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11 openly gay Olympians win medals

Written by WiG Monday, 13 August 2012 06:07

11 openly gay Olympians ended the London 2012 Games with medals.

Out athletes – and one coach – heading home with medals include:

11 gay Olympians win medals

Written by WiG Sunday, 12 August 2012 18:34

11 openly gay Olympians ended the London 2012 Games with medals.

Out athletes – and one coach – heading home with medals include:

Catholic supporters of same-sex marriage speak out

Written by AP Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:06

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor and member of one of the nation’s most well-known Catholic political families, has joined supporters of a Maryland law allowing same-sex marriage.

Townsend, the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy, noted her famous uncle John F. Kennedy’s emphasis on separation of church and state.

Largest gay rights group responds to a Romney-Ryan ticket

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:55

The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group said on Aug. 11 that Paul Ryan’s voting record in Congress – and his public remarks – make it clear that he does not support the dignity of LGBT American.

The Human Rights Campaign issued the statement hours after the Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigned announced that he wants his running mate to be Ryan, a U.S. representative from Wisconsin.

The U.S. government is withholding funds to Honduran law enforcement units directly supervised by their new national police chief until the U.S. can investigate allegations that he ran a death squad a decade ago, according to a State Department report released this week.

The report says the State Department “is aware of allegations of human rights violations related to Police Chief Juan Carlos Bonilla’s service” and that the U.S. government has established a working group to investigate.

Amway president's donation to anti-gay group sparks boycott

Written by WiG Sunday, 12 August 2012 18:21

Republican gay activist Fred Karger has called for a boycott of Amway Global following revelations that the multi-level, direct-sales company’s president donated half a million dollars to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage in 2009.

On Aug. 3, Karger’s organization Rights Equal Rights launched the boycott to “support our friends and … keep pressure on the mega-donors to NOM and other likeminded organizations and individuals who so vigorously oppose Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality.”

Democratic platform committee backs gay marriage

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 August 2012 11:30

The Democratic National Party's platform committee on Aug. 11 endorsed gay marriage for the first time.

The platform committee is meeting in Detroit, where it let stand the work of a subcommittee that drafted the section two weeks ago in Minneapolis.

Gay GOP group likes Paul Ryan for running mate

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 August 2012 06:28

Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest and oldest LGBT GOP group, this morning praised the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

After the Romney campaign formally announced the news this morning, Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper said, Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, is “a strong choice for vice president, and his addition to the GOP ticket will help Republican candidates up and down the ballot.”

Perry: ‘political correctness has to stop’

Written by AP Monday, 13 August 2012 05:54

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says “political correctness has to stop,” citing the flap over Chick-fil-A and opposition to same-sex marriage as an example.

Perry addressed an event over the weekend hosted by The Family Leader in Waukee, Iowa, aiming to rally Christian conservatives.

Reno police chief hires investigator for sex harassment case

Written by AP Saturday, 11 August 2012 20:13

The chief of police in Reno, Nev., has called in an independent investigator to look into internal allegations of officer misconduct and claims of corruption that emerged in a series of departmental probes and sent one veteran sergeant packing.

Sgt. James Stegmaier retired last month after Chief Steven Pitts recommended the 23-year member of the force be fired for allegedly pointing his loaded handgun at two fellow officers at police headquarters.

US nuns consider response to Vatican censure

Written by Jim Salter
and Rachel Zoll,
AP writers
Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:11

At a pivotal national meeting, members of the largest group for U.S. nuns have been weighing whether they should accept or challenge a Vatican order to reform what it called their “certain radical feminist themes.”

The national assembly is the first since a Vatican review concluded the Roman Catholic sisters had tolerated dissent about the all-male priesthood, birth control and homosexuality, while remaining nearly silent in the fight against abortion. Officials at the Holy See want a full-scale overhaul of the organization under the authority of U.S. bishops.

Study tracks rise of feminine pronouns

Written by Hillel Italie,
AP writer
Saturday, 11 August 2012 04:46

In the opening pages of “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan consciously captured the despair of so many housewives – and unknowingly anticipated a shift in language that would mirror the revolution to come in women’s lives.

“As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night,” Friedan wrote in her 1963 book, “she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question – ‘Is this all?’”