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Youth center finds funding source

National News Notes

Survey finds increased support NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Pulse of Equality survey, a new study commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reveals that majorities of Americans now favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for LGBT people. The key findings include: • Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75 percent) …

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Job bias claims match sex, race

National News Notes

Job bias claims match sex, race LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law reveals that laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace are used as frequently by LGBT workers as laws prohibiting sex and race discrimination are used by women and …

Changes for LGBT people in India come at cost

Blackmail, coerced marriages, depression and suicide rampant

The Washington Post and Nashua Telegraph reported mid-November on the state of equality for LGBT people in the world’s largest democracy. Profiling one gay Indian, Mahesh, 24, writer Emily Wax delved into various issues, including gay fears of blackmail, criminal prosecution and the resulting pains of depression, suicide and coerced marriage. After being blackmailed by …

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Global community reacts to Obama victory

Global News

American voters weren’t the only ones tuned to the TV sets on election night. People around the globe watched election returns and picked up the next day’s newspaper for news of the Nov. 4 outcome. Political leaders across the world hailed President-elect Barack Obama’s victory as a landmark achievement and a step in a better …

National election wrap-up

National News Notes

Election wrap-up I: The candidates WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of openly LGBT candidates won election to public offices across the U.S. on Election Day, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The group, which endorsed a record-breaking 111 candidates in 2008, said more than 70 percent of its endorsed candidates had won their races. …

Gay living center underway

Global News Notes

Gay living center underway COLOGNE — A multigenerational gay living center is under construction in this German city. Organizers claim it will be a first of its kind living center in which a variety of LGBT and straight families will live together. Several cities around the world are now home to elderly care and retirement …

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Majority support marriage rights

National News Notes

Trailblazing politician has died ST. PAUL, Minn. — Allan Spear, the first openly gay state legislator to serve in the nation, has died at age 71. Spear was a Minnesota State Senator for nearly 30 years, and served as Senate president for eight of them. Spear’s public declaration of his sexual orientation made national headlines. …

Connecticut victory, Survey finds bias

National News Notes

Connecticut marriage victory HARTFORD, Conn. — In a 4-3 split decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court awarded full access to marriage to the state’s gay and lesbian residents. With this Oct. 10 ruling, the Nutmeg state joined Massachusetts and California in recognizing the right of same-sex couples to wed. The lawsuit, Kerrigan v. the State Commissioner …

Author talk nixed, BBC kiss uproar

Global News Notes

‘EastEnders’ kiss enrages viewers LONDON — Some viewers of the popular British soap “EastEnders” are enraged over the BBC’s decision to include a kiss between a gay male couple. The kiss was between characters Christian Clarke and Lee Thompson, played by actors John Partridge and Carl Ferguson, respectively. The kiss occurred in the Oct. 7 …

Transwoman wins suit, Hearing held on benefits

National News Notes

Diane Shroer Transwoman wins LOC lawsuit WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge ruled Sept. 19 that the Library of Congress illegally discriminated against a Special Forces veteran when she was denied a job after announcing her intention to transition from male to female. In a groundbreaking decision, the court ruled that discriminating against someone for …