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 transgender woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management alleging excessive force after a Taser was fired at her groin.
U-T San Diego reports Brooke Fantelli said this week that the ranger involved in the incident was polite until he learned she’s transgender.
The Human Right Campaign has released the results of a post-election poll that shows if LGB voters provided 45.7 percent of President Obama’s popular vote margin.
As 5 percent of the electorate, 6,043,599 lesbian, gay and bisexual people voted overall, favoring the president with 76 percent of their votes, equaling 4,593,136 people. Had the LGB population voted the same as the national average, President Obama would have only received 3,082,235 LGB votes.
Uganda’s anti-gay bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation, the speaker of the country’s parliament said this week, insisting it is what most Ugandans want.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.
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.
Former vice presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan went home to Janesville, Wis., and unplugged after he and Republican running mate Mitt Romney lost the election last week.
No news, no interviews – just time with his family.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit against the Davis School District after elementary schools in the district were instructed to remove a children’s book about a family with same-sex parents from library shelves.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a mother whose children attend one of the schools where the book was restricted.
An array of interests that don’t normally agree – from the state’s conservative chamber of commerce to liberal health care advocates – are united in pressuring Gov. Scott Walker to create a state-run exchange under the federal health care law.
But Walker, who faces a Nov. 16 deadline to tell President Barack Obama’s administration what he intends to do, has been secretive in what approach he intends to take. Walker met privately with advisers immediately after Obama won re-election but had no plans to publically announce what direction he’s headed.
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.
An emergency center for homeless LGBT youth is struggling to recover after Superstorm Sandy wiped out its humble Manhattan space.
“It was a disaster in a disaster,” said Carl Siciliano, the founder and executive director of the Ali Fortney Center. The Oct. 29 storm waters wrecked the street-level center near the Hudson River, which provided showers, medical care, education guidance and temporary housing help. Some services were temporarily relocated to a nearby LGBT community center.
A few hundred Liberians representing the Christian and Muslim faiths and civil society organizations gathered Nov. 10 to launch a campaign to press the government to ban same-sex marriage.
The campaign is seeking 1 million signatures supporting a resolution to ban gay and lesbian activities here.
A key figure in the prosecution of former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer said he witnessed prostitutes at a 2009 fundraiser in the Bahamas that included Greer, leading Republican contributors and then-Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a video-recording of a deposition made public by the state attorney general’s office.
Former state GOP executive director Delmar Johnson III also said he refused a request by Greer to approach an airline “stewardess.”