The FBI has released its hate crimes statistics for the year 2011. The Anti-Defamation League notes that the overall number of hate crime incidents decreased from 6,628 in 2010 to 6,222, the lowest number of reported hate crimes since 1994.
A gay sports outlet has called for the suspension of ESPN Radio/Washington D.C. hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin for mocking transgender college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig. (Hear the segment above.) Ludwig, 50, of Fremont, Calif., earned national attention last week when she made her debut for Mission College in the Bay Area 32 years after playing as a man in college. (Watch the video below.) Outsports says Czaban and Pollin committed a flagrant foul on their Thursday show, referring to Ludwig as "he/she" and "it" while making snide remarks about her appearance.
Two gay men claim they were singled out for kissing at a Charlottetown bar, but one of the owners says it's all a misunderstanding. The two men say they were on the dance floor of Jack Cameron's Nightclub and Eatery on Friday night when they kissed.
Merck’s charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts’ exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company’s nondiscrimination policy.
Since the Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear two same-sex marriage cases, a cottage industry has sprung up to predict the outcome. Will the Defense of Marriage Act fall, giving legally married gay couples the same federal benefits as heterosexuals? Maybe so.