Major League Soccer suspended Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark for three games with pay and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday for uttering an anti-gay slur at a ball boy during the Dynamo’s loss Friday at Seattle.
Five days after Clark screamed at a ball boy who refused to toss him a ball at CenturyLink Field, he became the latest professional athlete - and the first in MLS - to be fined for using a homophobic slur.
The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it has settled a lawsuit with a central Missouri school district whose Internet filtering software was blocking access to nonsexual websites about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Two college students were left bloody and battered, and investigators said they believe the two were attacked because they’re gay.
Miami University student Michael Bustin was walking from one of the establishments on the campus with a man he’d met, talking and minding their own business, when he said they were blindsided with blows.
“I was just walking my friend back from the drag show that was being put on,” Bustin said. “We were both holding hands for a few seconds. There was nothing to it. We were just holding hands.”
When Brunswick High School teacher McKell Barnes hung a T-shirt on her classroom wall that read “gay? fine by me,” she suspected it might elicit some reactions.
What Barnes didn’t expect when students arrived last Monday morning was for dozens of them to say they wanted a T-shirt like that of their own. So Barnes ordered 160 more, which she plans to sell at the school and on Facebook with profits to benefit Brunswick High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
Urban Outfitters doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to gay rights considering the chain store’s CEO Richard Haynes donates to staunch conservatives – including over $13,000 to Rick Santorum alone.
In 2008, a marriage equality shirt was pulled from Urban Outfitters shelves within a week of its release.
Imagine my surprise when a t-shirt with the image Robert Mapplethorpe, one of New York’s great gay icons popped up in the men’s section.
On St. Patrick’s Day I had the pleasure of speaking to about 350 Catholics who gathered together to attend a conference put on by New Ways Ministry, which is an effort to support the LGBT community in the Catholic Church. The women and men I spoke to included nuns and priests, children who had come out and parents who wanted to be supportive. Two female priests gave me special blessing and I left the meeting inspired by the devotion of those who attended.
Following a concert in 2000, 16 year-old Bill Magee had the briefest of meetings with Fiona Apple at which he was able to pass her note requesting that she write a few sentences of support for his school’s Gay Straight Alliance. A half a week later, he received the sweetest letter from Apple:
A House Democratic leader, pushing to end the chamber’s costly legal support of the controversial Defense of Marriage Act, Tuesday urged diverting that money to the Justice Department probe of the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin that has become a civil rights cause.
“We can spend some of that money and address ourselves to the issue in Florida where we could do some investigation and see if there are civil rights violations,” said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., and a senior Democratic whip team member.