Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick held a swearing-in ceremony for members of an independent commission seeking to improve state services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Patrick administered the oath of office on Jan. 9 to members of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. The independent commission promotes better use of private and public resources.
Police who found two men dead in a Salt Lake City home last week have ruled the deaths a murder-suicide.
Authorities say it appears a 70-year-old man shot his 67-year-old domestic partner before killing himself. Sgt. Shawn Josephson says both men had significant medical issues.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that Richard Blanco will serve as the inaugural poet at the swearing-in ceremony Jan. 21.
"I’m beside myself, bestowed with this great honor, brimming over with excitement, awe and gratitude,” Blanco stated. “In many ways, this is the very ‘stuff’ of the American Dream, which underlies so much of my work and my life’s story – America’s story, really. I am thrilled by the thought of coming together during this great occasion to celebrate our country and its people through the power of poetry.”
The start of the new legislative in Illinois brought the reintroduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
On Jan. 9, Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, sponsored the reintroduced Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce has announced that Atlanta will host the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality.
More than 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates from across the nation are expected to meet at the Hilton in downtown Atlanta Jan. 23-27 for more than 15 networking sessions, symposiums, interfaith services and more.
The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese this week urged state lawmakers to drop legislation to legalize gay marriage, which he called “immoral and unnecessary.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement urging lawmakers to drop legislation to allow same-sex couples to wed. He said that while “individuals with same-sex attraction” are invited to be members of the Catholic Church, the church cannot support gay marriage.
Myrlie Evers-Williams has been selected to deliver the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21 in Washington.
The White House made the announcement Jan. 8.
Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – the organization that adopted so many LGBT people and helped so many come out as the parent of an LGBT kid – has died.
A statement from PFLAG's national executive director, Jody Huckaby: "Today the world has lost a pioneer: Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Mother of the Straight Ally movement.
A lawmaker says he will push the Indiana General Assembly to debate a gay marriage ban this session.
Republican state Rep. Eric Turner, of Cicero said he'll file a resolution this session to write the state's ban on gay marriage into the Indiana constitution.
The Des Moines NAACP Youth Council says the Des Moines school district should not have made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a snow makeup day this year.
The district is using Jan. 21 to make up two days of school that were canceled because of a late December storm.
The Washington National Cathedral announced Jan. 9 that – effective immediately – it will allow the celebration of same-sex weddings.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean, said in an announcement on the cathedral's website, “Washington National Cathedral has a long history of advancing equality for people of all faiths and perspectives. The cathedral is called to serve as a gathering place for the nation in times of significance, but it is also rooted in its role as the most visible faith community within the Episcopal Church. For more than 30 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed and studied to discern the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of same-sex couples. It is now only fitting that the National Cathedral follow suit. We enthusiastically affirm each person as a beloved child of God—and doing so means including the full participation of gays and lesbians in the life of this spiritual home for the nation.”
Authorities have arrested an Alabama teenager – a self-described white supremacist – for allegedly plotting to blow up classmates and a teacher.
The defense attorney for 17-year-old Derek Shrout says the accusations have been blown out of proportion.