Overwhelming majorities of Americans, across the political and religious spectrum, believe that transgender people should have the same general rights and legal protections as other people, new surveys find.
The Religion and Politics Tracking Surveys were conducted by Public Religion Research Institute amid the increased attention towards transgender issues following Chaz Bono’s appearance on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars."
Two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested in Dominica, where sex between two men is illegal.
Police Constable John George said police boarded the cruise ship and arrested the two men on suspicion of indecent exposure and “buggery,” a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. He identified the men as John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, but did not provide their hometowns.
The National Organization for Marriage wants Americans to give up their lattes and boycott Starbucks because the coffee chain endorsed marriage equality in Washington state.
The formal boycott announcement coincided with the attendance of NOM representatives at a Starbucks shareholder meeting on March 21 in Seattle, where Starbucks is headquartered.
The gay rights group Lambda Legal has organized more than 130 organizations in support of its friend-of-the-court brief defending the Affordable Care Act in a High Court dispute.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in several cases challenging the constitutionality of the law the week of March 26.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has condemned the government of Chile for its 2003 Supreme Court ruling which stripped Karen Atala, a lesbian mother and judge, of custody of her three daughters on the basis of her sexual orientation.
The 2003 ruling determined that if her daughters remained in her custody, they would be in a “situation of risk” due to their “unique family.”
LGBT civil rights activists are wondering why the National Organization for Marriage singled out Starbucks for a boycott when other major companies endorsed marriage equality in Washington state.
Before the vote and governor’s signature that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, Starbucks joined a number of companies in endorsing marriage equality.
A photography exhibit celebrating lesbian families and a quest for equality opens this month in Birmingham, Ala., cradle of the civil rights movement.
“Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South” opens on March 30 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and continues through June 11. The institute is in the city’s “Civil Rights District” near the 16th Street Baptist Church – the first black church to organize in the city and the site of a racially-motivated bombing in 1963 – and Kelly Ingram Park – site of large-scale demonstrations in the 1960s.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is collecting comments on a pilot study to establish criteria for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.
A U.S. ban, first enacted in 1985, prohibits any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The rule was enacted at a time when scientists, doctors and policymakers were still learning about HIV and seeking to protect the nation’s blood supply.
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected a request from ExxonMobil to block a shareholder resolution adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the company’s non-discrimination policy.
Shareholders are set to vote on the proposal during an annual meeting May 30. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli proposed the resolution.
At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated by the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s “to get rid of homosexuality,” a Dutch journalist has learned.
Among the victims was a young man named Henk Heithuis, who was castrated after reporting sexual abuse by priests while he was a minor living in Catholic institutions.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is urging colleagues to support his measure to pass legislation repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and also enact a measure intended to help bi-national couples stay together.
The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for its literary prizes.
Books from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 119 finalists for the Lammys.