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August 18, 1985 | PATRICIA KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
For most young people, high school graduation night is a time of pride and celebration. For Robert Rosenkrantz, police believe, it was a night on which his darkest secret was exposed, a time of shame and humiliation. It led to a first-degree murder charge against the 18-year-old Calabasas High School graduate, accused of gunning down a schoolmate who discovered his secret. Investigators theorize that events on Rosenkrantz's graduation night, June 21, drove him to kill 17-year-old Steven Redman.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
On the day before the Winter Olympics officially open in Russia, more than 200 authors, including several Nobel laureates, have called on President Vladimir Putin to repeal laws that limit freedom of expression and create a climate of fear among writers. The letter , drafted by PEN International, declares that “during the last 18 months, Russian lawmakers have passed a number of laws that place a chokehold on the right to express oneself freely in Russia. As writers and artists, we cannot stand quietly by as we watch our fellow writers and journalists pressed into silence or risking prosecution and often drastic punishment for the mere act of communicating their thoughts.” The signatories include Margaret Atwood, Gunter Grass, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie and Wole Soyinka.
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OPINION
August 9, 2010
In striking down Proposition 8, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker penned an opinion that was heavy on findings of fact. In eloquent detail, he described the evidence presented at trial, and the utter lack of evidence for any of the arguments used to deny marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Though higher courts may overturn Walker's conclusions, the facts laid out should remain an important part of any future legal considerations. But tucked away in the opinion is something else that could carry weight not only in this lawsuit, as it moves through the courts, but in other same-sex marriage cases and debates about the rights of gays and lesbians.
WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The International Olympic Committee official who supervised the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation to Sochi, Russia, next month. IOC member Mario Pescante was quoted by Italian media as saying he considered it "absurd" that the U.S. government was sending openly homosexual representatives to the Feb. 7-23 Games, alluding to the Russian parliament's enactment of a law criminalizing homosexual "propaganda.
NEWS
August 15, 2010 | Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Each year in the United States, perhaps a few dozen pregnant women learn they are carrying a fetus at risk for a rare disorder known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The condition causes an accumulation of male hormones and can, in females, lead to genitals so masculinized that it can be difficult at birth to determine the baby's gender. A hormonal treatment to prevent ambiguous genitalia can now be offered to women who may be carrying such infants. It's not without health risks, but to its critics those are of small consequence compared with this notable side effect: The treatment might reduce the likelihood that a female with the condition will be homosexual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2000
I cannot help but compare two front-page stories. On July 17 there was a story on the Rev. Carroll Barbour--an Episcopalian priest who had dedicated his ministry to AIDS patients in Hollywood. On July 19 there was a story on conservative churches in Anaheim attempting to "convert" gays to heterosexuality. One ministry accepted gays into its church just the way they were. The other ministry attempted to convert them, with a less than 30% success rate that was not verifiable. One ministry seemed to preach tolerance, acceptance and compassion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1989
Gold urges gays not to be defensive about their "life styles." He thinks that the moral high ground has been conceded wrongly to those who think homosexuality is wrong. He writes that if he believed homosexuals were immoral, he would "try not to be one, even if it meant a painful struggle," because he tries as hard as possible "to live a moral life." Gold is to be congratulated for taking this attitude. Let us hope that he will display the "honesty and courage" that he says it takes to defend homosexuality, in examining candidly the question of whether it is right or wrong.
SPORTS
April 29, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
When NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay, many fellow sports figures immediately offered their support on Twitter. Miami Dolphins $60-million receiver Mike Wallace was not one of them. Instead, about an hour or so after Collins' revelation on Monday, he tweeted a comment basically expressing general confusion over the concept of homosexuality. He did not mention Collins by name but said that he was shaking his head that "guys wanna mess with guys" even though there are "all these beautiful women in the world.
WORLD
June 11, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya
MOSCOW - Despite opposition from human rights activists, Russia's lower house of parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban providing children with information on homosexuality. The lower house, or State Duma, voted 436-0 with one abstention to pass the bill introduced by the pro-Kremlin United Russia political party banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” The measure still needs to go through the Federation Council, or senate, and be signed by President Vladimir Putin, but is considered almost certain to become law, possibly by the end of June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2005
I have one simple request for Michael McGough on his article "What the Bible really says about gays" (Opinion, July 18) and student Justin Cannon, who is trying to justify homosexuality using the Bible. Give us one, just one, Bible verse that encourages homosexuality. P.S. You'd better pack a huge lunch! Matt Stankus Temecula
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When retired Methodist bishop Jack Tuell was asked how he changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage, he explained it simply: "I changed my mind when I changed my heart. " But the answer was more complicated. Tuell, 90, a prominent clergyman who emerged late in life as an eloquent voice for change in his church's views of homosexuality, died Friday at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Cynthia Tuell said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
WORLD
December 24, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British scientist whose code-breaking work helped the Allies beat Adolf Hitler and whom many consider the father of artificial intelligence, received a royal pardon Tuesday for the crime of having had sex with another man. Turing felt humiliated after he was convicted in 1952 of "gross indecency," the charge used against gay men in an age when homosexual relations were illegal in Britain....
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington and Henry Chu
ROME - In an extraordinary, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis expressed frustration that the Roman Catholic Church is "obsessed" with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and mercy. "The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules," Francis said in the interview published Thursday by an Italian Jesuit magazine. "The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.
OPINION
August 22, 2013
Russia has embarked on a series of shameful steps against homosexuals. A recently passed law lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about "nontraditional" relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present. Another law bans adoptions not just by homosexuals but by anyone living in a country that confers marriage rights on gay and lesbian couples.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Schultz
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
NEWS
May 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A conference on curing homosexuality through sports and therapy has drawn fire from some health professionals and gay activists who say homosexuality cannot be cured because it is not a disease. The Utah chapter of the National Assn. of Social Workers voted 6 to 5 last week not to allow social workers who attend the conference to receive academic "continuing education" credit for doing so.
WORLD
July 12, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT -- Taking a definitive stance on a topic that remains extremely sensitive in the Arab world, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society declared this week that homosexuality is not a mental illness and does not merit “reparative therapy.” “Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities,” the society said in a statement. “The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.” The society called on health professionals in Lebanon to “rely solely on science whenever they express opinion or provide treatment.” The statement issued Thursday is in line with mental health practice in most Western nations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 | Anh Do and Kate Mather and Joe Mozingo
Exodus International started in Anaheim 37 years ago as a small ministry to help those struggling to reconcile their homosexuality with the Bible's teachings. It grew into the leading practitioner of the controversial "gay cure" movement, with 260 ministries around North America. While Exodus claimed to have purged thousands of people of sexual urges that tormented them, its leaders recently began expressing doubts about the mission. Last year, its president, Alan Chambers, renounced the idea that homosexuality could be "cured.
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