July 22, 2012
Re "The GOP's anti-gay? Not so fast," Opinion, July 16 David Lampo's apologetics reaffirm the link between mainstream Republicans and bigotry. His own reductionist argument reveals that, according to numerous polls, most Republicans oppose marriage equality: Christian conservatives, 86%; Republicans in 2010, 75%; Republicans in 2011, 88%;"tea party"members, 82%. Lampo's claim to have found "large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance" connotes the widespread belief on the right that civil unions are separate from but equal to marriage.
August 16, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says her comments about protests against recent legislation that criminalizes public displays of support for gays and lesbians in her country were misinterpreted because of her bad English. Isinbayeva on Thursday criticized other athletes at the track and field world championships in Moscow, where she won a third title, for painting their nails in rainbow colors in support of gays. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.
July 22, 2011 |
President Obama signed a certification order Friday clearing the way for gays to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces this fall. Congress voted last December to rescind the "don't ask, don't tell" law, but delayed ending the ban until top Pentagon officials and the president could certify that the change would not adversely affect the military. In a statement, Obama said that today's action comes after "extensive training of our military personnel" and the certification from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen "that our military is ready for repeal.
March 13, 2012 |
Dharun Ravi, charged with using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate during a sexual encounter in their Rutgers dorm room, is a man without hate, his lawyer argued Tuesday. Defense attorney Steven Altman presented the defense summation of the trial that has become a national symbol of the type of extreme bullying that gay-rights advocates say homosexuals sometimes face. The prosecution is scheduled to summarize its arguments later in the day, and the case could go to jury deliberation by Wednesday.
August 18, 2009 |
In January, a video began circulating on cellphones in Baghdad showing men dancing provocatively with one another at a party. At the time, many Iraqis considered the video a sign of how much life in Iraq had normalized, an indication of new freedoms. But activists and some gays in Baghdad say the video instead served as a trigger for a systematic campaign of persecution and killings of gays by Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias. The Iraqi LGBT, a London-based group that supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Iraq, says it has documented 87 killings in Iraq so far this year related to anti-gay sentiments, including six in the last two weeks.
July 25, 1993
"Don't ask, don't tell" ("Clinton Eases Ban on Gays," July 20). We called it "hide and seek." LES LONG Los Angeles
August 27, 2010 |
A friendly kiss goodnight probably made David Garnon a marked man. As he left his buddy outside a bar and crossed the street to go home, three youths who'd seen the men embrace accosted Garnon and showered him with verbal abuse. The taunts turned physical when one of the assailants began throwing punches. "I was walking home one minute. The next I was on the ground," said Garnon, 31, whose attackers sped away before he could pick himself up. A black eye and a swollen lip marred his face for days; his self-confidence as an openly gay man took longer to heal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993
Given the current controversies over who should be allowed in combat, the military should think about integrating women and gays into a single combat unit. NANCY PRICE Los Angeles
June 28, 1998
Re Sen. Trent Lott's comparison of gays to kleptomaniacs and alcoholics: Lott should loosen his Bible Belt a notch or two. It obviously is impeding the flow of oxygen to his brain. STEVE TURNBULL, Santa Monica