As it turns out, coming out of the closet is good for your health—if your family members are supportive, that is.
A new study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in a representative Massachusetts sample experienced significantly less mental health and substance abuse problems if they received positive support from their parents after coming out.
Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE) is pleased to announce that, after a lengthy grassroots campaign by transgender and gender non-conforming Philadelphians and our allies, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) plans to remove the gender stickers from all monthly transit passes by 2015. A fare policy proposal will be submitted to SEPTA’s board of directors that includes this change beginning in the second half of 2013.
At the end of January, New York’s Conservative Party, the most influential of the minor parties that complicate the state’s politics, celebrated its 50th anniversary at a Holiday Inn near the Albany airport, a vast and dingy venue that reminded me of athlete housing left over from the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Politicians like former Gov. George Pataki, who owed his election to the Conservatives, came to pay homage to the party for its record of steering the state’s politics to the right.
The city of Atlanta paid a law firm more than $1.2 million to investigate a 2009 police raid at a Midtown gay bar, almost as much as taxpayers spent to settle three lawsuits brought by patrons and employees who were in the Atlanta Eagle that night in 2009.
The college recently completed a draft of a strategic plan to increase campus diversity, said John Bello-Ogunu, chief diversity officer. The final plan will include ways to make the College of Charleston a more respectful, inclusive and safer place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, he said.
The other day I reported that top Obama campaign officials have held discussions with leading Dems over the possibility that the president will come out for marriage equality before the election. There’s a simmering controversy over whether marriage equality language will be included in the party platform at the convention, which could increase pressure on Obama to complete his evolution on the issue.