“Pro-family,” anti-choice Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a medical doctor, encouraged his ex-wife to have at least two abortions before their marriage, according to records released in his divorce trial and reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
But that’s only the beginning of this tea party leader’s hypocrisies, according to his divorce records and Tennessee Democrats. The divorce trial transcript also confirms that DesJarlais had a number of unethical extra-marital sexual relationships while serving in a position of medical authority.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stated that legalizing gay marriage is his No. 3 legislative priority — behind only pension reform and a Chicago casino.
Longtime Chicago Sun Times city hall reporter Fran Spielman wrote that Emanuel also said he plans to get “very involved” in passing a gay marriage bill in Illinois, apparently during the next legislative session in Springfield.
New York City’s Sparks Steak House will pay $600,000 and take other steps to settle a same-sex sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
According to a news release from the White House, the EEOC filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, after 22 male waiters were subjected to harassment based on their sex, chiefly by one male manager, over a nearly eight-year period.
President Barack Obama nominated William L. Thomas, an African-American gay man, for the U.S. District Court. The president also nominated Valerie E. Caproni, Kenneth John Gonzales, Raymond P. Moore, Beverly Reid O’Connell, Analisa Torres and Derrick Kahala Watson for District Court judgeships.
“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," the president said in a statement issued Nov. 14. “They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.”
A report from the international Trans Murder Monitoring Project says 265 transgender people were killed in the past 12 months.
Since January 2008, there have been more than 1,000 transgender people killed.
A top American bishop said this week the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with U.S. officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.
The United Nations says access to contraception is a universal human right that could dramatically improve the lives of women and children in poor countries.
It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund’s annual report explicitly describes family planning as a human right.
A gay Key West businessman, distraught over the re-election of President Barack Obama, intentionally took his own life by overdosing on pills, according to multiple news sources in the Sunshine State.
Henry Smith Hamilton Jr., 64, told his partner, “If Barack gets re-elected, I’m not going to be around.” Hamilton, who owned a tanning parlor, apparently believed the dire warnings from hate-radio pundits that an Obama victory would be devastating for small business owners.
Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will picket a Bruce Springsteen concert on Nov. 17.
A notice from the group – followers of the Rev. Fred Phelps in Topeka, Kan. – called for a picket at the Sprint Center on Nov. 17, where Springsteen is set to perform.
In a quick turnabout, a man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy now says they had a relationship as adults and it was consensual.
The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement this week through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates. It is not known why he made the accusation.
South African police claim that a gang is responsible for the serial slaying of at least eight gay men in Gauteng province.
Authorities in Gauteng said they had identified a common suspect in four cases and believe a gang is responsible for all the killings, according to the Star newspaper.
Workplace discrimination protections are the “new normal in the business world,” according to the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, the Human Rights Campaign.
HRC, on Nov. 14, issued its annual Corporate Equality Index, a guide to the corporations with the best policies for LGBT workers and their families.