South Carolina town fires veteran openly gay police chief

Chief Crystal Moore

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling for the reinstatement of the Latta, SC police chief, who is openly gay.  According to news reports, Chief Crystal Moore was fired by Mayor Earl Bullard after he reprimanded her seven times in one day.  Chief Moore says the reprimands received on Tuesday were the first she has [...]

Judge overturns order to disclose documents detailing publication of Regnerus’ junk science

Mark Regenerus

WASHINGTON – In a disappointing move, a Florida state court judge overturned an earlier ruling that the University of Central Florida (UCF) must turn over records related to the publication of a debunked 2012 study conducted by discredited anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents. The ruling comes after UCF appealed a [...]

Jamaican national avoids deportation by claiming he’s gay 12 years after murdering another teen

The Royal Courts of Justice, London

LONDON — In case that is sending shockwaves through the British legal system, a Jamaican national known only as ‘JR’ was spared deportation from England after a London Court of Appeals ruled that he was at risk of having his human rights abrogated should he be sent back to his home country, reports U.K.’s Daily [...]

US continues to monitor LGBT rights in India

India

Speaking before an audience at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Richard E. Hoagland, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs stated in a Press Trust of India report that appeared in Siasat.com, “We monitor the situation in India, where the Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling [...]

Prop. 8 lawyer Charles Cooper supports his openly gay daughter

Forcing the Spring

Charles J. Cooper, the chief legal defender of Proposition 8 for the duration of the Perry case, has an openly gay stepdaughter named Ashley and that Cooper and his wife, Debbie, are helping to plan Ashley’s upcoming wedding to her partner of several years. The news was disclosed in the upcoming book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the [...]

Janet Mock, transgender advocate, to speak at UC San Diego

Janet Mock

SAN DIEGO — The University of California, San Diego will host Janet Mock, a transgender advocate, writer and New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Price Center Theatre on campus. After publicly proclaiming her identity as a [...]

Bettie Cain sentenced to 2 years in jail

Las Colinas Womens Detention Facility in Santee

SAN DIEGO — Bettie Lois Cain has been sentenced to two years in jail for grand theft auto and four counts of writing bad checks for renting property on closed bank accounts from a defunct business she ran in North Park. Cain, 68, of Normal Heights, will be serving her sentence in the Las Colinas [...]

ASA Amicus Brief supports suit to overturn Virginia’s gay marriage ban

ASA

WASHINGTON, DC,  — The American Sociological Association (ASA) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today supporting the fight to overturn Virginia’s gay marriage ban and continuing its now 14-month effort to highlight the overwhelming body of social science research that confirms “children fare just as well” when [...]

Ruling on transgender people may help gay rights, say Indian lawyers

New Delhi Photo GayAsiaNews

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court’s ruling recognizing transgender people as the third sex might pave the way for decriminalizing same-sex relations in India, say gay-rights lawyers and activists in India, GayAsiaNews reports. In a landmark ruling on April 15, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri directed that transgender people [...]

San Diego LGBT Community Center announces 25th annual AIDS Walk weekend Sept. 27-28

AIDS Walk & Run Photo: The San Diego LGBT Center

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced a special slate of activities to commemorate the 25th annual AIDS Walk. This silver anniversary weekend will take place Sept. 27-28. This year’s event will feature the AIDS Walk & Run on Sat., Sept. 27, with additional community events and fundraisers taking place throughout [...]

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