Obama’s executive orders protecting LGBT employees offer some protections, but more are needed JAMES RUSSELL | Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Monday, July 21, barring companies with federal contracts from discriminating against LGBT employees. The move drew praise from a wide variety of local and national leaders and put a [...]
By Lisa Keen | Keen News Service Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, put a voice to many LGBT activists’ concerns when he called today’s decision in a U.S. Supreme Court religious exemption case a “dangerous and radical departure from existing law that creates far more questions than it answers.” [...]
Author Lynn Sherr writes about how the American astronaut kept her private life very private DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Sally Ride made history in 1983 when she became the first American woman in space. But when she died in 2012, it was one line in her obituary that dominated the news: “She is survived [...]
It’s been 11 years since Lawrence v. Texas, but the major advances in LGBT rights have taken place in the 12 months since Windsor LISA KEEN | Keen News Service firstname.lastname@example.org June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar for several reasons. It is the day, in 2003, [...]
LGBT scholar claims movement began decades before Stonewall Lisa Leff | ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of LGBT Americans part of the national narrative. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of [...]
City officials succumb to threats from a religious organization which threatened legal action ASSOCIATED PRESS DANVILLE, Ky. — The Danville City Commission has altered a proposed gay rights ordinance to exempt religious groups after a Baptist-affiliated organization threatened to leave the city. The City Commission changed the proposed ordinance this week, and members voted 3-2 [...]
Will U.S. Supreme Court hear a case now that more than half the states have marriage equality or marriages laws ruled unconstitutional? DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Last week, marriage equality hit a milestone. When judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and state officials decided not to challenge the [...]
A majority of Americans across the nation continue to support same-sex marriage.
LISA KEEN | Keen News Service To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the Tuesday release of a new book on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, Forcing the Spring, by New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT [...]
The shortage of HIV specialist physicians in the South is further burdened by a hefty rise in HIV infections.