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Former boss of Bronx LGBT center headed to prison

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:41

The former director of the LGBT community center in the Bronx is bound for prison. Lisa Winters has been sentenced to 2-6 years in prison for embezzlement.

Winters, who pleaded guilty, was running the Bronx Community Pride Center when she stole about $338,000 for personal expenses.

Marriage equality rally groups apologize for exclusionary actions

Written by WiG Monday, 01 April 2013 14:39

Groups involved with the massive marriage equality rallies last week at the U.S. Supreme Court are apologizing for two exclusionary actions that took place.

In once instance, an activist was asked to move a transgender Pride flag from behind the podium. In another instance, an activist who spoke at the rally was asked to remove a reference to being an undocumented immigrant from a speech.

Iowa lawmakers threaten school funding over gay youth event

Written by AP Monday, 01 April 2013 12:02

Conservative Iowa lawmakers have threatened to withhold state funding for a community college if the school spends tax dollars on a conference for gay youths.

The Des Moines Register reported that 16 Republican lawmakers released a statement threatening to vote down funding for the Des Moines Area Community College, which sponsors the Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth.

Marie Osmond reiterates support for marriage equality

Written by WiG Saturday, 30 March 2013 16:20

Jessica Osmond, left, with sister Rachael in January 2009.

At a time when the Mormon Church is slowly softening its formerly hard-line stance against gays and lesbians, one of the religion’s best-known members is speaking out openly for marriage equality.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper comes out for marriage equality

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:00

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper joined the Democratic league backing marriage equality on April 2, announcing his support on his Facebook page.

Carper, from Delaware, wrote, “As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public's opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine. I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right. Through my prayers and conversations with my family and countless friends and Delawareans, I've been reminded of the power of one of my core values: the Golden Rule. It calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated. That means, to me, that all Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation, and that's why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I'm endorsing marriage equality.”

Several national LGBT groups recently filed an administrative challenge to Medicare's ban on medically necessary health care for transgender patients. Medicare currently prohibits all forms of gender reassignment surgeries regardless of the individual patient's diagnosis or medical needs.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and civil rights attorney Mary Lou Boelcke filed the challenge on behalf of Denee Mallon, a transgender woman whose doctors recommended surgery.

Archbishop: Church must fight gay marriage but not attack gays

Written by AP Monday, 01 April 2013 06:57

The archbishop of New York says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the church hasn't "been too good at that" and could work on being more welcoming to gays and lesbians.

Judge refuses divorce for transgender man who gave birth to three children

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 30 March 2013 14:17

A judge on Friday refused to grant a divorce for a transgender man who gave birth to three children after beginning to change his sex from female.

Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie’s 9-year union from being recognized as valid.

LGBT Catholics invite Cardinal Dolan to talk, break bread

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 April 2013 04:06

The leaders of Dignity USA, a group of LGBT Catholics, invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan – the archbishop of New York – to meet for prayer, to break bread and to talk.

Dolan, in a series of recent interviews, stressed the importance for the church to continue its stance against marriage equality.

Sen. Bob Casey comes out for marriage equality

Written by WiG Monday, 01 April 2013 13:37

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey came out on April 1 for marriage equality and the repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Philadelphia Gay News.

The PGN website reported that Casey issued a statement reading, "After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed.

Crisis hotlines turning to text to reach teens

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 01 April 2013 04:30

They stream in from teens around the United States, cries for help often sent in by text message.

“I feel like committing suicide,” one text read. “What’s the suicide hotline number?” Another asked: “How do you tell a friend they need to go to rehab?”

Conservative GOP congressman comes out for gay marriage

Written by WiG Friday, 29 March 2013 19:20

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is the latest Republican to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Although Amash had said as recently as 2010 that he thought DOMA is worth defending, he told listeners during a speech in Grand Rapids this week that he opposed the 1996 law banning federal recognition of marriage equality.