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  • Obama returning to SF for (another!) fundraising sweep — 2 events here on Wednesday (6-6-12)

    06/01/2012 5:20:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/1/12 | Carla Marinucci
    On a non-stop fundraising roll, President Barack Obama is making his 16th trip to California next week, hitting two San Francisco campaign events on Wednesday to pick up more cash. He’ll star at a luncheon at the fabulous Julia Morgan Ballroom in Clint Reilly’s historic Merchants Exchange building on California Street — site of a Michelle Obama fundraiser last year. The San Francisco events come just two weeks after his last Bay Area fundraising trip which included three Bay Area events — a Redwood City Fox Theatre appearance and an Atherton fundraiser at the home of Doug Goldman on May...
  • Anti-gay marriage group: We have signatures for Maryland ballot

    05/30/2012 7:56:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    pMSNBC.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    ay marriage opponents in Maryland said Tuesday they’ve handed in more than double the signatures required to hold a ballot referendum to squash the state’s new same-sex marriage law. . . “What we’re finding is that people are just engaged and passionate about this, even after Obama and the NAACP came out” in support of gay marriage," McCoy said. “Anybody that was on the fence is no longer on the fence.” A similar effort is under way in Washington state, where legislation approving same-sex marriage was signed into law by the governor earlier this year. Six states and the District...
  • Maryland foes of same-sex nuptials say petition goal reached

    05/30/2012 4:51:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The group leading a petition effort against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law says it has more than twice the number of signatures needed to send the law to referendum one month before the state-mandated deadline. The Maryland Marriage Alliance said Tuesday it has collected more than 113,000 voter signatures seeking a statewide vote on the law, which was passed in February by the General Assembly and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Petitioners have until June 30 to collect 55,736 valid voter signatures to force a statewide vote in November. One-third of those signatures — 18,579 —...
  • Blacks help push Maryland toward gay marriage

    05/25/2012 4:38:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Hill
    The nation’s changing views on same-sex marriage and new support from black leaders could put Maryland on track toward becoming the first state to cast a public vote in favor of gay marriage, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 57 percent of Maryland voters would vote for gay marriage if it is put to referendum this fall and just 37 percent would vote against it — a stark departure from past polls by the firm and other groups that have shown Marylanders to be almost evenly divided on the issue. More than...
  • Will Alan Scott, DC’s Original Green Lantern, Be Reintroduced As A Gay Man?

    05/24/2012 2:04:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | May 24, 2012 | Rich Johnston
    Understand that this is not a firm story. Not like DC Comics renumbering all their New DCU comics to issues zero through September, say. This is based on a number of well sourced people and involves considerable hearsay. It does however make a lot of sense. Who is the, as yet unknown gay character being reintroduced to the DC Comics superhero titles? Male, an iconic character, someone who would become one of DC’s most prominent gay characters? I’m hearing that it’s Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.
  • [Homosexual agenda] Lobbyist named new GOP director [OH Romney Republicanism]

    05/23/2012 6:23:30 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Wednesday May 23, 2012 | Joe Vardon
    As far as Ohio is concerned, Matt Borges is a lobbyist for Equality Ohio, founded in 2005 by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists after Ohio voters’ passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He’s also the new executive director of the Ohio Republican Party. Borges, recently named to his role by Ohio GOP Chairman Robert T. Bennett, said he will take a leave of absence from the Columbus lobbying firm Roetzel & Andress through the end of the year and will resign as a lobbyist registered with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.
  • Sebelius: 'Add LGBT Questions to Our National Health Surveys ... In Multiple Languages'

    05/22/2012 4:44:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/12/12 | Fred Luca
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the government is working on including more questions about the health concerns of the LGBT community. The National Health Survey questions will be in multiple languages to “drill down on what are the specific health needs around the LGBT community.” Students with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health at the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, interviewed Sebelius on LGBT health and non-communicable diseases. The video of the interview was posted May 21.
  • Obama to return to Los Angeles in June for star-studded fundraisers (LGBT gala)

    05/13/2012 2:52:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/12 | Jonathan Easley, Amie Parnes
    Obama to return to Los Angeles in June for star-studded fundraisersBy Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes - 05/11/12 10:38 AM ET President Obama's decision to support gay marriage this week is paying off in a big way with the LGBT community in Hollywood. Obama is expected to attend an LGBT gala in Los Angeles on June 6, where ticket prices range from $1,250 to $25,000 apiece. As part of the same trip, Obama is also expected to attend a fundraiser hosted by Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of the show "Glee," and his fiance David Miller. Like the fundraising dinner hosted...
  • May 09, 2012: The Official End of Christendom?

