Award-winning humorist David Rakoff, whose cynical outlook on life and culture developed a loyal following of readers and radio listeners, died on Aug. 9. He was 47.
Rakoff, who was gay, died after a long illness, Doubleday and Anchor Books announced. The statement did not detail a cause of death, but Rakoff had been open about his battles with cancer.
A gay artist who allegedly painted “Tastes like hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, Calif., was arrested on Aug. 8.
The Los Angeles Times reports that police are looking for a second person said to be involved in the vandalism.
A federal judge ruled this week against two Hawaii women who want to get married instead of enter into a civil union, handing a victory to opponents of gay marriage in a state that's been at the forefront of the issue.
A coalition of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights groups and allies issued a solidarity statement responding to this week’s violence in Oak Creek, Wis., and Joplin, Mo.
New to Apple’s App store is TranSquat, an iPhone application assisting people looking for gender-neutral rest rooms.
Developer Bill Bolt says, “In a nutshell, it is a gender-neutral bathroom finder that locates bathrooms that are gender free relative to your current location. You can search, add and share safe locations.”
Pop star Madonna spoke out for LGBT rights at a concert on Aug. 9 in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin's home town, where activists say a law adopted this year to curb homosexual "propaganda" is discriminatory.
Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience - most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door - to "show your love and appreciation to the gay community."
When the Illinois State Fair opens today, somewhere among the fried Mars bars and the giant butter cow will be the first-ever booth promoting LGBT equality.
A project of Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal, the booth is located on the fairgrounds near the Heartland Area by the west side of the Skyglider, close to Gate 2 at Peoria Road and Sangamon Avenue. Scores of local volunteers from Springfield and towns surrounding the state capital are making the project possible, according to Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov
A public charter school in Louisiana said on Aug. 9 that it will eliminate a policy that requires female students suspected of being pregnant to submit to a pregnancy exam and force them out of school if they refused or tested positive.
Delhi Charter School president Albert Christman claimed that the policy was intended to protect students from ridicule and harassment. The school rescinded the policy after receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana.
Milton Hershey School has dropped its ban on HIV-positive students, said president Anthony Colistra.
Colistra announced the new policy for the private Hershey, Pa., school this week and said the decision means at least one student, 13-year-old Abraham Smith, can continue with the enrollment process for the fall term.
Right-wing pundit Bryan Fischer has called for “an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.”
Fischer, suggested such a network in a tweet on Aug. 8, as a minister went on trial for helping a woman and child leave the United States. The woman had abducted her daughter from a lesbian relationship and faces a kidnapping charge.
A retired Navy captain is asking Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to support adding marriage equality to the GOP platform. McDonnell chairs the committee that will propose a platform at the national convention in Tampa later this month.
Retired Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, in a letter to McDonnell, said the freedom to marry is in keeping with the party’s ideology.
“José Luis Sin Censura,” produced and broadcast by Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. on the EstrellaTV network, has been permanently removed from the broadcast schedule following protests from civil rights advocates.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition learned of the development in a letter from Winter Horton, LBI’s chief operating officer.