One gay man was shot in a Columbia Heights restaurant on March 11 and another gay man and a transgender woman were badly beaten on the street the following day in separate incidents during a period of just over 24 hours.
The gay male victims remained hospitalized this week, with one being treated for a bullet wound to his liver and the other awaiting surgery Wednesday afternoon to repair a broken jaw. The transgender woman was treated and released for a head injury after being knocked unconscious.
Parents and teenagers who appear in the documentary "Bully" pleaded Thursday with former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), now the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), to change the film's R rating.
A Ugandan gay rights group filed suit against an American evangelist, Scott Lively, in federal court in Massachusetts on Wednesday, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of gay men and lesbians in Uganda. The lawsuit maintains that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that gay people would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture.
The principal of an Iowa secondary school that allowed members of a Christian rock band to espouse their anti-gay, anti-abortion views while showing students images of fetuses that had apparently been aborted is resigning, the district superintendent said.
Mike Cooper, who oversees grades 7-12 at the school in Dunkerton, will tender his resignation Monday and remain on the job through the end of the school year, Dunkerton Superintendent Jim Stanton told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier for a story published Tuesday.
In the past month, almost half of all Democratic senators, several of Obama's national campaign co-chairs, the House Minority Leader and the chairman of the Democratic convention, among others, have said they support adding marriage equality to the platform. Were this the position that the president held, such proclamations would not be a problem. But Obama says he is still publicly “evolving” on marriage equality. And the wave of support to make it a component of his convention has both surprised aides and set off a private push to keep emotions and expectations in check.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, who continues to campaign for marriage in advance of a likely referendum aimed at overturning the law he signed this month, will speak Friday at a conference in Baltimore for gay and lesbian Catholics.
Dallas police are investigating the beating of two men. They were allegedly beaten because of their perceived sexual orientation.
Police said early Tuesday morning two men who were walking near the intersection of Forest Lane and Audelia Road were attacked.
According to the police report, five men pulled up alongside of them and began yelling derogatory gay slurs. Several of the men got out of the car and beat the victims in the face, head and body with baseball bats.
Addressing the recent spate of “emo killings” in Iraq, in which young gay men and others with similar public presentation have been targets, the spokesman for the American embassy in Iraq told the San Francisco-based group, Gays Without Borders, that the embassy “strongly condemns” the killings and “is fully engaged at the highest levels to end these attacks, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure a secure and free future for all Iraqis.”
A new visitors’ bureau that aims to attract gay tourists to Orlando is getting things started with a bid to attract one of the world’s largest amateur athletic events, the Gay Games.
Converge Orlando Inc. is poised to announce its bid for the 2018 Gay Games at a news conference this afternoon. The international sporting expo, which, like the Olympics, is held every four years, draws thousands of athletes from dozens of countries.