    05/11/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 26 replies
    truthxchange.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fox News journalist, Shep Smith, welcomed President Obama into the 21st century and declared those who still oppose same-sex marriage to be on the wrong side of history. May 9, 2012 was indeed an historic moment. Though President Obama bathed his decision in Christian principles: “…our faith…is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf but it’s also the golden rule…treat others the way you’d want to be treated...” For the first time ever, a sitting US president, considered the most powerful political leader in the world, has endorsed a marital arrangement that formally constitutes the pagan “worship of the...
  • President Obama Evolved Poorly

    05/10/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Pastor Matthew ^ | 5/10/2012 | Pastor Matthew St. John
    With all do respect to President Obama, he is wrong on the matter of homosexual marriages. By finally coming to the end of his so-called “evolution” wherein he has discerned that there is room in our society for homosexual marriages, he aligns himself with three significant threats to society as a whole and personhood in general. First, homosexual marriage undermines the timeless and transcultural nature of marriage. When one puts forward the idea that marriage can and should be about more than one man in covenant partnership with one woman, then what is the end? Why not have three making...
  • Exclusive: Congressman, LGBT leaders press Navy for a ship to be named USS Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:18:48 PM PDT · by olcurmudgeon · 55 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | April 24, 2012 | San Diego LGBT Weekly
    Congressman Bob Filner (D-California) has joined with several prominent LGBT civil rights leaders from San Diego and across the country, calling on the US Navy to name " … the next appropriate ship after Harvey Milk." The late civil rights icon, Harvey Milk was a Navy veteran who began his service during the Korean War. In Korea, he served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake as a diving officer. Milk was also stationed at Naval Station, San Diego where he was a diving instructor. Milk, whose parents, both also served in the US Navy was honorably discharged at the...
  • CIA and ODNI Sponsor First Intelligence Community LGBT Summit

    04/08/2012 6:14:16 AM PDT · by aruanan · 45 replies
    Central Intelligence Agency ^ | April 5, 2012 | none listed
    The CIA and the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) recently hosted the first Intelligence Community (IC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Summit. Participants included members of LGBT employee groups from nine IC agencies and CIA and ODNI leaders. The Summit was designed to ensure the Agency maintains a high performing, engaged, and diverse workforce. CIA Associate Deputy Director (ADD) Sue Bromley welcomed participants to the February event, highlighting the importance of inclusion in mission success: “When I look at our mission and our challenges, what I look to is my single greatest resource at the CIA—our...
  • Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

    03/18/2012 6:30:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    Rights fight pits Holder vs. PanettaThe Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice. Conservatives are charging that Mr. Holder is going back on Pentagon promises to adhere to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the September repeal of the ban on open gays in the military. Military promises to enforce DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, induced some fence-sitting members of Congress to support the...
  • Judge rules school must allow access to sexually explicit LGBT sites

    03/14/2012 6:46:53 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 85 replies
    Greely Gazette ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jack Minor
    A federal judge has ordered a Missouri school district to unblock its web filters and give students access to sexually explicit material by the middle of March. A US District Judge issued a preliminary junction against the Camdenton R – III School District banning them from using filtering software. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the district claiming it was deliberately restricting access to homosexual themed sites, while allowing students to view what it claims are “anti-LG BT sites that condemn homosexuality.” In issuing its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri said...
  • Urban Meyer apologizes to LGBT community for slight

    03/09/2012 7:51:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer sent an apology letter to a lesbian and gay advocacy group on campus for his plans to use lavender football jerseys as a form of punishment to players in practice according to 10TV.com and the OSU campus newspaper, The Lantern. The lavender jersey would be given to a player caught "loafing" - or a moment of deceleration - for the second time during a conditioning drill. The concept was created by Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. The school will now use a different color.
  • O’Malley signs Md. same-sex marriage bill

