Second Lady Jill Biden spoke out against anti-gay bullying at the PFLAG national convention this afternoon, and congratulated the organization for "shining a light"; on LGBT equality in "places where yours is the only voice of support and acceptance": "We have all heard painful stories of bullying and harassment. And we have read too many accounts of heartbreaking incidents where kids are driven to take...
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.
A new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found majority support for equality for transgender people. The poll shows that 89% "agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans."
A report released this week by National Institute on Money in State Politics found that the National Organization for Marriage spent $721,708 in a campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality.
Essex High School freshman Cole Peterson claims he was attacked over the weekend by two fellow freshman who targeted him because he is bi. Peterson said, "All along the way they were making gay jokes" and saying anti-gay slurs.
Nikkie Poteet, the current Miss Virginia USA, on Thursday responded to accusations that she used anti-gay slurs against her roommate during an argument on Sunday morning. Poteet said, "Those that know me will agree that these accusations are inconsistent with my character and the reputation that I have built thus far, not only as Miss Virginia USA, but as an educated, hard-working, independent woman."
Officials at Westerville High School South on Thursday denied claims that a fight between two students was about orientation. The mother of one of the students said her son was targeted because his sister is a lesbian.
Anti-gay slurs were spray painted on Monday on various buildings at Wake Forest University. Campus police and a university official have since met with members of the school's Gay-Straight Student Alliance.