IEMS Private Timothy McCormick, a 24-year-old gay EMT from Greenwood, Indiana, was killed in a tragic accident early Saturday morning in Indianapolis when the ambulance he was in was struck by a 21-year-old woman WTHI-TV reports had alcohol on her breath when officers spoke with her after the crash.
With the Boy Scouts of America entangled in a furor over its ban on gays, lesser-known youth organizations across the ideological spectrum see an opportunity. They wonder if the turmoil might prompt some families to give them a closer look as options for their boys.
The Republican-led House Majority Caucus laughed off the idea of enacting civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples as they rolled out their “Guiding Principles” last week, characterizing such protections as “what happens inside your home.”
While couples decked out white dresses and tuxedos descended upon City Hall for Valentine's Day nuptials, a parade of LGBT advocates crowded the clerk's office, fighting for the right to someday celebrate their own.
De Avila also is remembered as an early gay rights advocate, said Ron Sylvester, board chairman at the Center Long Beach. "Carlos was a pioneer," Sylvester said. "He was one of the first LGBT activists in our community. He wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to identify himself as a gay man."