Después de años de controversia y negativas, los Boy Scouts de America, la organización juvenil más grande del país con 2.7 millones de niños y jóvenes afiliados en más de 100,000 centros en todo el país, decidió permitir la participación de niños gay en sus filas. Al mismo tiempo, seguirá la prohibición para la participación de adultos, sean líderes juveniles o padres de los niños, en las actividades de la organización, si son gays o lesbianas.
LGBT advocates — who faced a setback this week when the Senate kept protections for same-sex couples out of immigration reform — will have to wait until after the Fourth of July holiday to see any action on another top priority: a bill to ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.
Jenna Talackova, the Canadian transgender woman who was ejected from the Miss Universe pageant last year, is making headlines again. Since her famous snub made headlines around the globe, Miss Universe officials have changed the competition’s rules to allow transgender contestants to compete. That spotlight, according to Talackova, landed her in the hot seat with major television networks bidding for her to become their next big reality star.
Although Democrats abandoned same-sex couple provisions in immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, LGBT activists will continue to support the bill, saying there are aspects of the "gang of eight" plan worth fighting for, even if it leaves out gay couples.
Cook County Jail has quietly expanded its transgender policies and services in recent months, opening a protective unit for transgender women and bringing in local advocates to work with detainees and staff.