    03/02/2012 4:53:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 176+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state along with the District to legalize gay marriage. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse which was attended by hundreds of supporters and lawmakers. He was joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who also put their signatures to the bill. “All of us at the end of the day want the same thing for our children,” said Mr. O’Malley, who was the legislation’s lead sponsor....
  • Maryland governor signs same-sex ‘marriage’ bill as referendum clears first hurdle

    03/01/2012 3:29:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 18+ views
    Life Site News ^ | March 1, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The governor of Maryland has signed a new law extending the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples one day after opponents were given the green light to collect signatures for an initiative to put the marriage question to state voters. The bill was approved in a 25-22 Senate vote after only 48 hours of deliberation on Feb. 23, six days after it passed the House of Delegates. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature makes Maryland the seventh state to redefine marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, traditional marriage supporters have already...
  • Centre tells Supreme Court gay sex immoral, calls for new ban [India]

    02/23/2012 2:58:22 PM PST · by James C. Bennett
    The Times of India ^ | February 23, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday opposed the dilution of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Delhi High Court, which decriminalised sexual acts, in private, between consenting adults of the same sex and urged the Supreme Court to reverse the landmark ruling. The UPA government told the Supreme Court that the HC had erred because a vast section of the Indian society still considered homosexuality immoral. The Delhi High Court on July 2, 2009, had delivered a historic judgement to amend a 149-year-old law - Section 377 of the IPC - and decriminalise private consensual sex...
  • Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Straight Marriages

    02/23/2012 1:29:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2012 | Greg Janda
    Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker says she won't perform marriage ceremonies until homosexuals can be wed. During a Feb. 21 meeting, Parker told the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas that while she has the power to perform legal marriage ceremonies in her court, she will not. “I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away,” Parker said. “So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...
  • Maryland House approves same-sex marriage

    02/18/2012 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The House voted Friday night to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley’s same-sex marriage bill, sending the legislation to the Senate and clearing what was likely its most formidable legislative hurdle. The chamber voted 72-67 in favor of the bill, which would make Maryland the eighth state along with the District to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The vote drew cheers from many visitors in the House chamber balcony and touched off a celebration among the bill’s supporters, many of whom exchanged hugs and shed tears after leaving the chamber. “It’s an amazing day here in Maryland,” said Delegate Heather...
  • New Jersey Governor Christie Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill

    02/17/2012 4:23:19 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 7 replies
    (AP) TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie has followed through on his promise to reject a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey by quickly vetoing the measure Friday. The veto came a day after the state Assembly passed the bill. The state Senate had passed it on Monday. Christie, a Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, had vowed "very swift action" once the bill reached his desk. In returning the bill to the Legislature, Christie reaffirmed his view that voters should decide whether to change the definition of marriage in New Jersey. His veto also proposed creating an ombudsman to...
  • President Obama: “The Work I’ve Done With LGBT Community, I Think, Is Just Profoundly American”

    02/10/2012 4:04:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Blue Grass Pundit ^ | 2/10/12 | Blue Grass Pundit
    Founding fathers rolling over in their graves in 3..2..1..
  • (Freep this Poll!) Do you agree with same sex marriages?

    02/08/2012 1:33:38 AM PST · by Dominic01 · 13 replies
    KIII-TV 3 ^ | Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far: I do. Government should recognize these unions. 79% I do not. Marriage is between a man and a woman. 2% I don't really care. 19% I don't know. 0%
  • Chris Christie calls gay NJ legislator 'numbnuts' (Video)

    01/30/2012 3:18:04 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at a fellow Garden State politician Monday, calling an openly gay state legislator a “numbnuts” in response to the lawmaker labeling him a racist last week. A visibly perturbed Christie made the comment during a news conference on Monday, reported the New Jersey Star-Ledger. It all started last week when Christie called for a voter referendum on gay marriage. ...more (w/video)...
  • New HUD Rule Delivers for LGBT Americans (Promulgate Radical Redefinition of Family)

    01/30/2012 12:49:37 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 28, 2012 | Ian Thompson, Washington Legislative Office
    Last year, we told you about a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding equal access to HUD housing programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the key requirements of the rule is a prohibition on inquires regarding sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as a prohibition on using sexual orientation or gender identity as grounds for decision-making in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs. Additionally, the rule brings the definition of “eligible families” into the 21st century by including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). This afternoon, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan...
  • Mrs. O'Malley Speaks Out On Same Sex Marriage

