On Sunday, October 30, in Reno, Texas, Burke Burnett was stabbed repeatedly with a broken beer bottle and thrown onto a fire. At the same time, 26-year-old Burke, who is openly gay, was taunted with numerous anti-gay slurs. "I was hurt really badly that night, emotionally and physically, but I didn't lose my life, and that's the most important thing," said Burke. GLAAD has been working closely with Burke to help him share his story with the media.
Today a Senate panel unanimously advanced Michael Walter Fitzgerald's nomination to the full Senate. FRCAction and the Traditional Values Coalition submitted letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to oppose the nomination of the openly gay nominee for U.S. District for the Central District of California.
Police in Texas arrested Daniel Martin, James Mitchell Laster and Micky Joe Smith in connection with an attack on openly gay Burke Bennett over the weekend. The suspects are being held on charges of aggravated assault.
Some members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging the body to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent lesbian and gay service members from using military facilities for marriage ceremonies.
"Ohio must have the courage to confront bullying," said Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio. "Until our state's laws and school policies specifically address this problem, bullying will continue unabated and schools will remain unsafe."