From Towleroad: Our reader Scott Hester-Johnson sent us this clip of Jacob Rudolph, a high school senior in Parsippany, New Jersey, who came out to his entire class at their awards ceremony (Class Clown, Most Likely to Succeed, etc.) on January 18.
He had punched me directly in the nose. I fell to the ground and felt him kick me before I passed out. I've heard about these things happening, but it was always a distant thing that I never thought would happen to me. I keep replaying the what-ifs in my head: What if I'd waited five more minutes before I left home? What if I hadn't replied to that guy? What if I'd been more careful and noticed him behind me? What if I had fought back?
Sue Hyde, Director of the Creating Change Conference, stands in the Hyatt Atlanta ballroom. The large, empty room will become the center of activity over the next week as 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists come to Atlanta.
At a news conference Tuesday, local pastors, realtors and attorneys announcing their support for senate bill 2252. "We want to make sure no ones fearful about losing their job and home because of sexual orientation," says Dave Lanpher, Park Company Realtors.
LGBT-equality advocates in Virginia are celebrating a small victory after SB701 passed out of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee on an 8-7 vote Monday evening, clearing its first hurdle on what supporters hope is its path to eventual passage.