More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
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As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer...
— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 5, 2013
Recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen announced that she will withdraw as headliner of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, following a campaign launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance, whose Change.org petition calling on the 'Call Me Maybe' star to denounce the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and scout leaders has amassed over 62,000 signatures. Grammy Award-winning band Train also announced that the group would only perform at the Scout Jamboree if the Boy Scouts ends its anti-gay ban. Read more.
GLAAD launched a Change.org petition with the family of Coy Mathis, a transgender 6-year-old from Colorado, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). The petition asks for Coy's school allow her to use the correct bathroom. In just a few days, more than 25,000 people have signed on to support Coy. Read more.
GLAAD is working closely with transgender mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox, who came out as transgender this week. GLAAD is also working with media to inform audiences that both the NCAA and International Olympic Committee allow trans women to compete against other women, and that science does not support claims that trans women have some sort of competitive advantage over other women. Read more.
GLAAD successfully placed commentary from Rev. Mieke Vandersall in The Huffington Post. Rev. Vandersall highlights the struggles that continue to be faced by LGBT Presbyterians, even after a policy change removing barriers to ordination. Read more.
GLAAD worked to bring reports of the murder of Mississippi gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian to wider attention, and shined a light on the lack of state hate-crimes laws to protect LGBT victims of violence. Rev. Irene Monroe wrote a guest blog for GLAAD about McMillian. Read more.
GLAAD is sharing information and graphics that demonstrate the wide range of support for striking down the so-called "Defense of Marriage" Act (DOMA) and the anti-gay Proposition 8. Recent polling shows that 59% of Americans oppose DOMA, as does former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Bishop Marc Andrus, the National Cathedral, and a wide variety of Jewish groups. Read more.
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage