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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

Study: Positive on-screen portrayals don’t always result in off-screen support for gay actors

(Sept. 27, 2013 | Associated Press Report posted on The Washington Post) — A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood. Read more

LGBT Muslims make progress on the path to acceptance
Photo Source: advocate.com

By Trudy Ring
(Sept. 23, 2013 | Source: Advocate.com) - Islam is not intrinsically homophobic.

That statement may come as a shock to some, but it’s a case made by several activists and scholars who are dedicated to making their faith more welcoming to LGBT people. And they are seeing gradual but definite progress, at least in Western nations. Read more

ABC News: George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex wedding

By Abby D. Phillip
(Sept. 25, 2013)- President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush attended and witnessed the wedding of friends in a same-sex ceremony in Maine this past weekend. Read more

Gambia President: Homosexuality top global threat

(Sept. 27, 2013 | The Associated Press Report via The New York Times) - The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." Read more




Kevin Rudd launches passionate gay marriage defence

ABC News (Australia)

Steve Grand on Catholicism: The side you haven't seen of "The first openly gay male country star"
Steve Grand seen at an event to raise funds for LGBT
youth programs. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images
for Hilton Hotels & Resorts)

By Lila Shapiro
(Sept. 8, 2013 | The Huffington Post) - As a member of a tight-knit Catholic community in Lemont, Ill., Steve Grand could often be found making money in recent years by singing Christian songs at his local church. Read more

New Mexico Supreme Court to hear case for marriage equality

By Daniel Reynolds
(Sept. 7 , 2013 | Advocate.com) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has set a date for a hearing to determine if the state's constitution permits same-sex couples to marry. Read more

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N.M. Republican Said Gay Men Should Stop ‘Whoring’ And Marry Women

US court upholds first-in-nation law in Calif banning gay-to-straight therapy for minors

By Paul Elias
(Aug. 29, 2013) — A federal appeals court sided with California on Thursday and upheld the first law in the nation banning a psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay youth straight. Read more

Married Gay Veterans to Receive Benefits

By Sunnivie Brydum
(Sept. 4, 2013) - Married gay and lesbian veterans will now be eligible for the same benefits afforded to married straight veterans, according to an announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder today. Read more

White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues

By Chris Johnson
(Aug. 22, 2013 | WashingtonBlade.Com) - The White House is set to hold a closed-door event next month exclusively dedicated to issues facing the bisexual community . . . Read more.

Chris Christie signs New Jersey Bill banning ex-Gay therapy for minors

By Zack Ford
(Aug. 19, 2013 | ThinkProgress.Org) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is expected to sign a bill Monday banning ex-gay therapy for minors . . . Read more.

Gay couples ask judge to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey

By Erin McClam
(Aug. 15, 2013 | NBC News) - Gay couples in New Jersey, testing the reach of a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer, asked a judge Thursday to declare same-sex marriage legal . . . Read more.

“Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth”
First National Report to Look In-Depth at LGBT Youth Experience Online

By Andy Marra
(July 10, 2013 | GLSEN) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth experience nearly three times as much bullying and harassment online as non-LGBT youth, but also find greater peer support, access to health information and opportunities to be civically engaged, according to a new report released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. The study, Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet, is based on national surveys of 5,680 students in 6-12th grade. Read more




White House to hold roundtable on bisexual issues

By Chris Johnson
(Aug. 22, 2013 | WashingtonBlade.Com) - The White House is set to hold a closed-door event next month exclusively dedicated to issues facing the bisexual community — an apparent first for the Obama Administration. Read more

Chris Christie signs New Jersey Bill banning ex-Gay therapy for minors

By Zack Ford
(Aug. 19, 2013 | ThinkProgress.Org) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is expected to sign a bill Monday banning ex-gay therapy for minors, making it the second state in the country to institute such a ban. Read more



