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It has been 13 1/2 years since San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was gunned down, along with Mayor George Moscone, in San Francisco City Hall. But Milk's remains have yet to find a final resting place, and for the last six years the ashes of the first avowed homosexual elected to office in California have sat in an urn in a corner of a vault in the office of the Congressional Cemetery here.
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.
February 3, 1990
Luedtke's column was right on target. However, her arguments "for greater tolerance, the fundamental beliefs of love and brotherhood" should include the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church's position on women in the church. After a lifetime of hearing sermons on the "inclusive" nature of Christianity in the Lutheran Church, I'm still waiting for the power structure to actually practice it. I'd like to rephrase Luedtke's question: And how long will it take for the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church to accept practicing homosexuals and women among its clergy?
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.
April 8, 1993
The reluctance of heterosexuals like Coats to understand and "accept" homosexuals as productive, functional human beings is a tragedy rooted in fear and ignorance. But homosexuals, like myself, should not blame Dan Coats or Pat Buchanan or Pat Robertson or the fundamentalist Christian zealots for our oppression until we've examined our own fear and ignorance. Many of us put our hopes for a semblance of acceptance in President Clinton and then sit back and do nothing else. We don't march in parades or demand equal rights.
October 11, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Brandon Spikes spends a lot of time on Twitter. The New England Patriots linebacker ought to know how it works by now. You tweet something, and it's not just your friends or followers or people with the same sense of humor as you that see it. Your words are out there on the World Wide Web (emphasis on the World Wide part). So when you post a joke on a sensitive topic, not everyone is going to get it. And it could become a pretty big deal. Spikes found that out after this tweet Wednesday: "I'm homophobic just like I'm arachnophobic.
October 22, 1989
Pointing to a "lack of knowledge of the facts" in a Times editorial on homosexuality, The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon once again reveals his own ignorance in his letter (Oct. 15) First, he claims that the "reparative therapy and medical treatment is (sic) available for those homosexuals who desire change." If he were to read the most authoritative book on the subject, C.A. Tripp's "The Homosexual Matrix," he would learn from it that not a single case of change from homosexual to heterosexual orientation has ever been authenticated despite the claims of certain quack psychiatrists.
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....
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.
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.
July 22, 2013 | Titania Kumeh
Last year in South Los Angeles, billboards overlooking Crenshaw Boulevard showed two shirtless black men standing and embracing each other on a beach. "Our Love is Worth Protecting .... We Get Tested," read the sign. The ads, 10 in total, were developed by Jeffrey King, executive director of the Los Angeles advocacy group In the Meantime Men. The message's purpose, King said, was to promote love and HIV testing among black men who have sex with men. After the billboards went up, however, "the immediate reaction of the community was shock," said the Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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.
June 20, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In a time when states are ratifying gay marriage at a record pace and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is old news, when the Boy Scouts of America reverse a controversial policy and now accept gay scouts, "Call Me Kuchu," a documentary on Uganda's gay rights debate, hits like a series of shock waves. Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall use understatement in laying out the explosive realities of life in Uganda for the LGBT community, the so-called kuchus.
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.
May 26, 2013 | Andrew Gastelum
The next time Robbie Rogers takes the field, he will become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional sport. That opportunity could come as early as Sunday night when the Galaxy hosts the Seattle Sounders. "As an athlete when you step on the field, you step on the field and don't think about other stuff," Rogers said at his introductory news conference Saturday. "So I think it will be quite natural and normal. But after, when I have time to take everything in, then I will say this has been quite a journey for me. " The Galaxy signed Rogers to a multiyear contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Fire in exchange for leading scorer and fan favorite Mike Magee, who wanted to return home to Chicago for personal reasons.
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