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10th Circuit: Will Banning Same-Sex Couples from Marrying Violate the Constitution?

10th Circuit: Will Banning Same-Sex Couples from Marrying Violate the Constitution?

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Utah […]

Waltham House Celebrates 11 Years of Serving GLBTQ Youth at Annual Fundraiser

Waltham House Celebrates 11 Years of Serving GLBTQ Youth at Annual Fundraiser

By: Lauren Walleser/ TRT Assistant Editor— The Home for Little Wanderers’ Waltham House, a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth ages 14 to 18, will celebrate its 11th anniversary April 12 at a fundraiser in Boston. The program was […]

Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT […]

Boy Scouts of America Fire Gay Scoutmaster After He Comes Out to NBC News

Boy Scouts of America Fire Gay Scoutmaster After He Comes Out to NBC News

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end its longstanding discriminatory ban on gay adults in Scouting after BSA leaders revoked the membership of an openly gay Scoutmaster in Washington state when he came out […]

HRC Calls on Winston-Salem State University to Protect Gay Student, Stop Anti-LGBT Harassment

HRC Calls on Winston-Salem State University to Protect Gay Student, Stop Anti-LGBT Harassment

WSSU slow to act as student is target of aggressive anti-gay cyber bullying WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization is calling on leaders at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina to act swiftly and deliberately in addressing the aggressive cyber bullying of an […]

The Affordable Care Act & the 'Unreachable Community'

The Affordable Care Act & the ‘Unreachable Community’

By: Sarah Toce— For many the thought of enrolling in health care coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is nearly impossible to imagine. Many in the Latino community, specifically, fear for the safety and security of their family members, and the threat of deportation is a heavy burden to bear. But what if that […]

Marriage Equality Arrives in England and Wales

Marriage Equality Arrives in England and Wales

Gay and lesbian couples can now legally marry in 16 countries around the world WASHINGTON – At the stroke of midnight (yesterday), thousands of gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales will tie the knot. At that time, marriage equality will become the law of the land, bringing to 16 the number of countries […]

Supreme Court Seems to Lean Toward Religious Exemptions

Supreme Court Seems to Lean Toward Religious Exemptions

Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education.

Sixth Circuit Issues Stay Until Wednesday

Sixth Circuit Issues Stay Until Wednesday

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay at 5 p.m. Saturday of a district court decision Friday that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, but hundreds of couples had already married by that time. Michigan’s first marriage of a same-sex couple took place just after […]

RI Gay Speaker of the House Resigns Following Raid

RI Gay Speaker of the House Resigns Following Raid

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— The openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, abruptly resigned his leadership position Saturday following a police raid on his home Friday for a criminal investigation. The subjection of the investigation has yet to be disclosed. The Providence Journal reported Saturday night that federal and […]

Breaking: Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

Breaking: Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— A federal judge in Detroit ruled Friday that Michigan’s ban against same-sex couples marrying violates the couples’ constitutional rights to equal protection. The Michigan decision, from U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman (a Reagan appointee) falls squarely in line rulings from federal district court judges in eight other states in […]

Westboro Baptist Church Leader, Phelps, is Dead

Westboro Baptist Church Leader, Phelps, is Dead

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— The leader of a small Baptist church in Westboro, Kansas, who made a name for himself by traveling the country to hoist up “God Hates Fags” placards, is dead. A spokesman for Westboro Baptist Church, whose website address is godhatesfags.com, told CNN today that Phelps, 84, died of natural causes. […]

LGBTs March in Southie’s Big Parades

LGBTs March in Southie’s Big Parades

See the rest of the photos here! By: Chuck Colbert*/TRT Reporter— Gay pride unfurled its rainbow colors to brisk March breezes in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade sponsored by the Allied War Veterans Council—almost as explicitly as it did in an alternative parade that followed afterwards. It’s not as if LGBT people had […]

NCLR in Palm Springs Event Celebrates Progress Made in LGBT Equality

NCLR in Palm Springs Event Celebrates Progress Made in LGBT Equality

PALM SPRINGS, Ca.—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce its annual Dinah Weekend celebration on April 5th honoring the progress that has been made in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet. More than 200 people from across […]

MassMutual Joins Forces with NGLCC to Support LGBT Business Owners

MassMutual Joins Forces with NGLCC to Support LGBT Business Owners

Showcase Diversity of Talent in LGBT Communities; Bring Hands-on Road Shows to LGBT Businesses in California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and Ohio SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced today that it has become a corporate partner with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to help that organization advance the economic equality of […]

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