Gay couples ask judge to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey

By Erin McClam
(Aug. 15, 2013 | NBC News) - Gay couples in New Jersey, testing the reach of a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer, asked a judge Thursday to declare same-sex marriage legal in the Garden State. Read more

Anton Krasovsky: I’m gay, and I’m a human being just like president Putin
Former editor-in-chief of Kremlin-backed Kontr TV reveals why he came out and left the channel

Click here to read the interview




New California law allows transgender students participate in all school activities

By Seth Hemmelgarn
(Aug. 12, 2013 | The Bay Area Reporter) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday (August 12) signed into law Assembly Bill 1266, which is designed to ensure that transgender students can fully participate in all school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities that match their gender identity. Read more

John Kerry confirms same-sex couples now eligible for visas

By Sunnivie Brydum
(Aug. 3, 2013 | Advocate) - Following the lead of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that the U.S. State Department will immediately begin offering visas to married same-sex couples in the same fashion . . . Read more

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USCIS now reviews immigration visa petitions for a same-sex spouse


(Aug. 2, 2013 | USCIS) - After the Supreme Court’s verdict in June, 2013, that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to accept and review “immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”

Visit the USCIS’s Web section of “frequently asked questions” on same-sex marriage.

More stories

Pope Francis says he won't 'Judge' gay priests (Advocate.com)

Queen Gives Her Blessing; Same-Sex Marriages to Begin in UK (Advocate.com)

NFL coach blames fans for lack of openly gay players

By Chris Hoenig
(July 10, 2013 | DiversityInc.) - Gay NFL players would be accepted in the locker room and by the league, but they won’t come out because they’re scared of the reaction from fans. Or at least that’s what one team’s head coach says.

Bruce Arians, the new Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals, told FoxSports.com that teams would be more than inviting if and when a gay football player comes out. Read more

Washington Post: Supreme Court strikes down key part of Defense of Marriage Act
Photo Source: Shutterstock via DiversityInc

By Robert Barnes
(Washington Post | June 26, 2013) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in the states where they reside. Read more.

Supreme Court rules in favor of same-gender marriage in California

By Chris Hoenig
(DiversityInc | June 26, 2013) - The Supreme Court has overturned the federal government’s ban on the recognition of same-gender marriage written into the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and issued a ruling that allows same-gender marriages to resume in California. Read more.

Robert Mann: Government sanctioning of intolerance makes Louisiana an unwelcome place to do business

By Robert Mann
(NOLA.Com | June 28, 2013) - Perhaps just as important, the more attractive states also promote social justice. And many smart CEOs are now asking if a state welcomes gays, lesbians and religious and racial minorities. Indeed, diversity and tolerance may be as important to top corporations as tax rates. Read more

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Affirmative Action ruling seen spurring suits against colleges

A new Pew survey: Most Americans find same-sex marriage “inevitable”

(June 6, 2013 | Advocate.com) - According to a new Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 72 percent of Americans have found such union “inevitable.” This response represents both 85% of supporters and 59% of opponents of same-sex marriage. Read more 

“Ex-gay” initiative Exodus apologizes and shuts down

(June 20, 2013 ) - Queerty, an online publication on gay issues, reported that “after attempting to brainwash gay people into renouncing their sexual orientation for 37 years, the ‘ex-gay ministry’ Exodus International has seen the light and is turning it off.” Read more

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June 13: US: Gay Catholics to turn their backs on Cardinal who compared Pride to Ku Klux Klan rally (Source: Pink News)

GLBTQ Muslims try to reconcile their faith and sexuality in a PA retreat

(May 30, 2013 | The Washington Post) - There was speed dating, a talent show and a be aby naming. But there was also a locked Facebook page. And a strict rule: Attendees should not disclose the retreat’s exact location. That’s because the 85 people who gathered in the Pennsylvania woods over Memorial Day weekend had come from 19 states and three countries for a somewhat surprising event: a three-day GLBTQ Muslim and Partners Retreat. Read more

