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Illinois gay marriage bill clears Senate committee

Written by WiG Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:50

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.

High school coach suspended after rant against gays, Michelle Obama

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:21

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.

British Parliament now debating gay marriage

Written by AP Monday, 04 February 2013 08:03

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.

Poll shows bipartisan backing for 49ers

Written by WiG Friday, 01 February 2013 15:04

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.

Pentagon expected to extend benefits to gay couples

Written by WiG reports Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:14

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."

'Ex-gay' Christian admits posting profile on Grindr

Written by WiG Tuesday, 05 February 2013 07:37

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:

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized

Written by AP Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:04

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.”

HRC endorses lesbian Quinn for mayor in New York

Written by WiG Friday, 01 February 2013 12:32

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.

British House of Commons votes for gay marriage bill

Written by WiG reports Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:30

Members of the British House of Commons on Feb. 5 voted 400 to 175 for a second reading of a bill to legalize civil marriage in England and Wales.

Bullying study proves it does get better

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 04 February 2013 15:25

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.

UN deplores Tahrir Square rapes, demands action

Written by AP Saturday, 02 February 2013 07:50

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.”

ADL condemns 49er's anti-gay remarks

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 01 February 2013 10:29

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."