    01/28/2012 7:27:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WBAL.com ^ | January 27, 2012 | Steve Fermier, Angela Jackson and Associated Press
    First Lady Katie O'Malley isn't mincing any words when it comes to describing why she thinks gay marriage legislation failed last year. The first lady, speaking Thursday at the 24th annual Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality on Thursday, said "there were some cowards that prevented it from passing." A bill to allow same-sex marriage passed the Senate, but stalled in the House of Delegates.
  • Activist Group: ‘Train’ Educators How to Teach 6-12 Year-Olds About Gays and Lesbians

    01/19/2012 9:25:48 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 18, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Image from the LGBT "Welcoming Schools" capaign The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy group, has produced a “professional development film” through its Welcoming Schools project for school staff and parents that features 6- to 12-year-olds talking about gays and lesbians. The film is called “What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk about Gays and Lesbians," and it "features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do,” states the Welcoming Schools Web site. The Web site has a...
  • Gay marriage within reach in Wash. (State) Legislature

    01/12/2012 2:00:41 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Seattle Pi ^ | January 12, 2012 | MIKE BAKER,
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to make Washington the seventh state to approve gay marriage, according to a tally by The Associated Press.A same-sex marriage bill is expected to be introduced by the end of the week. The AP reached out to all 49 state senators over the past week and found that more lawmakers are firmly supporting gay marriage than opposing it, by a margin of 22-18.The measure needs 25 votes to pass the Senate. The House is widely expected to have enough support, and Gov. Chris Gregoire publicly endorsed...
  • The 'gayest' city in America is...

    01/10/2012 8:01:44 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies · 1+ views
    sun-sentinel ^ | January 10, 2012
    The Advocate, an LGBT magazine, has released a list of what it says are the "gayest" cities in the U.S. The equation breakdown used is a bit different from what you may have expected. The magazine takes into account such parameters as LGBT bookstores and "International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists" among the nine criteria used to compile the list.
  • Santorum Actually Means It!

    01/05/2012 3:19:58 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 5, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    I was speaking with a friend on the phone yesterday from college. He's kinda' pro-life but not passionate about it and fiscally conservative but not very religious. He's a little squishy, if you know what I mean. In short, he was a McCain supporter. Anyway, he was saying that he felt uncomfortable with Rick Santorum. He assured me that he would vote for Santorum over Obama but he thought there were many people like him who would not. I asked him why and he got a little cagey but finally said that Rick was "a little too extreme" and that's...
  • California Public School Kids Now Required to Study Contributions of LGBT Americans

    01/05/2012 7:23:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 158 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 1/4/12 | Philip Shepherd
    (CNSNews.com) – On Jan. 1, the California Department of Education started implementing a new law that requires all children in the state’s public schools to study the “role and contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” to the “development of California and the United States of America.” This law, according to the pro-family group SaveCalifornia.com, will require the schools to promote “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as role models” and mandate that “children as young as kindergarten must be taught to admire persons who engage in homosexuality.”
  • Clinton, Obama target bias

    12/06/2011 2:01:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/6/11 | GLENN THRUSH
    President Barack Obama is issuing a memo today that will make it official U.S. policy to consider a country’s treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender bias when doling out foreign aid while making it easier for those being persecuted for their sexual preference to be granted asylum. Obama’s memo, which will be followed by a speech in Geneva by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “will coordinate US government agencies with respect to LGBT Issues and make it a component of US foreign policy to decriminalize LGBT status, make it a consideration for foreign aid and coordinate the asylum process for...
  • Is The Church Brainwashing Black Folks Against Homosexuality?

    12/07/2011 5:10:40 PM PST · by presidio9 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    News One ^ | December 6, 2011 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Is the pulpit brain-washing blacks against supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people? It depends on who you ask. LGBT advocates have different perspectives on why blacks do not align themselves with gay rights causes. To varying degrees, many LGBT rights advocates say that the church is the singlemost influential factor in black opinion on homosexuality. Antonio David Garcia, executive director of Affirmations, a Detroit-area LGBT civil rights group, says what’s worse is that those opinions are often homophobic and go unchallenged. “Everyday we face religious bigotry [from the church],” Garcia says. “They’ve got to start questioning some of...
  • VIDEO: LGBT Activist Has Child Approach Michelle Bachmann and Say "My Mommy Doesn't Need Fixing"