France celebrates the country's first same-sex marriage
France Celebrates The Country's First Same-Sex Marriage

By Jase Peeples
(May 30, 2013 | Advocate.com) - With the battle for marriage equality now over in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau have become the country’s first same-sex couple to officially tie the knot. The wedding, which was broadcast live on French television, took place Wednesday in the southern city of Montpellier’s town hall. Hundreds of guests were in attendance, including members of Parliament, over 200 journalists, and Mayor Helene Mandroux, who also conducted the ceremony. More pictures from the event

Can you still win an election if you’re against gay people?

By Alex Roarty
(May 27, 2013 | The National Journal) - For a moment last week, Ari Fleischer found a subject more worthy of derision than Benghazi or the Internal Revenue Service. President George W. Bush’s former press secretary took aim at a fellow Republican named E.W. Jackson. Read more

More GLBTQ stories:
Church of Scotland to allow Gay Ministers (May 21, 2013)
European Court Rejects Religious 'Right to Discriminate' (May 29, 2013)

Contributed by Dane Claussen

More on GLBTQ

Pew research vs. Asian Americans

By Julia Huang | The Huffington Post

(April 4, 2013) - Recently, some legitimate questions have been raised about The Pew Internet and American Life Project's new "Demographics of Social Media Users" study for failing to include Asian-Americans. Unfortunately, Pew's response has only highlighted the glaring problem that for 20 years Asians have been regularly excluded from all of their research studies, not just this latest one on digital aptitude. Read more

Asian-American Article:
UC Irvine Asian-American frat’s awful blackface video as bad as it sounds

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LSU students celebrate first university-sponsored LGBTQ graduation ceremony
Critics say it is a "waste of money"
LSU-GLBTQ Commencement
Photo by Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

By Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com |
The Times-Picayune

(May 15, 2013) - Louisiana State University students Tuesday celebrated their first-ever Lavender Graduation, honoring accomplishments of LSU's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, queer and questioning population and their supporters. About 20 students walked across the stage in the Cotillion Ballroom at the Student Union in front of family and friends. Read more

But this sponsorship of the event drew some criticisms. Read the story: Louisiana LGBT Graduation Ceremony Riles Critics Who Think It’s A Waste Of Money

GLBT Stories:
Minnesota legalizes gay marriage

Obama endorses LGBT-inclusive immigration reform

Iceland's Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir: Legacy of the world's first out Lesbian Prime Minister

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DiversityInc.: Boy Scouts to end gay ban for members, not leaders

By Barbara Frankel | DiversityInc.

(April 19, 2013) - Under pressure from corporate donors, the public and President Obama, the Boy Scouts of America today announced an end to its ban on gay members. But the policy would still not allow gay or lesbian scout leaders. Read more

New poll: Support remains high for gay marriage – but opposition grows
Gay Marriage
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

By Emma Margolin
(April 12 | MSNBC) - Don’t celebrate marriage equality just yet. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds the issue may have gained just as many enemies as it has friends. Read more

5 big takeaways from inside the Supreme Court's DOMA hearing
DOMA Hearing
Source: Getty Image

By Kerry Eleveld
(March 27, 2013 | Advocate.com) — Lawyers for Edie Windsor in her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act struck an optimistic tone after today's hearing before the Supreme Court. Here's a look at some of the most important moments as they happened in the courtroom. Read more.

Related Story:
Human Rights Campaign and its allies apologize for "silencing undocumented, trans activists at Supreme Court rally."

Developing Story: Majority of justices question constitutionality of DOMA
Supreme Court on Gay Marriage or Marriage Equality
(Photo Credit: The Washington Post)

By Robert Barnes and Sandhya Somashekhar
(March 27, 2013 | The Washington Post) - A majority of the justices on the Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law which withholds federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Read more

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Marriage Equality
Gay marriage equality box spreads on social media

Pew Research: Changing attitude on gay marriage from 2001 - 2013

(March 20, 2013) - In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin. But today, there is slightly more support for same-sex marriage than opposition to it, with 49% in favor and 44% opposed. Click here to play the animated slideshow.

