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Obama talks about ‘worst day of my presidency,’ goals for next term

CNN — President Barack Obama appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday, talking about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations and priorities for his administration in his second term. The president told host David Gregory that he was optimistic something will be worked out to keep tax rates from rising on Tuesday — but if not, […]

Charlie Sheen apologizes for gay slur

CNN — Charlie Sheen has mostly stayed away from controversy recently, but he managed to get one last doozy in for 2012. The Los Angeles Times reports that the “Anger Management” star has apologized for a homophobic slur he recently made. According to the publication Sheen was emceeing the opening of a bar at a […]

Planned Parenthood loses bid to delay Texas funding law

(CNN) — A Texas judge denied a Planned Parenthood request for a temporary restraining order Monday that would have extended the organization’s ability to participate in the state’s revamped Women’s Health Program. A law going into effect Tuesday requires the state to fully fund women’s health clinics with the exception of those that are affiliated […]

Gay couple ties the knot in Maine for first time

CNN — A chorus of whoops and cheers greeted Steven Bridges and Michael Snell as they exited City Hall in Portland, Maine, early Saturday as the first same-sex couple to wed under a new law. Supporters of the law allowing same-sex marriage — passed by a referendum in November — jumped up and down, flashed […]

Log Cabin chief steps down; interim executive director named

WASHINGTON – The head of National Log Cabin Republicans, R. Clarke Cooper, will step down from his position Monday and the board of directors announced today that Gregory T. Angelo has been named interim executive director of the organization. Cooper had served as executive director since 2010. “I hope LGBT Republicans and our allies who […]

Anti-gay court clerks to stop performing all marriages in Maryland

Anti-gay deputy court clerks in St Mary’s County, Md., will stop performing marriages when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state next week. Pink News reported that Joan Williams, clerk of the St Mary’s Circuit Court, told the Washington Examiner that some of her employees are opposed to equal marriage for religious reasons. As a result […]

Mexico lifts blood ban on gay and bisexual men

Mexico has become the first country in North America to lift the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to the Medical Daily. Instead, the new regulations will ask prospective donors to recount their sexual history rather than their sexual orientation. Men who have sex with men (MSM) will be eligible to […]

Wilson Cruz’s birthday wish (VIDEO)

   

Transgender no longer a mental ‘disorder’ in diagnostic manual

(CNN) — The American Psychiatric Association announced this month approved changes in its official guide to classifying mental illnesses. Among the major announced changes to the manual, known as DSM-5, is that Asperger’s syndrome will now be included in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder “to help more accurately and consistently diagnose children with autism,” […]

Commentary: Six political lessons of 2012

By Julian Zelizer Editor’s note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of “Jimmy Carter” and of the new book “Governing America.” (CNN) — 2012 has been a tumultuous year in American politics. With the presidential election capping off the year, Americans have witnessed a […]

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