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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.