The Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Feb. 5 voted 9-5 for a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Equality Illinois, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group, issued a statement this afternoon, "Today's historic passage of the marriage bill through the Senate Executive Committee sets us on the clear path to recognition of the freedom to marry in Illinois.
The Lauderdale County School Board in Alabama has voted to suspend a high school football coach who was recorded making derogatory remarks to a class of students about gays and first lady Michelle Obama.
Lauderdale County High School football coach Bob Grisham has been suspended without pay for 10 days and was ordered to attend sensitivity training for four days.
UPDATE: The debate on the bill is taking place on Feb. 5. Streaming live.
Conservative Party members in Britain have written to their leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, to urge him to delay a parliamentary vote on gay marriage.
A Super Bowl poll from Public Policy Polling shows bipartisan support for the San Francisco 49ers, but a 42 percent plurality doesn’t care who wins the game on Feb. 3.
The poll showed the 49ers favored over the Ravens 33 percent to 25 percent.
The Pentagon is expected to announce this week that it will extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian military personnel, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
HRC president Chad Griffin said on Feb. 5, “We welcome the news that benefits will be extended to the same-sex spouses and partners of gay and lesbian service members, and urge Secretary (Leon) Panetta to make sure every benefit possible under the law is included. This is the logical next step in ensuring all our military families are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."
A prominent “ex-gay” activist who blogs about the evils of homosexuality for the Christian Post recently put his profile on the popular gay ap Grindr, where men troll for quick sex hook-ups with others in their immediate vicinity.
Matt Moore, a poster child of the “ex-gay” movement, acknowledged last night that his recent move to New Orleans had provided him with too much temptation and he’d succumbed to his religiously repressed urges to have sexual relations with other men. Responding to an item posted on the popular blog JoeMyGod, Moore wrote last night:
A jailed member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band has been hospitalized and had complained of headaches and of suffering from overwork at a prison colony known for its tough conditions, a fellow band member said.
An official confirmed that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral, is in a hospital at her prison colony in Mordovia in western Russia. But Federal Prison Service spokeswoman Kristina Belousova declined to specify her illness or comment on her condition, saying only it was “nothing serious.”
The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group has endorsed openly lesbian candidate Christine Quinn in her campaign to become mayor of the nation's largest city.
Quinn currently is the speaker of the New York City Council.
It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.
The seven-year study involved more than 4,000 teens in England who were questioned yearly through 2010, until they were 19 and 20 years old. At the start, just over half of the 187 gay, lesbian and bisexual teens said they had been bullied; by 2010 that dropped to 9 percent of gay and bisexual boys and 6 percent of lesbian and bisexual girls.
U.N. officials this week deplored reports that 25 women were sexually assaulted during recent protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and demanded that Egyptian authorities take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, said her agency “is deeply disturbed by the gravity of recent attacks against women, including the reports of sexual assault, many of which occurred in the same Tahrir Square in which women rallied to contribute to a better future for their country.”
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver says he is sorry for saying he wouldn't welcome a gay teammate.
Culliver, faced with an avalanche of criticism as the team prepares for the Super Bowl, says that's "not what's in my heart" and that he was "just kidding around."