad

By Alysia Abbott
(Nov. 12, 2013 | The Atlantic) - When cartoonist Alison Bechdel published Fun Home in 2006, it made nearly every best-of-the-year list. Her story of growing up lesbian in small-town Pennsylvania with a closeted gay father forever restoring his Victorian funeral home (a.k.a. the “Fun Home”) was praised for its ability to push the boundaries of both memoir and graphic novel. Read more

Santorum: 'Will & Grace' Leads to Destruction of Our Nation

(Oct. 18, 2013 | Advocate.Com) - Legalizing same-sex marriage will be “the destruction of our republic,” and Will & Grace started us down this path, says former U.S. senator and onetime presidential aspirant Rick Santorum. Read more

Are ‘Trans Rights’ and ‘Gay Rights’ Still Allies?

By Susan Stryker
(Oct. 15, 2013 | The New York Times) - Let’s reframe the question. Historically, “gay” has been a big tent that includes a wide range of non-normative sexual subcultures and expressions of gender, and what we now call transgender has had a place there. Read more

Michigan same-sex marriage lawsuit to go to trial

By Ed Whyte
(Oct. 16, 2013 | AP via Yahoo News) - A federal judge stunned the courtroom Wednesday by saying he'll hold a trial before deciding whether to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Read more

UK asylum seekers 'told to prove they are gay'

By Justin Parkinson
(Oct. 10, 2013 | BBC News) - Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK from persecution abroad are being ordered to "prove" their sexuality, MPs have said. Read more


7 LGBT issues that matter more than marriage
(Oct. 11, 2013 | Buzz Feed Community) - From the death of DOMA to Macklemore’s “Same Love,” it’s been an exciting few months for the mainstream LGBT movement. But what you might not know is that LGBT rights are about more than marriage. LGBT justice should be about empowering all queer people everywhere, which probably won’t happen just because people can legally marry people of the same gender. Read more

Contributed by Tucker Barry, LSU Manship School Master’s Student

Laverne Cox: Transgender actress on the challenges of her 'New Black' role

By NPR Staff
(August 07, 2013 | NPR) - The Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black has won over critics and viewers alike this summer. The original series follows a diverse cast of characters in a women's prison in upstate New York. One of the breakout stars is Laverne Cox. Her character, Sophia, is a transgender woman who stands up for herself among prison officials and other inmates. Read more

Contributed by Richmond Taylor Cox, LSU Manship School Master’s Student


“Geography of Hate” map reveals concentrations of anti-LGBT and “racist tweets”

(September 18, 2013 | Human Rights Campaign) -- Researchers from the Floating Sheep project in collaboration with students from Humboldt State University created a “Geography of Hate” map that reveals concentrations of  anti-LGBT and racist sentiment online across the United States. Read more

Contributed by Ryan DeLaune, LSU Manship School Master’s Student

Pa. governor compares same-gender marriage to incest

By Chris Hoenig
(Oct. 9, 2013 | DiversityInc.) -- Same-gender marriage isn’t like kids getting married, it’s more like incest, according to Pennsylvania’s governor. Read more

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