Former Mississippi governor regrets law banning adoptions by gay couples

Written by The AP Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:20

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he now regrets signing a state law in 2000 that bans same-sex couples from adopting children.

Musgrove, a Democrat, served one term as governor, from January 2000 to January 2004.

Colorado committee approves civil unions

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:57

A proposal to provide gay couples rights similar to marriage passed its first vote from Colorado lawmakers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Jan. 23 from proponents and opponents of a civil unions bill that Democrats are expected to send to the governor's desk this legislative session.

National Geographic stands with Boy Scouts despite anti-gay policy

Written by WiG Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:20

GLAAD, an LGBT anti-defamation organization, and Scouts for Equality are urging the National Geographic Channel to denounce the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

The channel is set to debut a new series, “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout,” this spring. National Geographic Channel recently released a statement that it stands by its partnership with the BSA, despite public opposition to the nonprofit’s ban against openly gay scouts and troop leaders.

RI House committee approves gay marriage bill

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:28

UPDATED: Legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Rhode Island got its first 2013 political test on Jan. 22. The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure.

The next step is a vote in the full House, possibly as early as Jan. 24.

Gay marriage bill introduced in British Parliament

Written by WiG Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:45

The British Parliament soon will debate a bill introduced Jan. 24 that would legalize civil same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

MPs will debate the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill on Feb. 5.

5 arrested in Milwaukee in slaying of transgender rapper

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:22

Evon Young. - PHOTO: Provided

Milwaukee police have now arrested five people in connection with the death of transgender rapper Evon “Yung LT” Young, who was reported missing on New Year’s Day.

Anti-gay forces file briefs with Wisconsin, U.S. Supreme Courts

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:34

On Jan. 22, the day after Barack Obama’s bold inaugural call for broader equality, right-wing factions filed anti-gay briefs with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

At the federal level, proponents of California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 amendment that bars same-sex marriage in the state, asked the high court to rule that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and amendments against gay marriage are constitutional.

Russia moves to enact anti-gay law nationwide

Written by AP Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:03

Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of “hooliganism.” But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal “homosexual propaganda” and bring a fine of up to $16,000.

The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books.

Los Angeles acts to expand affordable housing for LGBT seniors

Written by WiG Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:43

The nation's first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing provider recently announced plans for its latest 40-unit development, Argyle Apartments.

The project, according to a news release, will serve an LGBT senior population and be built at Hollywood and Western, a metro stop from Triangle Square, another LGBT-friendly housing community by the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Los Angeles Corporation.

Gay congressman responds to gay marriage vote in his state

Written by WiG Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:12

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, a gay Democrat, was the only member of the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee to vote for a gay marriage bill in 2001.

Now, in 2013, the committee he once served on has unanimously sent a gay marriage bill to the full House for consideration.

UPDATED: 5 arrested in Milwaukee in slaying of transgender rapper

Written by WiG Wednesday, 23 January 2013 04:07

UPDATED: Milwaukee police have now arrested five people in connection with the disappearance of transgender rapper Evon “Yung LT” Young, who was reported missing on New Year’s Day and is believed dead.

The 22-year-old transgender man was reported last seen in public near North 52nd Street and West Custer Avenue later on Jan. 1 and did not report for work. Young’s mother filed a missing person report with the Milwaukee Police Department on Jan. 2.

LGBT leaders react to president’s inaugural address

Written by WiG Monday, 21 January 2013 14:43

In his inaugural address Jan. 21, President Barack Obama said the nation’s journey for justice and equality will not be complete “until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

He continued, “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity – until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”