January 26, 2013 |
Ending a controversy that highlighted the unequal treatment of gay spouses in the military, an officers' spouse club at Ft. Bragg, N.C., has offered full membership to the lesbian spouse of a U.S. Army officer. Ashley Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, said she will accept the offer to join the Assn. of Bragg Officers' Spouses. Broadway said she was "overjoyed" that the group has added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause in its by-laws. "I have further reason to take pride in the Ft. Bragg military community, knowing that we, as military spouses, are able to come together to support each other, our soldiers, and our families," Broadway said in a statement.
January 20, 2013 |
When Abby, a 42-year-old mother of two, gets knocked hard on the head with a ball, something inside her is shaken loose. And it's not a tooth. Maybe it's the recognition that she's stuck in a sexless marriage to another woman (Julie Fain Lawrence). Perhaps it's the dawning of middle age, or professional boredom, and the panic that comes with that realization. Or maybe Abby (Robin Weigert), the central character in “Concussion,” playing at the Sundance Film Festival, has lead a life of quiet desperation for too long and just needs to do something different - dangerously different.
January 18, 2013 |
An officers' spouse club at Ft. Bragg, N.C., has offered a "special guest membership" to the same-sex spouse of a U.S. Army officer after earlier denying the woman's application to join the private organization. Ashley Broadway, a lesbian who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, rejected the offer, calling it "not only offensive, but just plain hurtful. " The club's refusal last month to admit Broadway has focused attention on the rights of same-sex military couples more than a year after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" allowed homosexuals to serve openly. Same-sex spouses are denied many military benefits afforded opposite-sex spouses because the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
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January 10, 2013 |
Her message was as simple as it was powerful, a quiet, courageous statement of unconditional love. Walking alongside her son in an early New York City gay pride parade in 1972, elementary school teacher Jeanne Manford carried a sign she had written herself: "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children. " When spectators began to cheer, Manford figured the applause must be for Dr. Benjamin Spock, the renowned baby doctor who was marching in the parade just behind her and her son, Morty.
December 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - More than 6,000 hate crimes were reported to U.S. law enforcement agencies in 2011 - a 6% decrease from 2010, the FBI said Monday. But crimes based on the victim's sexual orientation increased slightly. Nearly half of the 6,222 hate crimes reported in 2011 were racially motivated, the FBI said, with nearly three-fourths directed at African Americans. More than 16% were motivated by anti-white bias. About 59% of the known offenders for all reported hate crimes were white, and 21% were black, the agency said.
December 10, 2012 |
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. On Sunday, gay and lesbian couples lined up to get married as Washington state's new law approving same-sex unions went into effect. And today, many religious conservatives are asking whether the USA is going the way of ancient Rome. The Supreme Court will be deciding whether to uphold the appeals court ruling that struck down Proposition 8. In addition, the justices will be deliberating on the constitutionality of provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that deny legal benefits to same-sex couples who are married.
November 16, 2012 |
Election day was, by just about any measure, a landmark day in gay and lesbian history in the United States. Four states voted in referendums to support same-sex marriage, and we saw the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. To reflect on these momentous events, I reached out to Craig M. Loftin, the author of two remarkable books released this year about gay and lesbian life in the 1950s and '60s: “Masked Voices: Gay and Lesbians in Cold War America,” and “Letters to ONE: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s,” both published by the State University of New York Press.
November 3, 2012 |
"Redneck Island" hardly sounds like a welcoming place for a gay man. But Adam Freeman, a Nashville hairstylist who came out of the closet four years ago, shipped out to CMT's reality show this year for several weeks, finishing unscathed and in second place. A niche version of CBS' long-running mega-hit "Survivor," the program featured hunting, bowling and fishing events in which Freeman competed against proudly beer-chuggin' good ol' boys and country gals. The father of five was open about his sexual orientation and says his only regret was not packing "enough lip gloss and hair spray.
October 19, 2012 |
Gay rights advocates won another victory Thursday in their fight for equal treatment under law, when the U.S appeals court in New York struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and held for the first time that gays and lesbians are a minority group deserving of special protection from discrimination under the Constitution. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Man- hattan joined a growing number of federal judges in New England and California who have ruled that the U.S. government may not deny equal federal benefits to legally married gay couples.
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October 18, 2012 |
For Elliott Sitz, fifth grade was a bully-plagued blur. One day his elementary school classmates' taunts focused on his long brown hair, the next on his friends, all of them female. "They would say, 'Oh, are you gay?' " Sitz, now a junior at Downtown Magnets High School, recalled. "It would happen every single day, all day long. " By middle school, hallway shoves and a barrage of gay epithets became the norm. He dreaded school. For students such as Elliott, a newly forged partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, among others, seeks to change the district's culture and attempts to eliminate bullying.