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NCTE Launches New "Voting While Trans" PSA Series Featuring Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Kit Yan & Other Trans Advocates

This year as many as 25,000 Transgender Americans face being denied the right to vote or having their vote discounted because of new strict photo-ID laws. Visit to find out how you can register to vote and protect yourself this November.

Stompin' on the Savoy: Cancelled Gay Radio Host Speaks Out

Names like Steve Kmetko, Ben Patrick Johnson, and Thomas Roberts come to mind, gay men with successful national media gigs who came out in the public eye. In my case I was flat-out removed from the radio, not for being gay but for merely having a conversation about gay issues on the air. Yes, I am gay, but I wasn't out... yet.

Huffington Post
September 28, 2012

MN Man Arrested for Vandalizing Churches, Defaming LGBT and Religious People

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man who said he hurled rocks and left offensive messages about LGBT people at several churches in one west metro community due to "his anger with God." The vandalism occurred just weeks before Minnesotans vote on whether the state Constitution should be amended to affirm that marriage is solely between a man and a woman. Leaders in various religions have been involved in the public debate on that ballot measure. However, the damaged churches in Buffalo represent denominations that have come down on different sides of the marriage amendment issue.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 27, 2012

MN Catholics Asked to Pay for Anti-Marriage Equality Ads

Minnesota Roman Catholics will receive a letter this week from the state's bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. For many of the more than 400,000 Catholic households expected to get the letter, it marks the first time they've been asked by church leadership to make a financial donation to Minnesota for Marriage, the chief group campaigning for passage of the marriage amendment Nov. 6.

Star Tribune
September 25, 2012

Roman Catholic Leaders Continue to Oppose Equality for LGBT People

Roman Catholic leaders throughout the United States continue to demonstrate that they will not support equality for LGBT people, despite widespread support among American Catholics. The next leader of the Catholic Church in San Francisco was recently announced as Salvatore Cordileone, one of the architects of Proposition 8. Meanwhile, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle both reiterated their opposition to marriage equality in public statements.


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