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Knights’ anti-gay marriage funding sparks petition

Written by AP Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:14

A Catholic advocacy group was delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Knights of Columbus that ask the Catholic fraternal organization to stop funding divisive political issues, such as opposing same-sex marriage.

Catholics United Education Fund planned to protest this week outside the Knights’ New Haven headquarters.

White House meeting held on transgender rights

Written by WIG Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:03

A group of transgender community advocates met with White House staff to mark the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and discuss ways to ensure dignity, equality and justice for all people, according to a release from the White House.

The White House statement said, "Throughout America and around the world, many transgender people face bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence.  Far too often, we hear shocking and tragic stories about transgender people who have been assaulted and even killed because of their gender identity or expression. The Obama administration is committed to preventing violence against all people, including all members of the LGBT community, and this meeting was an important opportunity to explore ways to make our communities and neighborhoods safer."

Jindal: Republicans need to like people to build big tent

Written by AP Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:44

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.

Kindergarten basics. “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” Jindal said on Fox News Sunday.

Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco

Written by lisa neff Monday, 19 November 2012 16:08

San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places, a blanket ban that represents an escalation of a two-year tiff between a devoted group of men who strut their stuff through the city’s famously gay Castro District and the supervisor who represents the area.

Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

Written by AP Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:04

Longtime Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” amid a second allegation that he sexually abused underage boys.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York by 24-year-old college student Cecil Singleton accuses Clash of engaging in sexual behavior with him over a two-week period while he was underage. Singleton said they met on a gay chat line.

New push urging HIV testing for most

Written by AP Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:07

There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.

Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once — not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday.

Teacher’s political button spurs parent protest

Written by AP Tuesday, 20 November 2012 04:04

A lesbian mother has started an online petition drive urging Washington’s Port Angeles School District to prohibit politicking by teachers after an instructor wore a “No on 74” button in her daughter’s eighth-grade classroom.

Superintendent Jane Pryne told The Peninsula Daily News (http://is.gd/MnNPfQ) the district already has a policy regarding politics in the classroom and the issue has been addressed.

Former church member says he was stalked by team

Written by AP Monday, 19 November 2012 16:01

A man who claims he’s being stalked for helping a 22-year-old man escape a North Carolina church that abused him for being gay says the harassment won’t stop him from encouraging others to leave.

Jerry Cooper has filed false imprisonment and stalking complaints against four members of the Word of Faith Fellowship church. 

Gay Phoenix students can be themselves at ‘Q High’

Written by EDDI TREVIZO,
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:00

When Kailee Hernandez told her friends at Central High School last year that she’s gay, things changed between them.

Girls she was once close to mocked the then-sophomore, acting as if she was hitting on them. When she entered a classroom, they sometimes just stared at her.

Condom conundrum: Porn industry ponders latex law

Written by AP Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:53

The show must go on, is the entertainer’s credo, and it did just that in the U.S. Porn Capital even after Los Angeles County voted to require performers to use condoms when filming sex scenes.

One of the industry’s biggest stars, James Deen, reported for work, condom-free as usual, just hours after voters adopted the new law.

Pastor to be sentenced for kidnapping in custody dispute

Written by AP Tuesday, 20 November 2012 03:56

A Mennonite pastor is scheduled to be sentenced in March for his conviction on a charge he helped a Virginia woman and her daughter flee the country three years ago rather than allow the girl to have regular visits with the woman’s former lesbian partner.

Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Burlington, Vt., on March 4.

Seattle City Hall to host same-sex weddings Dec. 9

Written by AP Monday, 19 November 2012 10:58

Seattle City Hall will open for several hours for wedding ceremonies on the Sunday after Washington state’s new law allowing gay marriage takes effect.

Aaron Pickus, a spokesman for Mayor Mike McGinn, said that eight municipal judges are donating their time to marry couples between noon and 5 p.m. on Dec. 9, three days after Referendum 74 takes effect.