Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California’s Proposition 8, will take the reins of the nation’s largest LGBT lobbying organization Monday.
Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court refused to reconsider its ruling overturning California’s ban, a development that probably will bring the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Every few years, Manchester resident Jason P. Scappaticci receives a phone call from the Boy Scouts of America asking him to make a donation. He always turns them down.
They call me and I say, ‘No, I’m gay,’ and they say, ‘Oh, okay, thank you for your time,’ and hang up,” Scappaticci said.
Scappaticci, 31, was named an Eagle Scout – the youth program’s highest rank – in his sophomore year of high school. Two years later, when Scappaticci came out as gay, he was no longer active in the Boy Scouts, which bans openly gay members.
Friday afternoon, GLAAD staff had the extraordinary opportunity to meet, speak with, and answer questions from a group of seventeen foreign journalists who cover LGBT issues in their home countries. Reporters from Uganda, Moldova, Nigeria, Singapore, Chile, India, Guyana, and ten other nations joined us in our New York offices.
Newspaper readers in Lancaster, PA were up in arms when Lancaster Newpapers Inc. refused to print a gay couple's engagement announcement. In response, the company changed its policy to become fully inclusive of same-sex relationship milestones. It is at least the second newspaper this week to do so.
Jennifer Tyrrell was kicked out of her son’s Boy Scout troop under the BSA's blanket ban on gay people being affiliated with the organization, either as scouts or leaders. Yesterday, the BSA announced that it would be "considering" a resolution at next year's annual business meeting that would reverse this ban.
After coming under fire for ousting openly gay den mother Jen Tyrrell, Boy Scouts of America officials say the organization will officially consider a resolution to end its ban on allowing openly gay members. But BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement that, "Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is 'reviewing' a policy or signal a change in direction."
An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NAACP President Benajmin Jealous -- and had anyone wanted to wipe out nearly every LGBT leader in the city, they could have done it with one strike.