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Military loosens recruiting restrictions on rapists, kidnappers

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' continues to bar qualified gay Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New data has been released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee showing the U.S. Armed Forces loosened recruiting guidelines to allow entry to applicants with serious criminal histories, including sexual offenders, kidnappers and arsonists. The new data, which focused on the Army and Marine Corps, comes to light as the …

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Straight spouses support gay marriage

National group publishes position paper calling for legal marriage

Amity Pierce Buxton, Ph.D., is the founder of the Straight Spouse Network and author of ‘The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families.’ OAKLAND, Calif. — A non-profit organization that supports the heterosexual spouses and/or ex-spouses of LGBT people has released a position paper in support of legalizing same-sex …

Bloggers set to unite for LGBT families

Third annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day June 2

BOSTON, Mass. — The third annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day, when bloggers of all sexual orientations and gender identities come together and write in support of LGBT families, is June 2. Last year, over 150 bloggers took part in the event. Developed by LGBT-parenting site Mombian and sponsored by the Family Equality Council, Blogging …

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Study: Gays heart blogs

New study says more gays read, respond to blogging than straight peers

According to a new online study, gay and lesbian adults are more active in the blogosphere than their straight counterparts. Hmmm, wonder why? Gossip and drama and celebrity buzz? No, none of those could be the reason. Seriously, news and current event blogs actually ranked the highest among gay and lesbian adults surveyed, with pop …

Groups urge D.A. to try King killer as a minor

'We call on prosecutors not to compound this tragedy with another wrong'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A coalition of 27 groups fighting for LGBT rights has called on Ventura County prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, and not as an adult. McInerney has been charged as an adult in the Feb. 12 murder of his E.O. Green Middle School classmate, 15-year-old Lawrence King. Students …

Kids’ cartoon character becomes member of gay rights group

Title animated character in 'Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me' has become a member of COLAGE

OMAHA, Neb. — Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) are welcoming a new member. Recently, Buddy G, the starring animated character of the show “Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me,” an animated cartoon series for children starring a character with same sex parents, joined the organization. “Buddy G is a perfect fit for …

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Gay freshman elected student body prez at N.C. college

Michael Tuso's victory potentially the first in UNC system student politics

Michael Tuso does not describe himself as an activist, but lives his life to help others. GREENSBORO — An openly gay freshman at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) won the student government spring election for student body president by an overwhelming majority in mid-April. Michael Tuso, 19, a native of Raleigh, officially took office …

Senate candidates discuss gay rights

Lesser-known candidates spout anti-gay rhetoric, Hagan opens up

GREENSBORO — Four candidates vying for the opportunity to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole took to the airwaves on Tuesday evening at a public university, televised debate run entirely by student broadcasters and journalists. N.C. State Sen. Kay Hagan, Chapel Hill businessman Jim Neal, podiatrist Howard Staley and attorney Marcus Williams spoke on issues …

Clinton endorsement marred by Easley ‘pansy’ comparison

RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Mike Easley endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today in a ceremony on the campus of North Carolina State University. Easley said there was “nothing I love more than a strong powerful woman,” and said Clinton’s campaigning “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.” The “pansy” remark has gotten the …

Coble challenger receives gay PAC endorsement

GREENSBORO — Jay Ovittore, a Democratic challenger for veteran U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s 6th District seat, has received the endorsement of the Replacements, Ltd. Political Action Committee. Headed up by Replacements, Ltd. owners Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen, an openly gay couple who support a wide array of LGBT advocacy causes, the PAC is known …