April 2, 2013 |
An old friend, a graduate of a Jesuit high school, called my attention to this story about the decision by McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, N.Y. , to allow two gay students to attend the school's Junior Ball as a couple. My friend commented: "Of course it's a Jesuit school. Humaneness is in the S.J. DNA.” But then I learned from another friend that a school operated by the De La Salle Christians Brothers, who taught me, also allowed a male couple to attend a prom. In both cases the reasoning was that the school doesn't presume that a couple who come to a prom together are engaging in sexual relations.
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.
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.
February 20, 2014 |
DOUALA, Cameroon - For Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, being gay came with a prison sentence, and ultimately, a death sentence. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to Jean-Claude, my dear friend and client. He died at the age of 35 in his home village of Ngoumou due to complications from a hernia he developed while in prison that never got proper treatment. Jean-Claude was imprisoned after he sent a text message to another man, which read: "I think I am very much in love with you. " In Cameroon, because of homophobic laws that were personally championed by President Paul Biya, that was enough to be considered a criminal offense, punishable with time in prison.
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.
March 27, 2014 |
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of Africa's most homophobic countries. Held by immigration officers after returning to South Africa with an expired visa, he was allowed to stay only after an outcry from human rights groups mindful of new legislation in Uganda calling for life in prison for those who engage in repeated acts of gay sex. The harshness of the law signed days later by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - and similar strictures in more than three dozen African nations - is triggering a profound reaction in Africa.
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
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 |
The Williams Institute, UCLA's think tank on legal issues affecting gays and lesbians, has received a $5-million gift from its namesake donor, officials announced Tuesday. Including the new donation, UCLA alumnus Charles R. Williams has committed $15 million total to that research wing of UCLA's law school since its founding in 2001. The think tank's scholars played an active role in providing research and filing briefs in the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases involving same-sex marriage.