Today, June 11th, is the statewide call-in day to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, organized by Empire State Pride Agenda. Polls indicate that 78% of New York State residents support the act, which if passed would prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations.
In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and rejected an appeal that would have protected California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality.
Marcel is 11 years old and gay. He’s also become something of a national celebrity for launching an online petition on left-leaning MoveOn.org that garnered more than 55,000 signatures last week. It resulted in StudentsFirst, a national grassroots organization formed to boost education, rescinding an award it gave to state Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, last year as “educational reformer of the year.”
As the Supreme Court prepares a decision on the fate of Proposition 8, nearly six in 10 California voters now believe same-sex marriage should be legal, with support rising among older voters and in all regions of the state, a new poll has found.
A 26-year-old gay man was beaten eight days ago just outside Brooklyn's 79th Police Precinct by police officers who made homosexual slurs, the victim and two of his roommates who witnessed the incident tell the Voice.
Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy for the United Church of Christ, gives his thoughts on why the policy change could impact church relationships with the Boy Scouts.