Posts by Ross Murray, Director of Programs, Global and US South

GLAAD is on the ground at Creating Change. Come join us!

Heading to the Creating Change conference in Denver this weekend? Or maybe you are already there. In any case, GLAAD staff are hopping on a Southwest Airlines flight this week to share the best practices from our work, and meet with LGBT advocates from across the country. Stop by and say hi.

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Appeals court denies holding off any longer, marriage equality begins in Alabama February 9

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state of Alabama’s request to extend a stay in two federal court rulings in favor of the freedom to marry. This means that the stay will expire on February 9th and same-sex couples in Alabama will subsequently be able to marry.

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Former 'ex-gay' poster boy competes in Cutthroat Kitchen

John Paulk was the former poster boy for the so-called "ex-gay" movement, but in 2012, he came out and renounced their involvement with the movement. Now he is appearing as a contestant on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Nashville megachurch (and Carrie Underwood's church) declares full acceptance of LGBT people

GracePointe Church in Nashville has been in a three-year discernment process about the role of LGBT people in the church. Now, TIME Magazine reports that the church has come out in support of LGBT people and their full participation in the church.

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Bryan Fischer's statements prove a liability for American Family Association, cost him his high-profile job

Bryan Fischer, whose inflammatory statements have been documented through GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, has gone too far for his employer, the American Family Association (AFA). Leaders of the AFA shared with the Rachel Maddow show that he should no longer be referred to as the Director of Issues Analysis for the organization.

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Mormon hierarchy calls for freedom to ignore laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination

Leaders from the Church of Latter Day Saints, or the Mormons, held a press conference today, stating that the church would, in undetermined cases, support non-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people. However, in return, the church stated that it would not change its beliefs about LGBT people, and would continue to support broad religious exemptions that undermine those laws.

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After years of giving voice to LGBT youth, Children-404 convicted under "anti-propaganda" law

Lena Klimova, who created an online support group called for gay teens called "Children-404" in Russia, has now been convicted under Russia's "anti-propaganda" law.

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Marriage equality comes to Alabama

On Friday evening, the United States District Court for the 11th Circuit in Alabama struck down the ban on marriage equality in Alabama. U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade found that the Alabama Constitution and the Alabama Code containing these prohibitions are unconstitutional because they violated the due process clause and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

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