Boy Scouts of America revokes church’s charter after church stands with openly gay scoutmaster

Boy Scouts headquarters is in Texas

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, is calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end its longstanding discriminatory ban on gay adults in Scouting and reinstate Rainier Beach United Methodist Church’s charter.  In March, BSA leaders fired Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood after he came out as [...]

Magnolia, Miss. passes pro-LGBT resolution


Last night Magnolia, Miss. passed a resolution 3-2 recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).  Magnolia joins three other Mississippi cities – Starkville, Hattiesburg and Oxford – which all passed similar resolutions earlier this year. “Like so many cities across America, Magnolia, [...]

Brooklyn bar owner sues to convert business into gay, lesbian watering hole.


When John McGillion first purchased Lulu’s in the Greenpoint neighborhood of northern Brooklyn, he had no idea that less than 10 years later it would become an up-and-coming neighborhood with an increasingly diverse gay and lesbian population. After all, Greenpoint’s history points to a large farming community mostly owned and tilled by first- and second-generation [...]

John O’Connor to step down as EQCA executive director

John O'Connor

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, announced today that its executive director, John O’Connor, will step down in July following a successful, 18-month tenure leading EQCA through a period of extensive organizational transition. EQCA also announced that board member Rick Zbur, a senior partner [...]

Point Foundation co-founders resign


LOS ANGELES – Point Foundation have announced that founders and board members Bruce C. Lindstrom and Carl T. Strickland have resigned.  Due to the breadth and diversity of the Foundation’s board, no replacements have been named. “It has been a pleasure to work with Bruce and Carl, and I am proud of what we have accomplished [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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


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 [...]

Turkey moves forward with plans for separate prisons for gay convicts


To the dismay of LGBT organizations, the Turkish government has announced it will move forward with its plan to build separate prisons for self-declared gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. The goal, officials argue, is to protect those in the sexual minority. “Convicts who stated that they are gay will not mix with other convicts in [...]

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