Award-winning PBS documentary ASK NOT
Ask Not

(March 18, 2013 | ASK NOT Film) - Award-winning PBS documentary ASK NOT is a compelling exploration of the history and effects of the U.S. military’s "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Read more

More GLBTQ articles
Who are "UndocuQueer"? News reports shed light (Source: New America Media, Mar. 8, 2013)

Christine Quinn makes bid as NYC's first female and gay mayor (Source: Advocate, Mar. 10, 2013)

Intensified antigay attitudes in Russia
(Source: Advocate, Mar. 13, 2013)

New York Attorney General to NFL: Investigate teams asking about sexual orientation
(Source: Advocate, Mar. 14, 2013)

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"Respect for Marriage" campaign: Obama, Cheney, Powell support marriage equality in
new ad

By Sunnivie Brydum
(Feb. 20, 2013 | Source: Advocate) - A coalition supporting the freedom to marry has launched a $1 million campaign highlighting endorsements from leaders across the political spectrum, including President Obama and several high-profile former Republican leaders. Read more

Related Stories
Jon Huntsman backs marriage equality, calls on GOP to evolve

France moves closer to marriage equality

Facebook removes "Bareback" fan page

Thousands march for LGBT pride in Mumbai


By Anna Leach
(Feb. 4, 2013 | Gay Star News) - Mumbai was colored rainbow on Saturday for the fifth Queer Azaadi Mumbai pride march.

Two-thousand people marched for LGBT rights urging the Indian government not to overturn the 2009 Delhi High Court decision to decriminalize gay sex. Read more

Weekly Roundup

ONE archives exhibit highlights queer L.A. mags dating back to the 1940s

Nepal to host UN seminar on GLBTI human rights

Immigration poll finds more support for gay rights

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Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses
Military Gays
Photo Credit: Washington Post

By Ernesto Londoño
(Feb. 5, 2013 | Washington Post) - The Pentagon has decided to extend new benefits to the spouses of gay personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military. Read more

Media coverage of LGBT people and their issues in China, Russia and Brazil

Dane Claussen, our editor for LGBTQ, has gathered following news stories concerning the issues encountered by LGBT people in Russia, China and Brazil. Click the links to the stories below:

Russia moves to enact anti-Gay law nationwide [Time]

Violence against LGBT people in Brazil [Advocate.com]

Proposed laws allow wives of gay men an annulment in China





Obama sounds historically LGBT-Inclusive message in inauguration speech

(Jan. 21, 2012 | Advocate.com) - President Obama’s speech for his second inauguration broke new ground in inclusiveness, with the first use of the word “gay” in reference to sexual orientation and a call for LGBT equality. Read more

I'm Just Anneke and The Family Journey: Two award-winning documentaries about transgender youth
Transgender Movies Click on this picture to see the cover of the DVD
Photo Credit: The Youth and Gender Media Project
Click on the image to see the cover of the DVD

(Jan. 10, 2013 | Source: The Youth and Gender Media Project) – Click HERE to visit one-minute trailer of "I'm Just Anneke."

Weekly round-up (Week of Jan. 8)

(Jan. 12, 2013) – Our LGBTQ assistant editor Dane Claussen gathered several stories from Advocate.com on gay rights discussion in politics, a survey on public perception about homosexual relationships and the election of first transgender woman to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Republican political insiders: Marriage equality an issue best avoided

First trans woman elected to DNC

Latest poll: Fewer people find being gay is a sin

Steven Soderbergh: Every studio rejected Liberace film as 'Too Gay'

By Tim Molloy
(Jan. 4, 2012 | The Wrap) - Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh says his upcoming film about Liberace is airing on HBO instead of getting a theatrical release because studios thought it was "too gay." Read more

