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D.C. Council approves marriages

December 26, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Point scholarships available LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit, has opened its 2010 application season. Students who will be enrolled [...]

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FBI: Anti-gay crimes up in 2008

December 12, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

FBI: Anti-gay crimes up in 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of victims of bias-motivated crimes based on [...]

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Report: gay youth in juvenile court system

November 28, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Report looks at treatment of gay youth in juvenile court system SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for [...]

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Gay-themed book ok’d for fair

November 14, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Gay-themed book ok’d for fair NEW YORK, N.Y. — After meeting with media watchdog group The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, powerhouse bookseller Scholastic Inc. has decided to feature [...]

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Gay adoption bill introduced

October 31, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Gay adoption bill introduced WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (HR 3827) which would codify sexual orientation non-discrimination in foster [...]

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Gay man tapped for Ambassador

October 17, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Gay man tapped for Ambassador NEW YORK, N.Y. — The White House wants David Huebner to be the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa. If [...]

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Compelling data at ENDA hearing

October 3, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Compelling data at ENDA hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing Sept. 23 on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar [...]

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Anti-tobacco effort readied

September 19, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Anti-tobacco effort readied WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Youth Advocacy Coalition has received a $100,000 award from the American Legacy Foundation to create a national tobacco working group targeting LGBT, [...]

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Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur

September 5, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest agency dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, plans to name a residence in [...]

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APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth

August 22, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth TORONTO — The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Aug. 5 stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual [...]

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HRC launches ‘No Excuses’

August 8, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

‘No Excuses’ for inaction WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign has launched a national effort called “No Excuses” to lobby Congress on key issues of equality. Timed to take [...]

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Congress considers gay bills

July 25, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Congress considers gay bills WASHINGTON, D.C. — A trio of bills seeking to advance the rights of LGBT Americans have been introduced on Capitol Hill and are currently making their [...]

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Coalition pursues policy changes

July 11, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Coalition pursues policy changes NEW YORK, N.Y. — A coalition of 17 LGBT equality organizations has announced the New Beginning Initiative, designed to push for concrete federal administration policy and [...]

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Foster child returned

June 27, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Court ruling returns foster child CHARLESTON, W.V. — The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled June 5 that a foster child should be returned to her lesbian foster [...]

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N.H. legalizes gay marriage

June 13, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

N.H. legalizes gay marriage CONCORD, N.H. — On June 3, Gov. John Lynch signed legislation that will give the legal protections of marriage to gay and lesbian couples in New [...]

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D.P. bill before Congress

May 30, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

D.P. benefits bill before Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. — National gay leaders hailed the introduction of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act in the U.S. Congress earlier this month. The [...]

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Marriage gains nationwide

May 16, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Maine OKs same-sex marriage AUGUSTA, Maine — On May 6, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill extending full marriage rights to same-sex couples in his state. The [...]

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Faith-based equality effort

May 2, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Faith-based effort for equality AUSTIN, Texas — Advocates for LGBT equality, looking to develop dialogue about gay rights with members of faith communities across the nation, will embark on the [...]

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Iowa, Vermont marriage victories

April 18, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Gay marriage victory: Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa — On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 1998 state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The ruling recognized [...]

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Prez signs onto U.N. declaration

April 4, 2009 in National News Notes by David Stout

Prez signs onto U.N. declaration WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration has formally endorsed a United Nations declaration calling for an end to discrimination and other human rights abuses based [...]