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Hillary Clinton to receive award from Elton John AIDS Foundation

Written by WiG Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:23

The Elton John AIDS Foundation will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with a new award in October.

Clinton will receive the foundation's first Founder's Award. A statement on the foundation webiste said a 2011 speech in which Clinton asserted that gay rights were human rights helped to envision a world without AIDS.

Nyad completes Cuba to Florida Keys swim, makes history

Written by AP with WiG reports Monday, 02 September 2013 22:19

Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked on to the shore on Sept. 2, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

The 64-year-old Nyad, who is openly lesbian, swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her journey in Havana on Aug. 31. As she approached, spectators waded into waist-high water and surrounded her, taking pictures and cheering her on.

Republicans file suit to stop New Mexico's same-sex marriages

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 01 September 2013 07:56

A group of Republican legislators has brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in New Mexico since six counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last week.

The lawsuit targets one southern New Mexico county – Dona Ana – but could provide another route for the dispute to reach New Mexico’s highest court for a final statewide resolution. The New Mexico Association of Counties and county clerks statewide have said they plan a separate appeal to the state Supreme Court to try to get a decision on whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Americans for Workplace Opportunity is marking Labor Day weekend with another call to Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

“We’re reminded this Labor Day that everyone should have the opportunity to get and keep a job and provide for their families – one of the most fundamental American values,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Americans for Workplace Opportunity. “Fortune 500 companies, labor unions and supermajorities of Republicans and Democrats – a rare national consensus – are honoring these values by supporting ENDA.  It’s time for the Senate to pass this bill.”

Texas guard refusing DOD policy to extend equal benefits to gay couples

Written by The AP Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:01

The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

Tuesday was the first working day that gays in the military could apply for benefits after the Pentagon announced it would recognize same-sex marriages. The Department of Defense had announced that it would recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 02 September 2013 09:21

Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie "Rocky V," has died. He was 44.

Morrison's former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died later on Sept. 1 at a Nebraska hospital.

Gay sergeant discharged under 'don't ask' dies in traffic accident

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 31 August 2013 17:00

Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.

Manzella, who lived in the Chautauqua County town of Portland, married his partner in July.

Olympic sponsors urged to protest Russia's anti-gay laws

Written by WiG Friday, 30 August 2013 05:32

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group wants the top sponsors of the Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay laws, which criminalize "homosexual propaganda."

In a letter to the sponsors of International Olympic Committee, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin also asked the companies to raise awareness to hate-based violence in the world, especially against LGBT people and especially in Russia.

A bar owner in Portland, Ore., must make financial amends after barring transgender people from the establishment last year. He’s been ordered to pay a $400,000 penalty, which is owed to the customers he ousted from the club.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries civil rights division imposed the penalty against Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex, The Oregonian reported recently.

Court to determine status of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 01 September 2013 19:53

For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license.

Now a court has to decide whether the clerk has singlehandedly added Pennsylvania to the growing list of states that formally sanction same-sex marriages or whether he has been acting illegally and must be stopped.

Hawaii’s governor gives gay marriage bill to lawmakers

Written by The AP Friday, 30 August 2013 14:50

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week presented state lawmakers with a draft of legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

The governor stopped short of saying he would call a special session to pass the bill but said it was a clear possibility.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 29 upheld California SB 1172, which prohibits subjecting a minor to dangerous "ex-gay" therapy.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last year and Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a similar measure earlier this month.