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.
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September 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI has been dubbed the "Bombshell by the Bay. " Next week, a key player in the passage of Proposition 8 - a man who has decried the "contraceptive mentality" of modern life - will become the leader of the Catholic Church here in the city that thrust same-sex marriage onto the national stage, the birthplace of the Summer of Love. Supporters view Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone, the 56-year-old son of a commercial fisherman, as a charming and brilliant defender of the faith.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A young man who is the son of two lesbians lauded President Obama on Thursday for supporting his parents' marriage and blasted GOP nominee Mitt Romney for suggesting that his family was not legitimate. “Gov. Romney says he's against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine,” Zach Wahl told thousands of cheering delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention.
August 16, 2012
As goofy and singular as its look-twice title, "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same" is a weirdly ingratiating trifle lampooning dating, urban isolation, cut-rate sci-fi flicks and ecology. It's got midnight movie written all over it - and not in a bad way. This black-and-white comedy follows the romantic blossoming of self-conscious, lovelorn lesbian and stationery store clerk Jane (Lisa Haas) after she meets an honest-to-goodness alien named Zoinx (Susan Ziegler). Turns out the deadpan, bald-headed Zoinx, along with fellow space travelers Zylar (Jackie Monahan)
July 15, 2012 |
There is so much drama going on in Romi Klinger's life right now. Her ex-girlfriend Whitney is dating her friend Sara, who has brainwashed Whitney into thinking Romi is evil. And Romi is worried what her other friends will do when they find out about Romi's new relationship - with a man. "Lesbians can be really harsh toward women who sleep with men again. It's like, 'What is she doing? Is she a real lesbian?'" Romi asks the camera. It's a question that has serious consequences for her personal and work life, since Romi is a star of "The Real L Word" - the Showtime reality TV series that entered its third season this past week.
June 26, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- An 18-year-old south Texas woman is in serious but stable condition Tuesday, and her 19-year-old girlfriend dead, after an unknown attacker shot them both at close range last weekend at a park in the Gulf Coast town of Portland. Investigators hope Mary Christine Chapa, 18, can help them find a suspect and explain the motive behind the Saturday shooting about eight miles north of Corpus Christi. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, died from a gunshot wound to the neck, and her death has been ruled a homicide, San Patricio County Justice of the Peace Karen Diaz told the Los Angeles Times.