Because of who he is and what he's done, Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week, according to officials. The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Oct. 8 to between 30 and 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked the university and brought down legendary coach Joe Paterno.
With thousands of inmates raped behind bars in the U.S. each year, statistics compiled by the federal government show that sex offenders are roughly two to four times more likely than other inmates to fall victim..
The leading opponent of gay marriage in Washington has an astounding number of Facebook friends – in Bangkok, Thailand.
The blog PamsHouseBlend reported this week a surge in Facebook likes for Preserve Marriage Washington, the organization driving the campaign to overturn the state’s 2012 marriage equality law on election day. Voters are being asked whether they want to keep the law, which allows for same-sex couples to legally marry in the state.
In a recent interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, Paul Ryan reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights. Mitt Romney also bowed before the group recently, praising its gay-obsessed founder James Dobson while campaigning in Colorado, where FOF is headquartered.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force selected Columbus Day for the timing of its latest report – a study into the pervasive discrimination against transgender Native Americans.
The study, Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at American Indian and Alaskan Native Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, finds discrimination against these populations at the highest level.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott accidentally provided a number for an “adult” phone service rather than the hotline service for the fungal meningitis outbreak.
WUSF radio and the Miami Herald report that the Republican governor was providing an update on the outbreak during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 9. He transposed two numbers that led callers to an “adult” phone line.
A former student is suing Corinthian College and a criminal justice professor for repeatedly referring to women in her class as “dyke” and discriminating against a student based on her sexual orientation.
Anna Eakins has filed suit against the school, president Richard Mallow and professor Denise Grecco in the superior court complaint in California.
The first available in-home HIV test has reached the market. The OraQuick test from OraSure Technologies is available at retail stores and online.
The test is the first rapid infectious disease test to be made available directly to consumers for in-home use.
A national anti-gay-marriage group that has fought to keep its donor list confidential omitted contributors’ names from its campaign disclosure filing in a referendum on gay marriage, earning criticism from gay-marriage supporters who say it refuses to abide by the rules.
The National Organization for Marriage’s quarterly filing with the state ethics commission indicated its political action committee raised about $250,000, which went to a group that will soon launch television ads. NOM also declined to release donors’ names in a 2009 gay-marriage referendum, when it donated $1.9 million.
An LGBT youth group in Anoka, Minn., has been barred from participating in an upcoming Halloween parade.
Justin’s Gift was told there isn’t enough room for them in the Oct. 27 parade, according to a report from Minnesota Public Radio.
A new poll shows that a proposed constitutional amendment against gay marriage is trailing in Minnesota, where a month ago voters favored the measure.
The polling, however, remains extremely close – 46 percent of voters support the constitutional ban against gay marriage and 49 percent oppose it. A month ago, support for the amendment was at 48 percent, according to Public Policy Polling.
Progress toward gender equity in high school sports slowed during the 2000s after a decade of increasing athletic opportunities for girls, according to a new study out this week.
The study also shows a spike in the number of high schools eliminating interscholastic sports programs for girls and boys.
Sam Champion, the weather anchor for “Good Morning America,” has announced his plan to marry longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb later this year.
The weatherman and the Brazilian-born photographer plan to celebrate their nuptials on New Year’s Eve in Miami, Champion told the New York Times. Champion’s wedding announcement was included in a story about MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts’ wedding to Patrick Abner on Sept. 29 in New York.