As two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating a gay man outside a southwest Atlanta convenience store earlier this year, the attorney for one of them disclosed his client would be prosecuted under a federal hate crime statute.
Brandon White was assaulted and robbed on Feb. 4 in an attack that was recorded and posted online.
In what is arguably the biggest race of the night for the LGBT community in Texas, openly gay candidate Mary Gonzalez captured 53 percent of the early vote in El Paso’s House District 75, putting her well ahead of Hector Enriquez, who was in second with 36 percent.
Gonzalez can avoid a runoff and capture the seat if she stays above 50 percent after Election Day results come in later tonight, as there are no Republicans in the race. (El Paso is an hour behind Dallas.)
The new Mid-America chamber aims to unite the area’s so-far-uncounted gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-owned businesses, foster consumer loyalty within that community, and encourage trade with the broader business and customer population.
Chamber organizers say it’s time to focus public attention on the many successful businesses and talented professionals who are part of the city’s commercial fabric.
Reflecting on the leadership of Philadelphia advocates within the movement for transgender equality, Nurit L. Shein of the Mazzoni Center writes about the upcoming Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (May 31 - June 2, 2012). What began in 2002 as a one-day gathering of transgender advocates, allies and service providers has grown to become the largest transgender-specific conference in the world, offering three full days of workshops and activities.
The letters came from a man who was once beaten with a baseball bat in a racially motivated attack, the widow of a Minnesota judge, a group representing LGBT people from South Asia, a gay member of the Navy, and the father of a woman who committed suicide, among others.
There were more than 100 in all, and nearly all had the same theme: telling the judge it would be unjust to put former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi in prison for using a webcam to see roommate Tyler Clementi kissing another man in 2010, just days before Clementi killed himself.
A wildly insensitive New York Times article on the life and death of trans artist and drag performer Lorena Escalera flared tensions between the gender-variant community and the paper when it was published as part of the Sunday edition on May 14.
Marvel Comics' Astonishing X-Men is set to experience a new sound effect on top of its booms, whams, and snikts: the bong of wedding bells. Specifically, it's the wedding bells of Marvel's first marriage for a gay couple between longtime X-Man Northstar and his civilian boyfriend, Kyle. After pairing up the couple in 2009, Marvel is officially tying their knot in June's Astonishing X-Men #51.
On top of suddenly losing his partner of six years, Shane Bitney Crone was forced to suffer even more because his relationship wasn't legally recognized in the eyes of the law. Shane created a YouTube video with the hope that other couples won't have to go through what he did. The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times.
Gaining the most media this week was President Barack Obama’s historic, public endorsement of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and the citation of his Christian faith as a reason for his support. Faith leaders from all denominations weighed in on his speech, including Jewish groups, Unitarian Universalist churches, and many other Christian branches.