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Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I ain’t gay. Sorry.”

In a New York Times feature piece, South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham humorously dismissed rumors that he’s a gay man in the closet. The senator was responding to writer Robert Draper’s question regarding ALIPAC activist William Gheen’s assertion that Graham’s vote on immigration reform was being coerced by Democrats threatening to out him. Graham …

Tenn. court reverses custody decision against lesbian mother

A Tennessee appeals court has reversed a trial court’s decision barring lesbian mother Angel Chandler’s partner of nearly 10 years from sleeping in Chandler’s home while one or both of Chandler’s children are spending the night. The appellate court on June 29 unanimously agreed the trial court judge, Gibson County Chancellor George Ellis, had “abused …

Hospital visitation rule change proposed

In response to President Obama’s April memorandum — which directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure equal treatment in hospital visitation — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed new rules for hospital visitation rights. This change would allow patients or their representatives to indicate to hospital staff whom …

Chapel Hill passes gay immigration resolution

Council unanimously supports recognition of LGBT bi-national couples

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A resolution urging national lawmakers to pass LGBT-inclusive immigration reform was approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council Monday night. Current federal immigration law does not recognize foreign same-sex partners of American citizens. The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) would amend the law and allow American citizens to sponsor their foreign-born …

Gay blood donor ban upheld

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted 9 to 6 on June 11 to recommend that the FDA maintain its current policy. Though the committee voted to recommend against changing the current policy, the committee did recommend, among other actions, that quarantine release errors should be …

Singing out: Celebrating 20 years of song

One Voice Chorus celebrates anniversary with ‘School Bells’ concert

Lonnie Green, a new member of One Voice Chorus, says that joining and singing has been a great experience for him. Green says that the chorus is a “very warm, friendly, cordial” environment for LGBT people as well as for people who have no musical experience. According to their website, “a sense of humor, a …

New policy for passport gender change

Just in time for national LGBT Pride Month, the U.S. State Department announced yesterday that it will no longer require individuals to have undergone gender reassignment surgery in order to change the sex marker shown on their passports. Instead, there will only be a requirement to obtain a certification from a medical physician that states …

Convicted gay Malawi couple pardoned

Last week we posted about a gay Malawi couple convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison and hard labor for holding an engagement ceremony. The couple was convicted May 18 and sentenced on May 20. Since then, Steven Mojenza was moved to a different prison on May 26 so that the couple would be …

The Senator’s son

Tilden Hagan shares campaign experience with Charlotte Guild

When he learned his mother would be running for U.S. Senate, Tilden Hagan left San Diego, Calif., for Greensboro, the headquarters of the Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate campaign. Hagan, who is straight, is no stranger to the world of politics. His mother first ran for the North Carolina Senate when he was in high …

White House wants to compromise on DADT repeal

The White House, leaders in Congress and LGBT rights organizations like the Human Rights Campaign are voicing support for a compromise on legislation that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Defense Secretary Gates wrote a letter to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in opposition to Congressional action prior to completion of the …