number of US firms offer same-sex benefits
KCRA.com, December 10, 2013
It's been a record year for gay rights. Not only did the Supreme Court
overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, the law preventing same-sex couples
from receiving federal spousal benefits, but hundreds of American corporations
have been rallying for the cause, publicly supporting same-sex marriage
and ramping up benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
York Times study names Mississippi as state least tolerant of gay people
PinkNews.co.uk, December 10, 2013
A new study published at the weekend analysed the places in the US where
gay men take longer to come out, and found that Mississippi may be the
offers support to LGBT activists
Boston Globe, December 9, 2013
Even on a college campus as seemingly gay-friendly as Harvard University’s,
it’s still easy to get lost. Where does a student go for advice
on coming out to family? There’s a group for that. What if a transgender
student is having difficulties navigating her health care policy, or is
looking for a queer-friendly Shabbat dinner? There are separate organizations
to help with those issues, too.
denied: LGBT immigrants in U.S. immigration detention
Hispanically Speaking News, November 26, 2013
From sexual assault to lack of access to proper medical care, LGBT immigrants
are particularly vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention
facilities because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
study: Lesbian, bi college women more likely to be suicidal
Salt Lake Tribune, November 26, 2013
Bisexual college women in the U.S. are significantly more likely to deal
with depression and consider suicide than their heterosexual peers, and
they suffer from those problems more often than lesbian college students,
according to a new study co-written by a Weber State University assistant
school board member: Trans students should be ‘castrated’
before using bathrooms
PinkNews.co.uk, November 25, 2013
A Colorado school board member has said that transgender students should
undergo “castration” before allowing them the right to use
the bathrooms that fit their gender identity.
to accept joint tax returns from gay couples
PrideSource.com, November 21, 2013
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he is directing state tax officials
to accept tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples who have legally
married in other states.
Force Academy's hiring of anti-gay author draws ire from advocates
Stars and Stripes, November 21, 2013
Gay rights advocates are demanding Air Force Academy officials explain
why they hired a controversial anti-gay author as part of their ethics
program, saying his views are offensive and potentially destructive.
drops National Guard benefits for all couples
ThinkProgress.org, November 20, 2013
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned
National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to
apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or
pastor who performed gay wedding suspended
PressConnects.com, November 20, 2013
A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of officiating
at his son’s same-sex wedding was suspended for 30 days on Tuesday
but remained defiant, saying he refuses to change his views, even if it
means permanently losing his credentials.
lawmakers seek to repeal same-sex marriage ban
Washington Blade, November 20, 2013
Two Virginia lawmakers on Monday introduced bills that seek to repeal
a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. Gay state
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and state Del. Joseph Morrissey (D-Henrico)
introduced identical bills in their respective legislative chambers.
and lesbian consumers spent $830 billion in 2013
Passport Magazine, November 19, 2013
LGBT Americans had $830 billion to spend in 2013 according to an analysis
by Witeck Communications, a public relations firm based in Washington
pastor who performed gay wedding to learn fate
Edge, November 19, 2013
A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of performing his
son’s same-sex wedding ceremony could learn Tuesday if he’ll
York Times calls D.C. ‘the gayest place in America.’ Is it?
Washington Post, November 19, 2013
The New York Times published a story over the weekend calling Washington
“the gayest place in America.” Is this claim accurate? Probably
not, though it really depends on what you’re measuring.
over gay marriage erupts in Cheney family
New York Times, November 18, 2013
Mary Cheney and her wife sharply criticized a comment by Ms. Cheney's
sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that she and
her sister disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts was so important to marriage equality
Time Magazine, November 18, 2013
Ten years ago, GLAD lawyer Mary Bonauto triumphed in the first case to
allow same-sex marriage. Here she reflects back on that key decision and
how far we've come since then.
sees ‘no basis or no need’ for ENDA
Washington Blade, November 15, 2013
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he sees “no basis
or no need” for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when asked
Thursday whether he would allow a vote on the legislation despite his
misgivings on the bill.
Street courting gay students to bolster bottom line
Bloomberg.com, November 14, 2013
Wall Street is paying special attention to young lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender (LGBT) applicants during the hiring process for college
seniors. Beyond embracing gay rights, the country’s largest banks,
brokerages and consulting firms are vying to retire their conservative
image and try to improve profits along with diversity.
partner barred from Indiana hospital
USA Today, November 14, 2013
A woman says she can't visit her unconscious same-sex partner in a local
hospital because the partner's mother has banned her from the room.
gay airman returns to duty
Alamogordo Daily News, November 14, 2013
One picture hanging on the walls of Staff Sgt. Anthony Loverde's small
apartment in downtown Little Rock, Ark., stands as a reminder of an important
milestone in his life. It's a photo of President Barack Obama surrounded
by a group of politicians as he signs the Repeal Act of the military's
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
senate passes same-sex marriage bill
New York Times, November 13, 2013
The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, putting
Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the
bill and has vocally supported gay marriage, said in a statement that
he will sign the measure.
veterans honored at Congressional Cemetery
Washington Blade, November 13, 2013
A contingent of active-duty and retired gay and lesbian military service
members and their supporters participated in a Veterans Day wreath laying
ceremony on Monday in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery to honor LGBT
service members, including those who lost their lives while serving their
orders documents related to anti-gay, discredited parenting study exposed
Towleroad.com, November 13, 2013
In June, University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus published what LGBT
groups called, in a mass statement, a "flawed, misleading, and scientifically
unsound paper that seeks to disparage lesbian and gay parents." 'Today
in Florida, a judge ordered documents relating to how that paper got published
in the journal it did, and background on its funding.
senate to take final vote on gay marriage
Huffington Post, November 12, 2013
The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on
Tuesday, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special
session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
upholds N.J. ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy
Washington Blade, November 11, 2013
A federal court in New Jersey ruled on Friday the recently signed law
barring “ex-gay” sexual orientation conversion therapy for
minors in the state is constitutional.
transgender law foes submit signatures for repeal
San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2013
Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain
rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative
that would repeal the law.
