For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has had something of a monopoly on neckerchiefs, knot-tying, merit badges and all manner of backcountry skills for boys, treating snakebite and frostbite alike. No more.
A brutal attack on a 22-year-old person of color in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on Thursday night left the victim severly injured and requiring hospitalization to recover from multiple injuries. The victim's sisters suggest that their sibling was dressed in women's clothes at the time of the attack, and say the police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
As President Obama prepares to visit African countries in the upcoming months, LGBT Americans and organizations hope he can deliver a positive message of impact following the wave of anti-LGBT legislation.
Marriage-equality advocates had been hoping for another big win, just weeks before the Supreme Court is scheduled to announce its decisions in the two gay-rights cases argued earlier this year. Instead, they were badly disappointed, if not stunned.