The New Yorker: "Dharun Ravi grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, in a large, modern house with wide expanses of wood flooring and a swimming pool out back. Assertive and athletic, he used 'DHARUNISAWESOME' as a computer password and played on an Ultimate Frisbee team..."
During a campaign stop in Florida, the mother of a gay son asked former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), "I want to know why he can't have the same rights as you have?" Santorum responded, "Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right, to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father."
Linda Cole filed suit Thursday with federal health authorities after staff at Washington Adventist Hospital denied her access to visit her partner, Kathryn Wilderotter, who was hospitalized after a seizure.
Yesterday, advocates in North Carolina launched the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, a campaign working to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. The ban, known as Amendment One, would not only deny same-sex couples marriage, but would strip all unmarried couples of many legal protections, such as those afforded by domestic partnerships and civil unions.
In a segment on this week's Need to Know, the PBS news broadcast examines the epidemic of homelessness that LGBT youth experience and shares the stories of LGBT adults opening their homes and families to LGBT youth.
In the face of an anti-transgender boycott, the Girl Scouts continue to speak out in support of inclusive and welcoming policies for all girls. GLAAD calls on the media to address transgender children and issues of gender identity responsibly.
During an appearance at a school in N.H., former Senator Rick Santorum (R- Pa.) said that LGBT couples raising children "[robs] children of something they need, they deserve, they have a right to. You may rationalize that that isn't true, but in your own life and in your own heart, you know it's true."
GLAAD worked closely with Imani Rashid, author, community organizer and African-American Lesbians United for Social Change (AALUSC) board member, as well as Huffington Post Gay Voices and Black Voices to highlight the significance of Kwanzaa for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender African Americans.