Tavares Spencer, 16, is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charges carry enhanced penalties because officials are considering this a hate crime.
A Tennessee family has started a petition calling StudentsFirst to retract a supporter of Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which stated that teachers should not be able to talk about any type of sexuality that isn't, "related to natural human reproduction." GLAAD is calling upon allies and members of the LGBT community to sign the petition, and bring awareness to the anti-LGBT sentiments and legislation that Ragan has openly defended.
This crime was the deadliest attack on the LGBT population in United States history. 32 people dead, 40 years of silence, and 1 man who chose to create a musical dedicated to the lives that were forgotten.
In a historic move, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has elected its first-ever openly gay bishop. The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected to a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area.