Related story:
What 'Straight-Actor' really means

Round-up: Gay rights, politics and religion

(Jan. 2, 2013 ) - For this week's round-up on the news coverage of gay issues, our assistant editor Dr. Dane Claussen spotted following three stories in the intersection of religion and politics:

Obama says Hagel qualified for Cabinet position (Source: Advocate.com)

Gay support leads to ugly Church breakup in Texas (Source: Advocate.com)

Pope's Christmas speech: The issue of Gender (Source: Advocate.com)

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Gingrich: Marriage equality inevitable

By Trudy Ring
(Dec. 20, 2012 | Source: Advocate) - Longtime social conservative Newt Gingrich has made a surprising admission, saying he accepts marriage equality as inevitable and he’s OK with it. Read more

Involuntary exile: Reality of binational couples




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Marriage ban in Indiana faces political headwind

By Lucas Grindley
(December 14, 2012 | Source: Advocate) -- The politics of marriage equality in Indiana are hard to read lately. A new poll from Ball State University finds the public evenly divided, with 45% supporting same-sex marriage, 45% opposed and 10% undecided. But even with that division, 54% of respondents said they would oppose a constitutional ban on gays and lesbians being married. Read more

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Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments

sc-same-sex SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

(Dec. 7, 2012 | Source: The Washington Post) - The Supreme Court announced Friday it will consider whether California’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional and whether Congress may withhold federal benefits from legally married same-sex couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Read more

Related Story:
Mexico Supreme Court strikes down Marriage ban

Policies and politics around gay issues and marriage equality

(December 3, 2012 ) - Our assistant editor Dr. Dane Claussen identified several stories that cover the initiatives for gay Muslims in France, and policy and political dimensions of gay rights and marriage equality in the U.S.

France to open world's first Gay mosque

Wedding of first same-sex couple at West Point Chapel

Court: Antigay groups can't intervene in Illinois marriage equality suit

California Congresswoman takes on "Ex Gay" therapy


Ugandan lawmakers will debate on "Kill the Gays" bill

By Sunnivie Brydum
(Nov. 21, 2012 | Advocate) - A bill that would proscribe the death penalty for homosexuality has been listed for discussion on the Ugandan Parliament's agenda . . . Read more

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Commentary: Legacy of Barney

By E.J. Graff
(Nov. 12, 2012 | Advocate.com) - Very few politicians have such celebrity status that they’re known by just a first name. Barney Frank is one—and, after more than 30 years of representing his Massachusetts district in Congress, he’s retiring when this legislative session ends. Read more

Related Story:
Nov. 13: Illinois teachers, social workers unprepared for LGBTQ issues

Oct. 31: Commentary: "Can you be homosexual without having a gay identity?"

Nov. 3: Gay Pakistanis, still in shadows, seek acceptance

Nov. 2: A Gay Voice, on the Edge of History

This Missouri pastor's speech on homosexuality ends with a twist

Source: MSN Now

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Oct. 24: Northwest NAACP urges Washingtonians to support marriage equality




GLBT issues absent from presidential debate

By Chris Johnson
(Source: Washington Blade | Oct. 17, 2012) - The town hall presidential debate on Tuesday night included references to social issues, such as women’s rights, immigration and gun violence but as in the previous debate, there was no explicit mention of LGBT issues. Read more


"A Victory for Love": Court declares DOMA "unconstitutional"

By James Esseks
(Source: ACLU | Oct. 19, 2012) - In Edie Windsor’s challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) violates the Constitution. It’s the second federal appeals court to strike DOMA down . . . Read more

Actress Sally Field speaks why she loves and supports her gay son

Related Story:
One man guides fight against gay marriage


Record number of gays seeking seats in Congress

By David Crary
(Source: AP/ October 2, 2012) - Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record number of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress - and to make history in the process. Read more

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