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March 19, 2013 |
A San Bernardino County school district allegedly discriminated against gay and lesbian students, including its apparent refusal to allow girls to wear tuxedos to the upcoming prom. In a letter Monday from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the Hesperia Unified School District was notified that it faces legal action. The ACLU typically warns government agencies of impending litigation to give them time to make changes. The letter makes specific allegations against the faculty and administration of Sultana High School.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The lawyers challenging California's Proposition 8 urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to rule that gays and lesbians across the nation deserve an equal right to marry, ratcheting up the pressure on the Obama administration and the justices. Rather than seek a narrow win based on the special situation in California, the legal brief argues that marriage should be available as a constitutional right to all loving and committed couples. "We believe this is a matter of fundamental rights," said Washington attorney Ted Olson shortly after filing his legal brief with the high court.
February 15, 2013 |
A new study tracking the percentage of gay and lesbian adults in America has established a first-ever demographic atlas of the group, finding that state populations range from a low of 1.7% of in North Dakota to a high of 10% in the District of Columbia. The study, conducted by Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport and UCLA scholar Gary J. Gates is the largest population-based survey to include a state-by-state measurement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identification.
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February 2, 2013 |
A coalition of Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups is fearful it won't be allowed to participate in the nation's only Tet parade, held each year on the Lunar New Year in bustling Little Saigon. The colorful procession, scheduled for Feb. 10, draws about 10,000 people and dates back nearly three decades. It typically attracts political and civic leaders in Orange County's Vietnamese community. For three years, LGBT groups have marched in the Westminster parade, but this year organizers said they first wanted to meet with the group.
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.
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.