Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday came out in support of legalizing marriage equality, drawing praise from gay-rights advocates and racheting up the pressure even more on President Barack Obama who has refused to publicly embrace marriage for same-sex couples.
Duncan's comments follow remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday that he is "absolutely comfortable" with marriage equality, a stance his office immediately sought to walk back, saying Biden's views are still "evolving" like the president's.
Having endured severe bullying for the entire school year, on April 16 Dynasty Young of Indianapolis, Indiana used an electrical self-protection device to ward off bullies. Neither Dynasty, nor the bullying perpetrators were injured, but Dynasty was arrested for protecting himself. He was also suspended from school and is now facing expulsion. On Sunday evening, Dynasty and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, sat down for a live interview with CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon.
Tomorrow, North Carolina voters will decide whether the state should invalidate thousands of non-married families, including countless same sex couples. In a newly release ad, Protect All NC Families shows the concrete harms of altering the state's constitution.
A FEW DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR, Ruby Corado, a longtime transgender activist in Washington, D.C., received a telephone call while watching late-night TV. The number on her iPhone was from Rappahannock Regional Jail, about an hour’s drive south of the nation’s capital in Stafford, Va. Rappahannock is one of more than 200 facilities nationwide that contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house those awaiting a judge's decision on whether they can remain in the United States or will be deported back to their home country.
Josh Dixon could become the first openly gay male gymnast to participate in the Olympics.
As Outsports is reporting, the Stanford graduate -- who finished second out of 72 competitors, and tied for wins in floor exercise and high bar, at this weekend's U.S. Men's Qualifier in Colorado Springs -- is publicly addressing his sexual orientation for the first time.
"This would never affect how I'm judged or my position on the U.S. Olympic team," Dixon, who is half-black and half-Japanese, told the site.
Kyle Rooker was in the eighth grade when he was pushed down the stairs at his school and urinated on because other kids thought he was gay. After three years of daily bullying and name calling, he decided enough was enough.
For Damian McGee-Backes, the bullying started in the sixth grade, when a group of kids found out he had two dads. By the eighth grade, after being stabbed in the neck and labeled a “faggot,” Damian was determined to fight back.
Bill Clinton has taped a robocall against the North Carolina marriage amendment that would codify marriage as only between a man and a woman, per the AP:
The ad will be pushed to the phones of hundreds of thousands of North Carolina voters beginning Monday. In it, Clinton urges voters to oppose the amendment, saying it won’t change North Carolina’s statutory ban on marriage equality.