A memorial service is being held this morning for the fifth suicide in as many years at Pleasant Hill, Iowa’s Southeast Polk High School. 16-year-old AJ Betts stood up for other gay kids, but after being outed himself, he suffered harassment from his peers for being “different.”
A birth certificate listing only one parent has left an Iowa City same-sex couple confused. Last week Lindsey Clark and Joanne Abbas received a birth certificate for their second child, Thea. The certificate lists only Joanne as a parent, despite a May Iowa Supreme Court ruling, which states both same-sex parents should be allowed to put their names on a newborn’s birth certificate.
Two Portland women say their cab ride was cut short when the driver kicked them out and left them on the side of Interstate 84. Why did the driver do that? The women say it was because they are a same-sex couple.
Two cases surfaced this week revealing proof of a shift in attitudes toward LGBT individuals in the world of sports. Rutgers Athletic Director, Julie Hermann, openly revealed she was gay in her biography on Rutgers' official website. Meanwhile, the basketball coach of Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York, came out to his players and the nation by telling his inspirational testimony of coming out.