WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to HRC, we are witnessing “the fall of the empire opposed to same-sex marriage. Widespread losses, sagging poll numbers, and poor investments make it difficult to see how national groups like the so-called National Organization for Marriage remain viable.”
On Jan 7, the government agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 181 former service members who had their separation pay cut in half due to a Defense Department policy targeting service members honorably discharged for “homosexuality.” Under the terms of the settlement, plaintiffs will receive their full pay, which amounts to approximately $2.4 million. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed the lawsuit.
On Dec. 21, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily delayed the start date of a new California law that protects LGBT youth from therapists who try to change their sexual orientation using discredited practices that medical experts warn can cause serious harm.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time, crimes directed against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation are the second most frequent hate crime committed after crimes based on race, according to the 2011 hate crimes statistics released Dec. 10 by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Surpassing crimes committed on the basis on religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Southern Poverty Law Center, joined by the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, filed a lawsuit Nov. 27 against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), its founder, Arthur Goldberg (pictured) and a counselor, Alan Downing, for peddling conversion therapy services, a dangerous and discredited practice that fraudulently claims to convert people from gay to straight.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On Election Day, the residents of Maine, Maryland and Washington affirmed that their states will recognize marriages for lesbian and gay couples. An analyses of Census 2010 data conducted by the Williams Institute suggests that approximately 35,000 same-sex couples live in these states and that over 17,000 will marry in the next three years. Many of these couples are raising children, ranging from 14 percent of same-sex couples living in Maine to 20 percent in Maryland.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) have tapped Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization, which will be known as OutServe-SLDN. The two organizations finalized their merger at the beginning of the month. The plan to join was announced in July.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled Oct. 18 that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against married same-sex couples. N.Y. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman had filed a friend-of-the-court brief together with Vermont and Connecticut arguing that DOMA violates same-sex couples’ right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution and should be more closely scrutinized because it constitutes a sweeping intrusion into the States’ regulation of marriage.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A groundbreaking new state law will protect LGBT youth from psychological abuse by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender expression.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of GetEQUAL, a national direct-action LGBT equality group, were dragged from a Sept. 15 protest inside the “Values Voter Summit” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — After 20 years on the Public Broadcasting Network, the “In the Life” series chronicling LGBT stories in the fight for equality, will end with its December 2012 segment. This Emmy Award-nominated has been a signature series and shattered stereotypes and helped pave the way for today’s LGBT movement.
First out Brigadier General pinned ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Army Col. Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. [...]
Dynasty Young, a gay, gender non-conforming 17-year-old, will not be allowed to return to his former high school officials for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) have decided.
Study results released at the recent 19th International AIDS Conference show disturbing rates of new HIV infections occurring among black gay and bisexual men in the U.S. (also known as men who have sex with men, or MSM), particularly young black MSM.
The boards of directors of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe have announced plans to merge the two organizations by October 2012 with a new name and a newly configured board of directors led by a representative from each existing organization.
Huelskamp most anti-gay Congressman WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to the Center for American Progress, the most anti-gay member of Congress has been freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). In his first [...]
Possible headway with Scouts NEW YORK, N.Y. — Sources have confirmed that Boy Scouts of America officials have proposed a new policy — which could be voted on as early [...]
On May 8, the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to give final approval to rename a street after slain LGBT civil rights hero Harvey Milk.
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued the guideline National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape. Building on recommendations provided by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and many allied advocates, the policy includes critical provisions for the operation of prisons and the treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming inmates, all aimed at ending sexual abuse.