The General Assembly on Wednesday confirmed Andrew J. McDonald, a former Democratic state senator and longtime confidant of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, as the first openly gay justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Rhode Island, the only state in New England that has not legalized gay marriage, began taking up the matter this week. The State House is expected to pass a bill Thursday that would allow anyone to marry “any eligible person regardless of gender.”
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.