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Beyond the Carolinas: NBA player comes out

May 10, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Sports Illustrated features gay Boston officer

April 26, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Soon-to-be iconic images — taken moments after the second blast on April 15 in the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon — feature three Boston police officers coming to the aid of a fallen runner. One of these officers is Boston PD’s LGBT community liaison.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Gay student’s HIV status revealed

April 12, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Campus police at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) have launched an investigation over flyers that surfaced on campus that detailed private medical information about a gay student’s HIV status.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Marriage suit filed in New Mexico

March 29, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Two same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry filed a lawsuit on March 21 in Albuquerque’s district court after they applied for and were denied marriage licenses by the Bernalillo County Clerk.

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Clinton: I signed DOMA to prevent ban

March 15, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Writing in an op-ed in The Washington Post on March 7, President Bill Clinton said he signed the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 in order to “defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.”

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Beyond the Carolinas: Study reveals LGBT percentages

March 1, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

The percentage of adults in the U.S. who identify as LGBT ranges from 1.7 percent in North Dakota to 5.1 percent in Hawaii and 10 percent in the District of Columbia, according to findings from a new study released by Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates and Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Obama criticized for national prayer breakfast

February 15, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

To the dismay of many within the LGBT community, President Barack Obama joined numerous House and Senate members at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.

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Gayest. Inauguration. Ever.

February 1, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

President Barack Obama’s second inauguration was historic for a variety of reasons, but for many the Jan. 22 events will be remembered for the unprecedented inclusion of the LGBT community.

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Beyond the Carolinas: National anti-gay groups are no longer viable

February 1, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

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.”

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Beyond the Carolinas: Lawsuit: Service members win full pay

January 18, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Score a ‘victory’ spot

January 18, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Lainey Millen

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is holding a candidate and campaign training from Feb. 14-17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. 3rd St., in Phoenix, Ariz.

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California youth protection law delayed

January 4, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Anti-gay hate crimes increasing

December 22, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: ‘Ex-gay’ agency sued for fraud

December 8, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Gay marriage by the numbers

November 24, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: OutServe-SLDN name first director

November 10, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: DOMA Pt. 1: Court sides with equality

October 27, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: ‘Ex-gay’ quackery outlawed

October 13, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Activists disrupt anti-gay summit

September 29, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

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.

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Beyond the Carolinas: PBS to end LGBT series

September 15, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

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.