Apple bans gay ‘cure’ iPhone app

Written by WiG Sunday, 02 June 2013 06:28

Apple has banned an app created by anti-gay, right-wing Christians to help users “cure” themselves of homosexuality.

But the controversial app is still available for download by Google Android users.

President Obama issues LGBT Pride proclamation

Written by WiG Friday, 31 May 2013 15:39

President Barack Obama on May 31 issued a proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month. The president has made a tradition of issuing Pride proclamations.

The following is the proclamation:

Nigeria lawmakers vote for bill outlawing gay rights groups

Written by WiG Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:39

Nigeria’s House of Representatives today voted for legislation that would ban gay marriage and also outlaw the formation of groups advocating for LGBT civil rights.

Offenders could be sent to prison for more than a decade.

Gun deaths outpace vehicle deaths in 12 states and D.C.

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:17

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

Nationally, the VPC said there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths in 2010, the most recent year the data is available.

No vote on marriage equality bill in Illinois House

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 18:38

Gay representatives earned standing ovations from their colleagues in the Illinois House tonight (May 31). But those same colleagues could not deliver Illinois’ gay and lesbian citizens a vote on the marriage equality bill.

Openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, made the emotional, tearful announcement that the vote would not take place – probably until next fall  – late on May 31, the last day of session.

Illinois expected to vote on marriage bill today

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 31 May 2013 05:45

The Illinois House is scheduled to conclude its business today (May 31). And the schedule for the last day of business does contain a second reading of the state marriage equality bill.

The House business begins at 9:30 a.m. in Springfield. It was unclear when the marriage bill, S.B. 10, would be taken up, the second reading was on page 4 of a 19-page calendar of business for the day.

Michigan Democrats offer measure to repeal anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:33

Minority Democrats in the Michigan Senate moved this week with a push to repeal the state's ban against same-sex marriage.

A measure introduced on May 29 would amend the Michigan Constitution to remove a 2004 prohibition on same-sex marriage. The measure needs two-thirds support in the Republican-led House and Senate to make the statewide ballot.

1st gay couple marries in France today

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:36

A gay couple in the southern city of Montpellier made history by tying the knot in France's first same-sex marriage.

The ceremony will be held under tight police surveillance, a reminder of the months of bruising opposition to the gay marriage law that passed earlier this month.

Catholic priest cancels sponsorship of Boy Scout troop

Written by WiG Friday, 31 May 2013 16:00

A Roman Catholic priest in Bremerton, Wash., has canceled parish sponsorship of a Boy Scout troop following the Scouts’ decision to lift the ban on gay youth.

The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014, still bans gay adults.

HUD announces grants for HIV/AIDS programs

Written by WiG Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:47

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually.

The grant awards, according to HUD, will provide these households with a stable living environment. In addition the grant programs will provide access to the needed supportive services in assisting with job readiness services and employment training.

Obama calls for marriage equality in Illinois

Written by WiG Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:26

President Barack Obama, visiting Chicago on May 29, reiterated his support for creating marriage equality in his home state.

Legislation is pending in the Illinois House that would legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples while protecting religious institutions that do not want to recognize or celebrate such marriages.

ExxonMobil shareholders reject nondiscrimination policy

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:46

ExxonMobil shareholders have again voted down a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the company's Equal Employment Opportunity policy.

Responding, LGBT activists were critical of ExxonMobil for its refusal to join many other major companies and ban discrimination against LGBT people. They also were critical of the White House and Congress for failure to act on measures to ban workplace bias.