The Los Angeles Times reported that the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs on Tuesday released its report "Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010," which showed an increase in violence against LGBT people. The report showed a 13% increase over 2009 in violent crimes against people because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or status as HIV-positive. The report also showed that last year's homicide count reached 27, compared to 22 in 2009.
Also on Tuesday, the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said that Romney would not sign an anti-gay pledge authored by the Iowa FAMiLY LEADER. A spokesperson said Romney "strongly supports traditional marriage," but that the pledge "contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign." Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) also recently said he would not sign the pledge.
The mainstream media on Tuesday continued to raise questions around Bachmann & Associates, the counseling clinic owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus. MSNBC hosts Richard Lui, Chris Jansing, Thomas Roberts, Chris Matthews, Martin Bashir, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ed Schultz each had guests on to discuss allegations that the clinic practices so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy. Roberts, Matthews, O’Donnell and Schultz all spoke to representatives from Truth Wins Out.
ABC ran segments about the controversy on Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer, and NBC’s Today also had a piece on the investigations. Finally, CNN’s Anderson Cooper talked to HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky about the clinic and about the harms of so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy. Think Progress highlighted the harmful effects of such therapy.
Contrary to what was reported earlier, a source told the Washington Blade that the Department of Justice will likely appeal a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the permanent injunction against enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” originally awarded by Judge Virginia Phillips in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States.
In Maryland, a spokesperson for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Tuesday that the governor is considering whether he will sponsor a marriage equality bill during next year's legislative session. A coalition called Marylanders for Marriage Equality launched its campaign to pass marriage equality legislation at a press conference in Baltimore.
Former Dallas Cowboys player Michael Irvin (pictured) appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Out magazine. In an interview with the magazine, Irvin discussed openly gay athletes in professional sports: "I would like to see players come forward and be happy with who they are. Hopefully, as we move forward, we'll get to a place where there's no way it's even considered; it just is what it is and everybody can do what they do. That's the ultimate goal." Irvin also opened up about his older brother, who was gay.