DOMA decision, some workers may not be eligible for key federal benefit
Washington Post, November 11, 2013
The Supreme Court decision may have ruled that married same-sex couples
are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, but
there remains a gap in workplace protections for many employees when it
comes to one key federal benefit: the right to take time off to care for
a sick spouse.
passes ENDA on procedural vote
Advocate.com, November 7, 2013
For the first time since it was originally introduced in 1996, the U.S.
Senate took an important step toward passing the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, voting in favor of cloture — a procedural move intended to
overcome any attempted filibuster — in a bipartisan vote of 61-30.
advocates won’t oppose ENDA's religious exemptions
BuzzFeed.com, November 7, 2013
Most supporters of a bill aimed at banning LGBT discrimination in employment
appeared uninterested in fighting an effort backed by several Senate Republicans
to ensure that religious-affiliated entities exempted from the bill are
not penalized by governments for utilizing the exemption.
nears historic vote on ENDA
Edge, November 7, 2013
The Senate is headed for a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace
discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating
the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly
two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage.
to recognize same-sex marriage
InAutoNews.com, November 7, 2013
General Motors will now allow gay and lesbian employees to buy health
care insurance for their partners without incurring a tax penalty of up
equality ordered for gay marriage in NM
El Paso Times, November 7, 2013
Insurance companies in New Mexico must provide same-sex married couples
with the same discounts and benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples,
the state insurance regulator announced Wednesday.
sends bill allowing gay marriage to governor
New York Times, November 6, 2013
The Illinois House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow same-sex
couples to wed, ending months of delay over the issue in the Capitol and
clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state, along with the
District of Columbia, to permit gay couples to marry.
Lt. Gov. candidate loses in Virginia
Washington Post, November 6, 2013
Democrat Ralph Northam turned back anti-gay Republican E.W. Jackson on
Tuesday to join Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe in Richmond next
year. Unofficial election results gave Northam a 55 percent to 45 percent
edge over Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor.
Guard enacts pro-gay non-discrimination policy
Washington Blade, November 6, 2013
The U.S. Coast Guard with little fanfare has added protections based on
sexual orientation to its equal opportunity policy, prompting new calls
for the Pentagon to do the same with other branches of the military.
rights bill moves forward: Why has the opposition gone quiet?
Christian Science Monitor, November 6, 2013
Republican opponents of the measure are largely silent, neither addressing
the issue on the second day of Senate debate nor commenting unless asked.
Written statements from some rendered their judgment that the bill would
result in costly, frivolous lawsuits.
bishops: Employment bill is wrong solution to discrimination
DFW Catholic, November 6, 2013
Opponents argue that the legislation goes further than addressing discrimination,
and creates new concerns for religious freedom and the understanding of
sexuality within society.
votes to advance trans-inclusive ENDA
Washington Blade, November 5, 2013
In another milestone moment in the pursuit of equal rights for LGBT Americans,
the U.S. Senate voted by a narrow margin on Monday to bring to the floor
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Republicans lift ENDA past filibuster
RollCall.com, November 5, 2013
The Senate cleared the first procedural hurdle Monday on legislation prohibiting
employment discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people. The Senate agreed on a 61-30 vote to bring up the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, championed in the Senate by Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Seven
Republicans joined all present Democrats in favor.
pleads for Congress to pass ENDA
Time Magazine, November 4, 2013
President Obama made an emphatic plea for Congress to pass the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in an article published by Huffington Post
candidate for governor announces he's gay
KIRO-TV, November 4, 2013
A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine
Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay — a response
to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents
hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.
CEO Tim Cook argues for ENDA
WPTV.com, November 4, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook is urging passage of a federal law that would protect
workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
gives Hillary Clinton an early endorsement
Edge, November 4, 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton says she isn’t in a hurry to make a decision
about running for president again. Her former Senate colleague, Sen. Chuck
Schumer of New York, isn’t waiting for her to make up her mind.
dare to dream of gay marriage in all 50 states
Salinas Californian, November 4, 2013
The Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage
Act in June opened the door to an explosion of activity by gay-marriage
proponents. Today, they are waging their campaign on several fronts: filing
lawsuits, encouraging public officials to defy state bans on gay marriage,
and stepping up a push for state legislation.
vote set for Monday evening
Huffington Post, November 1, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus
on Thursday that he will bring the Employment Nondiscrimination Act up
for a vote on Monday, a senior Democratic aide told The Huffington Post.
candidates, two gay siblings, two reactions
Omaha World Herald, 2013
A gay brother and a gay sister. For two Nebraska gubernatorial candidates,
gay marriage has proven to be more than a mere policy issue, it's a family
affair that Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Annette Dubas have handled
in different ways.
apologizes for ‘Deck the Halls’ ornament which omitted the
PinkNews.co.uk, November 1, 2013
Greetings card and ornament company Hallmark has issued an apology and
withdrawn a sweater ornament which contained lyrics from the Christmas
song Deck the Halls, with the word “gay” omitted.