    12/06/2011 1:45:24 PM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 32 replies
    Using kids as props to tug at emotional heart strings is nothing new. Case in point: An LGBT activist in South Carolina had her son approach Rep. Michelle Bachmann and say, "My mommy doesn't need fixing." Via DallasVoice.com: "An 8-year-old boy named Elijah approached Michelle Bachmann at a recent meet-and-greet event in South Carolina to promote her new book, Core of Conviction: My Story, to let her know that his mom was a lesbian and didn’t need to be cured or converted, Michelle was none too happy to be cornered that way." Regardless of your stance on the issue, using...
  • Homosexual-rights activists call for boycott of Salvation Army’s annual red kettle campaign

    12/05/2011 1:50:11 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    California Catholic ^ | December 5, 2011
    >As Christmas shoppers flock to stores, the familiar sights and sounds of Salvation Army bell-ringers with red kettles will prompt many to toss in their coins and remember the less fortunate. But not everyone is in a giving mood. MSNBC.com reported last week that some LGBT activists are urging people to ignore the bell-ringers because the Salvation Army holds Biblical views that the activists claim are bigoted. The Salvation Army adamantly denies that it discriminates against anyone, including LGBT, who seeks its services or programs. Gay leaders are not satisfied. Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, said, “We...
  • Herman Cain Doesn’t Eat “Sissy” Pizza

    11/15/2011 6:54:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Salon ^ | TUESDAY, NOV 15, 2011 | MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
    The GOP candidate measures a man in terms of sausage and pepperoni -- and with lame, emasculating wordsOn the spectrum of offensive terms, it’s not high-threat-level incendiary. It’s not the sort of word you’d have to sprinkle with dashes in print, or refer to as “the s-word” on television. But here’s the update for those of you who didn’t already figure it out: At this point in human history, calling anything “sissy” makes you look like a dumb bully. Which brings us to Herman Cain. We already know that Herman Cain is totally butch. Not so butch that he’d need...
  • Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani says she is gay (figured 'it' out after 42 years)

    11/01/2011 5:48:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/1/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has publicly come out as a lesbian. In an interview, the 47-year-old Livingtson Democrat told the Stockton Record that it was not until after her 2006 election to the Assembly that she knew she was gay. Galgiani told the newspaper that she hoped talking about her life would provide support for youth dealing with issues related to their own sexual identity.
  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 6:39:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt. “As more and more LGBT couples are getting married and starting families, we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes,” said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat and lead sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, Monday at the Huffington Post. The past year has seen many moves toward gay equality, and “the momentum is there to build on our progress,” she said,...
  • California schools scrambling to add lessons on LGBT Americans

    10/16/2011 6:34:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 16, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe
    At Wonderland Avenue Elementary School in Laurel Canyon, there are lesson plans on diverse families — including those with two mommies or daddies — books on homosexual authors in the library and a principal who is openly gay. But even at this school, teachers and administrators are flummoxed about how to carry out a new law requiring California public schools to teach all students — from kindergartners to 12th graders — about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in history classes. "At this point, I wouldn't even know where to begin," Principal Don Wilson said. Educators across the state don't...
  • Georgia school denies use of boy's bathroom to transgender child

    09/15/2011 11:59:10 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 125 replies
    Atlanta Journal ^ | 9-15-11 | Christian Boone
    The father of a 7-year-old born a girl said the second-grader, prohibited from using the boys bathroom at school in McIntosh County, has never fit traditional gender roles. At 18 months, the child told Tommy Theollyn, 28, "I'm a boy." The child's father, who gave birth a year before beginning his own gender transition, said he wants school officials in this rural southeast Georgia county to view his son the way the child has always viewed himself. "I'm fighting to get a second grader back in school," said Theollyn, who pulled his son out of Todd Grant Elementary after his...
  • Head of Presbyterian Church (USA) Addresses Pro-LGBT Presbyterians

    09/08/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 9 Sep 2011 | David Virtue
    Top leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, addressed the first national gathering of More Light Presbyterians since the denomination began allowing the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...Meeting at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, September 2-4, Moderator Bolbach encouraged the listeners to be the church by working together. Using the biblical story of the friends who cut a hole in the roof of a house to get a friend to Jesus to be healed of paralysis, the Moderator urged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies to be as...
  • Dancing With the Stars: Angry Fans Boycott Over Chaz Bono Inclusion

    09/04/2011 4:22:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/03/2011 | Ray Downs
    While many people, especially in the LBGT community, have lauded the addition of Chaz Bono to the "Dancing with the Stars" cast, others are concerned, disappointed, and just plain angry – and they went to the show’s online message board to let producers know how they feel. One of the main concerns was that transgendered contestants will be confusing to children and inappropriate for a family program. “I personally do not mind watching Chaz,” wrote Callisandria2. “The problem is that I watch this show with my 10 year old daughter. I am sure the show will talk about Chaz and...
  • America's Gay-Friendly Colleges Ranked (The best and worst schools for LGBT students)

    08/10/2011 1:46:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 2+ views
    Philly ^ | 08/04/2011 | Natalie Hope McDonald
    As college students get ready to head to school this fall, the Princeton Review has ranked the most and least LGBT-friendly universities in the country. Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts college in Illinois, has the honor of placing first as being the worst school, while New York University is ranked the best in the country for LGBT students. Two Philly schools are also in the top 10 best list, including Bryn Mawr College (number 11) and Swarthmore College (number 17). Grove City College – North of Pittsburgh – is the only school from the state to be ranked in...
  • President Obama Supports Legislation to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

    07/19/2011 1:08:18 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 123 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/19/2011 | Jake Tapper
    Tomorrow the Senate will hold the first hearing on The Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, thus granting to all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples—to receive federal marriage benefits and protections if they are joined by a valid marriage in a state where such marriages are legal. “The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people --our families, friends and neighbors,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said at today’s press briefing. “He is proud...
  • Bill Mandating Gay History in Schools Goes to Calif. Governor

    07/05/2011 9:47:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2011 | Staff
    California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum. The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says SB48 is crucial because of the bullying that happens to gay students. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived...
  • Hillary: State Dept. ‘Instrumental in Sealing Deal’ For Lady Gaga’s Gay Pride Gig

    06/27/2011 1:42:07 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Hillary: State Dept. ‘Instrumental in Sealing Deal’ For Lady Gaga’s Gay Pride Gig Monday, June 27, 2011 By Penny Starr (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that the State Department played an instrumental role in “sealing the deal” for pop-rock star Lady Gaga to perform at a gay pride rally in Rome, Italy. Clinton specifically pointed to a letter that David Thorne, the U.S. ambassador to Italy, sent to Lady Gaga urging her to participate in the event. “And then there is the work that our embassy team in Rome has been doing,” Clinton said. “Two...
  • Obama says gay couples deserve same rights as all

    06/23/2011 5:13:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2011 | ERICA WERNER and JULIE PACE
    NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama is praising New York lawmakers who are debating historic legislation to legalize gay marriage. The president says that's what democracies are supposed to do, and that marriage has traditionally been decided by the states. Obama also said he believes that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country.
  • Obama again declares June 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month'

    05/31/2011 5:17:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 31, 2011 | Paul Conner
    President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2011 “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.” Painting the LGBT experience as the “story about the struggle to realize that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law,” Obama highlighted the steps his administration has taken for gay rights, including passing the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” legislation and giving the LGBT community more access to federal housing programs. Obama made the same proclamation in June 2010, picking up where President Bill Clinton left off in 2000, when he marked the month “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” President...
  • USDA diversity training

    06/23/2011 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    One News Now ^ | 6/22/2011 | Chad Groening
    An advocate for America's fighting men and women finds it disturbing that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) activists want to impose homosexual indoctrination training government-wide, including in the military. The Washington Times recently reported that USDA officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees all federal employee policies, to impose its sensitivity training program on all federal departments. The program favors pro-homosexual political positions, and it calls opposition to homosexual marriage "heterosexism" and compares it to racism.
  • ATF Hosts Its First 'Gay Pride' Observance

    06/22/2011 9:21:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 22, 2011 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under fire for allowing U.S.-purchased guns to flow to Mexican criminals, celebrated its first gay pride event on Wednesday. The celebration at ATF’s Washington headquarters was intended to recognize the “accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation, and to promote awareness of the LGBT culture,” ATF said in a news release. "ATF works to ensure sexual orientation discrimination and prejudice are not tolerated in our workplace," said Acting Director Kenneth Melson. "ATF is an equal employment opportunity environment where effective and...