Nicholas Coppola

WATCH: Once imprisoned for being HIV+, two men freed during #HIVisNotaCrime conference

At the first ever HIV is Not a Crime Conference, held this week at Grinnell College in Iowa, Bogardus and Rhoades were freed from their GPS monitoring devices with bolt cutters. It was an act of great symbolism, great triumph, and great new beginnings. But until the media, the full spectrum of the LGBT community, politicians, and allies take responsibility for combatting stigma and creating responsible policies, people who are HIV+ will remain chained

Gay Catholics in NYC barred from entry to mass, threatened with arrest

A group of gay and allied Catholics gathered to worship together at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City with dirty hands in response to comments made by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. However, even as they were gathering, they were told by the police that they would be barred from entering the Cathedral unless they washed their hands.

In Bizarre Move, Bishop Who Ousted Gay Catholic from Parish Rejects 18,000 Signatures, Sends Them Back

On April 11, Nicholas Coppola delivered over 18,000 signatures gathered through Faithful America to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asking that Nicholas be once again allowed to volunteer with his parish, after getting married to his husband. On April 23, Bishop William Murphy mailed them back, accompanied by one sentence: "FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP."

Catholic School Teacher Outed in Mother's Obituary and Fired. Students Rally Support.

Carla Hale was fired from her job as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, a private Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio for being gay. Students have rallied around Carla. Jackson Garrity, a senior at Bishop Watterson organized a Change.org petition, asking to have Carla reinstated as a teacher at the school.

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