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GLAAD is on the ground in Washington, D.C., working to share the stories of loving and committed couples with the national media as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in cases against the discriminatory Proposition 8 and the so-called "Defense of Marriage" Act (DOMA). GLAAD also has a live blog of the rallies outside the Supreme Court. Read more.
With the U.S. Supreme Court holding hearings on Proposition 8 and DOMA, GLAAD is partnering with Google+ and the Pride Plus community to host a series of hangouts to provide more information and to give LGBT advocates and couples the chance to share their stories. The first two hangouts took place on March 22 and 25 respectively, and another hangout has been planned for when the court hearings have ended. Read more.
GLAAD's Director of News and Field Media, Aaron McQuade, spoke on Saturday to coaches and administrators of Major League Baseball's RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program, at the league's annual RBI Institute. He was joined by openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis and writer/educator Darnell Moore who were there on behalf of the You Can Play project. The three spoke about creating LGBT-inclusive environments within sports, the need for coaches to be safe spaces unto themselves, the invisibility of LGBT athletes, and the importance of empathy. It was the first time MLB's RBI program included LGBT-specific speakers at its institute.
GLAAD in conjunction with social video network #waywire hosted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" forum with Archie Comics writer/artist Dan Parent. Parent introduced Kevin Keller the first out gay character in the Archie universe in September 2010. Since then, Keller has become the subject of a miniseries and the central figure in his own ongoing series in February 2012. During the forum Parent thanked One Million Moms for their boycott of Life with Archie #16 which flashed forward a few years and saw Kevin marrying Dr. Clay Walker. This became the first Archie issue ever to sell out. Read more.
GLAAD lifted up calls for marriage equality from such a diverse group of American leaders as former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, and evangelical mega-church pastor and author Rob Bell. At the same time, GLAAD shared the recent ABC/Washington Post poll that found that 58% of Americans now support full marriage equality. Read more.
Ross Murray, GLAAD's Director of News and Faith Initiatives spoke to Take Part media about Senator Rob Portman's endorsement of marriage equality after his son came out to him. Read more.
GLAAD elevated a Change.org petition, which gathered over 3500 signatures, calling for the Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow GLSEN to participate. Parade leaders said that they would not include any organization that deals with sexual orientation. The Cincinnati City Council has since signed a motion that requires all parades that take city money to abide by the city's non-discrimination ordinance, which includes protection based on sexual orientation. Read more.