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Civil rights group sues over ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:21

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing a New Jersey organization alleging it committed consumer fraud by claiming conversion therapy can convert gays to heterosexuals.

The SPLC said the suit is the first of its kind, although the organization has filed other “ex-gay”-related suits.

World AIDS Day observed Dec. 1

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:44

A commemorative poster for World AIDS Day.

Advances in scientific and medical communities along with expanded government health programs have leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS making ambitious declarations for World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1.

LGBT groups survey the 'fiscal cliff'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 05:46

A report from a coalition of LGBT groups details the negative effects that sequestration would have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in employment, health, housing, higher education, and safety.

The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and 23 other national LGBT groups, released the study, “Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans.”

Gay rights group urges buying for equality

Written by WiG Monday, 26 November 2012 13:34

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights groups wants consumers to buy for equality when they hit the department stores, the outlet malls, the boutiques and the online markets this holiday season.

The Human Rights Campaign, continuing a holiday tradition, has published the "Buying for Workplace Equality 2013" guide, which helps consumers support the businesses with the best LGBT policies.

AIDS activists strip naked in Boehner's office

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:00

Seven AIDS activists on Nov. 27 entered U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Office and stripped naked to protest pending cuts to HIV/AIDS funds.

The activists were with QUEEROCRACY, ACT UP NY and ACT UP Philadelphia. When they stripped, the revealed painted slogans on their bodies:  “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR, Fund Ryan White, Fund Global Fund, Fund Medicaid, Fund HOPWA.”

Cities scored on LGBT policies; 11 get perfect marks

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:25

A new Municipal Equality Index scores cities – 137 of them – on their LGBT policies. The inaugural index, released by the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Federation Institute and Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, shows 11 cities with perfect scores – “these cities came from both coasts and in between, were of varying sizes, and not all are in states with favorable laws for LGBT people,” a news release stated.

Rule barring discrimination based on pre-existing conditions advances

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 05:30

The Obama administration this month moved forward to implement provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

The provisions also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness, according to a news release from the White House.

Report: 12 gay men face execution by Libyan militia

Written by WiG Monday, 26 November 2012 13:13

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is monitoring a report from Libya, where 12 men said to be gay may face execution.

GLAAD’s website, referring to a post from the Gay Star News, said the militia in Libya has taken into custody men who attended a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, on Nov. 22.

Obama nominates lesbian Latina for federal court

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:19

President Barack Obama on Nov. 27 nominated openly lesbian Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. If confirmed, she would become the first openly gay Hispanic federal judge.

The president also nominated Judges Luis Felipe Restrepo and Jeffrey L. Schmehl for U.S. District Court judgeships.

Associated Press bans the term 'homophobia'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:40

In an attempt to neutralize journalistic descriptions of people who actively oppose gay civil rights, The Associated Press has banned use of the word “homophobic” in its stylebook, which is followed by the majority of the American press.

AP said the word “homophobia” wrongly suggests that the hatred of LGBT people is irrational or represents a psychological problem.

Report: Lesbian beaten by girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving

Written by WiG Monday, 26 November 2012 15:27

A campaign is urging authorities in Mobile, Ala., to prosecute as attempted murder an attack on a lesbian attending Thanksgiving dinner with her girlfriend’s family.

Mallory Owens, 23, was invited to the home of her girlfriend’s family to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Details of what happened were not immediately available, but various activists websites allege that Owens was severely beaten by her girlfriend’s brother, Travis Hawkins Jr.

New Congress: Fewer moderates make deals harder

Written by ALAN FRAM,
AP writer
Monday, 26 November 2012 09:28

When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010 who sought a second term.

Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate’s most pragmatic lawmakers, nearly half the House’s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans.