A lesbian political action committee launched on July 11 with the help of several high-profile backers, including actress Jane Lynch and tennis legend Billie Jean King.
LPAC, according to the website, was formed “to positively influence the current political and social landscape."
Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples this week at a national convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.
At the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis, the House of Bishops voted 111-41, with three abstentions, to authorize a provisional rite for same-sex unions for the next three years. The liturgy next goes to the convention’s deputies for their authorization.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has led a coalition of at least 130 congressional members in filing a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
The filing is in Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management, a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Justice Department wants fast-tracked to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The city of New York has committed $3.3 million to help renovate a residence for homeless LGBT youth. The residence will be named for Bea Arthur, the star who left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center in her will.
The city council and Manhattan borough president approved the $3.3 million in funding to help transform a city-owned building into a shelter, according to a press release from Ali Forney.
Republican Mitt Romney on July 11 addressed the NAACP’s national conference and said he would be a president who would “promote strong families and defend traditional marriage.”
The statement was seen as a criticism of President Barack Obama’s recent declaration that he supports marriage equality and the administration’s refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
A gay advocacy group says it has reached a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit it filed against a New Hampshire town that attempted to shut down a group home for people living with HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C.
Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders sued the town of Gilsum last year on behalf of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region after the town refused to grant its group home – the Cleve Jones Wellness House – tax-exempt status and moved to seize its deed for non-payment.
The U.S. Administration on Aging on July 10 announced new guidance empowering federally funded aging-care providers to consider lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults as a population of “greatest social need.”
The announcement paves the way for increased services that can significantly improve their health and well being, according to a statement from the Human Rights Campaign and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). The two groups urged the administration to provide the instruction.
The kids from Riverdale are no strangers to high school angst, worries about fitting in or music. Neither are the teens from “Glee.”
Now, Archie, Betty, Veronica and resident boy genius Dilton Doiley will match wits – and maybe a vocal or two – with the likes of Finn Hudson, Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry in the pages of “Archie Comics,” said Jon Goldwater, the co-chief executive officer.
A gay man appointed to Arizona’s tourism council has resigned his post. He’s protesting Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an injunction blocking the state from eliminating domestic partnership benefits for gay state employees.
Edwin Leslie resigned this week in a two-page letter reported in the Arizona Republic. Leslie, who works in the hospitality industry, said Brewer’s move hurts tourism and stands “in direct conflict with your reiteration that all Americans are entitled to the same ‘inalienable rights.’”
A Canadian amateur astronomer has named an asteroid he discovered after U.S. gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who died last year in Washington, D.C.
Kameny, who earned a doctorate in astronomy at Harvard University, was an astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service in the 1950s but was fired from his job for being gay. He contested the firing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and later organized the earliest gay rights protests outside the White House, the Pentagon and in Philadelphia in the 1960s.
A new campaign debuted on July 10 that celebrates increasing support for marriage equality among conservatives, especially young voters.
“Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry,” says a statement on the Freedom to Marry website.
Two men arrested after they were denied a marriage license by the Dallas County clerk and launched a protest face $2,000 fines and 180 days in jail.
Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler say they were protesting Texas’ ban on gay marriage, passed in 2005. The two men went to the clerk’s office on July 5 to file for a marriage license they knew they wouldn’t receive.